Edges of the City

1960 – 1970

July 3, 2011
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1.)

 

1965: “A Dim View”

First Blackout in NYC(Gatewood, 194)

2.)

 

1966: The Day the Subways Stopped

3.)

 

Chief of Transit Workers Union, Mike Quill – Guard in Grand Central arrested later to have a heart attack in jail and left to die. (Gatewood, 196)


1957

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Subway Strikes greatly increased the amount of city traffic for pedestrians and cars city wide

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1940 – 1950

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“The Forties were for War.” (Gatewood, 118)
1942:
Normandie

“An Inglorious End”(Gatewood, 125)

1943:
Thomas Air Views, Stuyvesant Town, 1943 (Page, 101)

Stuyvesant Town: Eighteen blocks, 14th St. – 20th St., 1st Ave – Ave C. was built by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1943 with Slum Clearance incentive from the State of New York

1946:
Gas rationing – War ration book (Gatewood, 128)


1937

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December 1, 1937: The United States Housing Act of 1937 (Wagner-Steagall Bill) establishes federally-aided housing program. Subsidies went from the U.S. government to local public housing agencies (LHA’s) to improve living conditions for low-income families.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/about/nycha70_timeline.shtml


1936

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1936:The New Dealer, President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • “Leader of a bloodless Revolution, Roosevelt for the first time in the nations history applied the resources of the federal government directly to the welfare of the people.”(Gatewood, 85)


1933

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Civilian Conservation Corps – A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Took 500,000 18-25 year old men off streets and freight trains and put them to work planting trees. In nine years the CCC planted one billion trees. In addition each worker was given thirty dollars per month ($25 sent to family and $5 directly to worker.)(Gatewood, 98)


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1932

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1932:

 

Block torn down to build Knickerbocker Village: Cherry and Monroe Streets (Page, 71)

  • Original brick houses which first housed middle class families were to be torn down and rented to the poorest of the poor
  • Tuberculosis death rate was higher here than on any other city block.


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1923

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1.)
 
“What J.P. Morgan didn’t control, the aging John Rockefeller Sr.,did.”

Here John Rockefeller Sr. gives random child a nickel on his birthday.(Gatewood, 37)

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“Now only a decaying reminder of a more gracious age, the city’s bustling transatlantic piers were once its pride. then the stately Woolworth Building proudly dominated the lower Manhattan skyline.” (Gatewood, 68)
 

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1923: “We were snarling about traffic even then”

Congested streets of Times Square with trollies that traveled in threes(Gatewood, 66)

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