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best thoroughfare I know of of the richest and fanciest buildings anyplace, isn't it?

Q:

Yes.

Lasker:

Well, at any rate, that's what we've got. But at any rate, a wonderful man appeared who got 86th Street to 96th Street replanted, the trees trimmed, the tulips planted and the begonias planted and the whole thing maintained by going to the people who were the chairmen of the board of the different apartment houses.

Q:

From 86th to 96th?

Lasker:

Yes. And when I read about it I was absolutely stunned, because I would no more be able to go and talk to or write letters even to these people because I wouldn't want to hear the complaints and what they didn't like about it and, you know. I just couldn't do that much negotiating. But he is a very nice man, and he is a lawyer. So I called him up, not knowing him, and I said, “You are absolutely wonderful and I'm so grateful to you, and I've tried to do something on Park Avenue for years, and this is much better, and won't you do the rest of Park Avenue and I will help you -- money or whatever you need.” And he said, “I couldn't do it. I'm a lawyer. My partners would really disown me because it took so much time and effort.”



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