Penn Station South Dedication of Housing Development

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Penn. Station South Dedication of Housing Development.

David Dubinsky, President International Ladies' Garment Workers (ILGW);
Abraham Kazan, Pres. of United Housing foundation;
Robert Moses, Commissioner.
Nelson Rockefeller, Governor;
George Meany, Pres. AFL-CIO;
Robert F. Wagner, Mayor;
John F. Kennedy, Pres. of U.S.

Dubinsky speaks of the great accomplishment and service of the Housing Development. His speech honors Abraham Kazan, without whom the Development would not have been built.

Kazan speaks next, noting that this is the first cooperative development built in Manhattan. 6,220 Manhattan families have been provided homes through the Title 1 developments. Developments like this rid the city of social problems and revitalizes the area. He hopes that the homes will bring families social and economic developments. Kazan notes the many individuals and agencies that helped to build the development.

Next, Robert Moses speaks. He talks of the "housing battles and the ideological warfare." He discusses the importance of middle income housing.

Governor Rockefeller speaks about the state of New York financing down-payments on cooperative housing. He calls the division of communities based on income un-Ameircan , his talk is interrupted by the arrival of President John F. Kennedy. It is his 45th birthday.

Abraham Kazan returns to the microphone to note that Eleanor Roosevelt is on the stage.

George Meany speaks next. He speaks of the good work of unionized labor, followed by Mayor Robert Wagner. He speaks about the neighborhood of Chelsea.

Kazan then introduces President John F. Kennedy. The audience sings an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" to the President, who's birthday is ten days away. The president then goes on to discuss the importance of unionized labor.

Due to the outdoor setting for the event there are some anomalies in the sound quality.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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