A beutiful day in the park, solved
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We ran this photo a couple of weeks back we found in our archives, many of which have very little information with them, with only the knowledge that it was taken in Forest Hills at MacDonald Park.

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.
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