A new look at the dramatic times and controversial tenure (1966-1973)
of New York City's 103rd mayor.

America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York examines the dramatic times and controversial tenure (1966-1973) of New York’s 103rd mayor. The exhibition presents Lindsay’s efforts to lead a city amid the political and social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s; it also highlights Mayor Lindsay’s ambitious initiatives to redefine New York’s government, economy, culture, and urban design. As a result of his commitment to civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War, Lindsay emerged as a national figure in a troubled and exhilarating era. At a time of exodus to the suburbs, he championed city life. The exhibition explores the political and fiscal costs of his approach, particularly growing criticism from disaffected white ethnic voters and a city budget increasingly in debt.

Additional Resources

The exhibition, presented in cooperation with the Municipal Archives, is accompanied by a book of the same title edited by Sam Roberts of The New York Times and co-published by Columbia University Press and the Museum of the City of New York (May 2010), as well as a public television documentary, Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years presented by WNET.ORG.

Visit the virtual exhibition for America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York.
Additionally, you can visit the supplemental website, New York's Mayors: John V. Lindsay, featuring photographs, videos, interactive features, and a place for you to enter your own memories of the Lindsay years.

  • Sponsors

    The 2010 presentation of America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York at the Museum of the City of New York was made possible with lead funding by:

    Margaret Lindsay and Michael Picotte
    Robert D. Lindsay
    Robert V. Lindsay
    Bloomberg
    The David Berg Foundation
    Jeffrey Katzenberg
    The George Lindsay Family

    As well as the generous support of:

    Sunny and Dick Aurelio
    Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
    Ed Hamilton
    Sandy and Linda Lindenbaum
    The New York Community Trust
    Bob Price
    The Howard Samuels Family
    Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff
    Pollock and Arthur Spiegel
    The William S. Paley Foundation
    John Zuccotti

    And additional support from: Anonymous, Carter Bales, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Don Elliott, David L. Garth, Roy Goodman, James Kagen, Eugene Keilin and Joanne Witty, Wynn Kramarsky, Joan and Leonard Leiman, The Leonard Friedland Charitable Foundation/ Sid Davidoff and Robert J. Malito, Norman and Tina Levy, Stephen McDonald, Charles Moerdler, Fran and Fred Nathan, Victor Palmieri, Hal and Judy Prince, Norman Redlich, Jaque Robertson, Bob Sweet, Cynthia C. Wainwright, Robert Wilmers, Herb Sturz, Gina Sharpe, Herb Elish and Eloise Hirsh, Lyndsay Howard, Katharine L. Lake, Ken Patton, and Martha Wallau