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He lives, I take it, on Park Avenue himself.
He only did ten blocks.
But he lives in that area.
He lives on it, yes. I had never thought of going (to
the local people), but I couldn't deal with people like that
one by one. I can deal with it if there's a big stake in going
to a committee of Congress in the House or the Senate, and I will
do whatever it takes that I can do physically or emotionally or
whatever way to persuade them to do things. But to persuade
them to plant -- give $50, each apartment give $50 -- it's beyond
me. I haven't got that much energy. So he said, “I know somebody
who would do it, but she'd have to be paid.” So I said, “Fine.
Who is it?” And he told me her name: Mrs. Ternes. She under
took this. Two friends of mine, Mr. and Mrs. Kabler, paid part
of the money and I paid the rest, and this woman wrote to all
the houses, all the chairmen of all the houses and the owners of
the buildings if they weren't cooperatives, and we have now got
all but three blocks planted between 54th and 86th. Now, you'll
see that between 57th and 58th there was some dispute, but now
even they are coming around. The only place that we have no
hopes about is from 83rd to 84th, because the people across the
street from the Catholic Church don't want to pay for the
Catholic Church, but the Catholic Church doesn't have money enough
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