New York City was the country’s single greatest recipient of New Deal investment. This summer, the Living New Deal was warmly welcomed to the city to celebrate the publication of our new map and guide to New York’s vast New Deal legacy. We are deeply grateful to Roosevelt House at Hunter College, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New York Society; to the National Jobs Coalition; and to our Advisory Council members Professors Frank Roosevelt, Ira Katznelson, and Willliam Leuchtenburg; and Ambassador William vanden Heuvel of the Roosevelt Institute for their participation and support.
Many social and political leaders brought their ideas and talents to Washington in 1933 via New York, among them Frances Perkins, Henry Alsberg, Harry Hopkins, Homer Folks, Jane Hoey, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and FDR himself. Their values drove the New Deal agenda—relief, recovery, and reform.
In this issue, you’ll learn about some of New York’s most charismatic New Dealers and the lasting impression they made on the city and beyond. The Living New Deal’s message of positive, public-spirited leadership is evermore important. We appreciate your support!