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Residents Work To Preserve Marx Brothers Building On 93rd Street


December 20, 2007

Development is a fact of life in the city. Old buildings are continually making way for new ones. One group of residents in Manhattan is fighting to put an end to the trend on their block, which once had some famous residents.

NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.It may look like just another four-story walk-up, but back in the 1890s a building on East 93rd Street between Third and Lexington Avenues was home to the Marx Brothers, who grew up in the building.

“It was this building, 179, on the fourth floor, that the family lived” said Mark Giller of the 93rd Street Beautification Association. It’s a building some neighbors fear could one day face the same fate as two townhouses that were demolished across the street.

“Unless this block is designated and protected, every one of these houses will be gone” said Susan Hefti of the 93rd Street Beautification Association.

There are no historical markers on the Marx Brothers building or the block. Some residents would like to see that changed. They would like the block designated as “Marx Brothers Place”.

“We have tourists coming here from all over the world on a daily basis, standing in front of the building, with their guidebooks, taking photographs,” said Leslee Browning of the 93rd St. Beautification Association.The group is also working on an application to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to have the block included as part of the Carnegie Hill Historic District, to protect it from development.

“They will knock down these buildings and put up the bland boxes that we have all come to get used to, unfortunately,” said preservationist Michael Devonshire.

On the block where residents not only know their neighbors names, but their neighbors dogs names, NY1 couldn’t find anyone who was against preservation.

“These buildings are really precious and every time that they have changed, it has changed the tone and the quality and the nature of the block”, said neighbor Richard Meyerson.

The message to developers is, as Groucho would say, “Go, and never darken my towels again”.

by Roger Clark

Published on January 8, 2008 at 2:30 am  Comments (6)  

6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Hello,
    The Marx Bros are my lighthouse since 35 years. I was 16 when I discovered them on TV in “Duck Soup”. I owe more to them than to high school the fact that I know enough English to write this email, read in English, etc. My daughter loves them since she was a little child. It was through their movies she had her first and very early contact with the English language.
    So, yes, please, save their place to 93rd Street.
    It should be a temple to the glory of comedy.

  2. I have enjoyed the Marx Brothers most all of my life. I saw them on TV when I was a child. Now I own a lot of their movies. All of my family enjoy them.
    I have never been to New York, but when I go, someday, I want to take my daughter and grandson to see where the Marx Brothers grew up. I hope it will still be there. Please, save this historic site.
    Connie Gloyer

  3. Hope to see the house on my trip to NY
    Paul Belfast N IRELAND


  4. The best cure for depression is watch a Marx Brothers film if that fails just read Harpo Speaks and feel the depression lift. They are a tonic to watch and did not need to use bad language.

  5. Hi! My husband and I have been fans of the Marx Bros. for many years and are so delighted to be able to go see where they lived, in july! They were so talented in their own ways,they were just amazing,Groucho’s one liners,Chico’s piano playing, Harpo’s (who was my favorite!) harp playing,and Zeppo’s wonderful voice!! There will never be talent like that! Please save their home so every person who grew up watching The Marx Bros can share this wonderful history and so every child will know and learn of The Marx Bros.
    Thank you,
    Tammy cordsen

  6. groucho,chico,harpo and zeppo…i have laughed with them and at them for 40 odd years….look forward to visiting the home soon!!
    hugo z hackenbush

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