Three down, still many to go
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We sifted through our archives and found this mystery photo that we ran last week asking for help identifying some of the people or even the event.

Obviously, it's a groundbreaking and at the heart of it all is former Queens borough president Donald Manes, one of the most tragic figures in recent New York City political history.

More specifically, it appears to be a groundbreaking on Myrtle Avenue with members of the Myrtle Avenue Local Development Corporation, which we presume might have been a precursor to the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District.

After that, we didn't have much more information to offer.

Well, Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Society, emailed us with the names of some of the other folks picture with Manes.

He wrote that standing to the left of Manes if former city comptroller Harrison J. Goldin. Goldin was a native of the Bronx who served in the post from 1974 to 1989, when he quit to run for mayor in the Democratic Primary, eventually losing to David Dinkins.

Prior to that, he served in the State Senate from 1966 to 1973, and also held a post in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights during the Kennedy Administration.

To the right of of Manes is former assemblyman Cliff Wilson, who served from 1977 to 1984. That western Queens seat has been held since 1985 by Catherine Nolan.

Gottlieb also identified the tall white-haired gentlemen with the dour expression on the far right of the photo as former state senator Martin Knorr. The Ridgewood resident held the post from 1969 to 1988. Prior to that, he served in the Assembly for two years beginning in 1953.

His post would later be held by Serphin Maltese for a number of years, but now belongs to State Senator Joseph Addabbo. Knorr passed away in 1989.

Well, that clears some of the mystery up, but there's still a lot of unidentified faces in this photo. If you think you can put some names to them, email us at

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