Rudolph Giuliani pelted the Port Authority for its poor performance in
handling snow removal at
LaGuardia and JFK International Airports….
Council-members were dubbed “wanted” by the Tribune on
15 for trying to overturn the publicly-supported term limits referendum.
Queens mourned the death of Joseph
Crowley, Sr., a civic activist, attorney and father of Queens
Congressman Joseph Crowley Jr,….
Officials rallied to keep John
Bowne High School open after local civics called for its closure
based on security and safety concerns… The Earth shook in Long Island
City on Jan. 17, when a 2.5 Richter scale earthquake knocked photos from
walls at 7:34 a.m….
A Queens College alumnus who gave the
school $4.3 million for a new Biology Research Center on the Flushing
campus asked for his money back. Dr.
Bernard Salick said years’ long delays in the project were
“embarrassing.”… Queens straphangers voiced their hope to derail
the new “V” subway line…Mets hero Tommy Agee died of a heart attack
at age 58….
President Claire Shulman gave her last State of the Borough Address. Shulman, like
most of the City Council, was preparing to pack up, forced out by term
Ten families were left out in the cold in
Briarwood, as city
officials tried to determine why five houses in the area were
sinking…Police were out in force on Queens Boulevard, ticketing
speeders and jaywalkers….
created a super stir when it ran an investigative piece on Aug. 9 that
discovered a real-life Parker family living at Spider-Man’s (aka Peter
Parker’s) Queens address.
The Tribune shook the world of
politics with a front page “Wanted
Poster” featuring photos of the seven Queens City Council
members who supported a plan to overturn term
limits. Voters said yes to term limits twice. The front page
blasted the pols “for disregarding the will of the people”….
Mayoral candidate Public Advocate Mark
Green called for increased safety measures on Queens Boulevard, following the death of a 14-year-old Forest Hills
girl on the deadly strip.
The threatened term limits repeal was killed in a City Council committee….Plans
for a mini-mall were released by a private developer who purchased the
Flushing site where the
Wendy’s massacre happened one year earlier….
Cleanup crews worked to remove oil from
the shoreline of Little Neck Bay
as officials looked for a cause…The New York State Health Department
threatened to shut down an Elmhurst
adult home charged with performing unnecessary prostate exams on
The Tribune hosted each mayoral
and City Council candidate at its Fresh Meadows headquarters for
a sit-down on issues and answers…Civics balked at plans for the
construction of an elementary school on the Queens
College campus… The Tribune backed Board of Ed member
Terri Thomson in April, when Borough President Claire Shulman
requested Thomson’s resignation from the board….
A Forest Hills High School graduate took
home a Pulitzer Prize for
his poems… Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Borough President Claire Shulman
proposed a change for 56 acres of junkyard in Flushing (near Shea
Stadium) into a Queens
Police busted 95 people in Willets
Point, charging them with dumping toxic fluids into Flushing
Bay…A sting operation at area auto repair shops also shut down 25 “chop
The MTA announced plans to replace token
booth clerks with MetroCard
machines …The firm hired by the city to spray pesticides in Queens to
protect it against its ‘2000’ West
Nile outbreak was fined $1 million for improperly training
employees and illegally selling pesticides….
The son of Borough President Claire
Shulman died at age 45, the victim of heart failure…June ended
on a tragic note, when three Queens firefighters lost their lives at a Father’s
Day blaze in Astoria….
Tragedy hit in
June when a deadly warehouse blaze on Father’s day in Astoria left
three firefighters dead.
Mayoral candidate Mike Bloomberg met with
Forest Hills residents, while 107 hopefuls filed to run for City
Council seats…The family of Flushing key maker Tony
Avena continued his battle with the MTA to keep the 80-year-old
family business at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue…The
Elks Lodge went on the market in July….
The Tribune featured New York
City’s vision of the 2012
Olympic Games in Queens…The Tribune discovered that a
real-life Parker family lives at the Forest Hills address listed in
comic books as the address of “Spider-Man,”
aka Peter Parker…
The Tribune reported on 20
toxic sites in Queens that were not funded for clean-up…Three
detectives at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst delivered a baby in the
back seat of a cab….
We stood on the Queens shoreline and stared at the images across the
river. As the planes crashed into the mighty towers, we wept and prayed
for the innocent victims, trapped in the fear and flames. And then the
world, as we knew it, changed forever. The terrorist attack shut down
Queens’ highways, airports, subways and buses. The Primary election
was cancelled. Shea Stadium was turned into an outdoor warehouse of
donated clothing and equipment for rescue crews….
The family of Tony Avena lost a court battle to stay in business in Flushing. The
court gave the 80-year-old business until the end of 2001 to pack and
move out…A plainclothes police sergeant cheated
death in a shoot-out near Shea Stadium. The cop was saved by his
The Tribune published an exclusive
interview with the Queens publisher
of an Afghani newspaper… Former NYC cop Bo Dietl gave the Tribune his “spin” on fighting
was voted our new borough president…Mike
Bloomberg began his first day as mayor-elect by greeting
Queensites in Kew Gardens….
We were just beginning to cope with the
terrorist attack when a plane fell from the skies over Belle Harbor. American
Airlines Flight 587 exploded in mid-air, tore apart and slammed
into homes. More than 267 people were killed in the crash, including
seven people on the ground….
Claire Shulman’s dream of a “new” Queens
Hospital Center came true in December, when a new $147 million
state-of-the-art medical facility opened it’s doors…
The Tribune told the story of a
Queens man who waited one full month to bury his parents – victims
of Flight 587 – after City medical examiners identified the
couple. The Trib interviewed, via the internet, First
Lt. Charles Hermosa, a Queens Marine who was serving in