Tag: Arts & Culture


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Public Art in Marine Air Terminal

We previously posted a request for artists in Queens to apply for a residency program in the Marine Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. The positions we awarded, and have been operating since May 2. We thought we would post an article by the NY Times about this project! Landing Pages,...


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Help Paint a Mural at the Steinway Playground

**UPDATE** Due to poor weather conditions, the event has been cancelled on Monday and delayed until Tuesday per Brittany Baldwin. The New York City Parks Department is putting in a mural at Steinway Playground by Brittany Baldwin, a local Queens artist. Brittany wanted to offer a day for community...


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International Cultural Fest 2018

On Sunday, April 29th from 12 noon to 5 pm at the street fair on Steinway Street, between Broadway and 31st Avenue, enjoy music and dance from Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, West Africa and other cultures. Let’s all come together to celebrate the wonderful cultures from around the world!! More...


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International Cultural Fest 2018

International Cultural Fest 2018

Please join Central Astoria LDC for International Cultural Fest 2018  on Sunday, April 29th from 12 noon to 5 pm at the street fair on Steinway Street, between Broadway and 31st Avenue. Enjoy music and dance from Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, West Africa and other cultures. Let’s all come together...


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Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Historic St. George’s Church will be hosting an Open House on Saturday. May 5, from 11 am to 5pm. There will be tours of the church and cemetery. Come find out more about the history of the church whose connection with John Jacob Astor gave our neighborhood its name!...


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Noguchi Museum March News

Noguchi Museum March News

Noguchi Museum is a long-standing cultural institution in Old Astoria. We strongly support their programming, and would like to take this opportunity to forward to everyone their March News and events. They are a strong anchor for OANA’s efforts to create a Waterfront Arts District. Please support their fine...


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Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Astoria/LIC has historically been the center of movie and TC+V Film shoots in NYC. Studios such as Kauffman Astoria and Silvercup had lead to a renaissance in this industry in NYC. greatly adding to both the economic health and visibility of our neighborhood. As residents, however, we often have...


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Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Many ethnic cultures contribute to the diversity for which our community is justly famous, and now Central Astoria LDC is bringing us a fabulous Multicultural Celebration on Sunday March 18th from 12.30 to 5 pm. Enjoy performances by cultures from around the world The event is hosted by the...


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New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

The Big Ten Network, in celebration of this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden, will be refurbishing the surface and basketball hoops of the full court basketball court in Triborough B playground!!! It will also be painted with a large-scale mural by Mark Paul Deren (AKA MADSTEEZ), paying homage to...


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NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City has appointed a new director: Brett Littman, the current director of the Drawing Center. He will take over the job in May, succeeding Jenny Dixon, who retired after 15 years at the helm. The Noguchi Museum is an important component of the...


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Come Celebrate Epiphany with St. Georges

St. Georges Church invites you to come join them to celebrate the epiphany on Sunday, January 7th at 7pm.  St. Georges is located in Astoria on 14-02 27th Avenue.  The celebration will feature evening prayer in song, the eucharist,  and the procession of the three kings, followed by a...


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Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Attention artists! The deadline to apply for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) ArtHotel Residency program  is Monday January 8th at 5 pm. Emerging artists from all disciplines may apply; you must be 18 or over and must be a Queens resident. The QCA ArtHotel Residency program offers...


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Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

On Saturday January 21st from 11 am to 2 pm, please join the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their 5th Annual Potluck Brunch and Book Swap. Start your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter by bringing books to swap (in good condition) and bring a dish to share. This...


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A New Director for a Veteran Performing Arts Center

A New Director for a Veteran Performing Arts Center

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) has a large presence in the Astoria community.  Founded in 2001, it is APAC’s mission to the gift of high quality theater to Astoria, Queens and support its residents.  That is why they were happy to announce their new Executive Director, Jesse Machesse. Machesse...


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Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments

Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments

The Graffiti House project at 11-07 Welling Court in Astoria was among those honored at the recent Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Building Awards Gala.  Graffiti House received the Interior Design, mixed use, residential/commercial/industrial award and the Best Landscape Design award. The architect is Architects Studio and the builder...


