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Subject: Re: "Restoring" the Old Met (was Re: Helen Traubel reissue)
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:36:05 -0500
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The current Met looks like 1960's hotel modern. Hideous.

Patrick Byrne

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> On Aug 21, 2017, at 1:01 PM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> No roof lasts forever without repair, but I think the walls might have;  i
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> able to observe, daily, the laborious task of dismantling those two parallel
> horseshoes of solid masonry that took months to come down.  The fate of the
> building was determined when the miniscule site, bordered by busy streets
> and avenues, was chosen; no expansion would ever have been possible without
> closing one or more of them to traffic.
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> The question I have always had is: why does revenue from such a prime oiece
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> thought the new house was too extravagant, with predictably tasteless and
> burdensome results.
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>> On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Max and Ray
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>> Absolutely!
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>> I was at the Closing Night gala when Licia Albanese, pleaded
>> to "save the Met", and like the vast majority of the audience, I
>> cheered her words, as she kissed the stage. Stokowski exhorted
>> us, as well, and they were very "feel good" moments.
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>> But, I knew, and we all knew, that that was not going to happen,
>> and we knew that the Met's very existence depended on the income
>> from that prime real estate. What we also learned was that
>> the building would have had to be gutted and rebuilt from scratch
>> on a piece of land not large enough to accommodate its needs.
>> The physical structure was actually in danger of collapse, especially
>> the roof, which had been weakened by water leaks and other weather
>> damage over the years.
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>> So, when we applauded and cheered, we were celebrating its history,
>> aware that its future lay somewhere else.
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>> I dot think that the new structure at 39th St should have includd more than
>> a small plaque commemmorating the magnificence of the theater's history.
>> I have not passed by in many years, but I have been told that even
>> that small token of remembrance no longer exists. If true, that is, indeed,
>> shameful.
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>> Bob
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