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CREATING A CULTURE OF LIBERATION PRIDE 2019 Author and filmmaker David France reflects on Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic, building walls and tearing them down BY DAVID NOONAN

“How to Survive a Plague,” France’s 2012 documentary about the AIDS epidemic, won a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Oscar. Photo: © Ken Schles

David France was 10 years old in 1969, when the Stonewall Uprising changed the course of gay life in America. He didn’t hear about the historic event until 1979, when he was a student at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. “I had just come out,” he recalled in an interview, “so I must have been 20. We started a queer student group on campus, there had not been one, and someone came back from New York and

gave a talk about Stonewall and its significance. It was oral history, it wasn’t written. There were no queer history books then. There was no way to find out about this except from passing along stories from mouth to ear.” Forty years later, France is doing as much as anyone is to make sure that queer history is preserved and readily accessible for future generations. His 2012 Oscar-nominated and Peabody-award winning documentary, “How to Survive a Plague,” and his book of the same name, capture the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic and the fury of the war that gay activists waged on the bigotry and complacency that made the epidemic that much worse. “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” his 2017 docu-

mentary, is about the transgender leader and Greenwich Village legend who played a central role in the gay liberation movement before and after Stonewall.

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In the Wake of the Uprising France moved to New York in June 1981, after graduating from college. “Immediately,” he said, “like the next day, to come and find a gay community.” He got involved with the Pride march committee and landed a job at the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, which was founded in 1967 by Craig Rodwell. “I got a job working for Craig at the bookstore, which every gay activist dreamed of doing because that was the nerve center for

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THE FABSCRAP SHOP IS GREEN AND GREAT ENVIRONMENT Recycling has never been more creative, or glamorous BY DIANA DUCROZ

Jessica Schreiber, right, and Camille Tagle at the FABSCRAP ribbon cuttting. Photo: Courtesy of FABSCRAP

Shoppers at The FABSCRAP Shop, a sleek new storefront at 110 West 26th St., are not just finding bargains, they are helping to save the planet. Bolts of high-quality fabric line the walls above bins filled with fabric scraps arranged by color. Designer fabrics sell here for as little as $5 per yard. “You would never know that all of this was supposed to be on the

curb and going to be buried somewhere in a landfill. It’s really beautiful stuff,” Jessica Schreiber, executive director of FABSCRAP, said of the shop’s carefully curated stock. The nonprofit Schreiber founded three years ago collects, sorts, and redistributes leftover fabric from local fashion houses, interior design businesses and theater costume departments.

Don’t Waste It, Wear It Following a pilot series of pop-up shops around the city last year, FABSCRAP opened its first permanent retail outlet on June 1 on West 26th Street, close to the fashion students

who make up such a large part of its customer base. In her previous job at NYC’s Department of Sanitation, Schreiber often heard from commercial designers asking for alternatives to leaving their excess fabric out for trash pickup. Although a reuse stream had developed for used clothing, no such infrastructure existed for the raw material, especially in such large quantities. For a year, Schreiber thought about possible solutions, telling only a couple of people about her idea for a textile pickup service. But then one of

CHEWING THEIR WAY THROUGH RIVERSIDE PARK The visiting goats have exceeded expectations, P. 2

HEALTHY KIDNEYS, ALL SUMMER LONG Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat, P. 7

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The effort to help small seems to businesses in the city be gathering steam. Two city councilmembers, Robert Margaret Chin and Cornegy, have introduced create legislation that wouldSmall a new “Office of the within Business Advocate” of Small the city’s Department Business Services. Chin The new post, which have up rezoning told us she’d like to would and the mid-2000s May 1 The and running this year, for of West Chelsea. Muas an ombudsman city serve Whitney the of opening Art on small businesses within them clear seum of American means not government, helping It’s new buildings, to get Gansevoort Street c to the traffi through the bureaucracy rising rents, that are even more foot things done. forcing some gallerists area. is that Perhaps even more also The irony, of course, to reconsider their Whitney -importantly, the ombudsman the arrival of the and number neighborhood roots art meccas will tally the type small business one of the city’s the end for of complaints by taken in BY GABRIELLE ALFIERO -- could also spell dealers the actions art owners, long-time policy buildStephen some response, and somefor ways to When gallerists Griffin in the area, as their are sold or recommendations If done well, Haller and Cynthiatheir W. ings increasingly begin to fix things. report would Haller reopened follow- demolished. lease the ombudsman’s 26th Street gallery With their 10-year quantitative afrst fi the rebuild Stephen us give cut short, with ing a five-month flooded abruptly shared taste of what’s wrong ter Hurricane Sandy they and Cynthia, who the city, an the space, small businesses in towards building with their first floor phone their and Tony important first step were still without were Lehmann Maupin they the problem. needed to xing fi of galleries, and Internet. Still, where Shafrazi property by June To really make a difference, the happy in the location, will have to to stay for vacate (Shafrazi is suing course, the advocaterising rents, they expected of 2014. find a way to tackle business’ the Manhattes some time. doltold less the landlord, which remain many While Chin Instead, they were their Group, for $20 million reproblem. vexing that Post most the New York than a year later gauge what to demol- lars, said it’s too early tocould have landlord planned ported). another role the advocate on the ish the building. They shopped for planned for there, more information in the neighbor“We had shows bad thing. We had location to find problem can’t be a with the long periods of time.amount hood but struggled a twoThis step, combinedBorough more than just put in a huge the anything efforts by Manhattan to mediate of money to refurbish“We year lease on a street-level in Chelsaid. President Gale Brewer offer space,” Cynthia space. After 13 years Gallery the rent renewal process, were really shocked.”Gallery sea, Stephen Haller signs tangible and early, Haller some For Stephen small left the neighborhoodStux it, it isn’t riswith of progress. For many can’t come and others like joined forces oor are driving business owners, that in a new sixth-fl ing rents that far new devel- Gallery soon enough. on 57th Street, not Chelsea, Zach Feuer them away. It’s

