Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Move over Manhattan

A proposed $47M project to restore Harlem’s most acclaimed theater, The Apollo, is in full swing as theater officials launch a public fundraiser which aims at restoring the theater to its former glory. What can you get for $47 million dollars these days you ask?

- You could purchase an 18,000 square foot mansion situated on 25-acres in the infamous Hamptons. Rowboat for paddling around island included.

- You could have your very own, 510-acre private island off the coast of St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Viva la sol!

- The human body is said to be estimated around $45M, taking into consideration to the value of your bone marrow ($23 million), lungs ($116,400), kidney ($91,400), and heart ($57,000) to name a few.

As for the theater, $47M will provide for doubling the size of the theater lobby which will house a new grand staircase, along with repainting the walls, restoring the box seating, and replacing the columns and marble within. The icing on the cake – a bronze plaque memorial ‘Walk of Fame’ in front of the theater, idolizing such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Stevie Wonder, who have all graced its stage.

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