John V. Lindsay campaigns for mayor in the Bronx, c. 1965 Photograph by Katrina Thomas
WERE YOU THERE? CAN YOU IDENTIFY ANYONE IN THIS PICTURE?
This space will feature images of New Yorkers during the administration of John V. Lindsay (1966-1973) . Help the Museum learn more about these pictures and the era by emailing your memories to Lindsay@mcny.org (500 word maximum).
In May of 2010, the Museum of the City of New York will present an exhibition that examines New York City under the Lindsay administration. Along with a companion publication edited by Sam Roberts (Columbia University Press, May 2010), the exhibition will explore some of the key events of this turbulent period and the lasting impacts of Lindsay’s legacy on the city today.
Even if you don't recognize anyone in this picture, if you lived in New York City between 1965 and 1973 the Museum of the City of New York invites you to share your stories and experiences of the city under the mayoralty of John Lindsay. Of particular interest are memories about the following themes and events:
- The Lindsay mayoral campaigns of 1965 and 1969, and his presidential bid in 1972
- Strikes, such as the transit strike of 1966 and the sanitation strike of 1968
- Lindsay walking the streets and keeping the city cool when others were erupting
- School decentralization in Ocean Hill-Brownsville and the school strikes of 1968
- The “Great Snowstorm” of February 1969
- Opening the city government to minorities and expanding opportunities for disadvantaged communities
- Grassroots movements and organizations against the war in Vietnam and in support of women’s rights, student’s rights, gay rights, and minority power
- Issues of urban planning, design, and preservation in the city
- Decentralizing and making government accessible through "Neighborhood City Halls" and District Cabinets
- Innovations like Earth Day (1970); closing the parks to traffic; creating a Consumer Affairs Department and Environmental Protection Agency; countering lead poisoning; expanding methadone maintenance treatment; youth summer programs; modernizing police operations through the 911 emergency call system; fourth platoon; and the Civilian Complaint Review Board
We welcome your stories for possible inclusion on a future website to accompany the exhibition and publication. Submissions can be sent to Lindsay@mcny.org and must include your name and telephone number. You can make multiple submissions, but each must be limited to 500 words. You may also submit personal photographs of up to 1 MB, providing as much information about the event/date/people depicted as possible.
All user contributions become property of the Museum of the City of New York and include the right to post and/or publish the submitted content. The Museum of the City of New York reserves the right to screen, remove, or edit content or language deemed inappropriate.