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Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Chashama is a nonprofit organization that provides artists with affordable working space, living space, and presenting space throughout New York City. They reach out to local developers and solicitate primarily temporary space for artist workplaces. Historically as a neighborhood gentrifies, the artists that helped create the atmosphere that allows...


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Shakespeare Live in LIC

Shakespeare Live in LIC

What a treat for the holiday season: a staged dramatic reading of one of the Bard’s best-loved plays at the Long Island City Community Library on Monday December 4. William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will” is believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth...


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Footloose at Last

Footloose at Last

Our City Council, after many years of lobbying from those who have created New York City’s famous nightlife scene, has voted to repeal the Cabaret Law. This antiquated statute had long since ceased to be relevant. The bill passed by the City Council will require nightspots to ensure that...


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Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

It’s that time of the year when Socrates Sculpture Park sends out an open call  artists to submit proposals for the 2018 Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual residency program at this local treasure on the Astoria waterfront. EAF18 recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their...


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Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday November 15th, there will be a free film screening at the Noguchi Museum. The museum presents Membra Disjecta: Gonzalo Fonseca and the Heart of Stone, a new biographical film by Michael Gregory. The program begins at 6.30 pm and the film will be followed by a conversation...


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A New Production from APAC

A New Production from APAC

The crew at APAC (the Astoria Performing Arts Center) is rehearsing the world premiere production of Veil’d, a play by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, and the excitement about their new production is mounting! Veil’d tells the story of Dima, a 16-year old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by...


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Broadway Street Fair

On Sunday October 15th, join your neighbors from 11 am to 6 pm, stroll along Broadway and check out the many vendors and the activities for kids. More info.


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Open House New York

Every October hundreds of locations around the five boroughs offer behind-the-scenes tours to visitors. It’s called Open House New York Weekend, and this year it’s October 14 and 15. Learn More.


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Takin’ It To the Streets

Takin’ It To the Streets

It’s time for the Broadway Street Fair! On Sunday October 15th, join your neighbors from 11 am to 6 pm, stroll along Broadway and check out the many vendors and the activities for kids. The event runs the length of Broadway from Crescent St to Steinway St. and is...


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Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Every October hundreds of locations around the five boroughs offer behind-the-scenes tours to visitors. It’s called Open House New York Weekend, and this year it’s October 14 and 15. Some Open House New York tours require reservations, but three sites in Astoria are offering free tours for which no...


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Shore Fest Returns on September 16

Shore Fest Returns on September 16

On Saturday, September 16th, Astoria Park Alliance is once again hosting the ever-popular community event Shore Fest in the park.. The festivities will take place from 1 to 5 pm, on the Main Lawn adjacent to the Bocce Court off Shore Boulevard. Activities planned for this popular event will...


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Support Socrates Sculpture Park at Their Annual Benefit Gala

Support Socrates Sculpture Park at Their Annual Benefit Gala

Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting their Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The event will be hosted at Mark di Suvero’s waterfront studio in Long Island City, where guests can mingle on the pier or enjoy a boat excursion on the East River. A special limited edition by artist Roxy...


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The Muppets Take Astoria

The Muppets Take Astoria

Our neighborhood has been known for its association with the entertainment production world since the studio known today as Kaufman Astoria was opened by Adolph Zukor in 1920 and local fans hovered around the lots in the hopes of catching a glimpse of silent-screen stars like Rudolph Valentino and...


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Hollywood East River

John Turturro, the New York-born actor best known for his roles in The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, and the Transformers movies, will be at Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday August 16 to introduce the film “Romance & Cigarettes. More info


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Hollywood East River

Hollywood East River

John Turturro, the New York-born actor best known for his roles in The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, and the Transformers movies, will be at Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday August 16 to introduce the film “Romance & Cigarettes,” DNAInfo reports. The 2005 movie, which...


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August at the Noguchi Museum

It’s a busy month at the Noguchi Museum! On Friday August 4, it’s Free First Friday. Enjoy free admission and extended summer hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Stroll around the art, take a tour and sip evening drinks in the relaxing ambience of the sculpture garden! (Cash...


