Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Collaborator


I invited my friend Herbert Zohn to collaborate on this blog. He is not only my best friend but also my manager and financial advisor. He was founder and co-chair of the organization that erected a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at
the entrance to Riverside Park. This project also rebuilt a great portion of the park whcih was dilapidated by years of neglect. For ten years he worked hard on this project, removing patiently, one by one, all the stones in his way. Herbert also once owned a gallery in which I had several shows. He encouraged me to stay in this country, and our relationship has lasted more than 25 years so far. Herbert graduated from Yale University in l954 and has worked on other civic projects over the years.

Photo: Hillary Rodham Clinton, honorary co-chair talks with Herbert Zohn about the project.

Part of the article published by New York Times Magazine on October 5, 1996

"The idea was born in March 1986 as Herbert Zohn, a retired art dealer and the other co-chairman was walking along Riverside Drive near 72 street where he lives. That part of the park was in shabby condition, and he thought it would be a wonderful idea to refurbish it with a statue of Mrs. Roosevelt, whom he had long admired, as its centerpiece.
It took 10 years, but the statue ultimaly paid for removing an unused entrance to the Henry Hudson Parkway ( itself a major New Deal poublic work), the city did landscaping and other improvements and more than 2,000 donnors gave money for the statue. The total cost was $1.3 million"



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