John Lindsay
Mayor of New York City
John Lindsay
John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, lawyer and broadcaster who was a U.S. Congressman, Mayor of New York City, candidate for U.S. President and regular guest host of Good Morning America. During his political career, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1965 and as mayor of New York City from 1966 to 1973.
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Live updates: Rams lead the 49ers, 14-7, in the fourth quarter
LATimes - about 2 months
Live updates: Rams lead the 49ers, 14-7, in the fourth quarter Dec. 24, 2016, 3:51 p.m. Join Lindsey Thiry for live updates throughout the game. SCORING SUMMARY First quarter: 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scores on a 17-yard catch and run ( 49ers 7, Rams 0 ) Rams RB Todd Gurley scores on a one-yard run...
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Live updates: Rams and 49ers tied, 7-7, in the first quarter
LATimes - about 2 months
Live updates: Rams lead the 49ers, 14-7, in the first quarter Dec. 24, 2016, 2 p.m. Join Lindsey Thiry for live updates throughout the game. SCORING SUMMARY First quarter: 49ers RB Carlos Hyde scores on a 17-yard catch and run ( 49ers 7, Rams 0 ) Rams RB Todd Gurley scores on a one-yard run ( Rams...
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Rams vs. 49ers pregame live from the sideline
LATimes - about 2 months
Live coverage: Rams vs. 49ers Dec. 24, 2016, 1:06 p.m. The Los Angeles Rams (4-10) will play host to the San Francisco 49ers (1-13) in the second-to-last game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is at 1:25 p.m. PST. Join Lindsey Thiry for live updates throughout the afternoon....
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Here are the Rams' and 49ers' inactive players
LATimes - about 2 months
Live coverage: Rams vs. 49ers Dec. 24, 2016, 12:03 p.m. The Los Angeles Rams (4-10) will play host to the San Francisco 49ers (1-13) in the second-to-last game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is at 1:25 p.m. PST. Join Lindsey Thiry for live updates throughout the afternoon....
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"I'm With Him": Stories From an Enduring Youth
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This post is adapted from an essay in John V. Lindsay: 50th Anniversary Commemoration, out today from International Publishers. I first met John Vliet Lindsay in 1964. I was a Queens high school student whose letter to Congressman Lindsay got me a meeting with him. Arriving at his office, I met the Congressman's EA, Barney Patterson; then his LA, Connie Eristoff. Barney's a girl, Connie's a guy -- progressive stuff for a kid from Flushing. Then, ushered into his office, to the preppiest guy I ever laid eyes on -- Robert Redford looks and Eleanor Roosevelt idealism ... he was, nonetheless, a Republican. Their last presidential candidate was Goldwater. I hesitated but, in the immortal words of Some Like It Hot: "nobody's perfect." Only he kinda was. On the way out, Barney says that if I am still smitten come the spring, contact Mackie Arnstein to volunteer for Lindsay's next campaign. Spring arrived, fifty years ago. I took the #7 train from my parents' home to Grand Centra ...
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'Separate and Unequal': Revisiting the Kerner Commission
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During the summer of 1967, riots ripped through dozens of American cities. In response, on July 27, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, popularly known as the Kerner Commission after its chairman, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner. The President asked the Commission to address three basic questions: "What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again and again?" The stakes were high: The nation was reeling from bloody riots in Newark and Detroit and fearful of more disturbances to come. "No group of American citizens have ever been given such a crucial assignment since the constitutional convention," declared the columnist Roscoe Drummond. Over the next few months, the Commission held 44 days of private testimony, made field trips to eight cities, and heard 4,000 pages of testimony from 130 witnesses. At its peak, the Commission included 95 staff members and called upon over 200 cons ...
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Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Demolition of Artist's Studio, Greenwich Avenue, May 19, 1960 © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York Fred McDarrah (1926-2007) looked at Greenwich Village for 50 years and caught what he saw for us all. The Brooklyn-born McDarrah bought his first camera as a teenager, and spent most of his career as a photographer at The Village Voice. His documentary pictures of moments in New York City's history are as iconic as his often spontaneous portraits of artists, writers, musicians, politicians and unknown people on its streets. Now, McDarrah's photographs of and pertaining to the Village, from the late 1950s through the 1980s, are being shown in an exceptional exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. The show opened last Thursday night, and is not to be missed if you're traveling to New York, and particularly not to be missed if you live in New York -- but, imperatively, if you live in and love Greenwich Village. Fred W. McDarrah: Save th ...
