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Volume 1, No. 146  Nov. 29, 2014
Quote of the day:
"We have experienced the insolence of some of our inhabitants, when drunk, their quarrelling, fighting and hitting each other even on the Lords day of rest."  
        - Peter Stuyvesant commenting on the behavior of the inhabitants of Nieuw Amsterdam (now New York City), in the first ordinance he issued after becoming Director-General of the Dutch colony in 1647.

* Municipal Library puts Nieuw Amsterdam records online
* Bits & Bytes: Weisbrod says City will pay for schools and parks; Meredith Monk; 1WTC gets panned
* Downtown Bulletin Board: Hanukkah sale; Native Art Market; Tenant Town Hall; 9/11 health
* Community Board 1 meetings, week of Dec. 1
* Calendar

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Bowne & Co. Stationers at 211 Water St., is part of the South Street Seaport Museum. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is stocked with gifts for the holidays.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer) 


A view of New Amsterdam as it looked between 1650 and 1653. (From an original watercolor drawing on paper issued circa 1670, in the Royal Archives, The Hague.)

When Peter Stuyvesant arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam in 1647 as the newly appointed Director- General of New Netherland - a Dutch colony that stretched from what is now Maryland to southwestern Cape Cod - things, in his view were a mess. The Dutch had established their colony in 1624, headquartered at a settlement in what is now Lower Manhattan.

Stuyvesant immediately set about issuing ordinances to keep the unruly citizens in line. He said in his first proclamation, disseminated on May 31, 1647, that "we have experienced the insolence of some of our inhabitants, when drunk, their quarrelling, fighting and hitting each other even on the Lords day of rest."

In this, the earliest government record held by New York City's Municipal Archives, Stuyvesant banned the sale of alcohol on Sunday before 2 p.m. and every day after 8 p.m., and enforced strict penalties for drawing a knife or sword in anger.

This document and others from 17th-century New York City are now online at www.archives.NYC as the first installation in the City's Department of Records and Information Services' massive project of digitizing its enormous collection of New Amsterdam and Common Council minutes for the period from 1647 to 1834.
Tour guide Joyce Gold at Peter Minuit Plaza in Lower Manhattan, where there is a sculpted map of Nieuw Amsterdam. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
The collection includes the manuscripts of proceedings, resolutions, minutes, accounts, petitions, and correspondence from Dutch and English colonial governments and the English translations of the documents.

The Dutch-language manuscripts were first translated by E.B. O'Callaghan in the 1840s. Around 50 years later, between 1895 and 1898, Berthold Fernow resumed the task. Both O'Callaghan's handwritten and Fernow's typeset version are included on the website.

Stuyvesant's initial efforts to keep the boisterous colonists under control were not effective. On March 10, 1648, he complained that "our former orders issued against unreasonable and intemperate drinking at night and on the Sabbath of the Lord, to the shame and derision of ourselves and our nation, are not observed and obeyed...." He then issued an eight-point ordinance regulating drinking, noting that "one full fourth of the City of New Amsterdam has been turned into taverns." To try to put a lid on this, he required tavern owners to "engage in some other honest business" in addition to selling spirits.

He also turned his attention to other distressing issues. One of his ordinances said that the colonists were "placing pig pens and privies on the public roads and streets." This had to stop as did the scams in pricing bread (sold by weight) and the carelessness of the owners of pigs and goats, who let them climb on Fort Amsterdam's mud walls. In addition, he outlawed May Poles and shooting guns on New Year's Eve.

The Municipal Library, where these documents can be perused, opened around 100 years ago. At the time, it was one of many such libraries in cities around the country, founded to educate citizens and leaders of the community about their local governments. New York City's Municipal Library is one of the few still in existence.

The library's newly established website includes maps and illustrations of the early Dutch settlement and the City's first seal, which incorporates a beaver with Amsterdam icons and was created when New Amsterdam was incorporated in 1654. The site also shows how the Archives preserved the Dutch documents.

To see the website, click here.

The Municipal Library is just one part of the Department of Records and Information Services, whose mission is to preserve and provide public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government.

The Municipal Archives is custodian of 200,000 cubic feet of original documents, photographs, ledgers, maps, architectural renderings, manuscripts, and moving images. The Municipal Library makes available electronic and hard-copies of City reports and offers research space. The Municipal Records Management Division establishes and enforces the City's record management policies and operates record storage facilities.

