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to get away with waiting to take them out when he puts the new ones in.

Q:

They won't go in until fall.

Lasker:

They won't go in until fall, and in the meantime they are an eyesore, and I don't see any reason they shouldn't be taken out. It's just time from his work.

Q:

Now last year or the year before you had a problem with your begonias because nobody would weed them.

Lasker:

Oh, really terrible. I am willing to have the begonias weeded, but I can't get them to keep the center strips of Park Avenue properly. I am wondering if I should really just find out how much it would cost to do it. They are not going to do it, they just think that it doesn't matter, you know. The Park Commissioner is black, and he doesn't know a flower from a weed. He is a very nice man, but I am sure he's been brought up in Harlem, and they have no flowers, no trees, nothing, and he doesn't think it makes any difference.

Q:

How about the residents on Park Avenue, However?

Lasker:

The residents on Park Avenue - that's a selling job, and I haven't got time to go and sell them, to be in contact with them. To raise money from individuals takes selling, and it's tiring and fatiguing.



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