On Sunday, October 30th, the city of New York officially made an intersection in Queens' Forest Hills neighborhood every future punk's most-wanted block to live on. Thanks to a proposal passed on July 14th of this year, the corner of 67th Avenue and 110th Street was renamed "The Ramones Way," in honor of one of the first bands to change the musical landscape of the city in the late-'70s. The corner is in front of Forest Hills High School, which is where the original lineup attended and, hence, was thought to be the perfect place to commemorate the outfit.
The original date was set for the previous Sunday (the 23rd), and I was puzzled after arriving and not seeing a newly-covered street sign. It was only after one of the handful of folks hanging around checked the Ramones' social media that we discovered the service had been moved to the following weekend. I packed up my camera and headed home, only to happily return again a week later.
I turned up to find the sign ready to be unveiled, and a schoolyard packed with a little over a hundred fans.
As the speakers played the Ramones' 1976 debut, the crowd gathered around the podium.
I grabbed a program pamphlet and took a seat right up front.
The ceremony was confirmed by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz, which began at 11:00am on this beautiful autumn Sunday morning. Speakers included Council Member Koslowitz; Congresswoman of the 6th District of NY, Grace Meng; Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh...
...Ramones tour manager, Monte Melnick; the Ramones' first band manager, Danny Fields...
...and the amazing Captain Sensible of The Damned made it all the way from across the pond to honor Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy.
As the observance concluded, the crowd headed out to the street for the unveiling. After a very Ramones-like "1, 2, 3, 4..." the cover was removed, and the crowd cheered.
Many stuck around to chat, and I maneuvered through the crowd to get photos of some of the more interesting fans...
...as well as—of course—a few shots of people's backs.
Though I missed the ceremony, the city previously honored A Tribe Called Quest's Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor by renaming the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street, also in Queens, on August 3rd.
While many of us may lose a little piece of ourselves when those who we admire or have influenced us pass on, it's always reassuring that one can find community in keeping the spirit of these creative giants alive.