Judith Schneider
I remember a Halloween Happening in Central Park, which felt like our backyard. It was a time of idealism and Lindsay was saying the things I really believed in. Not that many leaders were saying truth to power.
marylou balfe
I remember all of it but what stands out in my mind was the peace rally in Washington Sq in oct 1969. I was against the war and John Lindsay filled the park to overflowing. People who wanted peace.
Joel Rosenbaum
AS a disabled Vietnam Veteran I look upon Mayor Lindsay with the same digust I have for Jane Fonda by his comment that the real heroes of the Vietnam War are those who fled to Canada
Pat Smith
What a pity he was not elected to the Presidency instead of Richard Nixon! Americans would no doubt have a different country - no Milton Friedman taking us off the gold standard, no Watergate, Vietnam ended so much earlier...the contrast is mind-boggling. Sigh...
Robert Howley
I was in my formative years when John Lindsay was mayor, I lived in Queens and took the subway to Xavier HS everyday on 14th street. The subway was a mess and crime was rampant. My dad was a NYC teacher nad he had nothing but disdain for Lindsay and he viewed him as an outsider and an arrogant guy.
Theodore Miller
Mayor Lindsey inhabited city hall during a tumultuous time of this nation. Civil rights and urban issues were being redefined to include all minorities, as well as, lower economic working classes. He did a superb job, in the face of controversy. As one who was a teenager then, and now 59 y/o, I will always view his years, as the best, of any mayor of NYC.
Peter Kelman
As a young (25) progressive Jewish teacher at Benjamin Franklin HS (in East Harlem), the teachers' strike of 1968 was devastating. In a cynical (and successful) power grab, the UFT and its president, Albert Shanker, used the fear of anti-Semitism to destroy the noble experiment of community control of schools in minority neighborhoods and, in doing so, permanently fractured the long-standing alliance of Jews an Blacks in NYC. One moment that exemplified for me the breakdown of this classic alliance was one night in early 1969 when I attended a performance of the powerful Broadway play "The Great White Hope." At the end of the play, the black boxing champion played by James Earl Jones walks onto the stage virtually unscathed after having been forced by racist elements to throw the fight of the century, while the white fighter who has "won" is carried off unconscious and beaten to a pulp. Then, as Jones looked out at the audience and raised his towel wrapped fist in a gesture akin to the "black power" salute, I jumped from my seat, tears running down my cheeks and applauded wildly... and almost alone, as the (largely Jewish) audience sat stonily silent before filing out.
John O'Connor
On the morning ofJanuary 13th 1967 as a young NYPD Police Officer along with my patner Francis Keatrintg was credited with saving countless lives. Mayor Lindsay had this to say"The alertnessa and the initiaiative excercised Patrroman Keating and O'Connor etc, etc. Some stories behind this story
J. Mezo
Lindsay was totally inept,and as a consequence his mayoralty was a complete disaster. Yes,under Wagner New York was a city in crisis - Lindsay turned it into chaos. This individual had absolutely no interest in being mayor and, combined with the continuous cover ups of the media, tried to create a dynamic image,that he was actually doing something positive, all in the complete fantasy that he was presidential material. Most egregiously, he refused to enforce the most basic of laws of any civil society in the fear that such would tarnish the fake image. The situation became so bad that we wondered if the governor and the national guard would take over in view of his refusal to basically govern. Indeed, one Latin American country voiced that they might have to intervene in order to restore order. He's gone, but the painful memory of what he did to our city does linger on.
faye teichman
my mom was at a salute to israel rally and pushed her way forward, determined to meet him. even though my mom was born in europe, and dressed modestly as an orthodox jewish woman, mayor lindsay recognized her spunky spirit, shook her hand, and called her a swinger, a compliment that still gives her a kick today.
Denton Hutchinson
Great story. I enjoyed it. Very informative and educational. A window into what happened back then, for me who wes a pre-teen, from and lived in another country at the time. I would love to see a repeat showing and more of this story. A pretty fashionable, handsome and interesting man in his time. He had Presidential looks and appeal. He would have a good shot at the presidency if it was now.
Carol McGann
Yes, I remember walking from B'way/251st st to JHS 141 HH Pkwy thru Riverdale hills for 12 days during the transit strike when I was 13 and the incredible sellout that later proved to be. BUT more important, during "A. Shankers" strike,when I was basiucally out of school until the start of Nov! I was in my senior year in Walton HS, a '69 grad Bronx, NY My fave teacher Mr ( now Dr, I'd give anything to thank him now) Lichtine, knowing we lost valuable study time in Senior Yr, opened the school to tutor @40 of us in the auditorium for Regents exams. Whistle was blown by striking teachers; cops came in, gave a ticket; we passed the hat to pay, probably didn't scratch $20.00 between us; ...in true fashion, he was touched and took the hat and walked us over to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, near Fordham Rd (long gone and took care of it all. . He would take on everything, including a girl that couldn't afford the prom;things were diff back then) 1969 was magic. I know he later taught in Lehman; would love to thank him again for being a memorable role model. Everyone has one, I hope he is still around to be making a difference
Larry Morrisl
Those challenges presented in the porogram were not the only major problems. The very next year after his first term election, he was involved in the police review board contraversey.. The very same electorate that elected him rebuked his attempt to establish the review board. It further divided and polarized the city. I know, I was a MOS at the time
Mister Miller
I remember his boyish good looks and his masculine swagger
Ilene Leff
Unfortunately, the film on Fun City relied on people who were not born at the time or who did not live in New York, so they had no conception of the electricity, the dynamism, the excitement, the fun of working with so many talented people. We live in a sound bite world with news and entertainment often confused. A sadder commentary is when those recording “history” rely on sound bites, pseudo psychology, and melodrama. There was a lot of hard work going on and a great deal of positive accomplishments. No one filmed us, we did not appear on the nightly news, and we would not be found in media footage. But we worked to change the world for the better then and now. And we did. We were not jousting at windmills. We could not be reduced to one Broadway musical, but we opened Broadway to more people with the Theatre Development Fund and half price tickets. John Lindsay and Fred Hayes inspired us, trusted us and set us on lives of contribution and service. A legacy is anything handed down from the past. John Lindsay handed us down to the City, country and world. We carry John Lindsay’s hope, social justice, values based leadership and Fred Hayes’ excellence in management to - Bring fine films to the world Co-Founder DreamWorks - Bring intelligent news to the world President International Herald Tribune - Support innovation throughout the world President Rockefeller Foundation - Fight for the environment Environmental Defense Fund - Fight for children throughout the world UNICEF - Open the finest cultural offerings to broader audiences President of Metropolitan Museum of Art Lincoln Center - Provide leadership to major institutions CIT Citibank Loew’s McKinsey & Company Revlon Time Warner Cable Clinton Administration - Make laws for all Congressperson We are executives, lawyers, writers, social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, community leaders, making real change for the better. We changed the City and the Lindsay Administration changed us. You had to have been there to feel the electricity. You see us in solid structures reaching to the sky You hear us in voices singing in concerts You taste us in glorious restaurants You smell us in fragrant flowers at city parks And to touch the electricity you had to have there then. Now we are passing on to future generations our legacy of Lindsay's value based leadership and Hayes' management innovations.
Keith L. Winslow
I was only 8 yrs old in 1968 Living in Brooklyn N.Y with my mother, my father an his /& sisters moved to jamaica Queens . In Bklyn Mon-Fri , I remember powder milk , Peanut butter in the big silver can , Food stamps in the booklet/ paper $1.00 $5.00 $10.00 an people had JOBS /WORK , while My Fathers mother wanted me to go too the Y.M.C.A in the summer time in jamaica Queens. My Grandmother worked for N.Y.C. Transit token booth clerk , My father worked in the Post office. Every friday I would ride the B-22 from bklyn to Queens down Atlantic Ave. saturday when we go jamaica ave to shop we wold ride the Q-9 bus an had to run to the corner to catch the Q-9 on 135th st in jam Queens. To me , my opinion Things wasn't as bad (TIMES) as they are today. If you didn't work back then its because you were LAZY!u didn't look for work . People cared more for you & about you back then. We had a heroin problems on the streets an wine (swiss-up , Thunder-bird, wild Irish rose etc) candy 5 for a nickle Mr softee ice cream truck came twice a day . cigarettes , gas ,food were cheaper. I remember Gas in N.Y. odd & even # days .
Lenny Waller
Growing up in NY way before, & after the Lindsay Administration. It shows how NYC was & turned forward. Some changes I believe were excellent. Others Ruined our city, & in recent years From Mayor Julianne, to Mayor Bloomberg. It shows how they ruined our city. We need a NY as in the 50's 60's
Kim Shapiro
It was circa 1969 and I was 12 years old attending a candlelight procession protesting the war in Vietnam in Flushing,Queens with my parents. There was a group of pro- war protestors in the back of the crowd. It started to get rough with pushing and obscenties being yelled. The police stood there with their arms folded. When Mayor Lindsay went to the podium he became visibly upset and said something like "There are children here!" Then admonished the cops for not keeping the peace. That really stuck in my mind all these years.
George Lowery
I was very proud of Mayor Lindsey for being bold enough to appoint my uncle Robert O. Lowery to be the first Black American to the position of Fire Commissioner for the City of New York.
Anthony Waters
I was 10 yrs old and quite independent. I was handing out pamphlets,bumper stickers,and pins for Lindsay on Jamacia Ave in Woodhaven. I didn't have any politics, but it paid...money! Probably a dollar a day or better. I got to meet Mr. Lindsay and Wm.Buckley.
Robert S. Krauser
John Lindsay was an inspiring and courageous legislator, but he was a poor administrator. As for previous Mayors the job was a dead end ad in his case a career ender. He ended ujp giving much too generous deals to the uions, especially pension benefits and practically bankrupted the city.Basing retirement pay on overtime work in final year, puleeze. Fun City had its moments, the parks and museums improved, more people rode bicyhcles around Central Park, but Lindsayh was no match for the labor unions. He meant well, but in the end, did not really improve the city or his political career. I worked on his first mayoral campaign, even arranging the pre election night tour of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens with Senator Jacob Javits, who previously did not really participate in the campaign. This tour was very helpful with the Jewish vote as Senator Javits was revered. However, I did not volunteer to work on his future campaigns. John Linsay meant well, but could not acheive his goals, which may not have been entirely realistic. He was a good man, and it is a shame that he was not more successful.Perhaps he did not fully understand the chemistry of New York City.
glenn liguori
It was 1968 - Yours truly was a 20 year old kid with a wife and baby. We lived in a 4 story walkup in Queeens. I sold vacuum cleaners and portable clothes washing machines. It was April, my partner and I were making a sales call in East New York. The African American family on Pitkin Av. was impressed with my demonstration of the Hoover washing machine we had just carried up two flights of stairs. It hooked up to their kithen sink faucet. They would save time and money not having to go to the coin laundry. As we were closing the sale, news of Dr. Martin Luther Kings assassination was announced on the kitchen radio. We all stood shocked in silence for a moment. The woman was first to speak. We'll take the washer and you boys best be getting out of this neighborhood real fast. She walked us down to my car, which was parked around the corner on Shepard Av. It was a plain black chevy 4 door sedan with a big trunk that could hold the washing machines. Two young guys wearing suits driving an "unmarked police car". The neighborhood was getting angry, fire hydrants were being opened, windows started to break. In a different car not wearing business suits we would have taken a beating. On that day which will be remembered forever along with Lincoln and JFK this "kid" got lucky.
John Armwood
I was a sixteen year old black teenager who volunteered with the Lindsay Campaign, first at the Staten Island office then at the 5th Avenue office between 52nd and 53rd Street. I was later hired has a campaign staff person. Both Lindsay and his wife Mary were kind to me. I especially remember a Labor day walking tour on Staten Island. Someone through a large paper cup filled with beer at the mayor. I was hit by a large portion of the beer. Mayor Lindsay teased me the rest of the campaign about being from Staten Island. I shed a tear when I heard he died. I will always remember his openness and kindness. I left NYC in 1984 to attend law school in Atlanta, Georgia where I still reside.
James Bosley
We need the idealism of John Lindsey now in New York City. Our current Mayor sadly is a cynic when it comes to lower class and working people.
Catherine (Mrs. Holt) Meyer
Holt is deceased but he was instrumental in saving Snug Harber and the Green Belt on Staten Island. Moses' plan for Richmond Parkway was stopped. Thanks JVL.
Stephen Siciliano
Wonderful consideration of a remarkable fellow and the things he tried to do. I lived in Queens and remember feeling he could not be beat. I went to PS 26 and remember the teachers' strikes and naturally, the snowstorm. We didn't go to school much and the anarchy of the times was reflected in that child's reality.
Ernest Maldonado
No mayor with the exception of Major Fiorello La Guardia, has an administration been shaped more by the course of historical events that helped shape our nation's history, and that of New York City than the Lindsay years. I was a high school student during the great snow storm of 1968, the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy, Martin L. King,Jr.,etc. The Lindsay years were indeed eventful years that still impact our city today!
Marie Warmbold
In fall 1965, I was a freshman at Fordham University in the Bronx. John Lindsay came to speak at our gymnasium. I was able to get close enough to shake his hand, and since I was a Lindsay supporter, asked if I could have one of his campaign buttons. He quickly turned to an aide to get one, but they only had them in Spanish. I happily took it anyhow. In 1969 I turned 21, the voting age in those days. So the mayoral election of 1969 was my first election, and John Lindsay was the first candidate I ever voted for. I remember the subway strike of 1966; I had a carpool driver to go to Fordham. I lived in Queens then; I remember the unshoveled snow. So?? No big deal to me. I still think he was a good mayor, and I am still glad I voted for him.
Richard Rothman
I was a VISTA volunteer in1968 on West 85 between Riverside and Westend. I met the Mayor Lindsey when he open a community center on the block. I still remember meeting him. I was a VISTA volunteer for one year on West 85 Street. This was a great time in my life. I think was great Mayor. After one I moved back to San Francisco.
David Levine
John Lindsay was the one of the worst mayors in NYC history. It is no accident that one of the Democrats who endorsed him was Dinkins who was worse than him. Every problem cited by John Lindsay in his 1965 commercials got worse after his 8 years. Schools did not educate, police and fire service diminished, rioters ran rampant after the King murder despite what the documentary might lead one to believe, The 1968 school strike was brought about by Lindsay's pandering and the 1969 snowfall showed his incompetence. Only Manhattan received any service at all on that front. The City did not work for either blacks, Hispanics or whites until the Koch-Giuliani years, broken by the incompetent Dinkins term. Face it, he was a horror show--his appointees were second raters (with one or two exceptions). His policies could today be described as the inspiration for today's Greek Socialist Party. His campaign for President was a joke, especially in Florida where an enterprising retired Democrat district leader, Bob Blackie, sent up an airborne banners which truthfully read, "Lindsay Means Tsouris" and "Tsouris Means Trouble." A great President asked the nation, "Are you better off now than you were (8) years ago?" To New Yorkers assessing the Lindsay years the answer must be a resounding NO! He will go down in New York history with bitterness despite the efforts of a PBS station to tip the scales in his favor (which is another piece of evidence that PBS's Federal subsidy should end.
Jim Capatelli
Honestly, I remember how much my parents, and most people in our white, working class neighborhood in a nearby New Jersey community, truly hated John Lindsay. Just hated him. They were threatened in the late sixties and early seventies. The world was changing. And John Lindsay seemed to be one of those "liberals" on the national stage that was "giving everything away" to people of color. (However, people in my neighborhood didn't refer to them that way, back then. They were much less respectful.) But by the time Lindsay's years were coming to a close, I had become an admirer. And even my parents had come around to liking him a bit. I remember my dad saying, "One thing about Lindsay. He's not a crook. He's honest. He would never take a bribe. He would never steal money. He's not that type of politician. He just doesn't know what he's doing." Today, we're all admirers of this kind, good, decent and highly intelligent man. He represented our best hopes and ideas from that era. John Lindsay was also one of the last of the progressive Republicans. They've all disappeared. But New York alone produced several of them, from Lindsay, to Senators Javits and Goodell and many more. Lindsay was also part of an era when New York produced several giants on the political stage, including Senator Robert Kennedy and Governor Rockefeller. It's a time I'll never forget. I only wish we could have kept John Lindsay on the national stage for much, much longer.
Pamela Howlett
What was all of the negative publicity about Mayor John Lindsay during his terms 1965-1973? I was born in 1961, and grew up in St. Albans, Queens, during that time period. From a child's point of view, Mayor John Lindsay was one of the best mayors that New York City has ever had. We had a great childhood under his administration. In our community, people looked out for each other. We had a very unique block association. We knew how to improvise. During the 1968 New York City public school teachers strike, we had school at a local church. We thought it was an adventure, heading out each morning to the local church, for school! During the blizzard of 1969, we were stranded on our block, but we built snow igloos in our backyards! St. Albans was a thriving business area under John Lindsay's administration. We had a bowling alley, movie theatre, sewing shop, shoe store, bakery, record shop, soda fountain shop, and other businesses on Linden Boulevard. We had a fun childhood. We played dodge ball, jumped rope, and hula-hooped in the streets! Under the John Lindsay administration, The newly constructed St. Albans library opened in 1969, after being in a storefront for so many years. The John Lindsay years was symbolic of fun and prosperity. Thank-you to Mayor John Lindsay. We had a memorable childhood under his administration.
Edward Morrison
Initiation of one stop service for City Permits;consolidation of agencies for purposes of efficiency and economics;initiation of Policy Analysis in the Mayor's Office for review of all legislation to be adopted by City Council and Board of Estimate; initiation of Office for the Elderly;initiation of Dept. of Consumer Affairs; iniation of doing business with minority enterprises (including women); initiation of community Boards for recommendation of judicial candidates to be appointed by Mayor; Set up policy advisory Board composed of representatives of prominent civic organizations; Created Taxi& Limo Commission; Supported low tuition at City University & creation of community Colleges;campaigned against Vietnam War & opposed Nixon for President; attracted young idealistic and competent men and women to Government Service who remained in Government well after a new Mayor was elected;saving Community Hospitals by consolidating the Health and Hospital Corporation;actively support small businesses in City with the use of retired entrepeneurs; enhanced city parks and playgrounds in all boroughs; created new methodologies for improving traffic flow in Manhattan; initiated new techniques for paving roadways with a more economical system; created bicycle lanes in City Traffic; and helped the independent liberal political movement in the City and State of New York until it was destroyed by Mayor Guilliani;reformed the process of City Planning by his appointments to the CPComm;
Joe La Zizza
I remember John Lindsay for the murder of Officer Philip Cardillo, who died of wounds after responding to the Mosque in Harlem for an officer assistance call. The call was a lure to kill a policeman. Lindsay did not press the police commissioner to invade the Mosque but left Philip to die.What an outrage. What a terrible man Lindsay was to do this.
