So we put it in the paper asking some of our seasoned political readers with a deep knowledge of New York history to help us decode it.
Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Society, with a little help from a longtime Parks Department employee, dropped us a line with some insight. Here’s what he wrote:
The photo was taken in the early 1980s. It was a ribbon cutting during the mayoral administration of Ed Koch From left to right, we have Anthony Atlas, a prominent attorney and chair of Community Board 6, ill-fated Queens Borough President Donald R. Manes, Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, unknown person perhaps related to the MacDonald family - World War I hero Gerald MacDonald is in bronze in the background - Queens Parks Commissioner Diana Chapin, an early supporter of mayoral candidate Koch, Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce leader George Rosenfeld, who had a luncheonette at the northeast corner of Continental Avenue and Austin Street and later married Christine McGuire of the singing trio fame; and a Larry Personette, then park manager of Community Board 6 in Forest Hills and Rego Park, who was identified by Joanne Amagrande, chief of staff for the Queens Parks Department.