The Blue Book you are holding (or the
online edition you are viewing) is the most comprehensive guide ever
prepared about our Borough of more than two million people who call
Queens their home — the most ethnically diverse group anywhere on
At the Trib, we have —
for more than 32 years — chronicled the lives of the people of Queens
and tried our best to bring some order to the hodgepodge of County and
City government, civic and cultural officialdom. We’ve tried to help
the people who live here cope with Queens.
“Our Official Guide To Queens” was
born more than a decade ago and has become a working annual reference
book for all who have occasion to navigate through Queens and its
information, bureaucracy and life.
1991: In the old Tribune office,
“The Official Guide To Queens” was born.
1994: A tour guide to navigating through
the officialdom of the Borough.
1997: Eye On Queens: When slick and high
tech met “The Official GuideTo Queens.”
1999: “The Official Guide” becomes
the indispensable reference book.
2000: The Blue Book: The Guide stakes
its claim as Queens’ ultimate reference annual.
2001: A new millennium and the most
complete Guide to Queens ever published.
2002: The “Official Guide” announces
the birth of “The Unofficial Guide To Queens.”
We believe it to be indispensable to
anyone living in, doing business in, researching or even passing through
Queens, New York. We keep a copy of The Queens Blue Book next to our
desk at home and one in the office. We use it as a regular phone
directory to everything Queens, an elected-officials-names spell
checker, an atlas (for school districts, community boards, legislative
districts and much more), an emergency contact guide and a
mini-encyclopedia/history fact checker. It provides us with tidbits for
our column: statistics, neighborhood names, etc. It provides you with
contact information for all the resources to unjangle your chaos, soothe
your soul, enrich your mind and get you where you want to go.
You now hold in your hand (or on your
computer monitor) the “Official Guide To Queens 2002.” But that is
just the beginning. At the end of this year, we will publish the
“First UnOfficial Guide to Queens.” It will share with you some of
the less common and less official aspects of our borough. You’ll also
want to keep this one by your desk or your bed. It’ll keep you
informed, chuckling and give you part of Queens’ other side. As you
are viewing this Blue Book, we at the Tribune are
compiling its companion edition.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or
contributions for our companion “UnOfficial Guide to Queens” please
email them to me at the address below. If you’ve yet to enter modern
civilization, the Tribune’s snail mail address can be
found on a nearby page (page 10 to be exact).
Hundreds of people have contributed to
this, the Queens Blue Book. This Official Guide is the culmination of
the work of Tribune staff members over a 12-year
period. We’ve seen it improve, evolve and grow. Through the years,
each editor, art director, designer, photographer, writer, compiler even
salesperson and office staff member brought to the effort their own
uniqueness and perceptions. Then our talented editor – with a little
help from me – twists and tweaks it to make it more understandable,
easy to use and – we hope – an invaluable reference manual to our
It’s been imitated — by many — but
Mike Nussbaum, our associate publisher
who has been around the Queens scene for almost ever, has commented on
the several imitation versions others have produced. He reminds us that
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The fact that several
smaller Queens papers now publish their own form of guides is a tribute
to our vision and ideas. Now a number of papers throughout the City and
State have also followed our lead.
The Tribune has pioneered
much more than just the Official Guide concept. In addition to our
annual bound and glossy covered favorites “The Best of Queens” and
our historic “Anniversary Edition,” community journalism on the east
coast saw its first four-color pages in 1988 in the Trib.
The glossy covers first appeared way back in in 1990; our website
appeared some seven years ago and was followed by an “e-mall,”
Queens’ first online shopping portal. We‘re not stopping now. This
year’s offering of the “UnOfficial Guide to Queens,” we hope will
have as great an impact as some of our previous contributions.
In this year’s Official Guide, like
last, Tamara Hartman, our unheralded editor, has outdone our previous
efforts. She started early, being born a Queens journalist thirty plus
years ago (yup, she’s that old). Her mom, a journalist, raised her on
ink and newsprint. Tamara, who is in her ninth year as a community
newspaper journalist, graduated from Queens College where she also
recently taught journalism. She has had every phone number, every fact
and every comma checked and double-checked. Still, we are certain that
our readers will find something less than perfect.
Please let us know. We want to print
corrections, correct our online edition and update our files for next
year’s Blue Book. You can send suggestions, comments or corrections
to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax or mail them to us at the Tribune.
The production and art effort of getting
the words and pictures to you in an attractive readable form was
spearheaded by Trib art director, Lianne Procanyn whose
relationship with the Trib began some 15 years ago. Lianne,
a Queens native, has been restyling, developing and perfecting her skill
and our look. She has done battle with a pre-press department in an
attempt to electronically transmit all pages and master the fingertip
tabs explained on page 7.
The sales staff, under the direction of
Lew Galati, has outdone previous efforts. The book that you are holding
is the largest Official Guide we’ve ever published. The advertising
revenue has surpassed all previous highs. In a time when the naysayers
are crying economic downturn and advertising slump, the Tribune sales
staff has demonstrated that when you offer a product of value to a
knowledgeable marketplace, common sense and judgment prevail. The Queens
marketplace is alive, well and prospering. The Tribune is
proud to publish its paper of record.
Of course there are many, many others
who contributed to this year’s effort: editorial, art, sales,
classifieds and office staffs have all undergone a bit more stress and
for the most part offered to do a bit more than usual; our readers who
throughout the year emailed, faxed and mailed us advice, omissions and
errors; and our advertisers loyally support this annual effort because
they believe in the Trib and they believe in Queens.
To all of you, thanx!
This Blue Book is yours; may it continue
to fill your days with Queens information and color.