Sally J. Cohen named publisher of the Voice, succeeding David Schneiderman, who is president of Stern Publications.
Editor in Chief Martin Gottlieb resigns; Jonathan Z. Larsen is named Editor in Chief and assumes the role in early 1989.
Stern Publishing begins publishing a New York City entertainment guide 7 Days, which folds in 1990.
The Voice establishes a phone response system for personal ads, thus creating an automated system for responding to ads. Respondents no longer write to designated boxes at the Voice.
Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back was named best album and Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
Kathy Bates wins the Obie Award for best performance for her role in Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Julie Taymor wins best direction for Juan Darien.
Riots erupt in Thompkins Square Park after police try to clear the park of homeless people. Forty-four people are injured.
To pay tribute to the first World AIDS Day, the AIDS memorial quilt is displayed in the public lobby of the United Nations Headquarters.
The Voice leaves its 13th Street and Broadway offices for 36 Cooper Square.
The Village Voice mourns the passing of Paul Cowan, a staff writer for more than 20 years.
The Village Voice mourns the passing of Joel Oppenheimer, a columnist from 1969 to 1984.