2016-11-02 / Features

‘The Ramones Way’


Mickey Leigh, the younger brother of Joey Ramone, holding up a replica of the sign that was just installed in front of Forest Hills High School. “Rock, rock, rock, rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (lyrics from the title track to the musical, “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”) Leigh said, “It’s all about keeping the inspiration going.” Leigh was joined by with City Council Member Karen Koslowitz (l.) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (r.) at Forest Hills High School. 
Photos Steve Silberberg Mickey Leigh, the younger brother of Joey Ramone, holding up a replica of the sign that was just installed in front of Forest Hills High School. “Rock, rock, rock, rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (lyrics from the title track to the musical, “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”) Leigh said, “It’s all about keeping the inspiration going.” Leigh was joined by with City Council Member Karen Koslowitz (l.) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (r.) at Forest Hills High School. Photos Steve Silberberg On Sunday October 30, the street in front of Forest Hills High (“Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”) was co-named to honor punk rock pioneers and legend, The Ramones. “The Ramones Way” is at the intersection of 67th Monte Melnick, The Ramones’ tour manager, holding up his letter from when he attended Forest Hills HS. Melnick said, “They did what they could with what they had, which was their music. That’s ‘The Ramones way.’” Seen here also are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Member Karen Koslowitz , Mickey Leigh, younger brother of Joey Ramone, Danny Fields, the Ramones’ former manager, David Erdelyi, Tommy Ramone’s nephew and Neil Rosenblatt, an Assistant Principal at Forest Hills High School.Monte Melnick, The Ramones’ tour manager, holding up his letter from when he attended Forest Hills HS. Melnick said, “They did what they could with what they had, which was their music. That’s ‘The Ramones way.’” Seen here also are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Member Karen Koslowitz , Mickey Leigh, younger brother of Joey Ramone, Danny Fields, the Ramones’ former manager, David Erdelyi, Tommy Ramone’s nephew and Neil Rosenblatt, an Assistant Principal at Forest Hills High School.Avenue and 110th Street in front of the main entrance of Forest Hills High School. Forest Hills High School is where original members Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone all attended and met. Formed in 1974, the original Ramones lineup consisted of John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone). The band was recognized in “Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” and was ranked the second greatest band of all time by Spin magazine. In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and were also awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. They were not born brothers, but became brothers in the melting pot of the planet, Forest Hills.

—Steve Silberberg

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who sponsored the street co-naming, said “When students look up and see this bright green street sign, a few may ask, who were The Ramones? Now it will be explained that they are about to do what four giants of the entertainment world did two generations before – walk through the front doors of Forest Hills High School.”
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who sponsored the street co-naming, said “When students look up and see this bright green street sign, a few may ask, who were The Ramones? Now it will be explained that they are about to do what four giants of the entertainment world did two generations before – walk through the front doors of Forest Hills High School.”

The unveiling of the new street sign co-naming the street in front of Forest Hills High School “The Ramones Way.” Forest Hills HS is where The Ramones met.The unveiling of the new street sign co-naming the street in front of Forest Hills High School “The Ramones Way.” Forest Hills HS is where The Ramones met.

 

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