At the New York Times City Room blog, Sam Roberts talks about the forthcoming book America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York and the upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Roberts’s post also includes an excellent slide show of images from the book. (See below for more images.)
The book and exhibit revisit a tumultuous time in New York City’s history and reassess controversial Lindsay’s tenure as mayor. Frequently criticized for letting crime get out of hand and for mismanaging the city’s finances, the book, which includes contributions from Hilary Ballon, Joshua Freeman, Jeff Greenfield, Pete Hamill, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Kenneth T. Jackson, Nicholas Pileggi, Richard Reeves, and others, present a different picture of Lindsay. The contributors highlight Lindsay’s strengths as a mayor and the lasting contributions he made to the city.