The agency also operates a Visitor Center with exhibits drawn from the collections and a Grants Unit that helps mayoral agencies to obtain grants from the New York State Archives' Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.

Both the Municipal Library and the Visitors Center are located at 31 Chambers St., Room 112, and are open daily. For more information, click here.

- Terese Loeb Kreuzer


Bits & Bytes

Tribeca resident, Meredith Monk, performing at the annual Bang on a Can Marathon at Brookfield Place on June 22, 2014. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

"City to shoulder more public benefit costs,"
The Real Deal, 11/13/14. In a statement relevant to the current discussion over the future of the South Street Seaport, chairman of the City Planning Commission Carl Weisbrod was quoted in The Real Deal as saying, "The city will shoulder a higher share of costs associated with creating public benefits such as schools and parks, in order to encourage more developers to address the affordable housing crisis."

The Howard Hughes Corporation says that it needs to build a 494-foot-tall waterfront tower in the Seaport in order to pay for community amenities such as a middle school, the restoration of piers in the East River, a marina and affordable housing.

According to The Real Deal, "Under the Bill de Blasio administration, Weisbrod expects to see a reversal of several decades of public policy. Whereas in the past the city required developers to pay for parks, schools and public spaces in exchange for incentives such as upzoning, the city will now take on more of that burden. ... Weisbrod was speaking on a panel at the Massey Knakal Realty Services Multifamily Summit, held at the McGraw-Hill Building at 1221 Sixth Avenue .... Weisbrod leads City Planning, which is one of the key agencies responsible for the mayor's aggressive affordable housing plan." For the complete article, click here.

"Vision: 118 Fulton Street, 63-Story Financial District Residential Tower," YIMBY, 11/26/14. "The assemblage at 112-120 Fulton Street has undergone several changes over the past few years: first, the site was reduced to 112-118 Fulton after a 421-a snafu, and then, Lightstone Group sold the parcels to Carmel Partners for $171 million two months ago," says YIMBY.  "Vague renderings had been released for initial concepts, but now, YIMBY has a look at what we believe were Lightstone's most recent plans for the site, before selling to Carmel Partners. Gerner Kronick + Valcarcal designed the 60-odd story tower, which has a simple form, distinguished by a wave-like pattern running along the facade. We're not sure if Carmel Partners intends to follow through with this design, and no new building permits have been filed. Fulton Street is still relatively under-built, and with the Financial District's booming popularity for residential development, its true potential is only just becoming apparent. Anything approaching starchitecture would - at least for now - be unwarranted for the street, and something attractive but simple, like the GK+V plan, is to be expected." For the complete article, click here.

"A Home for the Headlines," New York Times, 11/28/14. "A structure that just missed the New York City landmarks preservation law of 1965 was the 1905 Times Tower at 42nd Street at Broadway," says Christopher Gray of The New York Times, who writes about New York City real estate in a historical context. Gray recalls that before The Times moved uptown, the paper was published in Lower Manhattan. "At one time most of the newspaper industry was clustered along Park Row, where The Times built its own skyscraper at No. 41 Park Row in 1889," he says. "But when the Ochs family bought the paper in the 1890s, they were open to new ideas, especially in 1900, when construction began on New York's first subway, its route turning at what was then called Longacre Square. In 1903 The Times's architects, Eidlitz & McKenzie, filed plans for a 24-story tower on the trapezoidal plot at the south end of the square, bounded by 42nd and 43rd Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue." For the complete article, click here.

"A Singular World That Won't Fade Away," New York Times, 11/28/14. "The traffic was light, the sky dark, the sidewalks mostly empty on a bitterly cold recent Sunday evening in TriBeCa," The New York Times recounts. "Looking down shadowy side streets, it was possible, for a moment or two at a time, to imagine being back in the forbidding, exhilarating downtown New York of the 1970s. The fantasy only deepened on arriving at the West Broadway building where the composer, vocalist, dancer, choreographer, director and filmmaker Meredith Monk has lived and worked since 1972. A star and survivor of that long-ago downtown scene, she marks the 50th anniversary of the start of her professional career this year, an ideal moment to honor her pathbreaking work, which has inspired artists as different as Merce Cunningham and Björk." For the complete article, click here.

