Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Sometimes things evolve and become "traditional".  What we call "Folk Music" no  longer has to  be just twanging on a front porchPlay it often enough and recall it over the years and it becomes "folk".  History sometimes has to wait in the wings to be properly written and let the events become digested, so to speak, so they can be more fully appreciated.

The Museum of The City of NY always has some truly interesting exhibits ranging from Charles Adams' NY, NYC through various lens, Robert Moses, and the main one that will be running through October 3 of this year---America's Mayor---NOT Giuliani--rather John V. Lindsay.

                                                      photo:katrina thomas
         Surely you all recognize the gentleman standing to the right of John Lindsay--left in picture

I have said this in another venue---"he was and idealist and not a pragmatist as so many were and are".   Taking office at a time when strife was rampant and disasters ready to unfold for NYC he had some great accomplishments.  Because of his idealism NYC did not burn during the riots of the 1960s as other cities did, NY theater was open to more people through TKTS, the Transit Workers Union was finally not placated each  contract expiration period, and the list goes on---including some missteps .

Best to go to the exhibit and see it all for yourself---or---click here 

There you will see some great videos, take a virtual tour, and you may leave comments of your recollections of The Lindsay Years----I, for one, felt then as I do now that we need people like him in office and, sadly, he much maligned in his years there.   Things were not always in his control but he always took the honorable position as opposed to the "pragmatists" who played by their own rules.   They shall be nameless but recall  those years and the shameful cast of characters that were around at the time.

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