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at a a robotic garage A proposal for in Chelsea has thrown luxury building into the city’s zoning access to parking debate. proposed for a A high-tech garage W. 28th St. has 520 development at Board 4, which is riled Community arguing that it plan, in opposing the more car usage would only invite while only providthe neighborhood, residents. ing parking to rich a special city perThe garage needs 29 spaces rather mit to accommodate allowed the than the 11 automatically opted to oppose by the city. CB4 1 full board meetpermit at its April Carl a draft letter to ing, stating in Planning City the of Weisbrod, chair city criteria for such Commission, that based on the parking foran exception is ago, when many for stock of a decade spaces were used demer industrial future of parking in anticipation velopment in Chelsea. 40 residential have The project will comsquare feet of alunits and 11,213 the ground floor, mercial space on three parking spaces The lowing eight and the developer, respectively. But wants more for Related Companies, is the New York acthe building, which internationally City debut for Zaha Hadid. (Adjaclaimed architect Line, the build cent to the High

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CHEWING THEIR WAY THROUGH RIVERSIDE PARK NATURE As the visiting goats exceed expectations, residents can vote on which ones should stay through the summer BY JASON COHEN

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a little more than a month since the goats arrived in Riverside Park. But boy, have they been hungry. Dan Garodnick, the president and chief executive officer of the Riverside Park Conservancy, said the goats have done what was expected and more. On May 21, the Riverside Park Conservancy welcomed a herd of 24 goats from Rhinebeck, who are assisting to remove invasive species from a two-acre area of Riverside Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s woodland. This is part of the conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing woodland restoration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a chemical-free method of controlling the growth of detrimental species and supporting the ecological health of the park. The goats are from Green Goats in Rhinebeck.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goat project has been a tremendous success,â&#x20AC;? Garodnick told the West Side Spirit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so encouraged by the progress that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made in clearing invasive plants. You can now stand at the top and see all the way down the site to the tennis courts. Something you could not have done three weeks ago.â&#x20AC;? Garodnick stressed that the goats have not only impacted the park environmentally, but have also created quite a stir in the community. More than 1,000 people came to the park when they arrived, including children and elected officials. Since then, numerous people have visited the goats, ranging from kids to adults. According to Garodnick, the plan is to have the goats in the park for a

month and then four to six of them will stay for the remainder of the summer. He noted that the goats will be fenced in and people are welcome to look at, but not touch them. He explained with the end of June around the corner, residents will decide which goats stay and go home by voting on the conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yorkers have really taken to them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has exceeded expectations because not only have the goats done an incredible job, but we have used it as a tool to educate people about the

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work of the Conservancy and a nontoxic way to control invasive plants.â&#x20AC;? Garodnick said the goats will beneďŹ t the park and be a really cool thing for people to see. He explained that while this will be the ďŹ rst time goats will be in a Manhattan park, it has been done before in New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goats being invited to help with horticultural care is not novel,â&#x20AC;? Garodnick said. About a year ago the conservancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horticultural team was ďŹ guring out the best way to attack the woodland area and it was concluded that goats were the best option. Garodnick noted that goats can consume 25 percent of their body weight in vegetation in a day and their fecal matter provides nutrients for the soil. Garodnick explained that the woodland area, which spans from 119th Street to 123rd Street (nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;GOaTHAMâ&#x20AC;? by the Conservancy), is ďŹ lled with mugwort, poison ivy and many other hazardous specimens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our gardeners canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t access the area in the way we want to because it has steep slopes and the invasives themselves like poison ivy are not

friendly to humans,â&#x20AC;? Garodnick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting the goats to work in GOaTHAM is like taking them to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for us and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the goats.â&#x20AC;? Once the goats make the land usable, Garodnick said the goal is to put more canopy trees there and replace the invasive specimens with more native ones. Garodnick told the West Side Spirit that this is also an educational opportunity. The conservancy will provide free public programming about the goats and it has formed a partnership with the engineering and earth science department at Columbia University, where they will use sensors to study the nutrients and health of the soil while the goats are in the park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public education is an important part of all of this,â&#x20AC;? he stressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to educate kids and park users about forest management and about how goats are chemicalfree and a sustainable way of killing weeds. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ultimate farm to table and we want to celebrate this moment.â&#x20AC;?

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STATS FOR THE WEEK Reported crimes from the 10th precinct for the week ending June 16 Week to Date

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FIVE WANTED FOR THEFT FROM T-MOBILE STORE Police are looking for five men who reportedly participated in a theft inside the T-mobile store at 66 Ninth Ave. on Sunday, June 23 at 5:20 p.m. An employee told police that the five men took two Apple watches from the store without paying for the items. The employee said that one of the suspects asked him to show him an item in the store and while the employee was distracted, the other four suspects ran into the

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store and grabbed the watches. One of the employees told police that he approached one of the suspects, who was wearing a red hoodie, and said, “People like you are the reason why brothers like me get profiled whenever I go into a store.” According to the police report, the suspect then walked out of the store but reached into his backpack and told the employee, “I’m gonna cut your face. Take off your jacket. Come outside.” All five suspects fled north on Eighth Ave. and were last seen between West 17th and 18th Sts.

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A 46-year-old woman told police that she was injured when she was hit by an ice cream truck at the northwest corner of Eleventh Ave. and West 34th St. The victim told police that she was crossing the street when an ice cream truck driver made a U-turn on West 34th St. and hit her while backing up. The victim said she had pain to her lower body and neck and was transported to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment. The driver did not provide any information and left the scene before police arrived.

