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Welcome to the main submission of this Project, if you have any questions or ideas, just let me know.


The Manhattan project was orginally founded to recrete New York City in some of its best decades. It was also a point of matter, modern kapitalism architecture, wich is just meant to be functional, isn't beauty as well. This project is meant to remember the last decades on earth when architects prefered visual arts (with a light influence of modernism, e.g. Art Déco) to design their buildings. When I started this project there was no 1:1 replica of the city in Minecraft and/or in other games, and in fact of that I was a real fan of this city and skyscrapers, I decided to do New York City. So I started this project.

A comparison, how the skyline have been changed:

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About New York City in the time:



Over the time I met guys, who are as interesten as me in the city, the time and all. These guys worked hard with me to get this maybe one day done. I'm the one who did the mathematically work and I also did all the facade replicas, while my mates assists me in that and helped me out with rest of the buildings.

This Project offers:
  • a 1:1 recreated street layout of Lower Manhattan in the 1930s!
  • over 400 unique, real existing buildings (a lot of them are demolished today)!
  • atmospheric details!
  • famous enterable interiors, such as lobbys, churches and more!
  • the possibillity to explore history by your-self!
In fact that this project is just an exterior replica, there are no general interiors such as lofts, offices and stores.

The Comparison to the real:

St. Pauls Chapel.
Woolworth Building.
Bownling Green Park & Broadway.
Wall Street & Trinity Church.
West Street & The Downtown Skyline.
undefined A Landbook overlay.

The whole map.
Dynmap: http://s.imperium1871.de:8123/




Newest Video


Old Map / Midtown Manhattan


Old Map installation tutorial


New Map / Lower Manhattan Showcase


New Map Commentary


Let's Build 70 Pine Street


You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBlackStar2play
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityBuilderJohn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBlackStarMFA
Minecraftforum: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1407513-new-york-city-1940%C2%B4s-replica-115/
Server: http://www.planetminecraft.com/server/the-official-black-star-server-new-york-city-1940s/
Live Map: http://map.blackstarmfaserver.net/
Overview: http://newyork.mineville.nu/#/-932/64/2310/-4/0/0
Chunky: http://chunky.llbit.se/index.php?title=Main_Page
Museum of the City of New York: http://collections.mcny.org/
New York City Public Library: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm
New York Geschichte / History Blog: http://nygeschichte.blogspot.de/
NYCity Map: http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/

Post Apocalyptic Version

Can be only explored on a friends server.
Anyway, a YouTube video is planned for the near future to give you a real experience of the apocalyptic version!


Old Map / Manhattan Midtown 1930s
It's allowed to use the OLD MAP as a server map or what ever you want to do with (with some exceptions, as seen in the next paragraph!), e.g. for youtube videos, showcases & blogposts, if you give CREDIT.

It's not allowed to upload / copy / steel the OLD MAP. It's also not allowed to use this map for commercial use! And the most important, it's not allowed to use this map or buildings from it as a base for own projects! e.g. adventure maps, survival maps, cities and so on. The map was made by the Imperium1871.de (TheBlackStar2play) community and it shouldn't be the base or a part of others projects!

It is possible to get special permission, if you kindly ask for via PM!

New Map / Lower Manhattan 1940s
It's allowed to use the NEW MAP as a server map or what ever you want to do with (with some exceptions, as seen in the next paragraph!), e.g. for youtube videos, showcases & blogposts, if you give CREDIT.

It's not allowed to upload / copy / steel the NEW MAP. It's also not allowed to use this map for commercial use! And the most important, it's not allowed to use this map or buildings from it as a base for own projects! e.g. adventure maps, survival maps, cities and so on. The map was made by the Imperium1871.de (TheBlackStar2play) community and it shouldn't be the base or a part of others projects!

It is possible to get special permission, if you kindly ask for via PM!

This map was built by C_B_John and his building team.


Old Map / Manhattan Midtown 1930s: Download!

New Map / Lower Manhattan 1940s: Download!

© COPYRIGHT: C_B_John / marvelfannumber1 / emmamjinen.

Other Interesting projects:

New York City Lower Manhattan (1:1) replica by DAGET (MAXBMX)
Main submission:


New York City Midtown (1:1) by efteltje

Main submission:

New York City Midtown (1:1) by ThrustXL

Main submission:


© COPYRIGHT: THE BLACK STAR MFA / C_B_John / marvelfannumber1 / emmamjinen.


Additional Notes

New York City 1:1 replicia in Minecraft by TheBlackStar2play is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

New York City 1:1 replicia in Minecraft von TheBlackStar2play steht unter einer Creative Commons Namensnennung-NichtKommerziell-KeineBearbeitung 3.0 Unported Lizenz.