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De Blasio's Police Commissioner: Law Enforcement Angst
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If there's a phrase to describe the feeling among much of the city's law enforcement community to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's selection of a police commissioner, that phrase is high anxiety. The new mayor is just a few weeks shy of making the most important appointment of his mayoralty and as Norman Siegel, the former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union puts it, de Blasio's relationship with the NYPD is going to be the bellwether of his success as mayor, especially in the first six months. Yet no one -- maybe not even de Blasio himself - is certain at this point whom he will appoint. Perhaps his wife, Chirlane McCray -- who de Blasio said in his victory speech would help vet key appointments -- has a favorite. [Let's hope the mayor-elect recognizes that his landslide election mandate was not a mandate for her. Maybe he should reflect on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's remark during his ill-starred presidential run that if elected, he'd have his then mistress, Judy Nathan, sit ...
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  • 2000
    Age 78
    In 2000, Yale Law School created a fellowship program named in Lindsay's honor.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, a park in Brooklyn, Lindsay Triangle, was named in his honor, and in 2001, the East River Park was renamed in his memory. In December 2013, South Loop Drive in Manhattan's Central Park was renamed after Lindsay, to commemorate his support for a car-free Central Park. He was formerly featured on a poster picture with Governor Rockefeller at the groundbreaking of the former World Trade Center in the city history section of the Museum of the City of New York at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. A Mitchell-Lama Development in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn has been erroneously thought to have been named after Mayor Lindsay (Lindsay Park). This development was actually named after Congressman George W. Lindsay (1865–1938) (no relation).
  • 1999
    Age 77
    He and his wife Mary moved to a retirement community in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in November 1999, where he died the next year on December 19, 2000 at the age of seventy-nine of complications from pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.
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  • 1996
    Age 74
    Medical bills from his Parkinson's disease, heart attacks, and stroke depleted Lindsay's finances, and he found himself without health insurance. In 1996, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed the former Mayor to two largely ceremonial posts to make him eligible for municipal health insurance coverage.
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  • 1980
    Age 58
    Attempting a political comeback in 1980, Lindsay made a long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, and finished third.
    More Details Hide Details He was also active in New York City charities, serving on the board of the Association for a Better New York, and as chairman of the Lincoln Center Theater. On his death, New York Times credited Lindsay with a significant role in the rejuvenatiion of the theatre.
  • 1975
    Age 53
    After leaving office, Lindsay returned to the law, but remained in the public eye as a commentator and regular guest host for ABC's Good Morning America. In 1975, Lindsay made a surprise appearance on The Tony Awards telecast in which he, along with a troupe of celebrity male suitors in tuxedos, sang "Mame" to Angela Lansbury.
    More Details Hide Details He presented the award for Best Director Of A Play to John Dexter for the play Equus. Lindsay also tried his hand at acting, appearing in Otto Preminger's Rosebud; the following year his novel, The Edge, was published (Lindsay had earlier authored two non-fiction memoirs): New York Times, in its contemporary review of the novel, said it was "as dead-serious as a $100-a-plate dinner of gray meat and frozen candidates' smiles."
  • 1973
    Age 51
    An alternate assessment was made by journalist Robert McFadden who said that "By 1973, his last year in office, Mr. Lindsay had become a more seasoned, pragmatic mayor."
    More Details Hide Details McFadden also credited him for reducing racial tensions, leading to the prevention of riots that plagued Detroit, Newark, Los Angeles, and other cities. Mario Cuomo, Carl McCall, and Carter F. Bales were among the many people who started their careers in public service in the Lindsay administration. Rev. Al Sharpton has said that he still remembers Lindsay having walked the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem when these neighborhoods were doing poorly economically. Lindsay also fought to transform the Civilian Complaint Review Board from an internal police-run department, into a public-minded agency with a citizen majority board. Initially and vociferously opposed by the police union, citizen oversight of police - which sprung from the American Civil Rights Movement - has since become an established institution in civic life, and Lindsay was a leader for it.