Alexandra Krithades
I was a high school student and worked on John Lindsay's first mayoral campaign in my neighborhood, Parkchester, in the Bronx. It was the first time I felt inspired by a candidate. He came to Parkchester and walked the streets there, shirt sleeves rolled up, and spontaneously put his arm around me and another young woman. It was such a magical moment for us as campaign volunteers. I don't remember other candidates bothering to come to our neighborhood. I remember the transit strike, and hating Mike Quill. I had to walk to high school through dark, cold and dangerous streets. But we blamed Quill, not Lindsay for that. John Lindsay represented hope, youth, idealism,change, a new way of doing things. He may have been a 'patrician' but he cared deeply about those less fortunate than himself. It's hard to believe, given today's cautious, calculating political environment, that he ran the flag at half staff when Kent State happened. What mayor today would have the courage to do something like that? I think his mayoralty was overwhelemd by many social forces colliding all at once: Vietnam, civil rights, poverty, urban decay, white flight. I don't think anyone could have mastered all these issues. He did not master all of them either,but he stayed true to his values and to his higher vision and for that I will always admire him.
Mona Cutolo
I remember John Lindsay for reclaiming the waterfront for the people. He instituted the first Master Plan for NYC that led to the relocation of heavy industrial and commercial activities from the waterfront so that it could be reclaimed for housing and partks. I also recall how his Parks Commissioner turned the parks from a dangerous, scary abandoned resource into a lively, vibrant attraction that brought people back to Central Park with varied events and "happenings" and by limiting traffic for use of park roads by bikes. Lindsay's legacy is alive and appreciated to this day. I was developing an urban studies program at a local college and it was a very exciting and dynamic time to be studying urban planning.
Susan (Obstfeld) Weinstock
I was a 19 year old intern in 1969 working on the Mayor's Urban Action Task Force which was Lindsay's idea to bring government closer to the people. We were all so young and idealist with a most charismatic leader in John Lindsay. Here's an example of the Lindsay charm. I was working a campaign stop-over at Dubrows - an old fashioned luncheonette on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. I was early talking up the Mayor to the crowd of silver haired women who were grumbling about everything from Lindsay giving the city to the blacks, to the price of a token. I couldn’t get one positive comment from anyone - I figured they would stone him. He finally got there - late - and a hush fell over the crowd. “Oh my god - he's so gorgeous, look how tall he is.” The crowd swelled around him everyone trying to touch or kiss him - he had their vote at the first smile.
Susan (Obstfeld) Weinstock
Almost forgot on the way back from the Dubrow visit, we drove down Ocean Parkway. The Mayor looked out and said, this would be a nice place to put up some tables and benches so the old men could play chess. Six months later the Ocean Parkway Malls were born. 40 years later, the old men are still sitting at the tables playing chess on Ocean Parkway.
Joseph Jeffries-EL
I remember my first meeting with Mayor John Lindsay in the summer of 1967. Mayor Lindsay flew into Brooklyn by helicopter and landed in a schoolyard near the 77th Precinct where we met and he personally thanked me for saving the lives of his deputy mayors. The summer of 1967 was one of racial strife and unrest with the streets filled with angry youths with no jobs, or organized activities. When Police officers shot and killed a 13 year old boy in Oceanhill-Brownsville, a riot ensued and these angry youths began throwing Molotov cocktails off the roofs at the police who were replete in riot gear attempting to quell the uprising. Amongst the police were two deputy mayors that Mayor Lindsay dispatched to observe the police actions. I met with the boy’s parents and was able to calm the tensions between the community and police. I took the deputy mayors and the boy’s family to my headquarters where Deputy Mayor Robert Sweet assured the family that Mayor Lindsay would take action to make sure justice was done. Mayor Lindsay later invited me to a Citizens’ Luncheon at Gracie Mansion on December 6, 1967 where I was presented the Leo Model Foundation’s Periclean Prize Award “given in recognition of outstanding and devoted service to the life and people of New York City Mayor Lindsay asked me to join his Urban Action Task Force to develop a “Plan for Neighborhood Government” for the City of New York. I will always remember Mayor John Lindsay as a visionary who kept his promises.
Kevin Dowd
"Lindsay ordered flags flown at half mast to honor the war protesters that were killed at Kent State" someone needs to tell the writers (and Gordon Davis) that unless NYC was a ship back then, the flags weren't flown on masts, but were at half STAFF
Jill Ross Beres
I think that John Lindsay tried to make New York a better city. He seemed to have many people against him. My husband I lived in the middle of Manhattan and liked him very much
Ora Gelberg
During the transit strike the day Mayor Lindsay took office, we looked at an apartment building we watched being built as we drove from Queens to downtown Manhattan, and moved into the new coop within a month and have since been grateful to Mike Quill calling that transit stike. Also, we remember the first New Years eve of the Lindsay adminstation, there were fireworks in Central Park with very funny skits.
Dan DiNapoli
John Lindsay by all accounts was a decent smart person, who was in way over his head from day 1. His administration focused nearly all of it's efforts on Manhattan. You could just see the difference. Manhattan got all the attention, the cleaner streets, more police, etc. My old Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington held it's own back then but we never got the level of services that Manhattan received. The city deteriorated under Lindsay. It took Koch and later Giuliani to undo Lindsay's damage. In fairness to Lindsay, Robert Wagner was inept and did nothing to modernize NYC's policies or infrastructure.
Lorin Hart
Sad the unions made such a mess of his noble efforts...I was a girl in south western Conn. dazzled by his looks and determination and ideals. As I have grown up I have had to temper my youthful liberalness with a careful appraisal of actually works and what actually benefits people, and have become a conservative. Lindsey's efforts however to put black teachers into the black schools as role models for the kids was correct and it is sad the unions defeated him.
Howard Gendelman
As a young student volunteer I helped John Lindsay become mayor in 1965. On his first day on the job the greedy municipal unions illegally struck and paralyzed the city. John Lindsay had no choice but to "give away the store" to get the city running again and setting the stage for the city"s financial ruin at the same time. As charismatic as John Lindsay was he did not have the skills necessary to deal with the multiple factions tearing the city apart. In 1969 I did not support John Lindsay"s reelection bid.
Susan Wright Stricker
I moved to NYC in 1967, met my husband, a native New Yorker from Queens, and we managed to get married on February 9, 1969 during the infamous snowstorm. Our wedding was at the Chapel of Faith, Hope and Charity on Park Ave. and my parents were staying at the Drake Hotel nearby, so we had a makeshift reception there for the few guests who made it. Most of our guests were from Queens and could not get out. We were young and thought it all was fun and don't remember hard feelings about Mayor Lindsay, although our friends and family were not so happy. Also, my husband bought his frist car in order to get to work during the transit strike. I worked for a public relations firm and met the mayor at a couple functions. I was more interested in how handsome he was than his politics. The documentary was very interesting and told us more than we remembered about our young years in Fun City.
Adelle Bender
You left out the transit strike that tied up this city. It gave the union leader Mike Quil a heart attckthat killed him. To me the the question will always remain. The mayor wanted the riding public and business to be able to proceed but the unions who are also made of working men and women felt that they had to ascert thier rights. The riding public and business were caught in between the unions and John Lindsay. Was it that he did not know how3 to negotiate with a union and a man like Mike Quil to avert a strike? Was it a failure on his part? Businesss, labor and the riding public were victims of this situatio. I am for the unions but I think that there are still questions that should have been addressed on all sides of the issue. I think that this should be addressed in another segment about Lindsay.I don't know you could have left this important event out. Was it too cntroversial? I hope that there will be another segment on this issue about Lindsay.
bruce kerr
to gini booth, i knew your father and i like him very much. to those who did not know new york from an overview perspective during those times, there is no way you can even attempt to understand the enormity of the things tha john lindsay did. many of those things show up today. to the person at columbia university, you are well aware that john lindsay and sid davidoff are not representative of richard daley. the innovations, the experiments, the overall of the city and its many social awakenings were more and diverse that any mayor had ever or did ever have to deal with. many of the things for which we take for granted today and accept as part of society were dumped onto the lindsay administration, dealt with in a totally chaotic environment only to be placed inorder and most of which took their proper place in society as we know them today. to vincely connatly, you were not even born yet, and it more than shows. it is you who should hang your head in shame. the lindsay administration was so expansive in what it dealt with, that channel 13 should have done a lot more homework and allotted a lot more time to be fair and honest about producing a documentary about a time and a scale they barley touched upon in the small amount of time allotted. be it known that there is a third alternative to the clash of two methods to provide enhanced and visionary methods of teaching that no one on the panel was aware of. there can be no good from the clashing of these 2 tiresome methods.
Ina Rogovin
I was a teacher in the N.Y.C. school system during the Lindsay Years. Mayor Lindsay was the only mayor we ever had who "put his money were his mouth was" He truly new the importance of education. During his years during his term
Roy Bercaw
John "I am the Mayor" Lindsay was one of only two politicians for whom I canvassed. I loved when he threatened the "Power Brokers" at a press conference after elected before he took office. When asked who they were, Lindsay replied, "They know who they are." Then on Jan 1, the subway workers went on strike; the sanitation workers went on strike. Mike Quill TWU Chief, was jailed and died of a heart attack in jail. Gov. Rockefeller activated the National Guard in April or May to begin collecting the piled up garbage on the streets. One Memorial Day there was a big snow storm. Plows having been removed from the sanitation trucks the streets of Queens were impassable and residents wanted to hang Lindsay from the light poles. But the Mets won the World Series, Joe Namath and the Jets won the Super Bowl. Lindsay showed those Power Brokers. It was truly Fun City for those with a sense of humor. Lindsay showed courage walking through Harlem just after the assassination of MLK, Jr.
Abigail Quart
I was one of the student volunteers for Lindsay's second mayoral election. I painted the stage on which he made his acceptance speech. Students from all over the country worked on that campaign because we thought it was the preliminary to the presidency. The PBS documentary makes it sound as if the decision to run for president was made later. Bull cookies. I remember never getting home after a fundraiser someone spending most of the night talking with someone on a bench in Central Park. The Mayor and I were the first people into the campaign headquarters that morning. We were the two tallest people in the elevator so none of the short press people with him saw him making silly faces at me over their heads. It was my introduction to campaign practicalities and campaign dirty tricks. We knew the subway fare was going up, but the increase wouldn't be announced till after the election. And then there were the Davidoff's Raiders, thugs who bragged of pouring sugar into the gas tanks of Procaccino sound trucks "to give them diabetes" who shocked me when they returned to the office singing Deutschland Uber Alles as a very unfunny joke. PS: I'm genuinely bemused by anyone who thinks Bill Buckley would have been a good garbageman.
Martha Giraldo
I was a young girl of Hispanic background growing up around the Burnside Avenue section of the Bronx near the #4 subway line during the Lindsay years. I remember having to take the #4 train often and remembering how crowded, dirty and dangerous it was, constant service interruptions and breakdowns & graffiti everywhere. I only have vague memories of Mayor Lindsay, seeing his face on the TV news at the time, but as a kid I didn't pay much attention to any kind of politics. Looking back though, my childhood growing up in the concrete jungle of the Bronx during Mayor Lindsay's time in office is marked by a general sense of malaise, unease and depression for the most part. Almost everything was colored gray. To me, Lindsay was always a distant figure and I hadn't paid much attention to him, so watching this PBS documentary last night was fascinating because for the first time I learned just who this man really was and what legacy he left behind. It also brought back memories for me of that time period and realized now just how radically different those times were in New York and its politics. I wonder if John Lindsay would be able to survive in the New York and national political climate of today. I don't think he would. I will want to watch the repeat of this program again, it is an excellent documentary.
Richard Mahler, M.D.
After completing my Medical School training, internship, and residency in New York I was awarded a "Career Scientist Award" from the Landsay Administration to continue to improve the medical well being of New Yorkers. The award lasted during the tenure of John Lindsay and 'Career Scientists" was terminated when he left office. I still have the certificate, signed by John Lindsay, on my wall. Richard J. Mahler, M.D.
Dina L Wilcox
Mayor Lindsay was the first mayor I paid attention to. I thought he cared about us, and that made me feel proud.
Marco Aurelio
I grew up in New York during this period and I think that the Lindsay years were an era of hope and progress for the City. The documentary unfairly represents Lindsay and his administration. The reality is that the City and the country was is deep turmoil and his policies and style help lift New York. He set the standard for a government that cared about its citizens and help ease the deep racial divide in our country. I was also surprised that several key players in the administration were not credited for the decisions and progress that embodied his administration.
rick kelly
Did not live here then but I absolutely loved the documentary. Great job.
bruce kerr
i remember a time like none other of tidal forces clashing and writhing from back room seats of power to multiple social movements. the restructuring of city government, the re-design of the city relating to design and lifestyle development. most importantly it was a time that urban centers all over the country burned, and new york remained relatively calm. poverty, the war, and humanity were given top priority by the lindsay administration. the upgrading of the 911 system, employee productivity, leading the way for the civilian oomplaint review board, the decentralization of city government via neighborhood city halls, the decentralization of educational policy so important to this day, were just some of the experiments, gains and losses of the lindsay era that had shaped the future. the Lindsay transparency of government, the principles and devoltion bringing government out of the back room and into full view remains in stark contrast to many administrations in existence today. he opened the city up to the south street seaport, concerts in the parks, lifestyle improvements. he hammered the wedge that broke the class system of the day to where decades from that time you can close your eyes and not tell one student from another as you could back in those days. john lindsay was not the status quo, john lindsay was fresh, he was not tired. john lindsay spoke out against the vietnam war brought mayors together from all over the country, brought urban cities to a new level.
bruce kerr
i have tried, how can you even attempt to list and explain the myriad of issues, politcal, social and governmental that the lindsay administration attempted to move forward in either the space allotted here or an hour documentary. no mayor ever faced, took on, and forsaw the need for so many issues in such a short time
Edward Baker
I remember is phoniness and cowardice. When the Black Panthers set up New York City policemen with an emergency call for the purpose of ambushing them, Lindsay went out of his way to not antagonize the Panthers by avoiding the funerals of the slain officers. Instead he took a very public ski vacation in Colorado. No politician is worthy of worship.
Donald Fedynak
1969 started out with a bang; the Jets won the Super Bowl, the Mets the World Series, we walked on the moon and there was Woodstock. Ho Chi Minh passed away with no appreciable change in the war. When I returned from Vietnam in 1970 John Lindsay was still the mayor and NY was as I left it, a mess. But the mayor went on record against the war and I thank him for adding his voice to the chorus that ended that nightmare.
Mizan Kirby-Nunes
1966, my teachers at John Jay High School, the best ones, seemed to emulate Lindsay's interest in the world, internationally and domestically. They worked hard at what they did. The awakening poltically of the students in dialogue was happening. I entered college before I was seventeen. I remember the Lindsay years as a very hopeful time stretching us all. Thank you to all the producers of this documentary.
Robert Schrank
I worked for John Lindsay as Deputy Manpower Commissioner. He was a very devoted to the ideas of justice and equality. I respected him for that. His problem was, to much Choate and not enough street smarts. His idol was LaGuardia.Now there was a street smart Mayor.
Tom Ryan
I remember John Lindsay as an old-fashioned liberal and one of New York's beat mayors. He and Jack Kennedy were the two handsomest guys we've ever had in American politics. Like Kennedy, Lindsay gave us hope and made us feel better about ourselves, even when things were messed up. The thing I remember most about Lindsay, however, is that when he announced for President in 1972 and couldn't get on the Republican ticket, he became a candidate for the Liberal Party. Can you imagine a Republican nowadays switching to a party that calls itself the Liberal Party? But then it was not so strange. Such were those times. We've lurched very far to the right politically since then.
Beverly Squires
Those people can keep their miserable tears! They broke my City, broke my heart, and drove me out, fleeing for my life! My memories of the Lindsay Years in Fun City? Garbage, garbage, garbage everywhere - a story in the newspaper about a guy who giftwrapped his garbage and left it in his unlocked car knowing it'd be stolen every day. Piles of barf in subway cars, the stench of urine enough to make your eyes water, everyone afraid of making eye contact, stripped and burned out car carcasses strewn along the curbs, squeegee thugs milling around traffic lights. Firemen lured to phoney fires so they could have bricks & bottles rained down on them. Fort Apache the Bronx. Lindsay reinvigorated the parks? The parks were ruled by predators and junkies. I don't know anybody who'd be caught dead in the sad, decaying, decrepit gardens of horror that were Central Park and Bryant Park. The night I sat in a movie theater in Times Square with the fear of having to take the subway home hanging over my head was the night I knew I had to leave my beloved City. Lindsay uttered the fateful word in tonight's documentary - Progressive. What he and his followers did to our beautiful Manhattan is the inevitable consequence of that failed ideology, that they continue to mourn. Buckley For Mayor!
Alan Grant
As a college student, I actively participated in the 1965 campaign. I attended the victory party at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights. His election was a ray of hope for my generation. His proactive approach signalled that he was an elected official for the people. The calamities of the transit strike, garbage hold-up and "his" snowstorm, actually brought people together in a communal way. He held New York together in the aftermath of MLK's death. Lindsay was a man to admire.
Sara Jane Berman
I was a single Mom and teacher in a Public School in Queens. I remember walking on the picket line in front of PS14, and watching one of my colleagues sheepishly crossing the picket line. I lived in Lefrak City, and started teaching young children in my apartment, They came for a few hours each morning. How happy I was when they announced that the strike was over!