New York City 1:1 replicia in Minecraft de TheBlackStar2play est mis à disposition selon les termes de la licence Creative Commons Attribution - Pas do��Utilisation Commerciale - Pas de Modification 3.0 non transposé.
Credit:by C_B_John, The Black Star Mfa & co, marvelfannumber1, emmamijnen COPYRIGHT: marvelfannumber1, emmamijnen, C_B_John, Theblackstar2play
Progress: 5% Complete

Note: Showing last 25 of 41 logs.

Building renovations and the Standard Oil Building. : 01/16/2016 2:58:09 pm1/16/16

Hey there!
Some news after a long period:
  • Fixed a lot of texture issues,
  • Reworked a lot of buildings to fit the new resource pack,
  • Started the Standard Oil building,
  • Built a couple smaller buildings.

Some News after a long Period. : 06/22/2015 8:08:46 am6/22/15

Hey there, I've tested quite a lot of textures and due that I've renovated a lot of buildings to give them a much more realistic and accurate look. (Some examples are shown in the 'About the Project' section.)
Major building are:
  • Woolworth Building,

  • 40 Wall Street,

  • Pulitzer Building,

  • Tribune Building,

  • the City Hall

  • and many minor buildings.

Nearly Two New Streetblocks. : 11/22/2014 1:22:46 pm11/22/14

Hello there!

Today there have been some more buildings finished, the biggest are listed below:
  • The Guaranty Trust & Co. Buildings.

  • 150 - 164 Broadway

  • 129 Broadway

  • Some renovations on the Amarican Trust & Co. building.


The Land Update. : 11/10/2014 10:54:54 am11/10/14

Hello there!

Today I've finished the whole land areas around Lower Manhattan with all its rivers and canals. The most important land structures are listed below:
  • Added the East River.

  • Added the Hudson River.

  • Added Liberty Island.

  • Added Ellis Island.

  • Added the Hudson Bay.

  • Added Midtown.

  • Added New Jersey.

  • Added Brooklyn.


New Broadway Buildings. : 11/05/2014 1:22:50 pm11/05/14

Hello there!

I've finished a lot of new building down the broadway. The main are listed below:
  • 42 Broadway

  • 50 Broadway

  • The Exchange Court

Maybe you'll get a next downloadable update near christmas or in early 2015.

Two new Streetblocks. : 10/30/2014 12:01:50 pm10/30/14

Hello there!

Two new Streetblocks have been finished, Ive also finished the roof of the Stock Exchange.
  • Finished the roof of the Stock Exchange.

  • Renovations on 40 Wall Street at the lobby-level.

  • Added the National City Bank.

  • Added the Wall and Hanover Building.

  • Added the Munson SS. Line Building

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The Financical Progress. : 10/26/2014 8:14:26 am10/26/14

Hello there!

There have been a lot of work done in the financical destrict so its time for a major update.
Progress list:
  • Added the Broad Street - / Wall Street - New York City Stock Exchange.

  • Done a lot of improvements on older facades, such as on Broadway, the Adams Express Building and much more.

  • Reworked the layout of the Trinity Church, it was set to its right status of 1936. 

  • Brooklin Bridge is almost 20% done!


The Apocalypse Edition. : 10/14/2014 8:06:33 am10/14/14

Hello there!

Today I can proudly say that I've finished a post apocalyptic version of the city. For farther information check the submissions main page.

The features are:
  • lovely and atmospheric details, such as abonded vehicles, destroyed buildings and vegetation spread all over the city.
  • collapsed buildings.
  • tracks of a millitary invasion.
  • a lot of secrets to discover!

Should the project go on? & Brooklyn Bridge! : 09/06/2014 6:47:19 am9/06/14

A question to the community after the long inactivity of this project.

Do you want me to build regulary farther on this project to get newer downloadable versions of the city?
Just let me know.

- C_B_John

EDIT: This Update log is not just senseless, I've also added Brooklyn Bridge yet after a long time of inactivity (it will be eventually included in the next major update). Some Progress Screens:


New Video & some updates near the heart of Manhattan. : 05/28/2014 9:26:01 pm5/28/14

New video is up!

I have also to say, that we've made a great progress near wall street. We have finished the street Block near the Equitable Insurance Building and are about 50% done with the one where the Stock Exchange is. Some nice Screens of the progress:


An important note! : 04/20/2014 6:01:42 am4/20/14

updated the use perms for BOTH maps!

It's allowed to use the OLD/NEW MAP as a server map or what ever you want to do with, e.g. for youtube videos, showcases & blogposts, if you give CREDIT. It's not allowed to upload / copy / steel the OLD/NEW MAP. It's also not allowed to use this map for commercial use!
And the most important, it's not allowed to use this map as a base for own projects!
e.g. adventure maps, survival maps and so on. The map is made by
TheBlackStar2play community and it shouldn't be the base of others

Very important note about the Terms of Use. : 02/20/2014 1:39:09 pm2/20/14

updated the use perms. please read them carefully and follow them!

