Davidoff on NPRs CodeSwitch Podcast “Battle for Forest Hills”
The long-form program cataloged a very contentious time in the once sleepy community during the early 1970s when the Lindsay administration announced the building of affordable housing in what the NY Times considered “a largely white, Jewish enclave in Queens” (Dec. 19, 1971).
Forest Hills residents aggressively protested the mayor’s plans to put up three 24-story towers for mostly minority residents. At the time, Sid was a top advisor and aide to the Mayor and brought a dynamic, first-hand perspective to the story of what was happening on the streets and behind closed doors at City Hall.
If you look closely at the photo poster hanging behind Sid, it depicts a scene from Forest Hills circa 1971, a young Sid can be seen on the left.
If you missed the original broadcast, you can listen online, click here.