April 20, 1960: A boy observed a tired tiger in the Central Park Zoo. That summer, former Gov. Herbert H. Lehman of New York gave the city $500,000 to build an adjacent zoo for kids, full of “peaceful animals that children are fond of: rabbits, ducks, geese, doves, lambs, calves, pigs, baby deer, llamas, goats and perhaps even a talking crow.” Unlike the normal, “adult” zoo, stands would sell food for the animals so that the children could “hand-feed and pet the tame creatures.” Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times
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Top: Construction on Lower Manhattan’s West Side, just north of the World Trade Center, May 1973
Bottom: One of several highrise apartments whose construction was stopped by city ordinance to preserve Breezy Point Peninsula in Queens, New York, for public recreational use, May 1973.
New York, 1971.
By Bill Ray
Nov. 18, 1973: While New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tramped down an avenue, retailers were fretting about whether an inflated bull moose would portend a bull market. Photo: Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times
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Planet of the Apes float, 1975 Macy’s Day Parade (more on POTA promotions)
Nov. 26, 1970: Some things never change. The Bullwinkle balloon floated gracefully above Times Square in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as several hundred thousand New Yorkers lined the route below. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
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