The mystery of the Queens Festival
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We ran this photo from our archives of former Queens borough president Donald Manes with a couple of gentleman promoting something called the Queens Festival '86 asking for help clueing us in on some information surrounding it. We received several responses, and here's what we learned.

Standing with Manes on the right is Dennis Connelly, who was the Queens director of Community Relations for the New York Telephone Company, and on the left is Ron Cox, director of Community Relations for the Queens Division of Brooklyn Union Gas.

What we didn't get a whole lot of information on was just what in the world the Queens Festival '86 was or entailed. This photo actually had some random information attached to it letting us know that Queens Festival '86 carried the theme “Americana” and was intended to be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and the monument's rehabilitation.

It promised two days featuring a wide variety of cultural, recreational and special events.

The scant information also alluded to something called Queens Festival '85, which leads us to believe this wasn't a one-time celebration, but was at one time an annual event.

If anyone remembers or has any information on the Queens Festival, get in touch with us at
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