Who would have thought, back in the Seventies, that people would be so nostalgic about The Ramones that their hometown would be falling all over itself to honor them?
This is an officially sanctioned mural painted under the Forest Hills Long Island Railroad station, the route one would walk to Forest Hills Stadium where they played in their heyday. There is another Ramones mural nearby, as well as a move to rename a street near Forest Hills High School, from which the original band members graduated.
All the band members used the stage surname Ramone. I find that pretty funny.
What’s funnier is that punk, the music of rebellion, has become so mainstream that local politicians are involved in honoring it.
Forest Hills is a sedate section of New York City’s borough of Queens, which itself is one of New York City’s more residential counties.