Annemarie Colbin
The best thing I remember from John Lindsay is that he made Central Park safe by installing lights everywhere! Crime dropped dramatically with just this simple change. I was so impressed. He was a good mayor. The story of his early days in office seem similar to Obama's travails, in a way.
richard sklar
Shortly after Martin Luther Kings murder there was a major riot in East New York. I was driving on Highland Ave and could see many fires. When I got home I listened to the fire radio. They were only sending one unit to each alarm and asked Philadelphia to stay off the radio so as not to interfere with NY. There was little or no mention of this in the newspapers and I suspect that the the story was supressed.
Angelo Gallego, Jr.
Just a teens living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, I remember Mayor John V. Lindsay as being sincere and proactive. His unrelenting struggle to improve the lives of the citizens of our community remains unmatched by any of his successors to date. From the community offices his administration established to his whole-hearted support of the Federal Neighborhood Youth Corp program, he was a man of action with truly admirable aspirations. Regrettably, I was not able to help him during his personal time of need as he struggled with Parkinson's disease and other cardiac issues for a time without health insurance. Surely he was the right mayor during the turbulent and profound radical times of New York City's history. Que viva en nuestros corazones para siempre! Thank you Thirteen for honoring his memory in this well produced documentary.
Barbara Singer
I was just a kid when my family and I went to a beach on Long Island. Suddenly someone realized that about 30 feet away from us, on the other side of a sand dune was Mayer Lindsey and his family. I don't recall an entourage, just a family out for a relaxing day at the beach. My brother's young wife was excited and went over and asked for an autograph. Mayer Lindsey put down the book he was reading and cheerfully obliged. We left him and his family to their day out and we went back to ours. He was kind and friendly, and yes, very handsome!
Angelo Gallego, Jr.
Just a teen living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, I remember Mayor John V. Lindsay as being sincere and proactive. His unrelenting struggle to improve the lives of the citizens of our community remains unmatched by any of his successors to date. From the community offices his administration established to his whole-hearted support of the Federal Neighborhood Youth Corp program, he was a man of action with truly admirable aspirations. Regrettably, I was not able to help him during his personal time of need as he struggled with Parkinson's disease and other cardiac issues for a time without health insurance. Surely he was the right mayor during the turbulent and profound radical times of New York City's history. Que viva en nuestros corazones para siempre! Thank you Thirteen for honoring his memory in this well produced documentary.
WODY KLEIN
I joined John Lindsay as his first press secretary in 1966 because I believed in his vision, progressive ideas, and his determination to change New York for the better. He brought a great deal of hope and optimism to New York.Despite everything he tried, the "establishment powerbrokers" would not cooperate with him. I look back at my service at his side as the high point of my career. He was a good man.
Jeffrey Slott
I wasn't living in New York at the time. I was a kid growing up in Philadelphia. But it was very depressing watching the documentary last night on Channel 13. Being the misanthrope that I am, perhaps I shouldn't be shocked at the selfish, self-serving interests all fighting each other, no matter how much it screwed things up for everybody else. The biggest example when after their union leader made a deal with Lindsay, and it certainly wasn't a horrible one, the sanitation workers went on strike anyway, supposedly inspired by the bullying tactics previously employed by the transportation workers and their boorish leader. So typical...
LF Wolf
Too bad the documentary portrayed Jewish New Yorkers as kvetching complainers. As I recall it minority communities were singling out Jews for physical and verbal attack. All of my relatives that still had mom-pop stores in the old neighborhoods were constantly under threat of crime and violence. I also remember neighborhood after neighborhood "turning" and becoming blighted overnight. Who was to blame, newcomers reducing the quality of life or the upwardly mobile Jews that were scared away by hostility and block busters - who came first, the chicken or the egg?
A Ingrisani
Lindsay was one of the worst mayors we have ever had. He single-handedly destroyed this city.I was in my early teens and felt less and less safe as the years passed. I rememeber watching stable neighborhoods go to hell. My friend lived near Prospect Park. As more and more welfare recipients came into the neighborhood it became dirtier and more violent. We were harrassed and spit at by black kids who didn't know us but felt they had the right to intimidate us. I was especially annoyed at being told by these newcomers to get out of a neighborhood I had frequented for most of my life. In his attempt to play the Great-White-Father and pander to militants he ruined the city for all hard-working people of all races and religions. I met many (white) people who were on welfare and there wasn't a thing wrong with them. They were just lazy and took advantage of the give-away mentality he perpetuated. The backbone of any city is its working middle class. Lose them and you lose your city.
Barbara Lovely
In the early 60s, I was a young "career girl" working in midtown. One noontime I was having lunch at the counter in the Roosevelt Hotel, and who should be across the counter but John Lindsay eating lunch with another man. He wasn't yet mayor, but he was obviously well-known and, of course, very handsome. I decided I should be able to tell my grandchildren I shook the hand of someone famous, so I walked around the counter, shook his hand, and said something to him -- probably something relatively inane. Now I have something to tell my grandchildren, who will probably have no idea who in the world he was!
Richard DeNise
I was a teenager during his reign. He certainly seemed to be a capable Mayor, and a good decent man in a difficult time. I missed tonight's show but will try to catch a repeat.
Judy Smith
A wonderful mayor of all, bringing black and white together in the parks to sing "We Shall Overcome." With Thomas Hoving he brought cultural excitement to the city in park "happenings" and in revitalizing the moribund Metropolitan Museum. Made me proud to be a New Yorker!
Shirley Luban
I had just moved to the city from the suburbs of Phila. with my five year old son who was used to playing outside by himself. When I learned the park roads were closed to traffic on the weekend, my son and I rode our bikes around the park. I wrote Mayor Lindsay a letter telling him how happy we were to enjoy this wonderful park. The Mayor wrote to my son saying how proud he was of him and said that his five year old son couldn't ride around the whole park.
janice peterson
I remember the fact that Lindsey did the work necessary to help set up community boards which has enabled communities to have input into the budget, agenda setting and a coherence on the services, police, hospitals etc
Judi Schiff
My husband and I were a young couple with a new baby. We lived in Forest Hills, Queens and my parents lived in Kew Gardens Hills. One Sunday night in February we left our son with my parents and went to a wedding. We were supposed to pick our son up the next morning but there was no way to get to my parents home even though it was only ten minutes away by car.By the third day I was getting frantic. I missed my baby. So, my husband and I set out by foot to reach our son. We trudged for hours as it was very difficult to get over the foot high snow drifts. Along thw I remember passing a small grocery store that had long lines outside with people waiting for hours desperate to buy milk. The story had a happy ending for us we finally reached our adorable baby. My husband and I will never forget "Lindsey's Snowstorm" when the people in Queens were completely neglected. The roads in Queens were not plowed for days. They were totally impassible.
suzanne siegel
My story is more personal. When my son was born in 1968, I sent a birth announcement to Mayor Lindsay and receive the most beautiful note back from Mrs. Lindsay with congratulations from both she and Mayor Lindsay. The note was very personal. It made the Mayor and Mrs. Lindsay very human. Might not be what you were looking for but remains vivid in my memory.
jane levy
it was the snow storm of 1969{?} my daughter was in the hospital on her 14th birthday but I managed to walk to the subway for two stops to Kew Gardens where my daughter was in the hospital on her 14th birthday. I had to sneak in because there was a virus epidemic and no visitors were allowed. jane levy
Lillian Ayala
I think he was the most handsomest drop dead gorgeous mayor in New York history ever!
Joan Levine
I was living in the Bronx and had just started working in Manhattan after graduating from Hunter College in May of 1968. I wrote many poems in the 60's, including this one from October 23, 1968. I was inspired by what was going on in the city then and by the robust space exploration program. "Fun City in the Year 2000" So what if New York's overcrowded? So what if the school strike's still on? So what if, in smog, we're enshrouded ...and our food supply's just about gone? So what if expenses quadrupled? There's no need for your hair to turn gray. Simply pack up and leave all your troubles; The nearest star's just 4 light years away!
Joe (aka Yusl) Dorinson
As a young Professor of history, I volunteered to serve in the 1965 camapaign. A lifelong Democrat, it was against my religion to vote for a Republican. Happily, Lindsay also ran on the Liberal ticket. I joined a group of academics under the able aegis of Dr. Frank Arricale. We did our best convert true-believers to the cause. And we won. Ubnfortunatley, Lindsay's tenure was marred by a transit strike, race riots, public school strife, and the collabpse of the West Side Highway. he did hos best--dressed elgantly for every fire that he visited--but his ambitious agenda remained unfulfilled. Finally, his conversion--a reverse in your face--to the Democratic Party yielded few dividends. This once bright star faded into undeserved obscurity.
babette meltzer
I was into the prime of my hippie phase when handsome Mr. Lindsay was Mayor. I lived in The Village at the time but a lot of those years are a blur to me!! Anyway, I was trying with a gusto to hail a cab heading uptown on the East Side. As I was jumping into the precious taxi (I think it was rush hour) I literally bumped into this hot guy who had also presumed that this was his cab, as well. When I realized who he was, I said something about letting him take my cab (after all,he Was The MAYOR!!) And he said,"No,you take this one....I 'll hail another one". I said "Really, are you sure?" And he smiled that fabulous smile (albeit with perhaps some need for dental work (braces, actually!)He again responded by saying " No, really, you take the cab"... What a guy!!!!
Janet Ryan-Jones
I lived on East 88th St. with my dog Georgie Girl from 1970-72. This is just a half block from Gracie Mansion and Carl Schurz park. I was 20 and worked all day, so would take my dog for walks in the park mornings and evenings, as well as weekends. I got to know the cops who guarded the Mansion pretty well. They were usually stationed in the little white guard house at the front gate of the residence. This could be a lonely job at times sitting in the booth all day, so they were very friendly and chatty with people who came by.(Especially a young, good looking girl) One Sunday, I was expected at my parents house for dinner and I was to bring the wine. I had forgotten to purchase this the day before, and now it was Sunday, and you couldn't buy any alcohol in the city. I walked down to the guardhouse with my dog to ask the cops if they had any idea where I could buy wine. They thought maybe a bar might sell it to me, but that was illegal. They wanted to help me, so one of the cops disappeared for a few moments and reappeared with a very nice bottle of wine. The cop said, "Janet, please don't try and return this." I arrived at dinner later that day and proudly presented the wine as "Complements of Mayor Lindsay." It was from his very own wine cellar.
Fran Bock
When I think of John Lindsay, I think of the garbage truck stuck in the snow for 3 weeks on 150th Street in Flushing, Queens because no one thought to plow the streets there.
leo st james
My stepfather worked as an inspector for the transit authority, we lived in Coney island in the early 60,s. I remember MIke Quill at our hase a # of times
Lisa Block
I was only 7 in 1965, and lived near Prospect Park. I distinctly remember my father walking to work over the Brooklyn Bridge during the transit strike and the protests during the school strike. Lindsay was charismatic and I was aware of him even in 3rd grade, 196. I wrote a song about to the tune of "Windy", a pop song on the radio, "Lindsay:" Who's walking down the streets of our city, building new playgrounds, parks prettier too. Who's gonna make peace in the city? Everyone knows it's Lindsay. Chorus: 'Cause Lindsay has hazel eyes, that shine at us like lime pies. There was a second verse I can't remembe! Unfortunately, my friend sent the lyrics to the Mayor without telling me, and one day brought me a letter to HER from City Hall... recognizing her for MY SONG! My early years led to a lifelong commitment to urban communities and their glory.
Ken Williams
What a wonderful time. I think it defined what New Yorkers are and what we are known for. Despite the trouble, the challenges and the uncertainty, we could handle it and give you our opinion too. John Lindsay remained the epitome of what the power elite in New York was at the time - educated, worldly and intent on righting what was wrong. I am sorry that later politicians and pundits painted his administration as a failure. New York City did much better than other cities in that time. A lot of people see his failed bid for president as the su of his political career. But what I remember is what I saw when I met him as kid during the opening of the Minisink Townhouse in Harlem, he had charisma!
Maureen Donohue
I'm watching your program and am very disappointed with PBS 13. I worked to elect John Lindsey as a young white woman who lived in a housing project in SI where upper middle class WHITE people had all the advantages. My neighborhood was dying as was my housing project. I had lived in Manhattan since I was a child. my father was a lawyer, my grandfather a NYC coundilman in a corrupt city gov. You make no mention of the fact that Lindsey was a LIBERAL and ran as a Liberal. The transit strike was a done deal before he was elected.Wagner's mayoral run was full of corruption. SI police regularly beat people of color and our buildings were crumbling.Things like that stopped in Lindsey's time. After Lindsey was elected we saw small pools put into the litte Housing Parks, music programs after school money for our local Community Center. I saw my chldren & other poor children get a leg up and survive to go to college because of the programs Lindsay initiated. The machine ate him up because he wouldn't deal as others had with old boy politicians in NYC. I saw hope which died after he left office and the old boy network closed back in. Lindsay was a great man the likes of whom we will never see again. I saw him at a LIBERAL dinner a year before he died, bankrupt because of Parkinsons disease without medical coverage. He made me proud to be a liberal. I am 66 and have never since seen the like of the man.
gerard cruz
I was a lower east side kid during the mayoralty of lindsay. he was a personable mayor with good community relation skills, during a turbulent time in nyc history.
Orlando Ramirez
I was quite young living in Washington Heights at the time but I remember the images of the Police Department's TPF who my friends and I feared and idolized out in the streets of El Barrio after the assassination of MLK,Jr.
Kenya Spear
I was a poor, but working, high school graduated, mother of a son and, married to an abusive man and yet I managed to take college courses. John Lindsay motivate me! A Negro, that's what Africa Americans were called then. He spoke words of encouragement and I felt like many of my dreams could be realized. John Lindsay was and has always been the one and only republican I have ever voted for! He attempted to bring various ethnic groups together. He walked the streets of New York when most whites were fleeing! I cried when he died!
Patricia Murtaugh
I wrote John Lindsay in Jan 1990, because my mother Grace Murtaugh always said don't regret the things you do not do !. He and my Great Uncle Clarence Francis were good friends.Clare Francis helped raise $150 million for Lincoln Center. I went to Lindsay's office I believe in Feb.He was still so very handsome and so tall. He was so very kind to me and rehashed some wonderful memories of my Great Uncle. They both had such high morals and principles which I admired so much. In his letter back to me he said your mother was right about regrets. I spent about 45 min with him which I will always treasure.
Paul Liantonio
I was in a music program in the South Bronx during the Lindsay administration. It was in a brand new intermediate school in the vacinity of 163rd St. and Intervale avenue. The neighborhood was, and still is, treacherous and notorious. Sensitive to the surrounding ethnic mix of Puerto Rican, American Black, and 3rd or 4th generation American White peoples and people the music and arts department was rich with modern electric instrument. Professional quality xylophone, Marimba, Latin conga drums, bongos, as well good quality wind and string instruments. There was a drama department that enjoyed a professional level stage complete with a state of the art lighting and sound system. This gift to a down trodden, drug saturated, desperate area of town was a much appreciate oasis and salvation for the neighborhood's kids who participated. And, in the open, experimental and daring spirit of the day, was for many a way out of hell. Many realized talents in music and the arts only discovered when they arrived there. Many have gone on to serious work in the arts and beyond from the golden opportunity we experienced. And, we are all forever in the debt of Mayor Lindsay's generous and wise vision. Leadership with a vision does count and he had it. God bless that man.
Maureen Donohue
I worked in the local LIBERAL party to elect John Lindsay on SI where a cross was burnt as the first black family (professor at SI College) bought a home.I was a poor white woman living in a crumbling housing project. People of color couldn't find housing in any but the worst neighborhoods. John Lindsay was one of the noblest men I have ever known. The transit strike was going to happen no matter what.Lindsay wasn't going to play the old boy corrupt NYC politics (my grandfather had worked in NYC gov in the 30's. Quinn was going to strike if Lindsay won no matter what. Under LIndsay I worked in the local community center & we were funded, small pools erected in the park (still used). My children and other children benefited from after school programs where music and art saved children from drugs and many made it to college. I saw Lindsay a year before he died of the Parkinson's that left him bankrupt and without medical coverage.He made me proud to be a LIBERAL. (LIBERAL party support elected him both times).All of us, black & white felt hope that died when he left office a broken man. The powers that be - the powers that have since bankrupt our beloved city went right back to their old ways. LINDSAY never won as a Republican or a Democrat. He was a LIBERAL through and through. I am 66 and remember the projects alive&the little child care center I ran. He was like the Kennedys - mind, heart EMPATHY - a man for everyone. I haven't seen the like of him since.
Margaret Hackett
Mayor Lindsay appointed my father, James Hackett, First Deputy Fire Commissioner in 1965. I was 11 years old, and we lived on the fifth floor of a five floor walkup in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. How exciting, to suddenly be part of NYC government, going to inaugurations, parades, riding in the Commisioners limousine. I met the Mayor at least once, but have little recollection of the event.
Michael Seltzer
During his mayoralty, John Lindsay addressed the annual meeting of the New York Zoological Society, which was held at Lincoln Center that year. Hair was playing on Broadway, and everyone was familiar with its anthem, "The Age of Aquarius" . So when the Mayor made his opening line, "Welcome to the age of zoos and aquariums" , all the animal lovers present that night fell in love with him again.
Steven Ludsin
It was appropriate that one of my favorite themes, Cast Your Fate to the Wind, by Vince Guaraldi, was part of the Lindsay Years. He was a powerful symbol of hope at a very troubled time. He surrounded himself with young people who believed they could change the world after the tumult of the late 60's. I was in law school in New York from 1970 on. I experienced the sixties at Cornell and coming to New York was thrilling and overwhelming. The Lindsay administration gave us courage to be involved and pursue politics and our careers and believe that there was meaning in doing that. It was truly moving and very nostalgic to remember Mayor Lindsay. He deserves a great deal of credit for making New York City an extraordinary place to live. In some ways he had the courage to cast his fate to the wind and we are better for that boldness.