FALSE REPORT ABOUT GUNMAN AT NIGHTCLUB Police arrested a 24-year-old man for filling a false police report about an active shooter inside the 1 Oak nightclub at 453 West 17th St. The suspect had called 911 and reportedly said that bouncers were going to kill everyone with machine guns and told police that they had shot him in the face. When police arrived at the scene, there were no firearms present and the suspect had not been shot. The man was arrested at the corner of Tenth Ave. and West 17th St.

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MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AT DREAM HOTEL A 33-year-old man was arrested for assault inside the Dream Hotel at 355 West 16th St. on Sunday, June 23 at 3 a.m. The 38-year-old victim told police that he was sitting at a table inside the hotel bar when the suspect elbowed him in the nose and then put him in a headlock, causing him to go in and out of consciousness. The victim said that the suspect caused him pain and a cut on his lip as a result of elbowing him in the face.

MAN SAYS TEENS SLAPPED HIM A man reported that he was harassed by a group of teenagers on the corner of Ninth Ave. and West 24th St. on Saturday, June 22 around 10 p.m. while he was on his way to

Gristedes. The victim told police that he was arguing with the group of boys when one of them slapped him in the face. The group then fled on Ninth Avenue. No arrests were made.

DRIVER SIDESWIPED ON EIGHTH AVE. A 60-year-old driver reported that another driver hit his car and left the scene at the northwest corner of Eighth Ave. and West 15th St. on Friday, June 21 at 11:45 p.m. The driver told police that he was heading north on Eighth Ave., crossing the intersection at West 15th St. when another car sideswiped him, causing him to lose control and hit a light pole on the north side of West 15th St. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.


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Gay Love. Photo: Mark Ivins

Lesbian Herstory, 1980. Photo: Mark Ivins

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK A local photographer captured a microcosm of Greenwich Village gay life in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s BY MARK IVINS

I was a “Village kid” growing up, it was my neighborhood. I started photographing there when I was 12. I was 13 when the Stonewall riots happened. After college I worked a summer at a downtown newspaper. Fred W. McDarrah, the legendary Village Voice photo editor and photographer, called me one day. “Mark, it’s Fred, from the Voice, quit screwing around downtown and come

Morton Street Pier, 1978. Photo: Mark Ivins

work for me here.” Most of these photographs were taken on assignment for him, and The Village Voice These photos were taken between 1977 and 1982. That was an evolutionary time in New York City. People were finding their way with the new freedom. The Village was a sanctuary for everybody during the day — gay, straight, whatever. It didn’t matter. It was relaxed. At night, a different scene dominated, looking for anonymous sex was the game. I always shoot “straight-up, no chaser.” This is what it was like

when I was there, it was weird, beautiful, disturbing, funny. Draw your own conclusions. It was also dangerous, I always felt that I was in peril, but then I had a camera. Once, while photographing in the abandoned, derelict piers where cruising took place, I was advised by a large body-builder type guy in leather that I might end up in the river if I took a certain picture. I did not take that picture.

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HEALTHY KIDNEYS, ALL SUMMER LONG HEALTH Hot weather and dehydration can pose a real threat to these vital organs BY JOSHUA REIN, DO

Sunburn and sunstroke are often what people fear when a heat wave is coming. But when the temperatures soar, so does the risk for your kidneys. Recurrent heat exposure and inadequate hydration strains the kidneys, especially if there’s a pre-existing kidney condition. And frequent dehydration, even if it’s mild, may lead to kidney damage. Research published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that the increase in heat waves due to climate change may be associated with the rise in kidney diseases detected in outdoor workers subjected to longer hours and days of heat and dehydration. Here’s what you need to know to give your kidneys the extra care they need as summer arrives.

The Dangers of Dehydration The kidneys cleanse our blood and maintain the normal balance of salt and water. The kidneys conserve water during dehydration, and excrete excess water when sufficiently hydrated. During dehydration, blood flow declines and is only restored when the body has consumed plentiful amounts of water. However, kidney damage, sometimes permanent, may result from prolonged dehydration. Heat stress nephropathy is now recognized as a cause of the chronic kidney disease that is seen globally among manual workers in sweltering climates associated with repeated episodes of dehydration. Additionally, summer weather is associated with an increased risk of de-

veloping kidney stones, which can cause severe pain and urinary obstruction. Adequate hydration prevents kidney stones.

Recognizing the Symptoms The first symptom of dehydration is thirst, which should never be ignored. The brain activates the sensation of thirst and signals the kidneys to retain water upon the slightest detection of dehydration. Urine becomes concentrated and appears dark yellow or amber in color. Decreased urination throughout the day is also a sign of dehydration. Proper hydration quenches thirst and triggers the kidney to remove excess water, making urine appear clear to pale yellow. However, sugar-sweetened beverages for hydration should be avoided, as they may increase the risk for developing kidney damage, and regular consumption of these drinks is a risk factor for developing chronic kidney disease. Tea colored urine may be indicative of kidney damage from profound dehydration. Other signs and symptoms of dehydration include increased heart rate or lightheadedness upon standing from a seated position. Loss of consciousness may occur if symptoms are not recognized and dehydration is not treated promptly.

Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic kidney disease, a long-term complication of recurrent dehydration, is usually diagnosed with a blood and/or urine test, since it’s symptoms are not readily distinguished from the symptoms of simple dehydration. Among those at greatest risk are people who work outside and have limited access to water for extended periods of time. And those living with diabetes are at even higher risk. Alcohol must be avoided

to quench thirst, as it blocks the kidneys from retaining water. Over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are also prohibited during dehydration, as they can cause further kidney injury. Certain blood pressure medications, such as diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin II receptor blockers increase the risk of kidney injury in the setting of dehydration. In some cases, use of these medications may need to be adjusted during the summer, as directed by a nephrologist (kidney specialist). Treatment of chronic kidney disease includes dietary and lifestyle modification, vitamins, minerals, and medications, which may stabilize kidney function or slow down the progressive decline in kidney function over time.

Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy Thirst indicates dehydration, so prolonged thirst should be avoided. Water is the best choice for hydration and it is vital to consume enough until thirst is quenched. Increasing daily fluid intake above what the thirst sensation tells you does not offer any additional benefits. Most dehydration can be treated with increased oral fluid intake, but severe cases, especially those associated with strenuous exercise, raise the risk of kidney failure and require intravenous fluids in an emergency room. So this summer, while you slather on the sunscreen, also try to keep your kidney health in mind. Of course, if you think you may have a problem, nephrologists, trained to diagnose and treat kidney disease, blood pressure, and electrolyte disorders, are here to help you.

Prolonged dehydration can cause kidney damage, so thirst should never be ignored. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

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‘WHITHER THE VILLAGE?’

BY JADEN SATENSTEIN

Greenwich Village has long been celebrated as a hub of New York City arts, culture and activism. Home to the Stonewall Inn, the neighborhood has played a large role in the fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ people. It is also the place where many musicians, writers and other artists got their start, going on to revolutionize the New York City arts scene. Many residents now fear that the neighborhood has changed. No longer affordable for the struggling bohemians and starving artists that once made it famous, the Village has seen an influx of highrise developments and a decrease in small businesses. This transformation poses the question: How can the Village maintain its original magic as it continues to gentrify?

Alec Baldwin (center), with Andrew Berman and Donna Schaper: “Get the whining out of the way first.” Photo: Jaden Satenstein

Opening the Conversation Members of the Village community discussed just that during a panel called “Whither the Village?” at Judson Memorial Church on Thursday, June 20. Moderated by actor and Village resident Alec Baldwin, the panel featured Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Andrew Berman, Dean of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Allyson Green and Judson Memorial Church Senior Minister Donna Schaper. Baldwin is a strong supporter of Judson Memorial Church, a beloved institution due to its mission of community outreach and progressivism. “Judson, long before even Stonewall, was the home for many, many gay people,” Schaper said to Our Town Downtown before the event. “The congregation is mostly gay, increasingly trans ... Our theology and our practice really says, ‘What’s the big deal how you express yourself sexually?’” Schaper said that the panel, which raised money for the church through its $20 ticket fee, was Baldwin’s idea. “It came about because Alec and I were becoming friends,” Schaper said. “I was approaching him about supporting Judson. And he said, you know, ‘I just want to hang out.’ So he’s been coming by and meeting everybody and I said, ‘What would you really love to do for us, because we need all the help we can get,’ and he said, ‘Why don’t I organize a panel? And let’s do something that’s kind of a thought piece about the Village

and where you all fit in and what’s going on.’”

The Cost of High Costs Baldwin began the discussion by telling the panelists to “Get the whining out of the way first” and express what they see as the challenges currently facing the area. “A lot of my younger friends, people who are younger than me, they talk about Manhattan like it’s Beverly Hills. ‘It’s all rich, old people in Manhattan,’” Baldwin said, “The needs of the real estate market, the needs of businesses as fueled by investment banking, the needs of municipal unions ... politicians to hold on to their power, both in City Hall and in Albany, these are the things that are the rarely unseen hand that

controls the life of New York.” Panelists echoed Balwin’s sentiments, noting how the high rents in the Village have caused many of its best community spaces to get pushed out, such as small bookstores and artist lofts.

Is NYU to Blame? One of the most controversial elements of the debate surrounding Village gentrification is the ever-expanding New York University campus, which many argue has caused the cost of the neighborhood to skyrocket and thus drive out lower to middle income residents. “The biggest problem is NYU, and the biggest asset is NYU,” Schaper said before the event. “NYU does bring cultural and racial diversity

“We can work in unison”: at the reception after the panel. Photo: Jaden Satenstein

that is wonderful. And they also bring a kind of economic upgrade. You know, they buy all the apartments, and so we don’t have the kind of economic diversity that we used to have. And whether that is crucial to being the avant-garde place that we have been is a good question. I wouldn’t know. But that’s going to be the question. And what, if anything, can NYU do about economic diversity at this late state in their lives?” Many longtime Village residents consider NYU to be, as Baldwin jokingly called it earlier in the panel, the “colossus” of the Village, especially since the University announced its 2031 expansion plan, which includes the $1.285 billion 181 Mercer Street Project. Green, who sat on NYU’s University Space Priorities Working Group when she joined the University faculty in 2012, expressed her belief that the University’s presence has actually protected the Village from even larger transformations. “When I was on that contentious committee, I was always reflecting upon the sense of the argument that the neighborhood would have somehow stayed the same if NYU had not been here,” Green said. “And it’s my personal feeling that it’s more likely that it would have been an enclave of high rise condos like Midtown and Central Park. I think about, actually, the value of what NYU has brought to staying in the neighborhood.”

JUNE 27-JULY 3,2019 Finding Solutions After identifying the positive and negative aspects of the Village’s recent challenges, panelists began to propose possible solutions. One hope for the neighborhood that all the panelists shared was for it to become more pedestrian-friendly, discussing the idea of closing University Place to cars. Berman noted that in order for the street closure to be successful, its intended use — whether it be for pedestrians, NYU, corporations or public programming — would have to be determined in advance. “Pedestrianizing more spaces ... is a good thing,” Berman said. “That said, as with any of this, the devil is in the details. Often times when these kinds of spaces are closed down they can sometimes end up getting kind of privatized.” Although the panelists identified the decline of small, local businesses as a large problem facing the neighborhood, Baldwin proposed a way to take advantage of the growing online shopping industry driving shops out of business: Turning former retail spaces into affordable housing. “The demand for this retail space is not going to come back because of the online community. Why don’t we start to make some of these buildings into affordable housing?” Baldwin said. “To me, the Village is about open-mindedness. I don’t want to say they’re more humane here than they are uptown, but they’re willing to be more understanding about these conditions, and therefore this is the place where we need to have more affordable housing built in the city.”