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Greek Movie Night at Socrates Sculpture Park on July 26

Greek Movie Night at Socrates Sculpture Park on July 26

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Wednesday Movie Night has a Greek theme on Wednesday July 26, when there will be a screening of the hilarious comedy Chevalier (Greece, 2016, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari). The event will be an homage to the long history of Greek American culture in our community,...


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July at the Noguchi Museum

July at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is getting July off to a good start with a Community Day on Sunday July 2nd. Admission is free all day, from 11 am to 6 pm. Families with kids aged from 2 to 11 can participate in Open Studio, a drop-in program that includes gallery...


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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Save the dates for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer: July 13, 20 and 27 and August 3, 10, 17, all at 7.30, bands TBA. The movies will take...


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Summer Solstice Party At Socrates Sculpture Park

Summer Solstice Party At Socrates Sculpture Park

Hard to believe that we are at the halfway point in the year, but on Wednesday June 21 it’s time to celebrate the longest day of the year at Socrates Sculpture Park from 5 pm to dusk. Performances on stage will include local breakdancers curated by Muta NYC and...


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Welling Court Mural Project 2017

The date has been announced for this year’s Welling Court Mural Project: it will be on Saturday June 10. Watch the artists at work on the day—many of them will be talking about their creative process as they work their magic. Click Here for more info.


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Central Astoria LDC’s Astoria Park Carnival

From June 7 to June 11, it’s the return of the highly popular Astoria Park Carnival, brought to the community by Central Astoria LDC. Thursday June 7 and 8 from 4 to 10 pm, Friday June 9 from 4 pm to 11.30 pm, Saturday June 10 from noon to midnight,...


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2017 Independence Celebration in Astoria Park

2017 Independence Celebration in Astoria Park

Once again Central Astoria LDC brings us the amazing Independence Celebration in Astoria Park! On Thursday June 29 at 7.30 pm, join friends and neighbors for a performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park, followed by the spectacular Grucci Fireworks. Hope to see...


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LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th

LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th

The Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA) is hosting an Arts Stroll on Saturday, June 17th. The stroll features guided tours of Socrates Sculpture Park, including the special exhibition Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again; and a history tour of The Noguchi Museum. The program begins at Socrates Sculpture Park at...


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Kaufman Arts Festival

Kaufman Arts Festival

On June 24th and 25th, the Kaufman Arts District will host the first Backlot Arts Festival and the Astoria Post reports that there will be film screenings, art exhibits, workshops, performance art, music, and more. Expect to see book crafting at The Astoria Book Shop; a pop-up gallery at...


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June at the Noguchi Museum

June at the Noguchi Museum

The Bang on a Can Music Series returns to the Noguchi Museum on Sunday, June 11, from 3 pm – 4 pm with Innov Gnawa. Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Weather permitting, the...


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Official Opening of Nari Ward G.O.A.T., again

Official Opening of Nari Ward G.O.A.T., again

On Saturday June 3 from 3 to 7 pm, celebrate Socrates Sculpture Park’s first exhibition devoted to a solo artist, Nari Ward G.O.A.T., again, at the official opening.. There will be a tour of the artworks with the Director of Exhibitions, music and spoken-word performances and a workshop presented...


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Central Astoria LDC’s Astoria Park Carnival

Central Astoria LDC’s Astoria Park Carnival

From June 7 to June 11, it’s the return of the highly popular Astoria Park Carnival, brought to the community by Central Astoria LDC. There will be games, rides, food vendors and fun for kids of all ages! The hours are: Wednesday and Thursday June 7 and 8 from...


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Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park

Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park

Last year’s popular First Thursdays jazz series returns to Socrates Sculpture Park. From 6.30 to 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month this summer, relax after work to the mellow sounds of jazz in the park at the summer events stage near the East River. This series...


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La La Land in Astoria Park

La La Land in Astoria Park

On Friday June 9 from 8 to 10.30 pm, join the Astoria Park Alliance for APA Presents Movies Under the Stars: La La Land. Thanks to the generous partnership of Benedict Realty Group, there will be free popcorn for all attendees and a blanket giveaway for the first 50....


