America’s latest nuclear threat harkens back to another era when New York City was ripe with bomb shelters. Decades before North Korea threatened to launch a catastrophe-causing missile at U.S. shores, the city scrambled to build ready-to-go fallout shelters when an attack from the Soviet Union seemed certain. Their yellow-and-black Cold War-era warning signs still linger throughout the Big Apple — faded and glanced over like taped-up ads for cheap guitar lessons. These concrete, mostly windowless rooms began — many of which are now storage rooms — started popping up after 1960. Then Gov. Nelson Rockefeller launched a shelter program and was reportedly fixated with a Soviet attack. He’s rumored to have had shelters built in the governor’s mansion in Albany and one in each of his three private homes. The oil heir also tried to secure a massive amount of funding for the fallout shelters, but was only able to wrestle a reported $15 million from the state legislature in 1961. John F. Kennedy became President that year, and launched a nationwide program once he took office. It never fully picked up speed, however, because congress couldn’t fully support the program over their accuracy in resisting a blast, according… Read full this story
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