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Alan Arkin

I was born on Eastern Parkway between Brooklyn and New York Avenues and we lived there till I was eleven. Most of the happy memories of my childhood revolved around long walks to Prospect Park which I started doing all by myself by the time I was no more than five or six. Once I got to the park it was like living in the country. Endless open spaces, the botanical gardens, the library, the museum, the trees, the magnificent archway and Eastern Parkway itself, I’m sure modeled after the Champs-Elyse’s in Paris contributed to the feeling that I was living in a special and magical place. If one is going to be reared in a city, I can’t imagine being brought up in a more exciting and culturally rich environment. I’ll never forget it. – Alan Arkin

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