Y2K (Millennium) bug never bit in Queens, but the Sydney Flu bug sure did. The flu wreaked havoc among Queens’
healthiest residents, taking them out by the dozen.…
The Flushing family of a Quinnipiac
College student offered a $20,000 reward for information on her
whereabouts. Shamiya Haqiqi disappeared on Nov. 12, 1999...A Queens
cabbie was hailed for returning a $40,000 violin to its errant
owner – a student at Juilliard…The Port Authority announced plans
for a $9 billion rehab at JFK International Airport.…
The West Nile
problem returned to Queens in 2000 when infected mosquitoes buzzed and
bit their way through the borough, making the Trib front page on
Nile-bearing mosquitoes took front page in January, when city officials released
a game plan for beating the bugs, circa 2000. Fifteen fire-fighters were dubbed “bad seeds” and booted from a
Flushing firehouse. The Trylon
Theater shut its doors for good….
Folks living near St. John’s University
continued their battle to stop construction of a baseball field for a Mets minor league team on the campus. In the
end, the Queens Kings did
play there for one year before the field was given to the St. John’s
baseball team...The dangers of illegal
conversions became a major issue when dozens of people were
trapped inside a maze of illegal “cubicles” at a private home where
a fire broke out….
Officials at the Museum of Modern Art
laid out plans for the renovation of the Swingline building in LIC...Queens resident Nick
Garaufis was nominated for a position in the federal courts. He
would eventually win the position….
Detectives from the 110th Precinct in
Elmhurst buried a baby boy found abandoned on a local street. The
infant, named Valentine Hope
by the cops, was discovered in a Duane Reade shopping bag on a frigid
morning...A local resident proposed a “Blimp
Port” for the former Flushing Airport site….
A state grant promised a spruce-up at the
Bowne House in Flushing…A group of more than 200 Queens seniors
greeted President Bill Clinton
in Forest Hills. Clinton spoke on prescription drug price controls and
the future of social security....
Boys of Summer prepared to tangle with the Yanks in a subway World
Series, the Trib reported
on Oct. 19.
Police nabbed a Nazi-garbed, rifle-toting suspect with a fistful of hate stickers
in April. The suspect was charged with plastering the stickers
throughout eastern Queens...Queens College president Allen Lee Sessoms announced his plans to resign, setting off a
search for a new prez....
The Tribune beat the bunch again,
obtaining the first one-on-one interview with Harold Levy, “the man who would be chancellor”...The Trib
covered the state of pollution caused by power plants in Queens, and the feds paved the way for more air
traffic over the borough.…
public school teachers stood accused of helping their students pass standardized
tests through cheating… Livery
cab drivers fell prey to thieves and gunmen throughout Queens….
A ravenous blaze tore through a strip of stores on Roosevelt Avenue.
One hundred and forty three firefighters worked for an hour to
extinguish the fire…A mayoral proposal to dump a waste
transfer station in Queens was stomped on by local civics who
said the plan smelled bad....
The Tribune welcomed a new partner
in the news, as the Southeast
Queens PRESS made its debut – the latest addition to the
family of News Communications publications …Queensites took time out
to pray for and remember John
Cardinal O’Connor, who
passed away on May 3….
The battle to stop construction of the AirTrain
over the Van Wyck Expressway and southern Queens continued…A group of
Queens pols secured $5 million to fight West
Jean Auguste, Anita Smith, Ramon Nazario,
Jeremy Mele and Ali Ibadat were shot dead, execution-style, on the floor
of a basement freezer at a Wendy’s
restaurant in Flushing. Two other victims – Patrick Castro and
Juo Quione Johnson – were shot execution style and left to die. Police
arrested suspects John Taylor and Craig Godineaux. The Tribune provided
exclusive coverage of the massacre through an interview with one of its
survivors and courthouse interviews with members of the victims’
Clinton visited Forest Hills in April to discuss prescription drugs and
social security with seniors.
Clinton flew into Queens to speak at a school in Jamaica Estates where portable
classrooms filled the schoolyard…Members of the Major James A. McKenna Post in Long Island City unveiled a plaque
honoring long-forgotten Korean War vets … Interim President Russell
Hotzler was chosen for Queens College….
Still another victim fell to a speeding
motorist on Queens Boulevard…A
Trib article questioned the reasoning behind a
series of swastikas that someone scrawled on the garage door of a
Maspeth residence where no one was home….
A 61-year-old mural depicting life in Queens disappeared from the wall of a Long
Island City building…The Tribune broke a piece of news about City
Councilman Walter McCaffrey’s irregularities in handling of
campaign bucks. He eventually withdrew from a race for Congress…Dozens
of trees fell victim to Asian Long-Horned Beetles in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park….
A telephone worker strike put Queens on hold in August…A cow
broke loose from an Astoria slaughterhouse – leading cops on a
21-block chase through the neighborhood. The cow was eventually caught,
but was not returned to the slaughterhouse – it was given a new
The death of an
11-year-old boy led to a call for more safety at a Bayside
High School went co-ed for the first time in a century….
The Trib explosed the discovery of
a pesticide in waters at Alley
Pond Park…The Trib told a dog’s tale, as Associate Publisher
Michael Nussbaum’s mom, Edith, was threatened with eviction by
her co-op board because her son’s dog visited her home for a few
A Forest Hills
pastor was placed under investigation after two million dollars was discovered
missing from his church’s funds.
The Mets were World Series-bound after
beating the Diamondbacks to become National League champs. The Amazins
faced the Yankees in the first Subway
Series since 1956, but those damn Yankees prevailed, winning in
Six people were indicted in a
multi-million dollar scheme that cost a Queens school board more
than half of its contract funds…Parents of students at an Elmhurst
elementary school raged over a sexual attack on several young students at the school. The
principal was transferred as a result…Defense attorneys for one of the
men charged in the May 24 Wendy’s
massacre claimed their client is mentally retarded and ineligible
for the death penalty….
The owners of the Douglaston
Manor catering facility faced charges that they concealed cash
revenues from City coffers…The much-beleaguered 63rd Street MTA “Tunnel
To Nowhere” was pronounced almost ready to go somewhere….
Drivers on the “Boulevard of Broken Bones” were again on the front page as
Queens Boulevard claimed victims in December, including a 14-year-old
girl who lost her life.