t the ribbon-cutting ceremony of what would become the tallest building in Queens, Councilmember Walter McCaffrey described the new Citicorp Tower as “a victory for Western Queens, its civic leadership, Community Board 2 and local elected officials”.
The star studded opening held on Friday, Dec. 15, 1989 featured Mayor-elect David Dinkins, Mayor Ed Koch, Citicorp Chairman John S. Reed, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, state Senator George Onorato, Congressmember Thomas Manton, Assemblymembers Denis Butler and Catherine Nolan and City Council Majority Leader Peter Vallone Sr. Also present was ex-Citibank Vice President Margaret Swezey.
The opening was one of Koch’s final official acts to be held in the borough before the end of his mayoral career.
The 50-story Citicorp tower was built on the location of the old St. Joseph’s Hospital.
As Long Island City and the rest of Queens moves into the second decade of the 21st Century, hotels and condominiums are now competing for the coveted record of being the borough’s tallest structure. A record that will soon be broken.
–Jason D. Antos