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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 1943, file photo, people walk down on a street in New York's Garment District between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.  Hundreds of thousands of garment workers once toiled in the sweaty, elbow-to-elbow workshops of midtown Manhattan before the whirring of sewing machines was mostly silenced by foreign competition. But a group of New Yorkers - manufacturers, landlords, designers, politicians - want to preserve some of the bustling sewing scene by zoning the neighborhood for at least 300,000 square feet of garment workshops now serving higher-end designers. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 1943, file photo, people walk down on a street in New York's Garment District between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Hundreds of thousands of garment workers once toiled in the sweaty, elbow-to-elbow workshops of midtown Manhattan before the whirring of sewing machines was mostly silenced by foreign competition. But a group of New Yorkers - manufacturers, landlords, designers, politicians - want to preserve some of the bustling sewing scene by zoning the neighborhood for at least 300,000 square feet of garment workshops now serving higher-end designers. (AP Photo/File)

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