Continuing the Fight A reception in the church’s gym followed the panel, during which attendees expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to initiate a discussion on this topic. To lifelong Village resident Susan Meyer, the event was a great way to bring the community together and fight for the place they call home. “I was born in the Village, I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve never lived north of 14th street,” Meyer said. “And I’ve seen it change, I’ve seen it fall more and more into the hands of big developers who couldn’t care less about what the future of the Village is. So these kinds of forums where we put ideas ... together, where we can create many organizations, we can create various ways where we can work in unison, we might be able to, at least, elect people who will support us, and we don’t have that now.”


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FIVE NY1 ANCHORS ALLEGE AGE AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION MEDIA Lawsuit seeks damages and a return to roles women held before Charter Communications takeover of local news channel BY LARRY NEUMEISTER

Five anchorwomen at a New York City news channel sued their company Wednesday, saying they were marginalized and cast aside to make room for younger women and men. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit blamed Charter Communications and its 2016 takeover of the local news channel NY1, known as New York One, for altering the career trajectories of Roma Torre, Kristen Shaughnessy, Jeanine Ramirez, Vivian Lee and Amanda Farinacci. Maureen Huff, a Charter spokeswoman, said the Stamford, Connecticut-based company takes the allegations seriously but “as we complete our thorough review, we have not found any merit to them.” She said in emailed comments that all of the women are “still gainfully

The plaintiffs (clockwise from bottom left): Roma Torre, Jeanine Ramirez, Vivian Lee, Kristen Shaughnessy and Amanda Farinacci. Photo: Twitter/@UnseenWomenOnTV

employed and on air.” “NY1 is a respectful and fair workplace and we’re committed to providing a work environment in which all our employees are valued and

empowered,” Huff said. The gender and age bias lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and a return to the positions the women occupied before Charter took control.

According to the lawsuit, the women found their on-air time dramatically reduced, anchoring opportunities decreased, prime reporting opportunities taken away and promotional efforts eliminated. “Despite these tremendous efforts and their indisputable skill, NY1 has blatantly marginalized them and cast them aside in favor of younger women and men, in a transparent effort to reshape the appearance of the on-air talent,” the lawsuit said. “Sadly, it is hardly a novel occurrence that the media fails to showcase professional older women in on-air positions, instead favoring younger women and men,” it added. Huff objected to the claim that the employees have been marginalized, noting, for instance, that Torre still anchors “Live at Noon.” The lawsuit said Torre, 61, of Montclair, New Jersey, was the first on-air “talent” hired by NY1 when it launched in September 1992. “The show was built around Roma as the anchor, underscoring her importance and prominence at NY1,” she said. Huff also objected to claims NY1

was grooming replacements who match the plaintiffs’ appearances and ethnic backgrounds. “It’s simply not true,” Huff said. “We find it offensive that these five women and their lawyer tried to match women of similar ethnicities for shock value. It devalues the hard work of all of the women, demeans them, and implies that all that should matter is their appearance.” In a release, the five anchors said women on television “should accurately reflect women in society and be celebrated at every age, not treated like decoration that can be disposed and replaced with a newer version.” They said they are “fighting for ourselves and all other women who face this same struggle on a daily basis, and we hope to send a clear message to all news media across the country that this must change.” Shaughnessy, 50, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, has been at NY1 for 24 years; Ramirez, 49, of Brooklyn, for 23 years; Lee, 44, for 11 years and Farinacci, 40, of Staten Island, for 19 years.

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LIVING COLOR A gathering of artists, each with a distinct style, adds up to a radiant exploration of beauty BY MARY GREGORY

Sometimes, it’s more than enough for an exhibition to offer an extraordinarily beautiful moment. “Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” at the Whitney does just that as it radiates with color, line, and exuberance. There are plenty of “isms,” history, context, and voices to connect with, but the overall experience is one of exhilarating, ebullient beauty. Culled from the museum’s permanent collections and spaciously arranged, 18 works by 18 artists fill the top floor’s sunny galleries. Some have been at the museum for decades; some are new acquisitions. Some are by well known artists; some are by artists who deserve to be better known.

Frankenthaler the Pioneer Perhaps the best way to see the show is to stand in the center of each gallery and just turn in place. The spilling-overness of the colors permeates the spaces and touches the spirit. Then, there’s plenty of time to step up to each work, look carefully, read the label, and let it speak to you. Helen Frankenthaler’s 1966 “Orange Mood” has a magnetic charge that draws you from across the room. Frankenthaler, like Jackson Pollock, liberated paintings from the easel, laying canvas on the floor, and then pouring, pulling, puddling and painting with thinned, vibrant acrylics. Rich oceans of lapis create a channel for a rising swell of warm golden oranges. The “mood” was hers when it was made. Now it’s yours for reflection. Frankenthaler pioneered the use of poured stains and the genre of Color Field Painting, which resisted a central object, seeking instead to create

IF YOU GO WHAT: “Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street WHEN: Through August 31st Whitney.org (212) 570-3600 works that transcended the limits of the canvas. She influenced Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, both on view here. Noland’s 1967 “New Day” opens the show, and Louis’s rainbow ribboned “Gamma Delta,” from a few years later, faces “Orange Mood.”

