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1970

  • Taurus Communications, Inc. buys controlling interest in Voice from Dan Wolf and Ed Fancher. Carter Burden, City Councilman from Manhattan and Bartle Bull, co-owner of Taurus, now control majority interest. Bartle Bull is named Vice President and General Counsel. Ed Fancher remains Publisher, Dan Wolf remains editor in chief.
  • Rue McClanahan wins the Obie Award for distinguished performance in Who's Happy Now?.
  • The Voice moves offices to East 11th Street.
  • Newsstand price increased to 20 cents.
  • John B. Evans is named publisher.
  • The New York City Marathon makes its debut. It has since been held on the first Sunday of each November and attracts professional and amateur competitors from all over the world.
  • The New York Times publishes an expose of Frank Serpico, a NYPD detective who goes public on police corruption, speaking of bribery and kickbacks and turning his partners against him. Al Pacino later plays the detective in the 1974 movie, Serpico. In 1975, Frank Serpico writes an article for the Voice on the fallout from his disclosures.
  • Youth protesters demonstrating the Kent State shootings clash with construction workers on Wall Street in what would become known as the "Hard Hat Riots." The construction workers, already angry over the mayor's decision to lower the flags of all city buildings to half-mast to recognize the shootings, pursue the protesters and the chaos spills onto City Hall. The hard hats demand that the City Hall flag be raised to full height—which it is—and white-collar office workers from the Stock Exchange unexpectedly join in to back them. The NYPD eventually squelches the mess, but Mayor Lindsay takes the blame for the delayed response.

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