One response came from an authority on the subject: Janet Schneider, who is standing in the middle of the group. Here’s what she wrote us at the time:
I was the executive director of the Queens Museum when the photo was taken, my guess, sometime between 1987 and 1989. That's me standing in the middle.
Here go the IDs. From left to right is Douglas Prescott, NYS Assembly member; Donald Miller, Queens Museum Board member; Juanita Watkins, Queens Museum Board member and later member of the City Council; Joseph Crowley, who was I believe in the State Assembly at that time; myself; Alan Hevesi, too many elected positions to list, but in the State Assembly at the time; Nettie Mayersohn, NYS Assembly member; Audrey Pfeffer, NYS Assembly member at that time; and William R. Blake, III, Queens Museum Board member.
Yes, indeed, we are standing on the Panorama of New York City. You'll note everyone is wearing the same footgear, special galoshes with a thick foam sole.
This is what the workers from Ray Lester Associates used when maintenance or updates were made to the Panorama. The trick was to walk in the waterways and try not to step on the bridges.
I'm happy to say that we never had any accidents, although I did hold my breath every time.
Keeping the Panorama up to date was, and is, quite a challenge. We were always trying to raise money for this, and we may have been seeking funds from the Queens Delegation.
Anyway, thanks for the memory. It is a great moment in time.
Some great info on one of Pol Position’s favorite spots in all of New York City.
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