An Early Feminist, and Debuts Miriam Shapiro’s lively geometric abstraction, “Jigsaw,” fits pieces of pure color into an almost-square format. An early feminist artist, her later pieces utilized fabrics, referencing quilts and other fiber arts generally thought of as women’s work. She described the colors in “Jigsaw” as “blinding and highkeyed, enough so as to optically distort the form.” Still, it’s not hard to see an abstract figure, a quilt block, and one of the colored wooden puzzles popular in those days in her bright star-shaped pattern. Stepping away from abstraction, Kay Walking Stick’s “April Contem-

plating May” is from 1972 (just a bit beyond the ‘60s) and it’s making its debut appearance at the museum. “It’s a picture of two women in a space defined by color. And they are in color ... I was trying to create space primarily through color,” she says in a video that accompanies the exhibition online. Another figurative work appearing for the first time at the Whitney is “Baby” a 1966 painting by Emma Amos. Supercharged hues in the background blend with dark blue glasses, a cornflower speckled dress and the brown skin of the central figure, turning the portrait to a kaleidoscopic image. The wall text notes that Amos once said, “Every time I think about color it’s a political statement.”

These works express some of the zeitgeist of the 1960s, with countercultural, political, social and technological undercurrents. While distinct voices sing, there’s a harmony with plenty of grace notes coming through. Optical illusion, psychedelic visions, civil rights, feminism, protest, challenge, abstraction,

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pushing boundaries, and seeking new visual vocabularies are part of the dynamic energy in the exhibition. “It’s kind of a gathering of different artists,” says curator David Breslin, adding “Color is really the animating factor.”

Undercurrents and Harmony Also making a political statement through color is Frank Bowling’s painting, “Dan Johnson’s Surprise.” Territories, mapping, whitewashing, borders and color are expressed through three floating outlines of South America on a fluid background edged with red, yellow and blue. The title refers to Daniel LaRue Johnson, a mid-century African American artist who studied in Paris, while the shifting, unfocused shapes hint at continents, borders and nations eradicated or altered by colonialism and the slave trade.

Emma Amos’ “Baby” from 1966 is a recent acquisition making its debut appearance in the Whitney’s “Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s.” Photo: Adel Gorgy


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TAN FRANCE ON LOVE, FASHION AND POLITICS BOOKS In a Union Square event for his new memoir, the “Queer Eye” star discussed navigating identity, celebrity and more BY OSCAR KIM BAUMAN

Hundreds of people assembled at the Union Square Barnes and Noble store on June 4 for a talk by and photoop with Tan France. France, a designer, and the fashion expert on Netflix’s rebooted “Queer Eye” series, was appearing to promote his memoir, “Naturally Tan,” which was released by St. Martin’s Press the following day. Prior to the event, the anticipation was palpable; the seating was packed over half an hour prior to the scheduled start of 7:00 p.m., and the crowd erupted into cheers as France walked out. He told the audience that the identity of his interviewer for the evening’s talk was a surprise. The crowd whooped, while France quickly clarified, “It’s not one of the

Tan France (left) and husband Rob France at the book talk. Photo: Oscar Kim Bauman

“Queer Eye” boys!” Instead, the interviewer was France’s husband, Rob France, whom the former identified as “the original France.” The latter was making his first public appearance since his husband’s sudden rise to fame last year. France explained how the book

came to be and said that he initially “didn’t think I had a book in me.” However, he remembered why his husband initially encouraged him to take his role on “Queer Eye” in the first place: to provide representation for people like him, as he put it, “brown, British and gay.” Through both “Queer Eye” and

his book, France said that he aims to foster “a real sense of connection with people,” even those “who may hate people like me,” and to hopefully change their views. “I talk to people who have strange views on people like me. I want them to see me and realize ‘maybe my ideas are misinformed,’ he explained. The talk turned to the topic which begins the book: France’s youth. The child of Pakistani immigrants, he was born and raised in Doncaster, a town in northern England. France explained that despite less accepting views within his family and society at large, he “always knew I was going to marry a man.” Despite this self-awareness, he made the choice to hide it from the world. Growing up in an overwhelmingly white town under the constant threat of racist violence, he “didn’t have room to worry about being beaten for being gay.” While France maintained that the overall tone of his memoir is light, the interview took a dark turn as he brought up his book’s chapter on the 9/11 attacks. When visiting the

United States since the attacks, “24 times,” he said, “I was detained by Customs for several hours, asked the same questions,” even as a teenager in the early 2000s. France emphasized that while honoring the memory of those killed on 9/11 is important, memory cannot be used to justify the racial profiling of all Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim people. “The people you’re afraid of are the same people we’re afraid of,” he said. Rather than being a potential terrorist, people like himself are also potential targets. Shifting topics, France then recounted the story of how he met his husband. France was on vacation in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he wanted to experience the city’s dating scene. Though he wasn’t looking for a long-term relationship, he realized his connection with the man who would be his husband on their second date. At the end of his talk, France told the audience to “brace yourself” for the upcoming return of “Queer Eye,” which was filmed in Japan.

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DAVID FRANCE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 so much of the political activity that happened in the movement.” As France sees it, there were two major developments in the years after Stonewall (aka the 1970s). One was the creation of the “structural foundation” for the modern movement — the building of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) and the diversification of the political movement. “And the second thing,” he said, “was building a kind of culture of liberation, which isn’t the same thing as liberation, but it is a kind of a modeling of it ... What was happening was this experimentation with liberty. And that looked like parties, it looked like gatherings, it looked like dance clubs, it looked like a lot of sexual expression.” For all that, France notes, the 70s were hardly the glory days of LGBTQ life that some people might imagine. “There certainly were no laws protecting LGBTQ people in New York,” he said. “It was more likely than not that you would get fired from your job if anybody found out you were gay. And there was the rise of a reactionary anti-gay violence, which took hold immediately after 1969.”

Imagining Freedom France has spent years researching Marsha Johnson’s life and studying her impact on LGBTQ life. While she was one of the principals in building post-Stonewall political organizations, he said, “the role that she played, more than anything, was to imagine what freedom was like. Freedom from all constraint, freedom from prejudice and expectation. She found a kind of revolutionary joy in queer life, and exercised that in a very strategic and political way. ‘This is what it’s going to be like. We will not have to conform in any way whatsoever.’” The Stonewall Uprising kicked off what France describes as the largest migration of LGBTQ people the world has ever known. “Huge numbers of people, everybody who had a queer consciousness of any sort, got up and soon as they could and moved.” They created queer ghettoes in New York, San Francisco and cities around the world, France explained, and joined the great, gay experiment that was taking place.

