• 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.
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