The Ramones Get Street Named After Them In Queens Hometown
October 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PT)
NEW YORK CITY and RAMONES' hometown borough of QUEENS will honor the band's 40th anniversary by naming the corner of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in front of their alma mater FOREST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, "THE RAMONES WAY," this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th.
This follows a year of RAMONES activities and events that kicked off with the opening of the exhibition "Hey! Ho! Let's Go! RAMONES and the Birth of Punk" at the QUEENS MUSEUM. The commemorations continued with ORI CARINO's mural of the four musicians at THORNEYCROFT RAMP, a group hang-out at 66th Avenue and 99th Street in FOREST HILLS.
The irony in locating RAMONES WAY in front of their high school, given that the members of the band were not model students. JOEY (JEFFREY HYMAN) was held back a year, and DEE DEE (DOUGLAS COLVIN) never graduated. The school's other illustrious alumni include current Treasury Secretary JACK LEW (whose signature appears on all newly minted U.S. bills), as well as a slew of music icons, including PAUL SIMON, ART GARFUNKEL, BURT BACHARACH and MOUNTAIN guitarist LESLIE WEST.
The street naming was instigated by FOREST HILLS' representative in CITY COUNCIL, KAREN KOSLOWITZ. The ceremony begins at 11a (ET) on SUNDAY, and will include musician and author MICKEY LEIGH (JOEY's brother), the band's former manager DANNY FIELDS, and their former tour manager, MONTE MELNICK. The program also includes GALLERY 98's MARC H. MILLER, co-curator of "Hey! Ho! Let's Go! RAMONES and the Birth of Punk," now on view at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in LOS ANGELES through FEBRUARY 28th.