Marianne Mannion
I remember the transit strike that took place on New Years Day, At that time, i work for the Telephone Company, and was a young 21 year old. That strike lasted for 2 wks.
frank donato
Believed in him, volunter worker on his re election. Kept the city going when the poser interests had deserted the city. Put together the money to renovate Yankee Stadium, changed city street lights to higher power, installed 911, put a cop on every subway train and platform. Something that is rarely mentioned but key to the cities image, he eliminated the red tape that discouraged movie making in NYC. He along with Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits and yes even Nelson Rockefeller made NY the center for progressive thought and gave us a quality of leadership we are sadly lacking today.
Phillip White
I was 9 years old when I first saw John Lindsey. It was 1965 and he was walking along Jennings St. near Wilkins Ave in the Bronx. I remember hearing a man with a bullhorn saying, "meet John Lindsey,the next mayor of New York City". I remember thinking how pretty his blue eyes were, and I was lucky enough to shake his hand. I also remember the snow storm that trapped our family car for a few days and how people were blaming him for not cleaning the streets. I was too young then to form an opinion of him, but looking back now I think he was pretty good for N.Y.C.
Vicki Librach
He distroyed Far Rockaway, Queens. He allowed the Bronx to burn down and built a low income housing project on this penisula. Instead of creating a fabulous resort area, it has become a nightmare!
Nancy Brilliant Rubinhger
John Lindsay was probably the first politician who connected with those of us who had recently graduated college and were looking for someone who represented the ideals in which we believed. We had suffered the loss of JFK and Camelot and hoped that John Lindsay would resurrect that sense of hope and fairness. We admired him, worked for him and didn't care about party affiliation. As he was nearing the end of the second term, I had asked him to speak to a large group of women volunteers of a community service organization. We were gathered for the requisite photo op and he teased me by saying that perhaps we shouldn't stand so close in case I might want to run for some office some day and the association might be a deal-breaker. Such was his humor and truly his thoughtfulness - we always felt that he was looking out for our best interests. I like to think he taught us well.
Sandra Mullings
If you were not alive then, it may be hard to imagine the despair and disaffection many had suffered by 1965, with the assasinations of JFK and Malcolm X and the country's growing tensions. (The deaths of RFK and MLK, which for many, crushed all sense of hope and belief that meaningful changes could be made, were still 3 years off.) I was not yet of voting age but remember well John Lindsay's first campaign, shaking his hand, and the feeling of hope that he was able to inspire, quite remarkable for those times. Yes, I suffered the transit strike (I hitched rides to work) and lived in Queens during the big snowstorm. Big deal. Get over it. If you kept the faith, you kept the hope.
Jerry Oddo
Iwas just out of high school and got my first real job as a NYC provisional employee through my cousin who worked politically for Mayor Lindsay. These provisional workers were "plums" received for political patronage jobs as a payback for all you did to help the mayor get elected. I was placed in the Department of Marine and Aviation as a "ferry agent" although I never set foot on the ferry. In 1971 I was assigned to go to the "out-of-town newspaper stand in Times Square and pick up 35-40 newspapers from all major cities, Chicago,LA,San Francisco, Denver, Boston etc. I would then sit in a conference room in the Battery Maritime Building at the foot of Whitehall St, and go through each newspaper looking for any articles referring to New York City, with special attention paid to any mention of Mayor Lindsay. I would clip out these articles, write a brief summary of each, and at the end of the day, bring them to City Hall and hand them to the Mayor's Press Secretary, Tom Morgan. These articles, my work, was ultimately used to gauge whether Mayor Lindsay should attempt to run for President. I was also in Florida doing advance work for mayor Lindsay in 1972's Florida Primary. As a young boy freshly out of school, I was surely feeling my oats. It was a shame that he did not win. I could monly imagine how different my life would have been had he won that primary and advanced to the presidency. I also spent a night in City Hall as part of the "Night Mayor" program that he set up.
Ronald J. Stone
In 1967, just out of Yale Law School (Lindsay's alma mater, of course), I took a key job with the largest private philanthropy in NYC. The then Lindsay commissioners, especially its Welfare Commissioner, refused to deal with us. The Lindsay people would not delegate. They were obsessed with their own purity of purpose and mistakenly believed that a public policy rooted in public administration of everything would make theirs effective government. So what that the private philanthropies had private objectives sometimes not congrous with Lindsay objectives! (Mine and my employers were Jewish; at the same time, my immediate superior was Wagner's former Welfare commissioner. He possessed an institutional memory--+ personal contacts all over the place--that the Lindsay guys should have, but did not, take advantage of.) We were shut off and shut out. It's okay to say that Lindsay was fresh and everyone else tired. Nonetheless, use the allegedly tired. He could have filled in his mayoralty's many gaps. Lindsay and I did not like each other--no big deal, but a fact. In '73, as an independent consultant I worked on a NYC economic development project. This time the Lindsay guys listened--and it could, probably should, be noted that they were worse off for it. When Lindsay left office, I was relieved, certain he would prove the worst mayor I'd ever know. It turns out he was the best. Rightly or wrongly the man actually tried to govern all the City. & he died poor.
joe lavin
I grew up in Archie Bunker land where just about everyone hated him.I thought he was an elegant guy who wanted to relate to everyone.He wanted to be liked by everyone.In 1979-80 when he was trying to run for US senator he came up to my friends and I near Central Park and asked us if we knew who he was. I looked at my friends (we were 19)and no one in my group recognized except me. He spoke to us about politics and told us to get involved.The girls in my group thought this guy was just beautiful.One of the guys said to me afterwards what's the big deal? I said to him that the guy was elegant and cared about people.I am 50 now and I know of no other politican who had such a genuine refined style.
Sandi Lusk
I was coming of age from 1968-1972; jumior high school and high school. I remember everything so clearly; the transit strike (yeah no school!); the school bus strike (taking 2 busses and 2 trains across Brooklyn to get to school in Bensonhurst and back); the garbage strike; the teacher's strike and the blizzard (yeah again no school!); trying to understand exactly what was happening in Ocean-Hill Brownsville and school "decentralization." The footage of the mounted police attacking the protesting students in front of their school was taken outside my school, Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, and I was there. We were always protesting about something in those days; taking "back" our campus, trying to get our bus passes back; racial equality and civil rights, the Vietnam war. My parents hated him, but we loved him. He epitomized the spirit of those turbulent yet courageous times. Several years after he left office I ran into him one night on 57th Street; he was walking all alone, and it seemed so strange. I said "Hi, Mr Mayor!" And he smiled sadly and walked on.
Ed G
Some mayor. Fun city? For whom? He led the city into ruin with his way off ideas. Fun City? It was more like strike city. The ugliness really came out during the 1968 Teacher Strike. Remember when anti-Semitic poetry was read on the radio by Al Vann and other political animals. It is true that Mayor Wagner left Mayor-elect Lindsay holding the bag with regard to the transit situation. The 13 day strike could have been avoided had Mr. Lindsay played the Wagner Game of coming to terms with the TWA at the 11th hour. Mayor Lindsay was nothing more than a pretty boy with idealistic goals while living in reality city. It was wonderful that he showed compassion for minorities but after all, he was elected to be mayor for all people. The only reason why he was reelected in 1969 was because Procaccino was such a poor candidate. Health nuts should see that despite practicing good health habits, Mayor Lindsay suffered from a plethora of ailments including Alzheimer's. Shame. His attempt to run for president was a joke. When he went to Florida, he met up with all those who had fled NYC to escape his regime. RIP dear liberal. You tried, you kept the city quiet during racial turbulence of 1968, but your idealism was your downfall.
P Rowe
I was a 10-11 year young boy living in Corona, Queens. One afternoon my friends and i were playing at the neighborhood ball field across from PS 143 when the most remarkable event happened. A helicoptor descended onto the field ... the first time i observed a helicoptor up close ....and upon landing Mayor Lindsay emerges from the helicopter. As popular as he was at the time everyone recognized him, even us little kids. He approached us and i stuck out my hand and he shook it. I will always remember that.
Nancy Kassop
I came up to the city from college in Philadelphia in November 1969 to campaign for Lindsay's re-election and to get out the vote on Election Day. I went door-to-door in minority neighborhoods, and when I introduced myself as a campaigner for Lindsay, broad smiles would break out across the faces of people who opened the doors. One other Lindsay memory was on the night of April 30, 1970. I was a student at Penn (where his daughter was a student, also), and he came to speak about the Vietnam War. The largest auditorium on campus was packed with students, and people hanging from the rafters, just to listen to him. He announced to all of us that "right now, your government is invading a neutral country. You should be out in the streets protesting this unlawful action." That was the way I learned of the invasion of Cambodia - and the rest is history.
Robert Wolfson
In the mid-1960s, including 1965, I was living in Southern California. I was a senior member of the professional staff of an offshoot of the RAND Corporation, which was called System Development Corporation. Six of us had the glorious title of PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST. One of the members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation was a man named Bethuel Webster, who had been John Lindsay's mentor for many years. Webster wanted the most advanced techniques of Systems Analysis, including Program Budgeting, to be used to give Lindsay a running start when he took office, so ten of us were sent to New York during the weeks before JVL was inaugurated, to prowl around and talk with city employees, and with Lindsay's staff, to give them the benefit of our skills. Among the trivia we discovered: 1. someone in the Bd. of Educ. accepted the idea of computers, but wouldn't spend anything on software; 2. nowhere in city offices did anyone use a stapler: only paperclips 3. nobody used ringbinders; only papers punched, and placed between two punched cardboards, and the whole tied together with string. The major things were as far back in the mists of time. We think we made some difference. The night before inauguration Bob Price, JVL's campaign manager, asked him "John, what will your first act be?" Lindsay said, "I'll demand a recount." He was a wonderful man.
Carol Resch
I went to college at Pace -- across from City Hall. I remember saying good morning to the mayor, more mornings than not, as I crossed the parking lot of City Hall. But what I remember most was his 1970 program to bring the arts back to NYC -- particularly jazz and the film industry. It seemed like every Thursday in the spring there was a concert at City Hall at 12:30. It started with the Sanitation band playing the National Anthem and then some notable jazz person would give a mini concert. I remember vividly Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett. The accoustics were better in my chemistry class, than they were in the park. The poor professor didn't have a chance. If it seemed especially exciting we'd go to the windows to look down. So much for chemistry. They were terrible times, there were continual demonstrations and strikes, not only the teachers, the sanitation and the MTA, but cabs and the US Postal Service. I remember standing in City Hall Park, noticing that the picketing cabs that continuously circled the park weren't there, and then I saw why -- there was no traffic anywhere around City Hall. In a few minutes the US army arrived in convoy, with rifles drawn, over the Brooklyn Bridge (using all lanes) to deliver the mail to Wall Street. I knew then how it felt to be invaded. Very creepy! Lindsay kept the city together in tough times and started the people looking to new avenues of revenue. In the end it was a better place.
jim kerner
I remember when Lindsay came to campaign in the Rockaways, in Queens. He came to my school, PS 42 in Arverne. Alot of people had brooms. When the teachers strike occured, I walked with my dog who was wearing a picket sign reading, "Lindsay should lead my life". And to the main land Queens neighbors who complained about the lack of snow removal, we had to wait along time for the snow to be removed. Ah, the good old days.
Carley Broder
In 1972, JVL was running for President and I was living with my mom on East End Ave., near Gracie Mansion, which is set in the midst of C. Schurz Park. On the first spring-like day of March, I had our schnauzer in the park. A helicopter landed, and Lindsay emerged. Although the park was full, no one approached him, and I thought someone should at least greet him (even though I supported a different presidential candidate). I scooped up the dog, who did NOT like men, in my arms and walked over to the Mayor. "Welcome home, Mr. Mayor. This is my dog, Missy." He went to pet her head, and the dog put her ears back and smiled, wagged her tail vigorously. This was when I learned that even dogs recognize charisma in humans. Unfortunately, charisma is not all it takes. I had the privilege of serving in the next mayor's administration, when the chickens came home to roost. Lindsay was too idealistic, letting the city live beyond its means. He kept it calm when other American cities were exploding -- no small feat -- but we suffered in other ways through the next decade.
Ninfa Segarra
I have two special & different memories of Mayor Lindsay years. My first job was as a counselor in the "Summer in the City " program in the lower east side. The other is the May 8 incident, where as one of many students we were attached by construction workers. He defended our right to protest. Ninfa Segarra former Deputy Mayor
Ken Patton
If you liked the empirical research leading to the existence of WMD in Iraq you'll the work of V. Cannato as presented at last nite's seminar at the Museum. He stated that "between 1969 and 1973 NYC lost 250k jobs". Ignored was the fact that in the preceding 4 years NYC gained more than 300k jobs. He is clearly of the ilk of those who fix the data around the desired outcome. In truh both changes wer merely cyclical and that John Lindsay create the nations first most comprehensive and in the longer run most successful urban economic development programs. Ken Patton
Una L Perkins
I agree with Mr. Ellerbee's statement, that John Lindsay was a first class act. I believe that John Lindsay was the most under-rated Mayor we had. He had not been given the credit he deserved. First off, John Lindsay was the one who had great visions for NYC's water-ways, putting welfare receiptent's back to work,more specifically having them to maintain the subways and other constructive jobs with out welfare recepients being stigmatized as being poor. He was his own man.Honest and straight-up
Mimi Simon
In February of 1969 there was a heavy snowfall. Manhattan was cleared but the outer boroughs lagged far behind. We lived in Jackson Heights in Queens and had two young daughters, ages 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 months. We were supposed to drive to Pennsylvania to visit my parents but our car was street-parked a block from our apartment and the street had not been plowed, days after the storm had stopped. The owners of the private homes on that block were incensed at the tremendous inconvenience. We didn't know whether we'd be able to get our car out and make the trip until the very morning we were to leave. The plows finally came through and we dug out the car, put the children in it and were able to finally get out and on our way. Mayor Lindsay was in a lot of trouble over the clearing of that snow. Other than that, we thought he was a good mayor.
Susan Valente
I was a Freshman in High School when John Lindsey was mayor. After the Wagner years I was struck by his youthfulness and good looks. He had that JFK kinda charisma. I was most affected by the transit strike because my commute to high school took about an hour by bus or 45 minutes by bus and train. I couldn't believe the upsetment it caused not only to me, but everyone who depended on public transportation to get to work or school. It was really the first time I was exposed to any serious problems in my own backyard so to speak and it helped me take an interest in what was happening from then on. As I mentioned, I was only about 14 years old, but I thought he was someone who could make a difference because he was very likeable and seemed very sincere. A shirtsleeves kinda guy minus the formality of so many other politicians from that era. Just a kids memory of someone who made her pay attention.
Robert Schrank
Obituary NY Times “Willard Wirtz, Labor Chief Dies at 98.” Once again I need to put off my piece on Global Warming to deal with another memory jog. It was back in the “age of rage” days of the 1960es. I was Deputy Manpower Commissioner in the Lindsay Administration. My specific responsibility was “Youth Employment.” This was a time when the Black Panthers a militant Black power group was playing a most critical role in the Public Demonstration script. Cities, Detroit, Newark were burning as street demonstrations would turn into very nasty confrontations between police and demonstrators. Upon hiring me the Mayor said,”your main job it to keep the city from burning.” Yupp, quiet an assignment. The summer time was most critical as thousands of kids were out of school and out of work. That meant lots of time to think up “interesting diversions from the being hot and bored in the big city.” The kids were learning to imitate their elders. On one hot summer weekend the Yuppies held a peace demonstration in grand Central Station. A confrontation between the police and peace demonstrators heated up when some of the demonstrators mounted the famous clock in the center of the waiting room. I urged the police to do nothing as the clock climbers would get bored and eventually come down. Sandy Garelick the Police Commissioner argued that the “clock was private property and they were threatening it.” Sandy and I were unable to agree so he sent in the cops. Arrests were made and the telev
tom la guidice
he ruined new york, he had ideas some far fetched, he was incapable of the job, the only good thing you can say he was better that dinkins
bennett harris
During the Linsay years I happened to find myself in the restroom in "21" and discovered his honor in the next urinal. After having a nice discussion about the "blackout" and my unhappiness with having to walk up and down 14 floorsand washing our hands I';m sure we both felt better about the future of the city.
William Betz
One of the funniest New Yorker cartoons I've seen was published in 1969 during the New York mayoral campaign. Mario Procaccino was running against Lindsay. It was a tumultuous time and people were blaming Lindsay for all kinds of ridiculous things. In the cartoon King Kong was climbing up the Empire State Building. Two men were observing the big ape and the caption has one saying to the other, "That does it. I'm voting for Procaccino."
irma sragg
the one thing i remember and will never forgive him for, is what he did to the rockaways. all over the world waterfront/oceanfront property is premium. he turned it into a wasteland. barren lots and an empty boardwalk from the 30th streets up to the 80's. what for someone tell me. irma sragg
Edward Francis Hudaverdi
The Mayor was tall and liked to be the tallest in a group. Consequently, whenever he met with the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Bess had to wear flats so as not to tower over him.
Jonathan Rose
I am amending a previous entry: Shortly after Landsay assumed the mayoralty, our Upper West Side apartment was burglarized. My brother wrote the new mayor about this and voiced a 13 year old's concerns about crime. Lindsay wrote a personal letter in return thanking my brother for his concerns. As I mentioned earlier, Lindsay ws a West-Sider himself, and felt an especial affinity for his neighborhood.
Wesley Satterfield
Mayor Lindsay issued an Executive Order that pedestrians have the right-of-way in New York City. This Order is ignored to this day by most motorists, and cops are not only unaware of such an Order, but some never heard of John Lindsay. He was to New Yorkers what President Kennedy was to all of America. And for any wise-asses out there, it is a compliment to both men!
Batya Bauman
He's the only republican I ever voted for and supported. He was wonderful! I loved him and it was such a pleasure living in New York City when he was Mayor.
Cindy Tennenbaum
I was in high school. John Lindsay was a rock star. Best looking mayor NY ever had. He signed an autograph for me, but kept my pen so he could sign more autographs.I really wanted that pen back-to keep forever. Oh well.