"A Soaring Emblem of New York, and Its Upside-Down Priorities," New York Times, 11/29/14. "The observatory, with the wraparound, nosebleed views, is not finished. Almost half the office space isn't leased yet. But a baker's dozen years after Sept. 11, 1 World Trade Center is up and running," says Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times. He doesn't like what he sees. "Like the corporate campus and plaza it shares, 1 World Trade speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban priorities," he says. "It's what happens when a commercial developer is pretty much handed the keys to the castle. Tourists will soon flock to the top of the building, and tenants will fill it up. But a skyscraper doesn't just occupy its own plot of land. Even a tower with an outsize claim on the civic soul needs to be more than tall and shiny." For the complete article, click here.


Downtown bulletin board
he Pickman Museum Shop at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place in Battery Park City, sells dozens of kinds of menorahs for Hanukkah, which starts this year on Dec. 16. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Museum of Jewish Heritage Hanukkah sale: Through Dec. 31, the Pickman Museum Shop of the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 36 Battery Place is holding its annual Hanukkah sale. Museum members receive 25 percent off all purchases. The shop carries a wide variety of Judaica, jewelry, books, music, DVDs and toys for children. Proceeds support the museum's educational programs. For more information, click here.

Native Art Market: Once a year, the National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green sponsors an art market that brings some of the country's best Native American craftspeople to the museum to sell their wares. This year, the ticketed preview party is on Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to getting a chance to see (and buy) fine jewelry, ceramics, baskets, textiles, beadwork, masks, sculpture, and more before the crowds arrive the next day, those attending the preview party will hear a talk on Sustainability in Native Art & Design moderated by Lois Sherr Dubin, author of "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family," the excellent exhibit that recently opened at the museum. There will be food and drink at the preview, and an opportunity to tour the museum's galleries. Tickets are $45; $35 (museum members). To buy tickets, click here. The Native Art Market is open to the public on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. free of charge. For more information about the art market, including bios of the exhibitors and photographs of their work, click here.

Giving Tuesday: The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City is joining with an international charitable movement that has designated Dec. 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, as "Giving Tuesday." The museum will collect funds that day to support its Interfaith Living Museum project, which brings together 90 Muslim and Jewish fifth graders from across New York City to overcome prejudice by discovering what is both unique and shared in their cultures. Over a period of six months, they take trips to each other's schools and places of worship and create a heritage-themed mini-museum. On GivingTuesday, the Museum hopes to raise $8,000, to foster new friendships by treating the students to bowling, pizza, and other bonding activities, including a celebratory dinner for the students and their families. Those who are interested in joining the museum's GivingTuesday initiative can click here for more information. For a video about the program, click here.

Battery Park City Chamber meeting: The third meeting of the newly-formed "BPC Chamber" will be held on Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the floating clubhouse in the North Cove Marina.  Business owners in the Battery Park City area are invited to attend to meet each other and network.  RSVP to to receive direct invitations to future meetings.

Tenant Town Hall and Resource Fair:
Of the approximately three million housing units in New York City, around one million are currently subject to rent regulation laws, New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron told Community Board 1 at its full-board meeting on Nov. 20. With these laws set to expire next year and an inadequate supply of affordable housing in New York City, tenant issues have never been more pressing. The composition of the New York State Senate, controlled by Republicans in the aftermath of midterm elections, may make it more difficult than ever to renew and strengthen rent regulation laws in the city, Squadron said. In collaboration with other elected officials and with Community Boards 1, 2 and 3, Squadron is holding a Tenant Town Hall and Resource Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. to answer housing-related questions that were raised at his annual Community Convention. Place: PS 142, 100 Attorney St., Manhattan (between Delancey and Rivington Streets). Time: 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, call (212) 298-5565. 

Study under way of how 9/11 exposure affected childrens' health:
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer published this notice on her Facebook page: "We know that the 9/11 attacks affected the health of thousands of New Yorkers - but how has exposure impacted children who lived or went to school near Ground Zero? Dr. Leonardo Trasande, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Environmental Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, is conducting a federally funded clinical study to compare the health of those who lived near the World Trade Center site to those who did not. This study needs volunteers for both groups, so if your children (or those you know) are between the ages of 13-21 and live in New York City, please contact Jenny Lee, research coordinator, at (646) 501-9166."

