Forum, Jun. 16, 1975

The Selling of New York City

To the Editors:

If Manhattan goes on the block [May 26], I will bid 24 oil wells for it. If I get it, I will give Central Park back to the Indians.

Rudolph Dvorak Fort Worth

Secretary of the Treasury William Simon's tasteless joke about selling New York City to the Shah of Iran can be charged to his Wall Street background. But Gotham is no item on the commodity market. You cannot barter the vision of Washington at the Treasury Building or at Fraunces Tavern. There can be...

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