Carol R
As a young girl living two houses away from the service road of the Long Island Expressway in Queens, the thing I remember the most is how quiet it was after the Lindsay blizzard, when the plows didn't come for days. There was usually so much traffic noise from the cars and trucks passing by on the highway, not to mention the airplanes from LaGuardia, but this time it was eerily quiet. The only sounds you heard were shovels and the hum of a street lamp. You should have seen the newspaper headlines!
Ellen Pollak
I haven't lived in NY City since I got married, 60 years ago this Thanksgiving, but my Mother lived there and my husband worked there so I was always interested in what was going on. When Lindsay was Mayor his sister lived in our village: Laurel Hollow, and we would all get excited when his helicopter would land nearby and he would visit. Tales of seeing him swimming in the sound always came back to us. The teenagers were likely to swoon over him; he was very good looking and the teenagers knew nothing about his Politics, yet! When the Mayor had the snow storm problem in Queens, we in Nassau county had streets that were swept clean of the snow. Until the present Mayor I don't think we ever had a really good mayor during my lifetime and I was born in 1929.
Peter Schwartz
I thought he was an excellent congressman who should have moved on to the Senate where he could have been aneloquent and effective legislator. The deck was stacked against him from day one, yet his ahndling of the explosive summer of 1968 was masterful and to his lasting credit. Of course, some still believe he " gave good intentionas a bad name.) Many years after he left office I was entrning a hotel lobby in London and out strode Mr. Lindsay. I smilled and we shook hands cordially although I had only met him briefly fifteen years earlier and he certainly could not have remembered. When I addressed him, howver, as "Mr. Mayor" the smile on his face immediately faded, and a pained expression appeared.
Julia Dalton
From 1969 - 1972 I was attending college at the University of South Carolina. One of the coeds in my acting class went to visit her boyfriend who played basketball, turned pro and moved to New York City. She was raped and murdered in the stairwell of his building during her visit. Mayor Linday got on the local television in Columbia and publicly apologized to the people of South Carolina. I have never forgotten his gesture.
Jennifer Almquist
My father, John Arthur Almquist, was a professor of English, expert on Thoreau, Whitman, and Melville,[also the first lecturer on Channel 13 back in the days of its founding] and a jazz pianist. He was also the Musical Director of the Inner Circle Shows in NYC during the Lindsay years. The Inner Circle Shows began in 1922, formed by City Hall newspaper reporters to satirize the world of politics. The show continues to this day. Some of my father's favorite moments during that era involved the Mayor's rebuttal, which, until Mayor Lindsay had been a speech. In 1966 Mayor Lindsay hired songwriters Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock [Fiddler on the Roof duo]to write a singing rebuttal. The Mayor, wearing white gloves and a straw hat, was accompanied by Florence Henderson in a great song and dance routine accompanied musically by my Dad on piano. I remember Daddy coming home to our little Montclair, NJ home that evening beaming, and in awe of Mayor Lindsay's dancing and singing skills.
Jeanne Shelley
I was in my late teens during Lindsay's adminstration but I do remember all the neighborhood Moms thinking the new mayor was hot, hot, hot. Don't think they gave a hoot how good a Mayor he was. He was younger, cooler, and had our trust.He reflected the generation. He was a big indicator on just how right a prophecy Bob Dylan's song " The Times They Are A-Changin'" was. It was the best time to be young and living in New York!
Gini Stolldorf
I was finishing college in Kentucky and came back to NYS, 2 years after he was first elected, to teach. It always seemed to me that he enjoyed what he was doing and was really trying to govern the City in ways that would improve it. I honestly think that he was trying to do the best he could as mayor given the politics of the time and occurrences beyond his control. I was really impressed with his enthusiasm.
Susan Ralston
In 1971 we took our kids Bobby and Laura, then about 9 and 7, to "Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the Delacorte in Central Park. During the general dancing and joyous carousing after the finale, our tall elegant Mayor climbed onstage and joined the fun. Suddenly he swept little Laura way up in his arms and waltzed her around and around, an unforgettable moment of joie de vivre for all. Yes, there were good times back then, too.
Gini Booth
I remember much, as if it was just yesterday! My late father, William H. Booth, was the Commissioner of Human Rights and a close friend and confidant of Mr. Lindsay - that friendship extended to our family. I consider Mr. Lindsay one of the great mayors of all time, and during a dramatic time in history, his calm was felt, his intellect recognized, and definitely a period that lesser a man would fall - he was constantly tested, but his leadership was central to his success. My father played a major role in his election and early administration - battling slum landlords, taxi's not picking up people of color, advertising agencies forced to open the door for people of color, trade unions forced to include people of color (pre Lindsay, Rochdale Village), and during times of unrest walking the streets with Mr. Lindsay. Today, the beat goes on - sadly, to this day some of these issues are still on radar. There is so much more in my memory . . . on a very personal note - Mr. Lindsay was such a gentleman - as was his brother, I believe his name is George. When I eloped,to my parent's dismay, Mr. Lindsay sent me a wonderful note . . . promising that NY City's finest would line up across the country arm in arm to bring me home from California if I ever had a problem! I hope that I still have that note (somewhere)! With humble and joyful spirit, Gini Booth
Mr.Emilio Velazquez
Major Lindsey was himself. He didn't pretended to be no one else. I was 12 years old. I had a ball with the storms, we play king of the hill on Ludlow and Orchard st. A leader is not born. He step up to the challenges and conquer them.Mayor Lindsey made himself a leader and we new yorker benefit because he handle all challenges that the city faces with Class, Dignity and courage. As an American and native New yorker, I salute said MAYOR. Thank u for being around.
Will Whetzel
Yes, I knew a bit about Mayor Lindsay, and yes, the little bit I knew about him I liked, but in the winter of 1969, as a freshman in college visiting an older friend in NYC who had procured weekend dates for me and two close friends, my concerns about the well-being of New York City were much more immediate and self-centered--how much fun could we pack into a weekend in the Big Apple, having recently turned eighteen. It was not until Sunday evening of that fateful February weekend, when all hope of returning to school was happily dashed by the arrival of The Snowstorm, did we start to hear and see more of Mayor Lindsay. As it turned out, one of the procured dates that weekend was a relative of the Mayor's, and over a raucous Sunday dinner celebrating our stranded state, she was christened--and still referred to to this day--as Snowplow. JVL went on to do good things for the City That Never Sleeps, but every time I hear his name I immediately think of a comely lass, a major snowstorm and a weekend that dragged on for days.
Dorothy Warburton
Our family moved from Montreal to Riverdale in the Bronx in 1964. A vivid memory is a winter Sunday when I had invited a distinguished foreign scientist visiting Columbia University for lunch. My husband set out in the car with our eldest daughter to collect our guest from her room near Columbia. Being from Montreal, we underestimated the effect of the ongoing snowstorm on New York transportation. A few hours later my husband and daughter struggled in, cold and worn-out from walking most of the way home after having to abandon the car. My guest never did get picked up, and the soufflé that I had foolishly prepared for lunch was long past saving. That same day a neighbor in the building had catered a large birthday party for her son. Since none of her outside guests could make it, she turned it into an open house for our apartment building, and we all made new friends. This was the famous Mayor Lindsay snowstorm.
Jean Callahan
I was a student at Hunter College, NYC during the transit strike. That January was a cold one; I walked more than once over the Queensborough Bridge to get to and from school. Rides from friends stopped at the bridge. Hunter finally cancelled classes due to low attendance. The strike was settled just in time for finals! I also lived through the snowstorm of '69; as a teacher my school was closed for one week. I saw Lindsay booed at a Fresh Meadows rally because of lack of any surface transportation running in Queens that week. I felt Lindsay was in the wrong place most of the time; it was impossible for his administration to keep up with the needs of expanding NYC in that era.
Richard Wierzbicki
I live in Queens and I remember the big snow storm and how Queens didnot have the snow removed of over one week. I was in High School at the time. My father drove me to school from Jackson Heights to Jamaica.I also remember running in to Mr.Lindsay when he was running for U.S.Senator. I met him in an elevator in a building on Fifthe Avenue his campaign headquarters was located in the building. I rode the elevator with him. I never forget how tall he looked. Know one in the elevator said hello to him. Mr.Lindsay just looked around to see if anyone would say hello to him. Answer NO.
lydia saderman
I respected him greatly and how he was able to calm tempers and rage during our responding riots to what happened in Los Angeles. He was a very good mayor and cared about all the people who live in this marvelous city. I wish we had a clone of Mayor Lindsay today, but alas, we do not.
Robert Burian
I was a young market researcher at that time. I visited John and offered my services. He replied that he had the support of Elmo Roper. I figured Roper could help him a lot more than I could My bride and I went to a fund raising dinner for John. He dutifully came around to all the tables and said: "You guys have great taste in women." Enough to please everyone. I served on one of John's "flying squads." We were small groups who went out from Manhattan to Queens. We were briefed on the local issues, e.g., the need for a new stop light so students could cross the street to school more safely. As they say: "All politics are local." It was late and we knocked on the last door of the evening. A young teenager opened the door. "Who is it?" asked his mother up stairs. "People working for 'the guy who never gets tired'," he answered. He made our day!
James Horne
It was I believe 1969,or 1970. The World Trade Towers were being built. I was a messenger, downtown, in the financial district. Protesters against the war in Vietnam were gathering on the corner of Wall and Broad. People were chanting, "working for the war machine!" It started getting scary. Militant protesters started to gather and gird for battle, putting on football helmets, weighted gloves, etc. Suddenly, from the direction of Trinity Church a large crowd of construction workers from the Trade Center started marching toward the protesters behind a huge American Flag. The Tactical Police Force and Mounted Police came in from all directions. I was standing there on the corner, right in the middle of it. The 'Hardhats' laced right into the protesters. Fists, bats, hammers started flying. The Protesters were pushed up Broad Street. Hardhats took the high ground, having gone up the steps of the Federal Building. They raised cinder blocks over their heads and hurled them down on us, (I was in the midst of the protesters at this point). The TPF weren't neutral. They joined ranks with the Hardhats and raising their batons wailed away at the protesters. The chaos moved up Broad St. to the steps of City Hall. Lindsay was there, prepared to give a speech. He was bundled away by security when they saw what was coming. Later, I stood on the steps of the Federal Building, right next to the statue of Washington and Gabe Pressman as he interviewed various people. It was quite a day.
Maria Gough
All I can remember is that all my aunts and older cousin were in love with Lindsay. In my memory, he appears more as more a Hollywood celebrity than a politician.
Coralyn Gorlicki
I remember the big snowstorm in 1969. I lived in Queens then and people there were complaining that they could not get anywhere because of the snow. However, the buses and subways were running fine and I had no trouble getting to work. Also he opened Central Park on weekends to bikers, pedestrians and joggers. I remember bike riding there with my two sons.
Charlotte Mundy
For years I've had a photo on my wall of John Lindsay with Mollie Parnis, designer, and Jamie Fields, a student at the Professional Children's School. John Lindsay never was too busy to help us at PCS solve problems during the turbulent 1960's-- A truly extraordinary leader!
Camille Hopkins
Years ago, my husband, young daughter Ellen and I were on a very small plane flying back to NYC from Maine. Mayor Lindsay and his wife sat across the aisle from us. We smiled and tried not to stare, or peek at their reading material. Just before we were due to land at La Guardia, we hit a really awful thunderstorm. The plane plunged and buckled. I was terrified, and probably really showed it. The flight attendant offered the Lindsays and us drinks. Mayor Lindsay asked for doubles as long as we were apparently not going to make it! We ordered the same, and they started talking with us. Both Lindsays were so funny and cheerful, that they calmed me down. A warm and delightful couple.
richard friedland
Helped run his office in Far Rockaway during his first run.He did have charisma.When we went to the Projects he relaxed the people by taking off his tie and jacket and slinging it over one shoulder.One of the main problems with his administration,was that his own party wanted him to fail,since he had not come up from the clubhouse.There was little if any help from any party leaders.As we know today,power is more important than the good of the State or country.He was a bright and fantastic person to work for.
Hector Cardona
To me he signified hope of better times ahead. He was young. He was beautiful. He wasn't afraid. He walked the streets of NY like a king.He cared about people, he was the first to suffer our pain right alongside us. Whenever his name or image comes up I cannot help but smile. He had such dreams for us, all of us. In a time of stress, moral corruption, decay and the collapse of our financial system he came among us and told us he could change things. We believed in him. He led us out of the darkness. When other cities were burning, NY did not. But, like all leaders of stature, they broke him. I remember crying when he left the stage.
Sandy Garfunkel
Mayor Lindsay was introducing Catherine Deneuve at an event.He said, "They don't make girls like that anymore . . . and neither do I."
Norma Telesco
I remember that we fought against the garbage dump in Pelham bay Park in the Bronx,,It is now a contaminated place that had to be caped and special drains put in for the run off,so it would not drain in Eastchester Bay,Mayor was for this dump
Len Moskowitz
During the Lindsay and Beame administrations, the Rockaway peninsula and Far Rockaway specifically was turned into a dumping ground for halfway houses, the insane, and the very poor. The Beach 20th Far Rockaway business district used to rival neighboring Lawrence/Cedarhurst for trendy and fashionable shops. During that period it became a high crime area, and shopkeepers closed down or moved to the neighboring LI towns. Except for a few small pockets, that era spelled the end of Far Rockaway as a safe middle class community. So the Lindsay (and Beame) administration were nightmares for those us who cared about Far Rockaway.
paul ryan
Mike Quill defined his mayorality on the first day lindsay took office by calling him Mr Linsley. From then on it was all down hill except for the fact of his walking through Harlem and keeping the City from burning.
Dennis During
I worked in the NYC Budget Bureau at the tail end of the Lindsay administration ('72-'74). The main thing I remember was the colossal expansion of debt, especially the effort to finance operating expenses with debt. I was just a kid and didn't know any better, but it was an appalling waste of good intentions and good talent.
Robert Ellerbee
To me John Lindsay was the finest mayor this city has had since Theo LaGuardia. Mayor Lindsay was the essence of N.Y. at a time that was extremely volital. He was not afraid to face the other politicians, unions, or gangsters... Mayor Lindsay was a real class act.
Stephen Klausner
Robert Moses, the self-styled "Master Builder",after speaking with the new mayor, had this to say: "When you elect a matinee-idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration." Prophetic words.
Lynn McTyre
I was so young but I remember the library trucks and the concerts in the parks. The city for me was alive with the arts. I had no grasp at that age of anything but the magic that is New York.
Leah Ghiradella
When I was about 4 or 5, in 1968-69, my grandfather took me to Manhattan, from our home in the Bronx, to see the Colombus Day Parade. Standing near the curb, I was taking in all the excitement when a very tall well-dressed man stopped before me and put out his hand. I remember looking up into the face of John Lindsay. He was wearing a long camel coat, had a full head of hair and seemed to my four and a half year old mind to be tremendously handsome. We shook hands, he asked me my name and he tousled my hair. "Who was that?" "That," my Italian immigrant grandfather answered proudly, "is the Mayor of New York City." I can still picture his earnest, open face, smiling at me.
Rosalyn Palmer
In 1970 I was a member of our local PTA (PS 196 in Forest Hills) and during one of our fundraisers for the school, John Lindsay came by and donated a baseball signed by the Mets - who won the series the year before. We knew he hard a road before him, starting as he did with a strike but we were very hopeful that he would be good for the City. He was a dynamic figure but I don't believe the various ethnic groups in the City ever accepted him. Koch and Giulliani seemed to fare better on that score. To the women of course, he was very attractive.
Garla Redond
I remember the blizzard and then those people were so famous with funny stories. New York City is the greatest. A magical and revolutionary city.
Ross Rosenberg
I lived in Laurelton, Queens during the horrible blizzard in the sixties. My street was completely blocked with snow for a full week. The snow was more than two feet high in the road. Merrick Road, the main commercial street was clear. It was a half block from my house. My neighbor had a volkswagon convertible. He was in the army. He called five army buddies to help him. Together, they carried his car to Merrick Road. I will never forget the blizzard or the sight of these guys carrying a car down the street.
John D. Arnold
The hard hat riot organized by Peter Brennan dominated the financial district for days until Lindsay finally made the police do their job. Nixon later made Brennan Secretary of Labor. Like Nazi Munich; bloody violence.Evil.
robert C fischer
In addition to ending bagnapper problem at rear LIRR entrance (part of a letter I sent) you should know my admiration for the man was manifold. I still have audio tapes of the great snowfall and the garbage strike taken from radio. But most in my memory w as being at a private birthday party for Helen Hayes in small room at the 21 club. I went with a Glamour reporter friend and watched the Mayor at his cordial best making Miss Hayes glow from his warm remarks. As a born and bred New Yorker, it's one of the lifetime visual rembrances that I can always recall in detail.
Kenneth Patton
from a position as consultant to corporate America on where to put their facilities I was recruited to set up the nations 1st urban economic development agency and program. The Mayor saw the need to do our best to retain and enhance legacy industrties but was acutely aware that our future lay in the creative fields, international business services, and finance. This require making the city a magnet for talent,restoring middle class neighborhoods( esp. Brownstones) and yes; making the city.... fun. This was epitomized one day when he and I were going to Brooklyn to dedicate a container crain in a belated attempt to keep up with the tranportation revolution. On our way I asked his driver to pass under the Brooklyn Bridge. We stopped and I described a project to put a floating restaurant there . He enthusiastically endorsed it in his typical upbeat way. The result was the River cafe and many more people uses of the City's waterfront. recently David Walentas the developer of Dumbo stated that it was the restaurant that drew his attention to the possibility of a residential community the area. Theme of creating a 24 hour city was embraced throughout Lindsay's 8 years and included doing what Moses couldn't do with the Dodgers by rebuilding Yankee Stadium, saving and creating Broadway Theaters (and TKTS),opening parks to people, and using urban design to celebrate and enhance urban density. These a few of many such initiatives that he led us through that set the table for the future
Tareyah Kennerly
unfortunatley, i will not be able to see this, i now reside in s jersey, i've been a member for 5 years. i know that's not a long time, but being a native new yorker i still subscribe to thirteen. i have so many memories, i have a picture of my mother and mr. lindsay. maybe thirteen can see why it's not being shown down here. i'm able to get some shows but not the main attractions.
