Friday, January 16, 2009

Please ask LPC to Calendar Historic Marx Brothers Place for Public Hearing !

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Dear Chairman Tierney,

We respectfully request that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) calendar the 93rd Street Beautification Association's Request for Evaluation (RFE), asking the city to extend the Carnegie Hill Historic District one block east so as to include historic Marx Brothers Place, for a public hearing.

The beloved childhood block of the Marx Brothers not only includes their extant childhood home, but also includes brownstones that are older than any of the brownstones already in the Carnegie Hill Historic District (a row of townhouses vital to any credible understanding of the development history of Carnegie Hill); the unique stepped-down roofscape that runs on both the north and south sides of the block and evokes our nation's Native American history as it gives meaning to the city's original name, Manatus, which translated from the Lenape means "island of hills" - a topographical fact still evident on East 93rd Street, one of the steepest hill's left in all of Manhattan; two houses built and owned by the famous NY Loew Brothers and, inter alia, a house owned by the well-known New Yorker, William Orth.

It is imperative that the city act with all due speed to protect this incomparable collection of historic homes and gardens so rich in our nation's cultural and architectural history.

Thank you for your kind attention to this request.

Respectfully submitted,

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