Boot Camp fitness class in Battery Park City:
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's latest adult fitness program, Boot Camp, with instructor, Alan Courtenay, takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Boot Camp is a structured fitness class designed to help participants reach their fitness goals such as weight loss, toning or preparation for a full/half marathon. The classes are adaptable for all fitness levels and utilize a variety of equipment and training methods. The instructor strives to keep all workouts interactive, fun and exciting. Equipment used includes bands, rope, ladder, TRX, viper, and kettle-bells. Alan Courtenay is the CEO/Founder of NYC Boot Camps and recipient of the High Impact Trainer of the Year award. Register now! Tailor the schedule to your needs. With each package you can come to any session:
    *    $264 for a package of 12 classes  through Dec. 19
    *    $396 for a package of 18 classes through Dec. 19
There will be no classes on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28 and no refunds for missed classes. Place: 6 River Terrace. Time: 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. To register or to get more information, call (212) 267-9700 x363, or email

Stories & Songs: The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's popular program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers introduces and integrates musical performance into their lives. BPCPC's Stories & Songs is a 14-week program of participatory music and stories for young children accompanied by an adult. Through musical performances by a rotating roster of professional musicians, Stories & Songs develops active listening, socializing, and cultural literacy.

When: Tuesdays, Jan. 6 - April 7, 2015; Wednesdays, Jan. 7 - April 8, 2015

SESSIONS: Session 1: 9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. (6 months - 3.5 years)
Session 2: 10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. (13 months - 3.5 years)
Session 3: 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (13 months - 3.5 years)

Place: 6 River Terrace in Battery Park City. Cost: $335 for 14 sessions, siblings: $315.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, call (212) 267-9700 ext. 363, or email Payment can be made by check to BPCPC, or by Visa or Master Card. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy offers a 5% discount to siblings enrolled in Stories & Songs. For more information about the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, click here.


CB1's Battery Park City will consider a permit application for the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, which honors fireman Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11. The run starts in Brooklyn and ends in Battery Park City, raising money for charity. Around 35,000 people are expected to participate. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Community Board 1 meetings take place at 49-51 Chambers St., Room 709, starting at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All are welcome. Bring photo ID to enter the building.
Dec. 2: Battery Park City Committee
            Location: Battery Park City Library, 175 North End Ave. at 6 p.m.
* Tunnel to Towers Foundation street activity permit application for Vesey Street between West Street and North End Ave. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, 7 a.m. to noon - Resolution
* Manhattan by Sail - Update by Thomas Berton, president, regarding Pier A for Clipper City and North Cove Marina for Shearwater
* Battery Park City Authority - Update by Robin Forst, Vice President, External Relations
* BPC Parks Enforcement Patrol - Update by Captain Paige Lener
* Responses by NYC and NYS Departments of Transportation to CB1 letter regarding Liberty and West Street intersection - Discussion
* Pier A Visitors Center - Update by Anthony Notaro and George Calderaro
* Use of BPCA affordable housing funds in Lower Manhattan - Discussion
* CB1 Letter regarding ferry noise - Discussion regarding follow up

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 225 Liberty St., application for restaurant beer license for WFC Bagel Ventures LLC
* 225 Liberty St., sub-cellar space, application for renewal of warehouse liquor license for Fast Fish LLC d/b/a Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar (storage only)

Dec. 3: Financial District Committee
*  Shakespeare Downtown - Presentation by Billie Andersson, Executive Director of Shakespeare Downtown
* 70 Pine St., application for a liquor license for TBD - Resolution
* 4 New York Plaza, application for a liquor license for an entity to be formed by Yves Jadot - Resolution
* 1 World Trade Center, 45th floor, application for a liquor license for Legends OWO, LLC - Resolution

The following notices have been received for renewal, upgrade, or transfer of wine and beer or liquor licenses or sidewalk cafe permits:
* 20 Maiden Lane aka 51 Nassau Street, renewal application for restaurant liquor license for Maiden Hotel LLC/Holiday Inn Wall Street
* Governeur Lane South Pier 11, renewal application for vessel restaurant liquor license for Seastreak, LLC for all seven vessels
* 81 Pearl St., renewal application for restaurant liquor license for Becketts Restaurant

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: On Dec. 10 there will be a special meeting of Community Board 1's Landmarks Committee to discuss The Howard Hughes Corporation's activities in the South Street Seaport including its application for alterations to the landmarked Tin Building, landmarked Schermerhorn Row, Pier 17 and the East River Esplanade, demolition of the Link Building and construction of pavilions under the FDR Drive. Howard Hughes executives will make a presentation and the Landmarks Committee will possibly issue a resolution. Place: St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway. Time: 6 p.m.