William MacMullen
He was a breath of fresh air in a deciedly city. He was what the city needed in 1965 and perhaps still needs to some degree.
Rafael Ocasio
I was 9 years old in 1966 when John Lindsay became mayor. The 12 day transit strike began on January 1, 1966. That event sticks out ever so distantly in my memory. My mother and I walked 2 miles from Flushing Avenue in Fort Greene to Graham Avenue in Williamsburg just to get my two painful cavities filled.The B-57 bus was not running. I can't say that I fault Mayor Lindsay, I was way too young to blame anyone!
John F. Larberg
I helped organize "Social Workers for Lindsay," [a unique voluntary effort] in connection with his Second Term candidacy...We were inspired by what we saw as practical idealism and grass roots involvement. However, I really want to URGE you to seek up the insights and opinions of someone you seem to have overlooked: Donald Elliott, Esq., who was I believe,(hope my memory for titles and agency names is accurate) Lindsay's Chair of the City Planning Commission. A man of enormous integrity and a genuine [though always modest] civic leader, he has a sharp mind and great honesty. He could add a great deal.
John F. Larberg
I helped organize "Social Workers for Lindsay," [a unique voluntary effort] in connection with his Second Term candidacy...We were inspired by what we saw as practical idealism and grass roots involvement. However, I really want to URGE you to seek up the insights and opinions of someone you seem to have overlooked: Donald Elliott, Esq., who was I believe,(hope my memory for titles and agency names is accurate) Lindsay's Chair of the City Planning Commission. A man of enormous integrity and a genuine [though always modest] civic leader, he has a sharp mind and great honesty. He could add a great deal.
Dainiel Werner
The NYC Transit strike of '65 and his caving in to Mike Quill; also his walks in the ghettos during the summers.The media prasied his courage but in reality he was accompanied by a squad of the NYPD.
Catherine Sutherland
Around 1990 I was invited to an ABNY breakfast and seated between Abe Beam and John Lindsay.I was about 32 yrs old at the time and thrilled beyond belief - for reasons I'd never shared with anyone until now. Since I was born in '58, I was a kid during Lindsay's reign. I knew my father didn't like him but while my friends had posters of Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy in their rooms, my ultimate pin-up was John Lindsay. Something about the smarts/looks combo really made my 12 -year-old self crazy! My father couldn't understand why I was suddenly so interested in the news. Every night at 6 I tuned in just to see if he was interviewed. So, meeting him that day 20 years ago was like meeting a rock star for me. I still remember how tall he was in person and that even as an older man he was still marvelously handsome, in fact, magnetic. It didn't hurt that he was a fantastic conversationalist and had charm to spare. RIP Mr. Lindsay. Bet you didn't know you had teenyboppers hearts a-thumpin'!
Judith Delgado
I was 20 years old in 1968. Dr. King & Bobby Kennedy-struck down; the Democratic Convention soon to viewed in disbelief by American citizens & the world and major cities were burning...The tension was high- the sun hot. The New York Free theatre was born that summer-A street theatre committed to dealing with white racism performing throughout the five boroughs...funded in large part by the Mayor's Office. We were a group of ethnically diverse acting students from NYU School of the Arts (Tisch School of the Arts)who felt the need to respond to the social issues of the day. With original song and story we ventured out onto the corners of as many neighborhood streets that our daily schedule would allow. On more than one occassion, Mayor Lindsay came to watch us..He liked what he saw. Mayor Lindsay was innovative-a risk taker. In 1968, who ever heard of using theater as a tool to deal with social issues? Only a handful...thank goodness, he was one...a very important One!
Leon Ciferni
I lied in Brooklyn, working as a lawyer at Chemical Bank New York Trust Company. During the transit strike, brought on because Lindsay had no clue as to how to deal with the union, we hired boats and buses to get us from the outer boros to Manhattan. I had to get a bus over the verrazano bridge to St. George in Staten Island, where we emv barked on the ferry to lower Manhattan. By the second weeek, I was getting to work earlier than with my normal commute. Lindsay was the Jimmy Carter of mayors, a good and decent man who had no clue as to how to run anything. I was pleassed when Rudy Giuliani arranged a pension for his wife mary, who had become virtually destitute.
S. R. Peterson
John Lindsay charmed us all as mayor: his manner, his looks, his style, his liberalism were all part of what defined New York as American most sophisticated metropolis. Apolitical as I was then, he even inspired me to civic duty. When walking down Central Park West early one weekday morning, I saw a well-dressed, well-coifed elderly woman letting her pet poodle mess on the sidewalk. Mayor Lindsay had just urged people to curb their dogs, and it was true NYC streets were a hazard to walk on before laws were enforced for people to pick up after their dogs. I had just passed the lady but inspired by Lindsey's plea, I turned to the woman and asked she curb her dog so her neighbors might walk on cleaner sidewalks. In spite of a severe dowager's hump, she turned to me and quickly said, "You running for mayor or somethung?"
Norman Brust
It was the early 60's. JFK was president. Lindsay was campaigning for re-election to congress. There was a fund-raiser in my building. Lindsay was there. I said to my wife "One day he's going to run for president." She repeated my remark to him. He replied, "Your husband is a very smart man>"
Stephen Klausner
Mayor Lindsay started the hateful practice of using the housing projects as dumping grounds for thousands of welfare mothers and their children, turning otherwise pleasant places to live into hellholes of crime. I speak from experience, first as a tenant,then as an attorney for NYCHA. Lindsay removed these welfare "families" from well-to-do Manhattan neighborhoods, to satisfy the demands of his core constituency that he get these young pests and criminals out of the single room occupancy hotels they inhabited, and put them into housing projects in the outer boroughs. By doing so, Mayor Lindsay caused there to be a concentration of people who were uncivilized and violent and who proceeded to vandalize and destroy their apartments and buildings and to assault, rob and kill their neighbors. As a result of this policy, a veritable army of stable families left these projects. The fathers of the families who got pushed out of their apartments to make way for the welfare crowd were policemen, firemen, transit workers, sanitation employees, etc., in other words, law-abiding, stable and otherwise splendid tenants. Lindsay accomplished this mass "eviction" by having the Board of the New York City Housing Authority, most of whose members he appointed, lower the maximum income a tenant could earn and thereby qualify for an apartment. As these civil service tenants earned in excess of the new maximum income levels, they had to leave, and did, causing these projects to decline.
theo solomon
I was the diector of research of the Mayors Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. When we presented him with the first copy of the report,his first question was "Of those children murdered by child abuse, how many were known to the Bureau of Child Welfare?" That's agreat question, and more a caring one than a political one.
Rachel Berg
As a child living in Queens in the 60s, I remember my father cursing John Lindsay's name on a regular basis. He truly felt that Lindsay's reign precipitated the downward spiral that culminated in the crime-ridden, graffiti-scared and bankrupt city of the 70s. Many years later, I met the Mayor when a choir I sang with was invited to his home for a reception. It was strange to imagine that this urbane, charming, patrician gentleman was the target of such outrage in my childhood.
Judith Taylor
The blizzard that shut down Queens. My mother lived near 188th Street in an apartment building. During the blizzard she was in dire need of medicines to cope with her cancer pain. No visiting nurses could come to give her an injection to ease the pain ... it was pure agony. I left my car near the L.I.E. and walked (falling and struggling in snow up to my thighs)to try to reach her apartment to relieve my dad and bring her some meds. It took DAYS for the snow to be plowed and to get her the proper help. SHAME on the mayor ...
Raun Norquist
When I think of Lindsay, I think of the great gift he gave to NYC by retrieving Central Park from the dark and dangerous times by bringing music and events and people and life back into this great park, restoring Olmstead's vision of the "lungs" and I might add, the heart, of this great city.
Martha Ecker
John Lindsay was like a rock star when I was a child. My father adored him. He spotted Lindsay in a car in Manhattan one day and my normally meek dad went right up to the window and said, "Hi John." He recounted the story on numerous occasions always with a wide grin on his face.
Stanley Cohen
When Lindsay was running for mayor I was covering the campaign for a local newspaper. I wrote a column saying that Lindsay appeared to be too remote, too polished to be mayor of New York. "He hasn't suffered enough," I wrote. I got to know Lindsay during the course of the campaign and my paper endorsed him. Shortly after he took office and was hit with the transit and garbage strikes, I ran into him at a function of some type, and he smiled at me and said, "Well, Stan, now have I suffered enough?"
Linda Bacon
I remember that Mayor Lindsay proposed installing aroma machinery at various street corners, to pump the smell of freshly cut lawn grass into the air. I thought it was brilliant and way ahead of its time in terms of the calming, healing benefits of aromatherapy to lift one's mood and spirit.
Robert C Fischer
I phoned and complained about toughs grabbing luggage from people seeking cabs at rear entrance I'm now looking at signed Lindsay letter promising immediate action by the police Next week police were there and luggagenappers were gone. Letter Date: 8/31/67
Bonnie Stone
It was an exciting time in many ways. I worked for the City starting in 1971 - Lindsay was very serious about dealing with the heroin scourge which was an epidemic. We opened 40 methadone clinics and saved countless lives. It was a controversial but very important for public health. And it worked.
David Latham
I worked for four years in the Lindsay Administration and it was one of the most exciting times of myl life. Everything seemed possible as he recruited hundreds of bright, energetic young graduates to correct society's ills. Unfortunately our reach exceeded our grasp and expenditures exceeded resources as it all came to a sudden end.
David Seeley
I worked for Mayor Lindsay, supposedly as his "education advisor," from the summer of 1967 to the summer of 1968, while the disastrous strikes and upheavals in the fall of 1968 were taking shape. While people still debate who was most to blame for this catastrophe, the most useful perspective today is to see it as a tragedy that prevented changes that could have set the city on a positive course for educating the city's children. We still suffer from that tragedy today, with a large portion of the city's children still not getting the education they need for their own and the city's future.
Gary Shebes
The transit strike.......Mike Quill held up this city for 10 days I believe. NYorkers were heroic and urged our mayor not to back down. It was rough but we went to work, orginized car pools and did what we had to do to keep the city running. The people stood up to the union, but our mayor backed down and gave the union all they wanted .That started off a tidel wave of new union contracts, that two this day has cost this city dearly, thanks to Lindsay.
ellen Sklar
My husband, was home during most of my pregnancy with our firstborn, from September through December of 1968 during the assorted strikes. Great for me, the moral during and after the strikes was horrible. was
Tom Stewart
When I first moved to New York to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, John Lindsay was mayor. I recall him as a glamorous figure whose political appeal was always being compared to John F. Kennedy. His presidential campaign went nowhere; the office of Mayor of the City of New York has consistently proven a dead end for most politicians. His struggles with the realities of local issues helped to lead to his political demise. "Fun City" went quickly from positive marketing slogan to the subject of comedians' derisive jokes. Still, I was a small town kid who had at last become a New Yorker, so, for me, the Lindsay years were a time of great aspirations and excitement!
Bob Bodenstein
For the first time I felt there was hope for a lost unmanageable city....He fought Quill, who no one ever challenged, appointed Hoving who breathed life back into the parks, and went into the ghetto to reassure the populace that he was a friend and was concerned. I was not a resident but I volunteered and distributed flyers promoting his election so the City would not return to the old ways that he had inherited
Vivian Moser
I voted for Mr. Lindsay with hope in my heart. After being sworn in, he inadvertently precipated and/or had no knowledge of what was happening and/or lived in an academic white tower, when the following occured: the blizzard of '68 (forgot to clean Queens); had no idea what hit him when there was a transit strike led by Mike Quinn (who called him "Mr. Lindsley"); tried building a low income project for the SRO's in middle-class Queens (almost succeeded) and then tried to run for president (when campaigning in FL a plane carried a sign up and down Miami Beach "Don't Forget Queens" - that advertisement effectively shut down his ambitions), etc. Otherwise a very charming, lovely man who was out of his league.
Christopher Kende
Michael Quill calling him Mr Lindsley and the blackout. He projected a great image but I think his cave-in to the transit union was the beginning of the end of adequate municipal services in NY for a very long time.
Sam Goodman
Although I was about 13, what I can vividly recall are dire predictions about the future of my Grand Concourse community. These predictions were perhaps best illustrated in articles like that which appeared in the New York Times on July 21, 1966. The overall attitude by the Lindsay adminstration seemed to gloss over the civil, social and economic challenges of that era, challenges which utlimately prompted the most profound disintergration of Bronx County during the 1970's when over 303,000 people simply left the Bronx for destinations unknown. In my judgement it was during the Lindsay years that his charasmatic abilities could have prompted genuine change for everyone's benefit. Instead these years would prove to be the beginning of a process that would take thirty years to endure, a process that only now we see as our a chapter in our city's history rather than its current challenge.
susan feldman
I was a grad student at CCNY and a participant in the Columbia strike as a member of the community. I was arrested during a sit-in at Bank St. college. At that time New York was a vibrant place where people were not afraid to interact and voice their ideas. The late 60's and early 70s were, I think the golden age for the young people of new york.
Jan Morgan
My brother in law, Tom Morgan, was Lindsay's press secretary...and I remember they all hated Bela Abzug!
Susan Aker
As a native Brooklynite, I remember the transit strike that should have stopped the city cold in its tracks. However, people found a way to get to school, to work, and back home by raising their hand, indicating they needed a ride. Drivers stopped for pedestrians and gave them a ride to the closest corner of their destination. Then pedestrians would either walk the rest of the way or find another ride.
Joanne Theodorou
In the early 80s, while trying to get a career started in the amazing Big Apple, I would see, during the AM commute, John Lindsay on the 5th Avenue downtown bus, at least once a week. I could not understand why no one recognized him, his weathered briefcase verified it was him with the initials J.V.L. Now are New Yorkers that jaded, or simply that polite?? I thought "attention must be paid",, he was our Mayor! Does he have to pay bus fare? Anyhow, he was obviously traveling to work in a cost efficient way like the rest of us!!
Dianne Hammond
What I remember the most is the blizzard while living in Queens. My husband had to walk down the middle of Van Wyck expressway to get to his midnight to 8 AM job with TWA. I will never forget Lindsay saying "Spring is coming" so the snow will disappear through natural means. It took weeks until he plowed the snow in Queens.
Ida Dworkis,Sperber
In 1962 my late husband, Dr. Martin B. Dworkis, Professor at GSPA, NYU, was the Democract Candidate for Congress against John Lindsay. Their debates were a model for how civil election campaigning should be conducted in a democracy. They strongly disagreed on many of the issues, but never acrimoniously. They attacked the issues, not each other. Marty lost to John but by the smallest margin of any of John's previous runs. In 1966 I applied for the position of admininstrator of a federally funded OEO grant to NYC for demonstration rehabilitation housing in the Dept of Rent Control. It was submitted by the Commissioner to the Mayor for approval. Com. Berman told me that Mayor Lindsay said, "They were lucky to get me."
HERBERT & jOANNE friedman
We were two rows behind Lindsay at a new Broadway show when he silently was slipped a message - Dr. King's assassanation. He then without explanation left the theater and was next scene in harlem peace keeping
Alan Gewirtzman
The most vivid memory I have of the Lindsay years involved Syd Davidoff, one of the mayor's assistants. It was towards the end of the student demonstrations at Columbia University in late June of 1968. A large group of students had gathered on Broadway at 116th Street. As we listened to some speakers, we noticed a large contingent of NYC Police advancing in formation down the west side of Broadway. They lined up opposite us. Very quickly, the situation got tense, with many of us baiting the police. We fully expected them to advance on us with billy clubs swinging. At that point, Syd Davidoff arrived--I assume he was sent there by the mayor. He took the officer in charge of the police unit aside. The two of them had words which seemed to get quite heated. Suddenly, the officer moved back to his unit, gave an order, and the unit turned and marched back up Broadway. The demonstration ended a few minutes later without any violence. To this day I am certain that without Mr. Davidoff's intervention, there would have been a violent confrontation instead a peaceful demonstration on Broadway that afternoon.
Paul Franco
I have fond memories of the Lindsay years despite the challenges of the era. City streets were already such a hodge-podge of pothole repairs that you couldn't tell what was pavement and what was pothole patch. We played two-hand-touch football (pole-to-pole) and stickball on 'em anyway. The sewers were also falling apart from failure of previous administrations to properly maintain them, but failures are blamed on the administration in office at the time. Happily, successes also are credited to the current administration. In 1969, New Yorkers were plenty proud to be New Yorkers because the New York Mets had won the World Series!
jeanne walfish
I just became a school secretary for the New York City Board of Education. I loved children of any age, from kindergarten through senior in high school. i was hired to work at a boys vocational high school in manhattan. it was my first introduction into the board of ed public school system from the inside. i no longer wondered about the mystery of it all. this was l968. mayor lindsay was major. i just adored him. i felt he would make everything right. times were wild in the bronx, manhattan, and brooklyn and i wanted so much to offer my help in any way i can to the major and city hall. major lindsay was an inspiration for me. i wanted to be on his team sqiad and visit schools with the team major linsay created. the purpose was to keep law and order. my first step to follow my dream was completing my undergrade degree with an urban studies major. i was given an internship in city hall during the summer of l969 and my dream began. it was major lindsay who inspired me with his energy, his ideas and his determination to govern a city that was "out of control." Today, I am a social worker and psychotherpist. I help those who reach out for help and receive it. we provide care, concern, knowledge and comfot to those who come to my agency. it was major lindsay who gave me the inspiration to provide the help our city offers. i look forward to watching the major lindsay years
Harry Matthews
As a college student and later, a new resident of the city, I have many memories of JVL: The campaign: Lindsay and Buckley (6-footers from Yale) exchanging quips literally over the head of Abe Beame. The billboard that proclaimed "John Lindsay is supercalifragilisticexpealidicious." Civil Rights: Lindsay and his commissioners walking the streets of Harlem with local leaders, listening to real grievances, while Newark and Detroit burned. The parks: Tom Hoving bringing new life and much-needed renewal to Central Park and other greenswards. Government reform: the creation of "super-agencies" to better coordinate city services. Civic morale: the joy of "Fun City," sustained through labor disputes. The '69 Mets championship helping a third-party candidate win re-election. Excess of optimism: financial mismanagement and corrupt officials leave an ambiguous legacy. But Lindsay attempted the most ambitious transformation of the city in a generation, and changed the way many citizens looked at this town and its future. Part of Koch's success was his ability to evoke - and enhance - the vision of the Lindsay year.