AIDS Arrives “That’s why it was such a perfect environment for the arrival of a new retrovirus,” he said. “Very closed communities, all within certain geographical boundaries, all right on top of one another, all involved in the same exercise, which was radical sexual display. And boom.” It was almost exactly 12 years between Stonewall in June 1969 and the first public reports of AIDS cases, in early July 1981. The disease changed everything. “It just became so urgent that there was no room anymore for infighting,” said France. “And it drew people with more strategic thinking about politics into the movement. It expanded the size of the community tremendously, because it rendered the closets transparent, so people

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Chelsea News|Chelsea Clinton News chelseanewsny.com were no longer coming out, they were just out and there was nothing they could do about it. There were a lot people joining the anti-AIDS movement who had real organizing talent. And that’s when we started getting traction.” In France’s analysis, the crisis was driven by the more common disease of inhumanity. “The reason that AIDS went from a small cluster of infected individuals to a raging global pandemic was because nobody considered the people who were suffering from AIDS as having basic human rights,” he said. “So what the movement really did initially was to argue for and to establish the humanity of gay people. And it sounds so stark to say it like that, and almost unbelievable, but that’s exactly where we were.” Among the offenses he listed — hospitals were turning away sick people, doctors were saying in surveys that they would not touch an AIDS patient and the ant-gay violence of the 70s surged to new levels in the 80s.

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them nominated her in 2016 for “Project Runway Fashion Startup,” a one-season spinoff of the hit reality show, and everything changed. “The most terrifying leap was when I pitched the idea, and then past that, nothing else has seemed as scary,” Schreiber said. Her pitch to the show’s panel was successful, earning her the seed money to start FABSCRAP in September 2016.

Designer Daniel Silverstein is not part of the FABSCRAP staff, but jokes that he’s “FAB-adjacent.” Over the last decade, Silverstein has established a clothing design business built on scraps. “I started literally with my own scraps,” Silverstein said. “One day I made myself a shirt out of scraps and my business took off from there.” It’s fitting then that his company, Zero Waste Daniel, is the first featured designer pop-up shop in FABSCRAP’s new location. “Daniel is a great example of utilizing the small pieces to make something that’s totally wearable and usable,” Schreiber said. “What ‘reusable’ is is really just dependent on the person’s creativity.” “As a designer, sourcing materials is a huge job,” Silverstein said. The abundant, affordable and consistent supply, as well as diverse textures and colors, now available through FABSCRAP “eliminated a huge amount of headache and stress for me,” and has allowed Silverstein to expand his production. The ‘zero waste’ aspect of his designs is a great selling point. To stand out as a designer in a crowded field, “you have to have something original to say,” Silverstein said. “About 100 percent of the growth of my business and my brand has been organic because people are really genuinely interested and fascinated by this issue, and I think the same is really true of FABSCRAP.”

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A New Era, Born of Necessity Ultimately, the AIDS epidemic forced postStonewall gay communities to abandon the strategy of isolation that had helped them thrive in the 70s. “[Those years were] about building these ghettoes that were facsimiles of freedom and acceptance, and making them very rich and culturally outré and very productive for arts and thinking and writing. But it was all really about creating a separate space… a parallel universe. We just started doing everything for ourselves.” When AIDS hit, France said, they tried to do the same thing. They set up their own parallel pharmacists and buyers clubs, peer-review medical journals and drug-trial networks. “And it just became really obvious after a while that there was no way we could do this ourselves. And these walls around our ghetto that we had built so meticulously over the years, we had to start dismantling. And we had to go back to America and say ‘Look, we need those institutions that are supposed to be responding to these things to actually respond to these things.’”

Clues and Messages With the 50th anniversary of Stonewall just days away, France shared one final memory from his college days, when, he said, “I felt like I was the only gay person alive.” One day in the winter of 1979 he noticed that all the parking meters had little stickers on them, on the bottom of the post. “And I got down on my knees to read the writing, and each one was handwritten. They were notices about the national gay march, which had already taken place. And I point this out because that’s the way secrets were passed back then. People left little messages, they dropped clues. That’s the way you found life, and that’s the way you found your community. You really had to keep your eyes open for little symbols that would suggest that larger things were happening. “That was such a key moment for me, to try to picture somebody writing all those things and putting them there for me to find them. It kind of launched my journey to try to find the community and find the center of things, and that’s what brought me to New York.”

self-sustaining through service fees paid by the donor businesses, along with the proceeds from fabric resale. The organization also relies heavily on volunteer help to sort the loads of incoming fabric. In exchange for a three-hour shift, volunteers may choose five pounds of free fabric from the warehouse inventory or five yards from the more select retail stock. Fashion students in particular have been attracted to FABSCRAP, both as volunteers and customers. The fabric stock is “pretty high-quality stuff, but it’s low quantities. It’s affordable,” Schreiber said. FABSCRAP’s customers also include a diverse demographic of “emerging designers, home sewers, quilters, crafters, artists, a lot of people who just really care about the sustainable sourcing in their work or in their creations,” Schreiber said.

