New York City Municipal Archives, NYCMA_JVL_25
New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay attending a Puerto Rican Folklore Festival in Central Park, ca. 1966 or 1967.
Who is escorting the mayor?
What emotions are they feeling?
How could you date this photo?
What do you think is in the mayor’s hand?
Why was John Lindsay called the “Republican Kennedy”?
How did Mayor Lindsay reach out to minority communities?
What happened during the “long hot summers” of the 1960s?
How did Mayor Lindsay help New York City avoid race riots?
Why was Lindsay blamed for the city’s fiscal and crime problems?
Short research project:
New York City was a hotbed of political activism and social strife during the 1960s and early 1970s. Use the Internet to find out about one of the following organizations, events, or issues. Explain why it was considered important and what effect it had on inter-ethnic relations in New York City.
- The Young Lords––a militant Puerto Rican nationalist organization
- Aspira––a moderate organization promoting educational and social improvement
- 1966 TWU Strike––led by Mike Quill; union membership made up of a majority of black and Hispanic workers
- Ocean Hill-Brownsville/UFT 1968 Strike––struggle over decentralization of the school system marked by political and racial antagonism
- 1970 hard hat riot on Wall Street––clash between construction workers and anti-Vietnam War protesters
English Language Arts: Write a slogan for John Lindsay’s mayoral campaign.
Art: Draw a political cartoon depicting events during John Lindsay’s term in office.
“Plan Calls for Ex-Judges to Aid Courts.” In New York Times, November 5, 1982.
Mentions Lindsay chairing the commission on judicial reform.
Nat Henthoff. “The Mayor.” In New Yorker, May 3 and 10, 1969.
Richard Reeves. “Here Comes the Next Mayor.” In New York Times Magazine, November 2, 1969.
Harold Schoenberg. “Lindsay to Announce Goals for Beaumont.” In New York Times, November 22, 1984.
Discusses Lindsay’s appointment as chairman of Lincoln Center.
Roger Starr. “John V. Lindsay: A Political Portrait.” In Commentary, February 1970.
Harry Stein. “An Exile in His Own City.” In New York Times Magazine, January 8, 1978.
Vincent Cannato. The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York. New York: Basic Books, 2001.
Woody Klein. Lindsay's Promise: The Dream That Failed. New York: Macmillan, 1970.