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Brooke Astor, 1902-2007

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A great benefactor of New York's cultural institutions died this afternoon. The New York Times has posted her obituary.

This city is an immeasurably better place because of her generosity. I thank her.

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Brooke Astor's death, coming hard on the heels of the deaths of Nan Kempner and Pat Buckley, really brings a certain era to a close. The New York social/charity scene will go on, of course, but I doubt we will see again the kind of grand personalities who so dominated post-World War II/pre-millenium New York.

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