The rainbow dress was created by a member of the FABSCRAP staff. Photo: Diana Ducroz

Since then, the organization has salvaged over 350 thousand pounds of raw fabric otherwise destined for the landfill or incinerator, at a rate of 5,000 pounds each week. The material is housed and sorted in FABSCRAP’s warehouse at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Roughly sixty percent of the stock is then made available to the public for purchase at a bargain price or donated to other organizations. The remainder is shredded and recycled as insulation, carpet padding, moving blankets and mattress stuffing. Only a tiny fraction cannot be recycled and will end up in the landfill. Perhaps the most creative repurposing of the scraps is to fill punching bags at local boxing gyms, Schreiber said. FABSCRAP has grown faster than Schreiber anticipated, and now employs five full-time and two part-time staff. The organization is

FABSCRAP is evolving into more than just a textile recycling business. In coming months, the store plans to hold educational and social events at their new location where the public can learn about topics such as sustainability or hear local designers speak about their work. Down the road, Schreiber hopes to expand FABSCRAP’s business model to other cities that have a similar nexus of manufacturing, designers, makers, and shredding capacity. FABSCRAP’s active social media presence is further nurturing a budding community of makers who share ideas and information. It’s a place where people “can share what they’re doing and what their skill or their technique is,” Silverstein said. “As much as it is a place where I’m getting news about the business, I’m also getting linked to other people who are inspiring me.”


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‘THIS IS MY NEIGHBORHOOD’ The owner of Paola’s Restaurant talks about her history on the Upper East Side — and her plans to open a new family-friendly restaurant BY EMA SCHUMER

Paola Bottero, 73, is the eponymous owner of Paola’s Restaurant, the family-run, Italian restaurant located on 92nd Street and Madison Avenue. A native of Rome, Italy, Bottero immigrated to New York with her father in 1961. She has been serving authentic Italian food to Upper East Siders since 1983. Bottero runs the restaurant with her son, Stefano Marricino, who has been working at Paola’s since he was 16 years old. In July, Bottero and Marricino will open their second restaurant in Carnegie Hill at 1246 Madison Avenue, between 89th and 90th Streets. Bottero told Our Town about her first foray into the restaurant business, her experience serving Carnegie Hill patrons and her vision for Paola’s Osteria — the new restaurant that is slated to make its debut later this summer.

Where are you from and when did you come to the United States? I am from Rome, Italy. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old in 1961. My father was a violinist for the Metropolitan Opera and at that time I was the oldest of three

Paola’s in Carnegie Hill. Photo: Ema Schumer

children. We lived on the Upper West Side. I went to school at Long Island University and Hunter College. I wanted to be a teacher at that point.

Do you have a family? I married when I was 22 years old and I had two boys two years apart. One of them is in the business with me right now. The other is a cinematographer; he makes documentaries and movies.

How did you get into the restaurant business? My twin brothers came over to the United States when they were 18 and one of my two brothers opened a restaurant when he was 20 years old. It was very successful. It got two stars from The New York Times. I [decided] I want to be just like my brother. I wanted to have my own place some day.

When did you open your own restaurant? I opened Paola’s in 1983 on 85th between First and Second. I was there for 10 years and then I moved over to 84th between Second and Third for eight or nine years. The original Paola was a long and narrow storefront. I had no more than eight or ten tables. I had three round tables and then a bunch of little tables on the side. The entrance was nine feet wide and the kitchen was seven feet

wide. I would go to the fish market in the morning, I would get my fish; I would get my meat from local suppliers and then start butchering it; [I would] go home, take a nap, and then come back. My mother would look after my children. You know, they say when there’s a will there’s a way. Paul Newman lived in the neighborhood and he would come to my restaurant. People were so impressed.

What brought you to Carnegie Hill and what has your experience been like in the neighborhood? In 2009, the landlord [would] not renew my lease because he was making [the space] into offices. One of my customers, who used to come over with his son all of the time, told me he had a space on 92nd and Madison and would I be interested in taking it over. I got very very lucky. God was helping me I guess, if you believe in God. The best thing about having Paola’s in this neighborhood in the beginning was that my granddaughter was going to school at Nightingale-Bamford so I could meet her on a daily basis and have lunch with her or a cookie across the street. That was phenomenal. I bought an apartment on the Upper East Side on 91st between Park and Lex. Then the fact that I made friends with people in the neighborhood makes it even more friendly. Everyone is so very warm and love-

Paola Bottero (right) with her son, Stefano Marricino. Photo courtesy of Richard Cacciato/Blue Iceberg

ly and it makes my heart tingle because it’s like being in Europe. The friendship and comradeship that I have over here I didn’t have at any other place and I love it.

Why did you decide to expand Paola’s and what is your vision for Paola’s Osteria at 1246 Madison Avenue? We were given advice that the lease on the location that we’re in right now would probably not be renewed because [the Wales Hotel] has been sold. Since we only had two years left on the lease I figured I want to stay in the neighborhood because this is my neighborhood. We looked it over and [found] a space at 1246 Madison Avenue. Osteria is not a first-class restaurant; it’s more casual. Something we’ve learned is that we have a lot of families; I wanted them to be able to come in with their children and enjoy dinner and not be worried about making problems. We are going to be serving Italian pizza made from a pizza oven. If the kids want meatballs they’ll have meatballs. But there’s also going to be swordfish meatballs, eggplant meatballs and potato meatballs. We’re going to have a little more varied menu but similar in style to what we have at Paola’s Restaurant. It’s going to be more traditional Italian food [with a] very Roman influence because that’s where I’m from and that’s

what I remember. It will have Arancini, which are rice balls stuffed with mozzarella. It will have different types of fish, [including] swordfish done sicilian style and halibut. We’re going to have pork chops and a nice, beautiful steak. We hope to be able to be open definitely in the next month. Do you plan to retire? I’m 73. I’m not sure I will be able to work again like the way I used to work. My grandchildren are growing and they come to visit, so I will retire, but not entirely retire you know. I’m not behind the stove [but the restaurant] gives me something to do on a daily basis.

Do you have a favorite dish on the menu? My favorite dish right now is All’Amatriciana. It’s very simple, [made of only] bacon, tomato, and pecorino cheese. We try to keep things at minimal ingredients so you can actually taste the flavors. It’s very flavorful. This interview has been edited for space and clarity.

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