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Monday, April 27, 2009

Saving the Marx Brothers New York home

We like to thank Kathy for letting us know about the petition drive in New York City to help save the childhood home of the Marx Brothers. In a letter Woody Allen wrote to the '93rd Street Beautification Association':

"As a filmmaker who is particularly interested in preserving the enormous charm and appeal of Manhattan I have found myself supporting any number of preservation causes.

The move to destroy the house the Marx Brothers grew up in on East 93rd street is of course particularly repugnant to me not just because the look of older New York is what makes it so appealing in movies all over the world (and draws many tourists) but because the Marx Brothers are among the great comic artists in history, their accomplishments are revered internationally and in countries that place a high value on cultural contributions as opposed to simply bulldozing things in the name of progress, the Marx Brothers home would remain standing and affixed with a plaque.

This would be a nice touch for the city and evidence that we have deeper priorities than just profits. Therefore, I urge the Marx Brothers house to be allowed to remain as a proud landmark." Sincerely, Woody Allen - Save Marx Brothers Place

You can read and sign the petition to help with this project and also visit the Save Marx Brothers Place at this link.

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