Marsha zoback
I was a teenager in the early 70's and was very involved with neighborhood politics and community action due to John Lindsay's "Neighborhood Action Program". We had an allocated budget for various community programs. We had offices in the area, right by Utica Ave. on Church Avenue in East Flatbush. People of all ages met there. A group of us started one of the very first food coops. It was a great time and it was because of Mayor Lindsay that the NAP came into being. I thought he was a wonderful influence in the city and a really good mayor, young and full of intersting ideas that inspired people.
Donna Wolkenstein
It was 1967. and I was starting a new teaching job at Bayside's brand-new Cardozo High School. I remember the picket lines and the racial tensions within the student body, and the stress involved in establishing a cohesive school in the midst of so much disruption. But then there was the glamour: Periodically we would hear the sound of helicoptor rotors, and next thing we knew, the bird was landing on our athletic field, and out woould step Mayor Lindsay who would then be driven to the nearby college or some other function at that end of the borough. But he always paused, smiled and waved up at the school. The kids appreciatd it. About a week after the legendary snowstorm roared down Little Neck Bay and deposited more snow in Eastern Queens than elsewhere in the city. the Joseph Papp Players were scheduled to put on a production of Macbeth in the high school auditorium. They got almost to the school, but were stymied by unplowed secondary streets, and it took all kinds of ingenuity to get the stage sets transported to the school. The performance was a success, but the performers were incredulous at the quantity of snow. They had come from Manhattan, and had no idea how bad it was until they got stuck in it. I felt kind of sorry for Lindsay. He was a good man trying to do an honest job, and he was assailed from all sides by forces beyond his control. He carried out his job with grace and panache and the teachers ended up with a decent raise.
lucy watsoon
I was 13 or so and I went to school near Gracie Mansion- the mayor"s residence. I had a "crush" on John Lindsay- a schoolgirl one- and I used to walk by his home hopping to get a look at him. This was before the era of stalker laws!I also was sending love letters to Rudolf Nureyev in bottles thrown into the East River also near Gracie Mansion. It was quite the entree into adolescence. Great times in NYC.
Ed Fener
I was teaching in New York City and lived in Queens. As a result of the settlements of the teachers strikes engineered by John Lindsay I remained a teacher in NYC. Salaries became livable and I remained a teacher in NYC cor 31 years. During the 70's I supervised the mini-pools that had been established by Lindsay during the summers and this helped me support my family as my wife was home with our newborn children. I know there were problems, but I remember those years very fondly.
Mary Ellen Purvis
I had just graduated from college and moved to nyc when Lindsay was mayor. I ended up seeing him in person twice. I have never seen another mayor in person and I have lived here since 1970. I felt so lucky that we had such a good looking mayor and how much better looking he was in person. His values were my values and I was saddened when he was trashed by the estabishment. I voted for him for senator and think he would have been a great president.
Leu Schulman
My wife and I have been drinking "Lindsay Cocktails" for years since his demise. In case you haven't figured it out, it meant "Manhattan on the rocks"
Al Giunchi
I was a student at Pace College from 1963-1967 in their mid-day session program at City Hall campus. It was the old NY Press Building. When the subway strike hit…I would take a bus from Englewood Cliffs, NJ to 42nd street NY bus station. From there I would start my morning journey to Pace on Park Row. At 19 years old this was a sociological education for me. The sights, sounds and smells of the city for 5 plus mile walk gave me an experience that I will never forget. At this young age, I never thought of what could have happen to me in my daily journey. The crime, homeless people, pan handlers I saw and almost met, passed by me everyday during my daily walk. I remember one day, I met our College President in the hall, Dr. Mortolla. We spoke of my daily experiences during my walk. I never missed a class. I was the first of my family to attend and graduate from college. This was one of my most memorable events while at Pace.
Ida Lebron
I am proud to say my husband and I campaigned for John Linday when He ran for Mayor. He was a charismatic, gentle man who was trapped by the many problems he inherited when he became Mayor. My husband and I were staunch Democrats but we never regreted for one minute voting for him - Perhaps he was too gentle for NYC politics.
alicia woods
I was a commuter from New Jersey to Saint John's Jamaica Campus. I drove there after the snowstorms. The drive through the city was not bad, the highways were passable, but when I got to Jamaica there was nowhere to go!
Sheldon Rudolph
I came to New York in 1969. Mayor Lindsay had been mayor for about 3 years. The next few years saw NYC going downhill. Yet, I, as a newcomer, found the city full of wonderful things. What was good was the best in the world, what was not good made the city even more interesting. Transit strikes? I could walk everywhere I need to walk. Pornographic Times Square: loved the squalid theaters, but also loved the cheap major films. It was a city of Paradox and John Lindsay, with his beautiful face made my part of the city glow.
Bill Berensmann
Speaking of snow, my fondest memory of the Lindsay years was a New Year's Eve snowball fight with his commissioner, Tom Hoving, in Central Park following the ball dropping in Times Square. Hot coffee and donuts were served in the park, and many happy people joined the fun. Those were some of the Apple's best years.
Carol Rogovin
I recall in the "Lindsay years" that the Lindsey's and their wealthy friends would go swimming in the city's public pools. That seemed emblematic of one time in the history of New York when everyone felt like a "member of the city".
Rebecca Sears
I was a teenager and had just moved to NYC to study ballet. I felt lost all the time. I thought John Lindsay was great. He supported the arts and although I saw that every group was uncooperative, he was a man that seems to have his values in place. More than any other leader he was a major reason for my staying in NYC, having a successful ballet career, and later raising my family here. I'm still here and won't leave for any other place. I love New York. Thank you, Mayor Lindsay. The gold standard. I'm a Democrat now. He was the last of the great Republicans.
John Scarry
My enduring memory of John Lindsay is the image of him standing next to the short, pugnacious Mike Quill, then the head of the Transport Workers Union. Mike Quill's motto always was, "No contract, no work." and at one point, when negotiations for a contract with the city had broken down, Mike Quill -- with a thick, put-on Irish accent-- stood next to the Mayor as they both appeared before the media. The labor leader insisted on pronouncing the Mayor's name as"Lindsley" but John Lindsay would not be ruffled; he smiled and waited his turn. Mike Quill got his way and got a good contract for his people -- which helped enormously towards the financial ruin of the city not many years later.
Jeri Savoy
I am now a registered Democrat, but when I was 21, I voted for Lindsay for Congress. I moved to DC after RFKs election, so I didn't live in my great city during his administration,
Sheila Saunders
My favorite moment was actually a cartoon in the New Yorker. A man is looking out his window at falling snow, looking up at the sky with obvious disgust. The caption: "Well, Lindsay's done it again!"
Judith Burke
Lindsay used the garbage strike to highlight the inequity of municipal services between wealthy neighborhoods and poor. The transit strike helped awaken a sense of community, as people offered each other rides in their cars or taxis. And the blizzard that literally 'iced the cake' was a godsend.....no one could argue that municipal services were essential to our lives. And it is no small feat that the post KIng Assassination violence in NY was minimal. Lindsay had led the city to a greater awareness of itself with a certain grace and self-deprecating wit. Who could fail to laugh when, in response to the Sanitation Workers strike, he remarkekd: "Well, they can't call me Mister Clean any more.
Linda Meyer
I first met John Lindsay when I went to Washington with a class trip and we spoke to him about his political views as a Congressman. I was happy he became our mayor and sorry his presidential bid failed. I thought he was a wonderful man and, a trait extremely rare among politicians, honest. He demonstrated that you don't meed traffic-clogging pedestrian malls and massive luxury housing construction projects to create "Fun City."
David Schultz
I didn't live in Queens during that winter -- but I remember the piles of snow mixed with garbage that handsome John could not seem to clear away. It seemed like a lackluster mayorality led by a handsome movie star (John Lindsay).
don schneider
He seemed to have a glamour and charisma that reminded us of JFK. He fought an uphill battle against odds that were too daunting. I remember him fondly.
Elba Cabrera
I remember Mayor Lindsay,as a charasmatic, inteligent person, who truly wanted to lead New York City. It was a timultous time and it seemed that the forces were against him. Workers strikes and even Mother Nature with the famous snowstorm which paralyed Queens. The Mayor did manage to bring diverse groups together such as the Urban Coalition.--Corporations working with the Community. It was a time when we as a people were heard. Thank you Mayor Lindsay for your contributions to the City of New York.
Joseph Davis
Why single out Lindsay? We still have strikes, civil rights and snow storms. Much of these have had some improvements because of Lindsay, and wasn't Mike Quill after him as soon as he got elected? On today's menues l.Are brutal beatings of 'suspects' by the police are still going on. 2. Civil Rights do not include Gays and racial profiling is quite common. Lindsay was fine especially preventing the civil rights riots. He also made pocket parks where people could enjoy their lunch breaks.
Nancy Gold
Trying to keep the City cool in an era of race riots elsewhere, Mayor Lindsay divided up New York into "Urban Action Task Force" areas and put a high-ranking member of his administration at the head of each one. The object was to deliver city services into neighborhoods quickly, before trouble could brew. My soon-to-be husband, Stanley Gold, chaired the task force in the Highbridge section of the Bronx and the concept worked. Local representatives of city agencies were required to attend monthly meetings, take public complaints, and report to the Task Force chairman on how problems were resolved. I have vivid memories of that handsome young mayor joining us at a park clean-up day, broom in hand, and being welcomed with great excitement and affection by his Bronx constituents!
Michael Putman
John Lindsay was there when I adopted New York City as my home. Growing up in California, living three years in Kenya, I arrived in New York in 1967, married a beautiful Bronx-born brunette, raised a family and am still totally in love with this city. I admired his skill in bonding thought with empathy and flexibility. I have liked and disliked his various successors, but none have commanded the respect I held for this man. My father-in-law hated him. I most love Lindsay's re-election "I made a mistake" commercial. The unelectable won after the great blizzard. He should have gone on to be governor than President. I actually still miss him.
leatrice fountain
On the first Earth day I was in the Friend's Meeting House learning how to be a draft counsellor. The parade was going by our building and all work stopped as we dashed to the windows and saw the golden haired Mr LIndsay leading off the large group of marchers.He was an inspiring vision of good caring government. He made one feel proud to be a new Yorker.
Frances Rickard
in a cost cutting scheme, sidewalk trash cans were removed from some blocks, one close to mine included--my mom protested via phone call and the next day it was returned! Also I agree with chris--Lindsay gave us sdewalk cafes!
Rafael Martínez Alequín
I live the Lindsay years. As a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), I remember him walking the street of Harlem during the riot. On my opinion, John Lindsay, should be remember by historian at one of the best mayor of this City. He was mayor of New York during a turbulent times in this nation. He earn the respect not only with the so called "minorities", but the city's residents. He was a very charismatic and honest politician who instill pride and love for fun city. Unfortunately, he died almost poor, like the period, during his tenure as mayor, in a city rife with racial tensions and poverty.
Judy Bernstein
When Lindsay ran for mayor I was thrilled to vote for him, but as a teacher during the 1968 strike I disliked his handling of this divisive situation. So when he visited my school on the first day of the year, I wasn't pleased to shake his hand. I felt he had so much potential, but fell short of my expectations.
michael collins
I was a kid during most of the Lindsay years and I remember the mayor of Gothem City on "Batman" TV series was Mayor Lindseed!
Jo-Ena Bennett
I was a teenager when John Lindsay was the mayor and lived in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. I remember him coming to my neighborhood and speaking to residence in our tiny park -- and it wasn't even a campaign year! I remember him advocating open enrollment in the City University, giving low-income New Yorkers the opportunity to achieve higher education for the first time in many families. Yes, I remember the garbage and transit strikes and the battle with UFT Pres. Albert Shanker. I wish he were alive today. I stood up for the least of us. He loved this city and wanted to make it a place for ALL, not just the wealthy. I wish he were alive today. He'd be advising Pres. Obama on immigration law and Wall Street corruption. I've not seen the documentary yet, but am very anxious to see if my memory serves me correctly. I don't think that Mayor Lindsay retired a wealthy man either. He gave all he could and I hope that he will be remembered with honor!
Leona Cohen
I worked to elect JojnLindsay. I am 84 so my memory is fading but when he became a democrat I worked very hard. I loved John Linday
MarySue Ballou
Even though I am a Democrat, I loved John Lindsay; how could he have predicted a snowstorm of that magnitude? Yes, those were rough times, and now we have, guess what, rough times.
Joseph Dunst
I always thought that Mike Quill deliberatly misprounced his name to get under his skin....
Marsha Granville
We lived on Linden Street between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue. The el train ran down Bushwick Avenue traveling between Jamaica and the Lower East Side. I can't remember the event that triggered it but Broadway was being looted right before my eyes as i looked out my bedroom window. "Tells" wiindows, the clothing store on the corner where I got my bra was stripped clean of merchandise; the furniture store across the street was cleared of pieces small and large. When it was over, a busy shopping street was a ghost town. For years it remained that way except for a supermarket that remained open. But is started to come back, perhaps 10 years ago, and now Bushwick is turning into an artist's community and in some sections their desirability brings in rentals on the high side for a neighborhood that was ostensibly lost. That is the happy ending.
Charles W. Artis
I lived in Queens in 1966.During a strike by the Daily News Lindsay read the Sunday Comics.He was a victim of two major events:A transit strike,on the eve of taking office;2 an unexpected,unprecedented amount of snow which he was held accountable for and never forgiven for the response time.
Lynne Darden
I was just a teenager when Lindsay was the Mayor and NYC was definitely Fun City for me. Admission to movie theaters were anwhere from $1-$3; the Fountain at Central Park on Sundays and the beginning of disco clubs in the early 70s.
George Rosenfeld
We moved into Soho (the known as Hell's Hundred Acres because there were so many building fires) in June of '68. At the time, Robert Moses' ill-conceived Cross Manhattan Expressway was being considered. As proposed it would have cut an East-West swath connecting the Holland Tunnel with the Manhattan bridge. Shortly after Lindsay was sworn in for his second term, in'69,he held a meeting about the Expressway. Moses was not invited. It was voted down. Soon thereafter artists and others came to rent space in the district. The area was saved from destructive highway project. Soho was born.
Kate McCartie
I was a ten year old girl growing up in Bayside, Queens. There was a parade on Bell Blvd. John Lindsay was campaigning for mayor and he walked up and shook my hand. I remember thinking how tall & handsome he was. No matter what went wrong , I always felt like he really loved this city. I don't know if that was just childish idealism or not but I will never forget the smile and the handshake.
Carl Sonntag
Although I've always been a Democrat, I worked to help get Lindsay elected in 1965 because he seemed much more progressive than the Democratic machine candidate. I was even able to convince my father & mother, both life-long Democrats, to vote for him. Like all politicians, he had his good and bad points and triumphs and defeats, but overall, I think his tenure was positive. I say this as a former NYC school teacher and UFT member who took part in the now-legendary 1968 strike, which actually served to strengthen the UFT's position in NYC. I remember listening to the radio one evening with some striking teacher friends when Lindsay was going to give a press conference about the teacher's strike. Someone had left a mike open before the start of the press conference and someone had come into the room and left the door open and you could clearly hear Lindsay's voice shouting, "Shut that fuckin' door!" We all got a chuckle out of that. His actions after MLK's assassination definitely saved the city from a lot of violence.
Mary Myers
Lindsay created an enlightened period in New York's history after the ineffectual (and sometimes corrupt) Wagner era. As a 20-year-old at that time it was stimulating and I became politically active for the first time to help implement his ideas. The strikes and snow storms barely touched me (although I did miss the NY Times, but it was the stimulation for the possibility of change for the better in the city that I think was most important.
jill schreier
i was 7 years old in 1966. during the teacher strike my teacher had class in her house a cross from the school.
Ruben P. Mendez
For many, Lindsay was associated with glamor. He previously was Congressman from the "Silk Stocking" district (ie the Upper East Side). A female relative overseas asked me "Is he really that good-looking?" Scotty Reston wrote in his column for the NYT that Mrs. Lindsay was better looking--nothing lascivious. He said it as pure admiration. Unfortunately for Lindsay, NY City was just ungovernable. Koch handled it like a true New Yorker, but it wasn't until Giuliani that NY was brought under control--at a price. And now we have a real manager in Michael Bloomberg.
Andre Anselme
I believe that John Lindsay saw City Hall as a very short-0term stop. He expected that Nelson Rockefeller was not going to seek a third gubernatorial term in 1966. Lindsay was going to seek the Governor's mansion in 1966 and use that as a springboard to the Republican Presidential nomination in 1968. Remember, Lindsay was one of the Eastern Wall Street Republicans who abandoned the Goldwater candidacy in 1964.
Bonny Fetterman
In the summer of 1965, I worked as a volunteer for Lindsay's campaign. I was fifteen years old and in high school. It was the first time I was politically active. I think my friends and I were hoping for another John Kennedy, whom we lost three years before. I handed out flyers, made calls from his campaign office, and wrote letters to my relatives urging them to vote for Lindsay (one beginning "Dear Tante Rae..."). On January 1, we couldn't even get to Lindsay's inaugeral party in Queens because of the transit strike. I think that sums it up.
Harvey Hollander
A memory of the Lindsay years without "Mike" Quill the leader of the Transport Workers Union shouting in his colorful Irish brogue, "Mayor Lindsley" I'm shutting this City down would be incomplete. That occurred on Lindsay's first day in office and set the tone for his first term. Every union was then ready to test the "metal" of the new mayor. During his first term the teachers went on strike," Ocean Hill-Brownsville" causing religious and racial tension, a strike by sanitation workers, a Broadway shows shut-down, a police slowdown and then the snowfall that stranded Queens residents with unplowed streets for many days and brought the glare of the national media on him. Lindsay was photogenic, articulate and extremely ambitious as his attempt at the presidential nomination demonstrated. His second term was no less strife ridden then his first. He never seemed able to deal with the complexities of running New York City's finances, bureaucracy, nor the nuances of a continuous changing agenda of demands during a challenging transformational period in both our national and local history.