  • 1972
    Age 50
    In a 1972 Gallup poll, 60% of New Yorkers felt Lindsay's administration was working poorly, nine percent rated it good, and not one person thought its performance excellent.
    More Details Hide Details By 1978, The New York Times called Lindsay "an exile in his own city". Lindsay's record remained controversial after he left politics. Historian Fred Siegel, calling Lindsay the worst New York City mayor of the 20th century, said "Lindsay wasn't incompetent or foolish or corrupt, but he was actively destructive". Journalist Steven Weisman observed "Lindsay's congressional career had taught him little of the need for subtle bureaucratic maneuvering, for understanding an opponent's self-interest, or for the great patience required in a sprawling government." Lindsay's budget aide Peter C. Goldmark, Jr. told historian Vincent Cannato that the administration "failed to come to grips with what a neighborhood is. We never realized that crime is something that happens to, and in, a community." Assistant Nancy Seifer said "There was a whole world out there that nobody in City Hall knew anything about... If you didn't live on Central Park West, you were some kind of lesser being." While many experts traced the city's mid-70's fiscal crisis to the Lindsay years, Lindsay disagreed, insisting that it may have come sooner if he had not imposed new taxes.
    Lindsay then launched a brief and unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details He attracted positive media attention and was a successful fundraiser. Lindsay did well in the early Arizona caucus, coming in second place behind Edmund Muskie of Maine and ahead of eventual nominee George McGovern of South Dakota. Then in the March 14 Florida primary, he placed a weak fifth place, behind George Wallace of Alabama, Muskie, Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, and Scoop Jackson of Washington (though he did edge out McGovern). Among his difficulties was New York City's worsening problems, which Lindsay was accused of neglecting; a band of protesters from Forest Hills, Queens, who were opposed to his support for a low income housing project in their neighborhood, followed Lindsay around his aborted campaign itinerary to jeer and heckle him. His poor showing in Florida effectively doomed his candidacy. New York politician Meade Esposito called for Lindsay to end his campaign with the much-publicized comment "I think the handwriting is on the wall; Little Sheba better come home." After a poor showing in the April 5 Wisconsin primary, Lindsay formally abandoned the race.
  • 1971
    Age 49
    In 1971, Lindsay and his wife cut ties with the Republican Party by registering with the Democratic Party.
    More Details Hide Details Lindsay said, "In a sense, this step recognizes the failure of 20 years in progressive Republican politics. In another sense, it represents the renewed decision to fight for new national leadership."
    He switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party in 1971, and launched a brief and unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination as well as the 1980 Democratic nomination for Senator from New York.
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  • 1969
    Age 47
    In 1969, a backlash against Lindsay caused him to lose the Republican mayoral primary to state Senator John J. Marchi, who was enthusiastically supported by William F. Buckley and the party conservatives.
    More Details Hide Details In the Democratic primary, the most conservative candidate, City Controller Mario Procaccino, defeated several more liberal contenders and won the nomination with only a plurality of the votes. "The more the Mario", he quipped. Procaccino went on to coin the term limousine liberal to describe incumbent Lindsay and his wealthy Manhattan backers. Despite not having the Republican nomination, Lindsay was still on the ballot as the candidate of the New York Liberal Party. In his campaign he said "mistakes were made" and called being mayor of New York "the second toughest job in America." Two television advertisements described his position: In one he looked directly into the camera and said, "I guessed wrong on the weather before the city's biggest snowfall last winter. And that was a mistake. But I put 6,000 more cops on the streets. And that was no mistake. The school strike went on too long and we all made some mistakes. But I brought 225,000 more jobs to this town. And that was no mistake... And we did not have a Detroit, a Watts or Newark. And those were no mistakes. The things that go wrong are what make this the second toughest job in America. But the things that go right are those things that make me want it." The second opened with a drive through the Holland Tunnel from lower Manhattan toward New Jersey and suggested that, "Every New Yorker should take this trip at least once before election day " followed by video of Newark, New Jersey which had been devastated by race riots.
