A Myrtle Avenue history lesson
Dec 13, 2016 | 4882 views | 0 0 comments | 318 318 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A couple of weeks ago, we ran this photo from our archive hoping someone out there might be able to fill in some details, and last week we got help from a longtime reader identifying some of the elected officials in the picture.

But this week we spoke with Ted Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, who was able to identify nearly everyone in the photo. He told us the picture was taken at a groundbreaking ceremony for the 1983-1984 capital improvements on Myrtle Avenue, as we suspected from the inscription on the shovels.

Here's the people he helped us identify, starting from the left.

On the very end is Fred Gross, who served as director of planning and development in the Borough President's office under Claire Shulman, and standing next to him is Herman Hochberg, president of the Myrtle Avenue Local Development Corporation and longtime owner of Queens Wines & Liquors on 71st Avenue.

He owned the business for 68 years before he sold it just about one month ago. The two women next to him are Jane Planken, former district manager of Community Board 5, and Barbara Wolff of the Economic Development Corporation.

As we told you last week, the next three men are former comptroller Harrison J. Golden, former borough president Donald Manes, and former assemblyman Cliff Wilson.

The next three people in the front row are Henry Webell, vice president of MALDC, MALDC secretary Monica Macezinskas, and Carl Clemens, the former owner of the Ridgewood Times.

Behind Clemens is former state senator Martin Knorr, and just to his left in the very back and partially obscured is Vito Maranzano, a longtime community activist and member of Community Board 5.

And there was one more person Ted Renz was able to identify. The man standing behind Manes looking skyward is none other than Renz himself!

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