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International Cultural Fest: A Stunning Success

International Cultural Fest: A Stunning Success

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s International Cultural Fest on April 23rd St was a big hit with the crowds who flocked to Steinway Street to join in the community celebration that presented the cultures of many nations. Amazing performances by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, Ballet Los...


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“Wildfest” at Socrates Sculpture Park

“Wildfest” at Socrates Sculpture Park

Born to be wild? Then head on over to Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday May 20 from 12 noon to 3 pm, for “Wildfest,” a new mini-festival that focuses on earth-based art and activities. There will be a Native American cultural presentation from the First Nations People of the...


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The Evolution Of Bollywood

On Saturday May 6, the Queens Library’s Astoria branch will host the Payalia Dance Company as they present a performance of Bollywood dance, discuss various styles of dance, and invite the audience to join in and learn some of the steps.


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Welling Court Mural Project 2017

Welling Court Mural Project 2017

The date has been announced for this year’s Welling Court Mural Project: it will be on Saturday June 10. Every year since 2010, artists have created site-specific works on the walls, gates and garage doors of the streets around Welling Court. Watch the artists at work on the day—many...


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An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot

An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot

In case you missed it, Nancy Ruhling, who contributes the popular “Astoria Characters’ series to the Huffington Post, featured OANA’s own Dominique Perrot, a strong supporter of OANA, back in February. In this profile, Dominique discusses growing up in Astoria, the influence of the library on 14th Street where...


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“Forgotten NY” Tour of Old Astoria Village

“Forgotten NY” Tour of Old Astoria Village

On Saturday June 17, join legendary tour company Forgotten NY for a tour of old Astoria Village. Hear about the founding of the village by Stephen Halsey as you walk along a route that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Meet at noon at “Astoria’s Flatiron Building,” the former...


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The Evolution Of Bollywood

The Evolution Of Bollywood

On Saturday May 6, the Queens Library’s Astoria branch will host the Payalia Dance Company as they present a performance of Bollywood dance, discuss various styles of dance, and invite the audience to join in and learn some of the steps. The event is from 3 to 4 pm...


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“Textured Sights” Event at QCA

“Textured Sights” Event at QCA

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm, LAB at QCA presents “Textured Sights,” paintings by Shenna Vaughn. During the event, a series of works of art in progress will be shared that consists of paintings depicting social and cultural differences rather than biological with regards to...


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Socrates Sculpture Park Plans for the Summer, and the Future

Socrates Sculpture Park Plans for the Summer, and the Future

At our March OANA meeting, we had an exciting presentation from John Hatfield, the Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park. Open to the public all year around, this Astoria gem that provides the neighborhood with amazing art as well as community events, free cultural programming and children’s educational workshops,...


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April Programs at the Noguchi Museum

April Programs at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday April 5, join the Noguchi Museum for the Poems About Sculpture program, from 7 to 8 pm followed by a reception, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, sculptor Murray Dewart who edited the Poems About Sculpture anthology, poet Rachel Hadas, and the Executive Director of the...


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2017 Queens Art Funding

2017 Queens Art Funding

Applications opened on July 1 for the 2017 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) funding cycle. Queens Council on the arts invites Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations who produce cultural programming in all arts discipline and who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to the 2017 QAF grant program. All...


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Art in Astoria: Summer 2016 Movies, Concerts, and More

Art in Astoria: Summer 2016 Movies, Concerts, and More

2016 Roundup of Summer Arts and Culture in Astoria This summer, Astoria residents and visitors to the neighborhood can enjoy outdoor movies, concerts, art exhibits, and performances almost every day of the week. Mondays: Bring a blanket and a picnic to Astoria Park’s great lawn for family-friendly flicks like...


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Welling Court Mural Project

Welling Court Mural Project

On June 11 the artists who participated in the Welling Court Mural Project chatted to local residents and discussed their art during a day-long event as 2016’s murals officially replaced last year’s. 140 colorful murals now decorate the walls and fences around Welling Court. Garrison Buxton was a guest...


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AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA

AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA

Local photographer Scott Young captured some shots of a television shoot in Old Astoria yesterday. Filming is underway on 18th Street for Feed the Beast, a new series premiering next month on AMC. The show is about two longtime friends who decide to open an upscale Greek restaurant in...


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