  • 1968
    Age 46
    In June 1968, the New York City Police Department deployed snipers to protect Lindsay during a public ceremony, shortly after they detained a knife-wielding man who had demanded to meet the mayor. With the schools shut down, police engaged in a slowdown, firefighters threatening job actions, the city awash in garbage, and racial and religious tensions breaking to the surface, Lindsay later called the last six months of 1968 "the worst of my public life."
    More Details Hide Details The summer of 1971 ushered in another devastating strike, as over 8,000 workers belonging to AFSCME District Council 37 walked off their jobs for two days. The strikers included the operators of the city's drawbridges and sewage treatment plants. Drawbridges over the Harlem River were locked in the "up" position, barring automobile travel into Manhattan, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage flowed into local waterways.
    The transit strike was the first of many labor struggles. In 1968 in an attempt to decentralize the city's school system, Lindsay granted three local school boards in the city complete control over their schools, in an effort to allow communities to have more of a say in their schools.
    More Details Hide Details The city's teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers, however, saw the breakup as a way of union busting, as a decentralized school system would force the union to negotiate with 33 separate school boards rather than with one centralized body. As a result, in May 1968 several teachers working in schools located in the neighborhood of Ocean Hill-Brownsville, one of the neighborhoods where the decentralization was being tested, were fired from their jobs by the community-run school board. The UFT demanded the reinstatement of the dismissed teachers, citing that the teachers had been fired without due process. When their demands were ignored, the UFT called the first of three strikes, leading ultimately to a protracted city-wide teachers' strike that stretched over a seven-month period between May and November. The strike was tinged with racial and anti-Semitic overtones, pitting black and Puerto Rican parents against Jewish teachers and supervisors. Many thought the mayor had made a bad situation worse by taking sides against the teachers. The episode left a legacy of tensions between blacks and Jews that went on for years, and Lindsay called it his greatest regret. That same year, 1968, also saw a three-day Broadway strike and a nine-day sanitation strike. Quality of life in New York reached a nadir during the sanitation strike as mounds of garbage caught fire and strong winds whirled the filth through the streets.
    President Lyndon B. Johnson ignored the report and rejected the Kerner Commission's recommendations. In April 1968, one month after the release of the Kerner report, rioting broke out in more than 100 cities following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. However, in New York City, Lindsay traveled directly into Harlem, telling black residents that he regretted King's death and was working against poverty.
    More Details Hide Details He is credited with averting riots in New York with this direct response, even as other major cities burned. David Garth, who accompanied Lindsay that night, recalled: "There was a wall of people coming across 125th Street, going from west to east... I thought we were dead. John raised his hands, said he was sorry. It was very quiet. My feeling was, his appearance there was very reassuring to people because it wasn't the first time they had seen him. He had gone there on a regular basis. That gave him credibility when it hit the fan." On February 10, 1969, New York City was pummeled with of snow. On the first day alone, 14 people died and 68 were injured. Within a day, the mayor was criticized for giving favored treatment to Manhattan at the expense of the other boroughs. Charges were made that a city worker elicited a bribe to clean streets in Queens. Over a week later, streets in eastern Queens still had remained unplowed by the city, enraging the borough's residents, many who felt that the city's other boroughs always took a back seat to Manhattan. Lindsay traveled to Queens, but his visit was not well received. His car could not make its way through Rego Park, and even in a four-wheel-drive truck, he had trouble getting around. In Kew Gardens Hills, the mayor was booed; one woman screamed, "You should be ashamed of yourself."
  • 1967
    Age 45
    Lindsay served on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. This body was established in 1967 by President Johnson after riots in urban centers of the US, including Newark and Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details Lindsay maximized publicity and coverage of his activities on the commission, and while other commissioners made inconspicuous visits to riot-damaged sites, Lindsay would alert the press before his fact-finding missions. Nonetheless, he was especially influential in producing the Kerner Report; its dramatic language of the nation "moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal" was his rhetoric.
