First air-conditioned subway cars

  • Trial run of 4 cars (in a 10-car train) on the F train
    • From 179th in Jamaica to Lafayette Street in Manhattan
    • Did the F stop at Broadway Lafayette?
  • System had total of 4k cars
  • Lindsay hoped cars would decrease hostility index
  • Lindsay wanted to order 200 more cars for 1969 if trial was a success
  • Cost expected to be $165k, compared to $125k for non-air conditioned car
  • Walter Schlager was general manager of NYCTA
    • Said air-conditioned subway train required about 1/3 more power than conventional train
    • Would require new substations to provide additional power
  • Source: Murray Schumach, "Hostility Melts in Cool 'F' Train," The New York Times, July 20, 1967. link
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Lindsay Timeline from Viteritti book

  • 1966 June 25 - U.S. Government closes Brooklyn Navy Yard; nine thousand jobs lost.
  • 1966 July 1 - NY State Legislature and Governor Rockefeller, after much political dispute, approve JVL's proposed city income tax and a historic commuter tax.
  • 1966 July 5 - To finance the settlement of a transit strike, subway and bus fares increase from 15 cents to 20 cents.
  • 1967 July 6 - The Ford Foundation grants $135,000 to three school districts to experiment with "community control" in East Harlem, the Lower East Side, and Ocean Hill-Brownsville in Brooklyn.
  • 1967 July 12 - City Council approves Lindsay's first superagency, the Human Resources Administration.
  • 1967 July 19 - At the mayor's insistence, the first air-conditioned subway train is put into service on the F line. It would take twenty-five years to convert the entire fleet.
  • 1967 December 7 - Special Theatre Zoning District adopted, with incentives that produce three new theatres, the first in 40 years, and a 54-story One Astor Place, hoping to spur the rebirth of Times Square.
  • 1968 April 25 - JVL and Governor Rockefeller announce memorandum of understanding to allow Battery Park City to be built on landfill.
  • 1968 July 1 - NYC introduces nation's first 911 police emergency number
  • 1969 April 24 - Lincoln Square Zoning District enacted so that future development complements new Lincoln Center.
  • 1969 April 27 - State legislature approves Lindsay plan to create an independent Health and Hospitals Corporation to manage city' hospital system.
  • 1969 April 30 - State legislature passes the School Decentralization Act, which divides the city school system into thirty-one (later thirty-two) districts with elected community boards.
  • 1969 May 6 - Lindsay's Rent Stabilization Law enacted by City Council places more than one million apartments under rent regulation that is still in effect.
  • 1969 July 16 - JVL kills Robert Moses' plan for the Lower Manhattan Expressway through SoHo.
  • 1969 October 16 - JVL celebrates in locker room of Miracle Mets
  • 1969 November 24 - Construction begins on 63rd Street Tunnel under East River, a Lindsay and Rockefeller joint project with two subway tracks to Queens and two LIRR tracks for future use as East Side Access to Grand Central Station.
  • 1970 January 12 - JVL approves start of Third Water Tunnel, the largest construction project in the city's history, now scheduled for completion in 2020.
  • 1970 April 11 - New York State law legalizing abortions up to the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy is signed by Governor Rockefeller, replacing 1830 statute permitting abortions only to save the mother's life.
  • 1970 June 4 - JVL creates Office of Neighborhood Government (ONG)
  • 1971 January 22 - Lindsay's proposed Taxi and Limosine Commission (TLC) approved by City Council to regulate yellow medallion taxis and black cars; ends oversight by Police Department Hack Bureau.
  • 1971 January 28 - After Lower Manhattan Expressway proposed by Robert Moses is rejected, city amends zoning to allow certified artists to live-work in SoHo. Later (1973) landmarked as SoHo Cast Iron Historic District.
  • 1972 August 10 - Deputy Mayor Edward Hamilton launches Productivity Program to develop management information systems and upgrade agency performance, forming basis for current Mayor's Management Report.
  • 1972 October 27 - Groundbreaking for the Second Avenue Subway.
  • 1973 January 3 - George Steinbrenner leads group that buys the Yankees from CBS for $10 million.
  • 1973 September 24 - JVL renames Welfare Island as Roosevelt Island in honor of FDR.
  • 1973 October 5 - City approves purchase of 197-acre Howland Hook Containership Terminal as part of effort to revive port.
  • Source: Joseph P. Viteritti, "Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream", February 25, 2014, pp241-265.
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School bonds bill passes in Albany

  • Tax-exempt bonds allowed for apartment or office construction above schools
  • Part of Board of Education's 10 year, $1.5bil construction program
  • Created a NYC educational construction fund to float the bonds
  • Debt to be unlimited and outside the city's debt limit
  • Source: "Major Bills in Legislature," The New York Times, July 6, 1966. link
  • Source: Sydney H. Schanberg, "ALBANY GETS BILL FOR SCHOOL BONDS," The New York Times, June 2, 1966. link
  • Source: Douglas Robinson, "School-Apartment Bill Wins Approval," The New York Times, July 6, 1966. link
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Lindsay's transportation plan

  • Would merge Transit Authority and Triborough
  • Would provide mayor with veto power
  • This ended up not happening because of Rockefeller's own plan
  • Source: Richard Witken, "Lindsay and 'the Moses Problem'," The New York Times, March 20, 1966. link
  • Source: "Rockefller Seeks Regional Agency to Direct Transit," The New York Times, June 3, 1966. link
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