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David N. Dinkins
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David N. Dinkins served as New York City’s first African-American mayor, from 1990-1993. He began his long and distinguished career in public service as a district leader....More



Collection Highlights
  • Dinkins Unveils 'Safe Streets-Safe City' -1990These documents show the scale and multifaced nature of the Safe-Streets-Safe City anti-crime program - the beginning of the reversal of a decades-long increase in NYC crime rates.
  • Crown Heights Unrest, August 1991Documents detailing the events, and response of Mayor Dinkins and the police to the worst racially-charged street violence in NY City of the 1990s
  • Keeping the US Open in NYC - 1991Dinkins' announcement that the tournament will remain in NYC with a major upgrade of the National Tennis Center in Queens, along with excerpts of the City Council debate allowing the plan to proceed.
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NOTE TO RESEARCHER: Due to a restricted budget, various record Series within the Dinkins Mayoral Collection were not microfilmed.For those Series where a microfilm copy is available at the La Guardia and Wagner Archives, a note to that effect (i.e., microfilm is available at the La Guardia and Wagner Archives) is included next to the specific Series; the Series list may be found within the David Dinkins Collection Advanced Document Search page. This note is also included within the individual records on the search results page, within the Series field.Please contact the NYC Municipal Archives for information on viewing the original documents for those Series that were not microfilmed.