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Letter: Great Neck Bites Back

To NBC and Bravo TV Re: Princesses: Long Island 

By now, you are well aware of the Great Neck community’s anger over the episode of Bravo TV’s Princesses: Long Island that was shot at the Firefighters’ Memorial at one of our local parks.


The Board of Commissioners and staff of the Great Neck Park District, owner and operator of that park, share the community’s anger.


Further, you failed to seek our permission for the shoot. As a commercial television network and cable provider, you should be well aware that obtaining a permit to use a public facility is a requirement. Rather than apply for a permit, you chose to trespass upon and use governmental property, without our knowledge, let alone the required permission. We suspect that you chose to avoid our permit process because you recognized the inappropriateness of your disrespectful undertaking.


However, your failure to pursue a permit pales in the light of your lack of respect and common decency evidenced by this incident. Not only have you caused pain for the family of Jonathan Ielpi, but you have offended the Great Neck community, its fire departments, and firefighters everywhere.


You have caused embarrassment to the undersigned, local officials elected by the community to manage and protect our parks.


While meaningful and effective legal action against you may or may not be practical, understand that, in the opinion of the Great Neck Park District and its officials, the Bravo

Network and its cast members involved in this incident acted dishonorably and are not trustworthy. You are not welcome to utilize any of our facilities.


A copy of this letter will be provided to entertainment media and news media organizations, as well as to Bravo’s sponsors, to ensure that they understand the indignation of our community as they consider the advisability of sponsoring irresponsible programming.


Board of Commissioners of the Great Neck Park District


Ruth J Tamrin, Chairperson


Daniel Nachmanoff, Treasurer


Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., Secretary