Vladeck City Houses Dedication

Wednesday, November 22, 1939

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Housing development's namesake (Baruch Charney Vladeck) is honored by his daughter on Thanksgiving Eve, the first day of construction. She reads poems he wrote before his recent death.

Second speaker is likewise not introduced. He honors Vladeck similarly and discusses the history of public housing in the city.

Third unidentified speaker (Mayor La Guardia) references the choir and says he's not in a good mood this evening and then dazzles the audience with a story about chasing lawyers out of his office who said he couldn't build houses. Wagner Act allowed money to be available, Federal Housing Administrator, Nathan Strauss, Red Hook Housing Unit, housing in Harlem, Queens, etc.

Additional information: NYTimes article "MAYOR HAILS WORK ON VLADECK HOMES" Nov 23, 1939 (source of date)

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69139
Municipal archives id: LT379


Fiorello H. La Guardia


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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