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Fred Papert

Fred Papert shares his experiences working to save Theatre Row and Grand Central Station.

Interviewed by Emilie Evans
March 19, 2013
People: Edward N. Costikyan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Organizations: Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Henry Street Settlement, Municipal Art Society
Places: Carnegie Hill Historic District, Coney Island, Grand Central Terminal, Madison Square Garden, Theater District, Yotel
Above: Fred Papert, left, with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Philip Johnson in front of Grand Central Terminal in 1977, Courtesy of Dave Pickoff/Associated Press

Originally working in the world of advertising, Fred Papert first became involved in preservation through Carnegie Hill Neighbors and the Municipal Art Society. He was later involved in the battle to save Grand Central Terminal and Theatre Row. He worked extensively with the theater owners and the city, helping to make the area economically viable by advocating for zoning and tax bonuses for owners. He also speaks about how the Municipal Art Society has changed over the course of his long career and his dealings with various prominent preservationists, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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