  • 1966
    Age 44
    In 1966 the settlement terms of the transit strike, combined with increased welfare costs and general economic decline, forced Lindsay to lobby the New York State legislature for a new municipal income tax and higher water rates for city residents, plus a new commuter tax for people who worked in the city but resided elsewhere.
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    On his first day as mayor, January 1, 1966, the Transport Workers Union of America, led by Mike Quill shut down the city with a complete halt of subway and bus service.
    More Details Hide Details As New Yorkers endured the transit strike, Lindsay remarked, "I still think it's a fun city," and walked four miles (6 km) from his hotel room to City Hall in a gesture to show it. Dick Schaap, then a columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, popularized the term in an article titled Fun City. In the article, Schaap sardonically pointed out that it wasn't.
  • 1965
    Age 43
    In 1965, Lindsay was elected Mayor of New York City as a Republican with the support of the Liberal Party of New York in a three-way race.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Democratic mayoral candidate Abraham D. Beame, then City Comptroller, as well as National Review magazine founder William F. Buckley, Jr., who ran on the Conservative line. The unofficial motto of the campaign, taken from a Murray Kempton column, was "He is fresh and everyone else is tired".
  • 1964
    Age 42
    He was a leading member of a group of liberal and moderate Republicans in the House who voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    More Details Hide Details He was called a maverick, casting the lone dissenting vote for a Republican-sponsored bill extending the power of the Postmaster General to impound obscene mail and one of only two dissenting votes for a bill allowing federal interception of mail from communist countries. Also known for his wit, when asked by his party leaders why he opposed legislation to combat communism and pornography, he replied that the two were the major industries of his district and if they were suppressed then "the 17th district would be a depressed area".
  • 1959
    Age 37
    During his political career, he served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from January 1959 to December 1965 and as mayor of New York City from January 1966 to December 1973.
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  • 1958
    Age 36
    In 1958, with the backing of Brownell as well as Bruce Barton, John Aspinwall Roosevelt, and Mrs. Wendell Willkie, Lindsay won the Republican primary and went on to be elected to Congress as the representative of the "Silk Stocking" district, Manhattan's Upper East Side.
    More Details Hide Details While in Congress, Lindsay established a liberal voting record increasingly at odds with his party. He was an early supporter of federal aid to education and Medicare; and advocated the establishment of a federal United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and a National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities.
  • 1957
    Age 35
    There he worked on civil liberties cases as well as the 1957 Civil Rights Act.
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  • 1955
    Age 33
    He went on to join the United States Department of Justice in 1955 as executive assistant to Attorney General Herbert Brownell.
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  • 1951
    Age 29
    Lindsay began gravitating toward politics as one of the founders of the Youth for Eisenhower club in 1951 and as president of the New York Young Republican club in 1952.
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  • 1949
    Age 27
    They married in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Lindsay was admitted to the bar, and rose to become a partner in his law firm four years later. Like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who redecorated the White House, Mary Lindsay, a former educator, renovated Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence on Manhattan's Upper East Side. She died of cancer at the age of seventy-seven, four years after the passing of her husband.
    In 1949, he began his legal career at the law firm of Webster, Sheffield, Fleischmann, Hitchcock & Chrystie.
    More Details Hide Details Back in New York City, Lindsay met his future wife, Mary Anne Harrison (1926-2004), at the wedding of Nancy Bush (daughter of Connecticut's Senator Prescott Bush and sister of future President George Herbert Walker Bush), where he was an usher and Harrison a bridesmaid. A native of Richmond, Virginia and a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, she was a graduate of Vassar College. Harrison was a distant relative of William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.
  • 1948
    Age 26
    After the war, he spent a few months as a ski bum and a couple of months training as a bank clerk before returning to New Haven, where he received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1948, ahead of schedule.
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  • 1943
    Age 21
    With the outbreak of World War II, Lindsay completed his studies early and in 1943 joined the United States Navy as a gunnery officer.
    More Details Hide Details He obtained the rank of lieutenant, earning five battle stars through action in the invasion of Sicily and a series of landings in the Pacific theater.
  • 1921
    Born on November 24, 1921.
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