John Allen
I came to New York City in the fall of 1965 to attend NYU Law School. I was one of the young people inspired by Mayor Lindsay to go into public service. While in Law School, I joined a Lindsay program called the Urban Corps. As part of the program I was assigned to assist the Legal Counsel to the Corrections Department. The man I worked for Jim Latham was a terrific mentor and a true gentleman. I had an opportunity to visit the city prisons and assist in investigations and at administrative hearings. After law school, I was a VISTA Volunteer lawyer on the west side of Manhattan. In 1970 I went to work for State Senator Fred Ohrenstein. Like Lindsay, I made the conversion from being a liberal Republican to a Democrat. It was clear there was no future in the Republican party for anyone with my own political views.
Carol Bayard
When New York City Opera went on tour for the first time to the Chandler Pavillion in LA, Mayor Lindsay went with us and was so kind and so much fun backstage at the first performance where hs spoke to the audience. Then he spent a few minutes talking to us, the cast members backstage. He was so brilliant and so charismatic that I was proud to be a New Yorker.
Gerald Litzky, M.D.
To this day, everytime we see a movie filmed in New York, we say to each other "Thank John Lindsey".
Chris Albertson
Unlike what we have had since, Lindsay was civilized and he gave us sidewalk cafés. They don't make Republicans like that anymore, and I say this as a Democrat.
Gigi Palm
My dad was a sanitation worker during the Lindsay years. Needless to say, he did not care for him at all. After the strike was over , my Dad signed his paychecks "in protest" for years. He felt that the union should not have given in. I don't remember if it was someone at the Dept. of Sanitation or the Mayors office, but someone finally begged him to stop creating extra paperwork for them ! He finally gave in.
David Cramer
I think Mr Lindsay was probably one of the most charismatic and honest politicians that ever served. He was definitely a victim of the times in a city rife with racial tensions and poverty and no doubt did an admirable job during these tough times.
Ron Schaeffner
I was a high school student commuting from White Plains to the Westside of Manhattan. After arriving at Grand Central terminal several of my traveling companions started our walk up to 85th and West End Ave. It was amazing to see how the streets of midtown Manhattan were transformed into a massive pedestrian throng of people all walking to their destinations in assorted apparel...scarves, hats, parkas, hooded sweatshirts under heavy jackets...it was freezing out there but everyone seemed to grin and bear it...fond memories of a time forgotten till now.
Patricia Luebke
My very vivid memory of John Lindsay is a girlish one. I remember seeing him on televison on New Year's Eve where he was showing up for the midnight deadline of a strike and he was wearing a tuxedo, either on his way or taken away from a New Year's Eve party. I was just a junior high girl at the time, but I thought he was the most handsome and debonair man I'd ever seen. To me, living in the suburbs, at that time, he embodied the sophistication of New York City.
teri gee
Unfortunately I have to date myself. I was in elementary school when Lindsay was mayor. He was the first mayor I remembered and I was impacted by the school strike. I recall not understanding why I couldn't go to school and seeing my teachers picketing when I went to the supermarket with my mother. I have a good friend now who was in Vietnam at that time and he told me that the big snow storm story was on the cover of Stars & Stripes. That's how big it was but I am sorry about what happened, because in retrospect he was a classy guy who could bridge difference and we need that now more than ever. As my class used to sing, "why is it gayer there Lindsay's the mayor there, fun city, fun city, the one city for fun!"
Mary Anne Colaianni
Charisma and the promise of change! John Lindsay was an inspiration to me and other young Democrats at the time. The end result of the Lindsay years was for the most part devasting for the city, the man, and those who supported him.
Richard Joel
I remember the subway strike. I had to walk 3 miles to work. You need a tough mayor -- not a Lindsay.
Erica Bell
I was a high school student when he ran for Mayor and his was the only political campaign I ever volunteered for. He seemed to me like New York City's equivalent of JFK. His was an era of real panache in the City -- we had loads of troubles, of course, especially the city labor strikes. But having him for our Mayor made us all feel kind of classy and cool. Life the City had a wonderful aura of fun and creativity and possibility. My dream back then was to grow up to be Mayor of New York.
Richard Cummings
I met John Lindsay during the 1972 Democratic National Convention, after he had become a Democrat and sought the nomination for president. He was terrific, no self-importance at all. His wife was great, too. They both had incredible charisma.
JAMES O'NEILL
I THINK THAT JOHN HAD HIS HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE, BUT UP AGAINST MIKE QUILL AND THE TA AT THE TIME HE WAS BOUND TO LOSE. I REMEBER ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE STRIKE, JOHN WALKED TO CITY HALL TO SHOW HIS SUPPORT TO ALL THE FOLKS WHO HAD LOST THE TRAIN. I THINK THAT THIS WAS HIS HIGHEST MOMENT, BUT IT ONLY WENT DOWNHILL FROM THERE. I LIKED HIM AND I DON'T THINK HE GOT A FAIR SHAKE.
Regina P.
I was around eight or nine years old when Lindsay was mayor.I lived just off the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. I remember Mayor Lindsay shutting the Concourse down to cars and openning it up for bike riding. It was a great time that I still think about to this day.
naomi solo
QUOTE FROM MAYOR LINDSAY- The nature of scotch is very urban, but breathes there the man with soul so dead, who never to himself has said, this is my own, my native bourbon.
Jonathan Rose
I was reminded years after Linday's mayoralty that he was an Upper West Sider, born and bred--78th Street and Riverside Drive, an admittedly select stretch of the West Side, but my neighbor in the greater perspective (I grew up on 86th and Amsterdam). Lindsay had a West Side accent, one of the densest, Dutchest sounding variants of the Noo Yawk palate. Yes, he ws unabashedly of an even then old school, a WASP amidst the overwhelmingly ethnicized city, educated at the exclusive Collegiate School and Yale. And he carried his legacies, old style and city style, with unfailing grace and pluck. His tenure ws never an easy one; he came smack up against a city infrastructure that was profoundly and unflinchingly corrupt, and that had it in for the Yalie, the richie, the Brooks suit kid. His Republicanness was his dimension of having nothing to lose against the likes of the striking transit and sanitation cabals; it ws not an asset in the wake of Gov. Rockefeller's uninformed, toxic smugness and duplicity. In 1969 Lindsay ran for re-election, and lost the Republican nod to State Sen. John Marchi, a genteel neoFascist from Staten Island; he ran as an independent (Charlie Crist, are you listening amongst all the New York expatriates in Florida?), hd to debate Marchi and a slimy, abusive mouthed Bronx Democrat named Mario Procaccino on television. I was a junior in college, and I wrote Lindsay to encourage him; he wrote back, a personal thank you...
william fleming
he was a terrible Mayor and Kennedy wannabe.
King Lam
May mother accidentally bumped into Mayor Lindsay when walking up the stairs at the New York Chinese Public School in Chinatown. Because my mother is less than 5 feet tall, the mayor didn't see her and nearly knocked her over.
Harry Reynolds
In 1969, after a family history of about 169 years in Manhattan, my wife and I, together with our five children, fled the city in part because John Lindsay was its Mayor. He was a pleasant, egomaniacal, B- student, socially at the bottom rank of the upper middle class,and totally without any political talent that would have been useful to the residents of the city. He smiled the half-smile of the bewildered and, when he waved in the midst of the civil disorder to which his weakness in substantial part contributed, we saw it as the wave of a drowning man. To his credit, we never doubted his honesty. On the other hand, had we the choice between Lindsay and Andrew Cuomo, we would choose Lindsay in a second. It would be the choice between the good and the bad, between the peaceful gentleman and the deceitful weakling.
Carole Yudain
I was looking to get a job with Tv news. Had an interview scheduled with Channel 13. I lived in Greenwich, Ct. Took the New Haven RR into Grand Central Station, dressed in a good wool suit and high heels. On arrival,learned there was no transportation; everyone was walking. Many people had sneakers but I had only my good heels. Started walking towards 58th Street, I think it was, and around 8th or 9th Avenue...kept walking but got there. I was a dancer, having studied with Joe Pilates and Hanya Holm (choreographer for KISS ME KATE and MY FAIR LADY)...kept walking; it was a beautiful day. Met a lovely man, Ch. 13 station manager. He liked my background, had nothing just then but asked me to stay in touch with him. Then, I read that he left to head Cooper Union...Sorry I didn't stay in touch but meeting him was worth all the walking1
Tina Weishaus
I grew up in Queens and was in high school during Mayor Lindsay's term. In the winter of 1968-69 (I believe) there was that terrible snowstorm. My mother was unable to get home from a weekend away and my sister was unable to get back to college for the whole week. It was the last time that I spent a whole week with my sister alone before she got married and it was so much fun. But Queens was the outlier borough and as a borough did not appreciate it. There were no snow removal trucks to be seen. Everything stopped, schools, buses, businesses, everything. And the adults were soooo mad that I remember when Mayor Lindsay came to Queens after the snowstorm he got pelted with tomatoes. I heard that it was that snowstorm that ended his career but my sister and I were so grateful for that week alone.
Joanne Theodorou
I was in a Bayside, Queens grammar school when all those snow storms hit NYC...and no one cleaned up...can you imagine a kid's delight when the schools stayed closed!!!! Can you imagine my Father's dismay when he couldn't get out of his driveway for 3 days???
John T. Chiarella
February, 1969...We were living in Jamaica Estates in Queens. The snow fell....and nothing happened....No one came to clear the streets.....Fred Trump (Donald's father) lived three blocks away on Midland Parkway and belonged to "The Jamaica Estates Association".......The City wasn't coming, but Trump was coming... Suddenly we had tank-tracked BULLDOZERS running up and down the streets.... The now was gone but they tore the HELL out of the Macadamized surfaces. The neighborhood bore the scars for decades!
John T. Chiarella
TWU leader Mike Quill called the strike that shut NYC transit down for 12 long days. Lindsay (the City) obtained an injunction prohibiting the strike and Mike Quill's response: "The judge can drop dead in his black robes!" got him tossed into the clink, along with seven other leaders of the TWU and the Amalgamated Association, which had gone out "in sympathy".
Peter Gibson
What I remember most living in Queens and enduring the snow storms which took NYC days and days to clean up...it was quite stressful to be victim of the city's delay
Patricia Caesar
It is interesting that I have absolutely no memory of the negative events that occurred during his tenure. What I do remember about John Lindsay is his charisma, honesty, fairness and compassion and an incredibly powerful and inspiring speech he gave at Bryant Park regarding the riots in other cities and the special and wonderful sensibility and fortitude of New Yorkers. I also recall that, when my ex-husband had to choose between four white shoe law firms in New York City after he graduated from law school, it was no contest. He chose Webster, Sheffield because that was Lindsay's firm. We all considered Lindsay, New York City's JFK...perhaps flawed, but fantastic.
Ron Gutierrez
I was a college student when Lindsey was elected. Compared To Robert Wagner, who seemed to govern "by the numbers", Lindsey brought youthful enthusiasm and vigor. White flight was in full swing. The death of the cities was conventional wisdom: "will the last white resident please turn off the lights." Lindsey threw himself foursquare into this enormous whirlpool of negative facts nd perceptions. He succeeded in helping the city process revolutionary change. He got little credit. He deserves great credit. He deserves our gratitude for defining grace under pressure while the city struggled to grapple with enormous events mostly beyond it's control.
bernard zemsky
John Lindsay was the handsomest man I ever saw in person. I also appreciate what he did for my life as I am happily retired in Florida.
Stephen Klausner
John Lindsay was the most incompetent mayor that NYC has had in the twentieth century, with the possibl exception of David Dinkins.It was Lindsay who rejected a fair and reasonable contract agreement that had been reached with the Transit Workers Union, resulting in the city's first transit strike. Ultimately, Lindsay settled the strike by caving in to outrageous demands made by the strikers, setting the pattern for outrageously generous contract terms for other unions and unaffordable pension benefits which threaten to cripple us now. Additionally, Lindsay did nothing to stem the floodtide of new welfare recipients, leading to a multi-billion dollar boondoggle that bedeviled this city until Mayor Guliani turned welfare into workfare, resulting in a reduction in the welfare caseload from 1.1 million to less than 400,000 today. This has saved the taxpayers billions of dollars. Lindsay's proposal for little city halls in various neighborhoods went nowhere. Does anyone remember that non-starter? He also proposed to put a number of low-income apartment buildings in Forest Hills, thereby alienating the many white, middle class voters of Queens, who saw him as pandering to blacks. What kind of politics is this? (Ultimately, an unknown lawyer named Mario Cuomo mediated a settlement which reduced this proposed project by 50%.) These are just the most egregious examples of his wrong-headedness and total incapacity to accomplish anything worthwhile. Lindsay was a loser.
Carmel McEvoy Bourneuf
My mother was a very quiet reserved Irish lady but when Linsay decided that the GREEN LINE would not be painted on 5th Ave, she was ready to picket City Hall. I guess enough people did the same so he changed his mind. Thats all I remember. her daughter Carmel
Leon Goodman
I am a Brooklyn native and a transportation engineer/planner for many years. Now teaching transportation courses at Stevens Institute and at Pratt Institute. Two Lindsay-related stories: At one point, Mayor Lindsay supported the Lower Manhattan Expwy (LMX) and opposed the Bushwick Expwy (BE). His transportation policy was to limit/reduce vehicles into Manhattan, but those positions would actually have increased traffic into Manhattan! Reasons: LMX would remove the signalized capacity constraints at the Manhattan ends of the Williamsburgh and Manhattan Bridges. BE, while "aimed" at the East River, could not put more traffic across the river since there would be no changes at the crossings. In Staten Island, he opposed Section 1 of the "Moses" Richmond Pkwy. I proposed a "treetops" alternative, based on the innovative, "green" ideas of Lawrence Halprin. It would have preserved the Greenbelt, and was favorably reviewed by NY State DOT. (The same concept was later used to complete the Blue Ridge Pkwy in N. Carolina) Richmond Pkwy wasn't completed, so today thousands have "extra" congestion on the Staten Island Expwy. Overall, he tried hard but was naive and too into what looked good rather than what really worked.
suzanne schutz
just out of college, working for Cambridge University Press US and volunteering one night a week for Mayors Action--- the tales were wonderful---I'm a chicken farmer, read pig,cow et al,and my car has been towed away etc....no money to get it out. Need to pick up eggs, milk cows whatever .It was grand to help just plain people and he gave them a place to call and we did our best. Another chronic complaint---no heat, we did our best to get the landlord---often the city to get their act together and 75% of the time it worked. And if the phones kept ringing after 11pm Lindsay had us taken home safely. He was a grand man...
Andrea Grady
I remember getting John Lindsay's autograph when he was running for mayor outside of Korvettes on Staten Island. I was about 8 or 9 years old. He was in a convertible, perched on the top of the back of the seat, and I remember being amazed by how handsome he was. After Lindsay was elected, he came to Staten Island for a parade and had something thrown at him by the dad of a boy in my school. I don't remember why the crowd was so angry at him, but I do remember that the thrower-of-the-object was cheered and regarded (for a few days) as a hero.
Richard Siegel
I went to work for NYC as a young engineer in 1964. spending 29 years with NYC Water Supply. I was thrilled by the endless election races in the 1965 campaigns for Mayor, Comptroller and President of The City Council. John Lindsay was a shining star. In the summer of 1972, as his administration drew to a close he, and a small party toured the Bronx during a running hydrant emergency one beastly hot night. I was the borough manager and hosted his visit. It was a wonder of public relations. I ran into him many years later at a political dinner. Mrs. Lindsay was dealing with seroious health and financial problems. He was all alone this night in an empty, curtained off section of the ballroom, watching through a curtain as someone made a speech. I shook his hand. It was like a weird Wizard of Oz moment. The man had endless style and grace.
Bob Anthony
Lindsay was a great mayor if hookers and strippers were your thing. Bring back the Melody Theatre to 48th & Broadway!
laura grillet
I was a young girl living in Queens during the Lindsay administration. Of course, I put him up there with Kennedy in terms of the "looks dept."-he seemed cut from the same cloth. I remember him being called Lindsley by Mike Quinn, the transit union chief during the strike and I thought this was very rude, but those were the times. My overall impression, even at that time, was that here was a man who had a lot of good in his heart but he could not make himself heard. By the way, the snow removal situation in Queens (I lived in Flushing) was the most magical experience for me--looking up at those 6-10 foot snow banks was wondrous as a school child. Years later, I saw him at the Gingerman Restaurant near Lincoln Center, having dinner. I went over and just said hello and he was gracious as I am sure he was for the most part of his public career, nodded and said hello. I am convinced that John Lindsay was old school in the positive sense in that he cared for the little person and had standing but could not cope with change or adversity. Too bad for him and New York, he should have received a better medallion than I think he has received to date. I hope this survey changes that for the positive.
howard finkelberg
John Lindsay was, despite being well-intentioned, one of the worst mayors in recent memory. His main problem was that he was a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic city. In order to get elected he made deals with politicians of all stripes: primarily Liberals and dissident Democrats. As a result, once he was elected, he had to find places for them in his administration. To do this, he created the super-agencies - staffed with political appointees - and placed them over the existing departments, leading to a bureaucratic stalemate in virtually every area. This rendered the city's civil servants - an example of non-partisan excellence since the depression - impotent. Many experienced professionals - particularly engineers and inspectors - took early retirement and were replaced by people selected by who, rather than what, they knew. When the city started burning and the infrastructure started failing, there was nobody there who knew what to do. It took decades for the city to recover from the mismanagement of his administration.
kieve Berkwits
I think he was great. I'm a democrat and my family was democratic, but we loved Lindsay.
Ben Smith
I wasn't living in NYC during the Lindsay Years (and I was a bit too young). But I'm a student of political history and know of Lindsay as a politician of contradictions. He tackled civil rights in a head-on way that most other politicians dind't at the time. But he struggled to prevent strikes and keep the city running smoothly. His long term legacy is more remarkable than his short term legacy. A fascinating (and handome) man nonetheless.