CALENDAR: Week of Nov. 24
Ali Osborn and Gideon Finck of Bowne Printers with some of the posters that they have printed using Bowne's extensive collection of antique wood type. On Sunday, Nov. 30, there will be a poster-printing workshop at Bowne Printers, which is part of the South Street Seaport Museum. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Nov. 30: Learn how to print posters from wood type in this three-hour workshop at Bowne Printers on Water Street. Participants will collaborate on designing and printing a broadside poster from moveable wooden type, drawing from Bowne's collection of more than 100 fonts that can be used for this project. The first step will be to spell out bold words or phrases and then test print them on a hand-operated proofing press that dates from the 1890s. Next, the class will learn how to arrange and prepare their phrases for printing on Bowne's vintage Vandercook cylinder press. The final step will be to lock up the composition on the press bed and learn about inking, registration, proofing and make-ready. Everyone will get a chance to operate the press. Each student will go home with test prints and three copies of the group's poster. Place: Bowne Printers, 209 Water St. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $75; $60 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here.

: "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" opened on Nov. 14 and continues through Jan. 10, 2016. The exhibit includes more than 300 examples of beautifully crafted jewelery, most of it made by the Yazzie family, with some from the National Museum of the American Indian's collection. Through a video, photographs and a handsome catalog, the exhibit shows how the jewelry expresses Navajo cultural values and way of life inspired by a majestic landscape of buttes, mesas and desert. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.; closed December 25. Admission is free. 


Ongoing: The Skyscraper Museum presents "Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Movement," on view through Jan. 18, 2015. Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality, both economic and populist, any decade of its storied past. But 30 years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo - caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by New York City and New York State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity. Place: 39 Battery Place. Open, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $5; $2.50 (students and seniors). For more information, click here.  
Ongoing: "A Town Known as Auschwitz" is an exhibit of photographs at the Museum of Jewish Heritage tracing the history of a town called "Oswiecim" in what is now Poland, where Jews and non-Jews lived side by side for centuries. When German forces occupied the town in September 1939, they renamed it "Auschwitz" and established a concentration and death camp there. More than 1 million people died at Auschwitz, including 90 percent of the town's Jews. The museum is at 36 Battery Place. For information the exhibit, click here. For information on the museum's hours and admission fees, click here.
Ongoing: The South Street Seaport Museum's lightship Ambrose and its barque Peking welcome visitors Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pier 16 (on the East River at Fulton Street). The Ambrose, launched in 1908,  once guided large ships through the Ambrose Channel into New York harbor. Peking was launched in Hamburg, Germany in 1911, one of the last commercial sailing ships ever built. She was used to carry goods from Europe to South America and to return to Europe with nitrate. The museum's Visitors Services associates explain all of the fascinating details of the ships and their relevance to the history of New York as a port city. Cost: $12 (adults); $8 (students, 12-24 and seniors); $5 (children 2-11); under 2, free. To buy tickets, click here.

Ongoing: "Defining Lines: Maps from the 1700s and early 1800s" at the Fraunces Tavern
Museum. Twenty-seven maps provide a perspective on the evolving nation's place in history. A map from 1804, never before exhibited, shows the U.S. postal routes. Place: 54 Pearl St. Time: Noon to 5 p.m., daily. Admission fees: $7; $4 (seniors, students with ID, children, 6 to 8 years old. Children, 5 and under, free. Active military with ID, free. For more information, click here.
Ongoing: The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.

Ongoing: "Give Me Liberty," a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, is at the Fraunces Tavern Museum. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw utilizes images from the Museum's permanent collection, invoking imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums.
Through March 16, 2015. Place: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $7; $4 (seniors, students, children 6-8); free (children under 5 and active duty military). For more information, click here.

Register now: Sunday, Dec. 7 is the date for the next "Block Party" at Bowne Printers. In a three-hour workshop, resident printer Ali Osborn teaches the basics of carving and printing linoleum blocks. He begins by showing how to sketch out an idea and then transfer it to a linoleum block, where his students gauge away the backgrounds, leaving lines and desired dark places in high relief. Then Osborn brings out ink and rollers so that students can print their blocks by hand. The final step is to arrange everyone's work on the bed of Bowne's vintage Vandercook press and make a poster. Each student goes home with his or her own block, individual prints and one poster of the combined effort. All materials are supplied. There are a maximum of six people in each class. For ages 12 and up. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $50; $40 (South Street Seaport Museum members). To register, click here

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