Produced by THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG, a one-hour television documentary film, Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years, airs Sunday, June 19 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and Wednesday.
Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years, a new special from WNET.ORG, looks at John Lindsay’s turbulent two terms as New York mayor from 1966 – 1973. It also looks at his unsuccessful bid for President during the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination.
The program explores Mayor Lindsay’s tenure by looking at his campaign as a candidate of change; his contentious relationship with the city’s unions; his advocacy for inner-city neighborhoods and efforts to maintain calm during racially tense times, such as the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the fiscal consequences of his union contracts and social policies; and his use of urban design and planning as a proactive tool to defend and redefine the value of the city.
The program includes interviews with a wide range of historians, journalists, politicians, and members of Lindsay’s administration. Among those interviewed include: Jimmy Breslin, Mayor David Dinkins, Ronnie Eldridge, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mayor Ed Koch, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Joyce Purnick, and Congressman Charles Rangel.
“John Lindsay was the mayor of New York City at one of the most turbulent times in U.S. history,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET.ORG. “From race relations to the Vietnam War to the City’s fiscal challenges, Lindsay had to deal with issues that we tend to forget about today. The Lindsay Years will examine his legacy and shine a spotlight on that moment in the City’s history. ”
Tom Casciato, is Executive Producer; Scott Davis is Senior Producer; Rob Issen is Writer/Producer and Rawan Jabaji is Field Producer.
Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years is airing as part of a broader partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, which has launched the exhibition, America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Columbia University Press, which has launched a companion book of the same name edited by Sam Roberts.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK (www.mcny.org)
America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, an exhibition and book. At the Museum of the City of New York, the exhibition will be on view from May 4 through October 3, 2010. WNET.ORG’s program airs in conjunction with this fascinating new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Steven H. Jaffe, Ph.D., is the guest curator of the exhibition, working with Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator Sarah Henry Ph.D. Said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York: “Through the book, exhibition, and public programs, we will explore the ambitions and successes, as well as the failures, of a simultaneously hopeful and tumultuous moment in the City’s history.” For more information, visit www.mcny.org.
The companion book to the exhibition, America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, was organized by the Museum of the City of New York and is co-published with Columbia University Press (978-0-231-15260-0; May 2010; $49.95; hardcover; softcover $29.95). It is edited by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts. Lavishly illustrated, the book features original essays by Hilary Ballon, Joshua Freeman, Jeff Greenfield, Pete Hamill, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Kenneth T. Jackson, John Mollenkopf, Charles Morris, Nick Pileggi, Richard Reeves, James Sanders, and Steven Weisman, among others. Personal reminiscences by key contemporaries including Jimmy Breslin, Mario Cuomo, and Jeffrey Katzenberg are accompanied by vivid images and documents. To purchase the book, visit Columbia University Press online.