Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Harpo Marx's Son Asks Borough President Scott Stringer to Intervene & Save Historic Marx Brothers Place in Carnegie Hill

In the wake of the tainted Community Board 8 vote on whether to support the 93rd Street Beautification Association's Request to extend the historic district so as to include the priceless collection of historic structures just east of the current district boundary line, Harpo Marx's son Bill has written a letter to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer asking him to intervene on behalf of the campaign to preserve & designate historic Marx Brothers Place in Carnegie Hill.

Please join Bill in this effort today by simply clicking on this link & sending the message to the Borough President: http://the-marx-brothers-place-report.blogspot.com/2010/08/vacate-cb8-vote-on-marx-brothers-place.html. Thanks!

We also thought you might like to read the letter that Bill Marx sent to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. So, here it is:

Dear Mr. Scott Stringer,

My name is Bill Marx, and Harpo Marx is my father. I live in Rancho Mirage, California, not far from the home he built in 1956 that has recently been deemed a Historic Site by the City Council. I did not have anything to do with the recommendation of such an act, but I did support the concept of it having a necessary historical purpose for the total Palm Springs area. So, as well, I have no real personal burning, self-serving reason or concerns for the preservation of Marx Brothers Place other than it would be, of course, a well deserved tribute to them and is such an important slice of America's and in particular Manhattan's history that I truly believe should live on in the minds and hearts of all people who cherish America's Theater history; the film industry's history and Broadway Theater history and those who contribute to its ongoing success. I went to Juilliard School of music when it was across from Columbia University, so I have always had a special place in my heart for what I consider to be the greatest city on earth. For the many fans and tourists that visit the historical places of Bach or Stravinsky or Albert Einstein or any person who has brought positive influence to so many, the preservation of the area where the Marx Brothers were all born and grew up would be also similiar in its magnetic purpose to the public interest. No matter what the outcome, the Marx Brothers will always remain popular, so it's more about seeing to it that fascinating bits and pieces of New York are preserved historically, thus making it the unique city that continues to be the hub of culture the world over.
On behalf of Harpo's family, thank you for your time in addressing this issue, and we hope that you will help to see that Marx Brothers Place can remain as one of the many beacons that continue to light up all of Manhattan for all mankind.
Respectfully, Bill Marx

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