Finally, the DOWNLOAD! : 01/11/2014 10:40:03 am1/11/14


That means that I've finished the download-version of this map. This version is not the full map, it is missing out 20 Exchange Place, 70 pine Street and almost all of the empty streetblocks. The Pulaski Skyway is also not included!

The download is coming in the near future! : 01/02/2014 10:34:21 am1/02/14

Download is coming the next days.

Get prepared to explore mighty Manhattan by yourself! I'm currently working on the download-version of the map wich will include about 50% of the city. To save some space I'll cut only the finished Streetblocks out.

Sad News. : 11/23/2013 9:27:23 am11/23/13


This Project is abonded. I dont have the time to lead the project further. If you want a release of it in 2014, let me know it in the comment section. If enought people wants a release, I will release the unfinished map on 1st January 2014. Until then there must be more than 100 people who really wants the map. Otherwise it wont worth for me to create a release map for a couple of people.

Yours, C_B_John

Some new random builds. : 09/23/2013 2:12:42 pm9/23/13

finally new screens! :)

Mighty Manhattan to explore by your-self! : 08/17/2013 11:49:36 am8/17/13

NYC 1940s 1:1 is now public on our server!

Everyone is welcome to see mighty Manhattan with his own eyes!

I recommend to have a look at the new Buildings near the Washington market and some major renovations on the elder masterpieces.

Post Office & Time Change. : 07/26/2013 10:55:05 am7/26/13

First of all: I've done some work on the Submission. You didnt wanted that to hear? alright, alright, There is one new major building, the City Hall Post Office! I rebuild it after we had removed it a few months ago. That also means that the time, in which the map is set, changes, the time changes from the 1940s to the 1930s. Lower Manhattan will be now a 1930s replica!

The tallest of Downtown! : 07/23/2013 12:29:55 pm7/23/13

I'm happy to say you, that marvelfannumber1 and me have finished the tallest building of Lower Manhattan, 70 Pine Street. I've also added a Video of the construction. It wasnt easy to do that Building because its right a bit in a angle.


Two new Skyscrapers and a lot of new townhouses! : 07/12/2013 9:39:08 am7/12/13

Yesterday we added 20 Exchange Place & 90 West Street. There are also many new townhouses near 90 West and I've also made a new diner! Btw. 20 Exchange Place is just HUGE!

20 Exchange Place:

The hardest work is done! : 07/09/2013 1:04:16 pm7/09/13

All streets are finally planned! Only the terrain of sector 2 is left. adding new buildings soon!

Sector Update. : 07/06/2013 9:37:39 pm7/06/13

sector #2 is about 50% planned

A Surprise! : 07/03/2013 9:37:16 am7/03/13

something is going on :) Check the dynmap to see what!

Hanover Square : 06/08/2013 7:56:58 am6/08/13

I can't wait for my new computer, so I lined Hanover Square out! But this wasn't really easy ;D


A major break. : 05/30/2013 12:38:31 pm5/30/13

building break until i got my new computer!

So far I've added some new townhouses near the Radio Row & the Hudson Terminal!

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2001 Map has been removed.
version ???!!1!!!
  • Carlton911
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 13, 2017, 7:53 am
Someone put a link to the terrain map plz
Awesome! Another diamond for you. May I use this as a base city on a small noncommercial multiplayer server? I want to surround the city with countryside in a larger map, so people can choose survival in the country or city, travel and trade with each other, etc. I would give full credit and links.
  • signcraft
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • September 1, 2017, 1:17 am
dead project
  • AngelMaker
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 4, 2017, 8:05 pm
does this have the dakota Apartments that John Lennon once lived in?
  • skie_lindsey
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • July 14, 2017, 11:26 am
The Link isn't working for me, also would you like assistance in the construction and design?
Mind if I use this for my RP server? I will give you full credit
  • hydrospoon6
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Fox
  • February 8, 2017, 12:40 am
are you still continuing with this project? ur dynmap hasnt been active for a while now too.
  • HWR04
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 17, 2017, 7:26 pm
This is amazing! 936th diamond to you
Is there a specific version that I have to use?
  • ALAN15154
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Robot
  • December 19, 2016, 1:54 pm
Dude, the Manhattan Project had nothing to do with recreating new york. It was founded as a program to build the world's first detonated nuclear bombs during world war II, people like most notably, Albert Einstein was part of the project. It was ended after US bombed japan and when the war was over. Still, really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work!!!
  • xStoney
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Network
  • November 24, 2016, 12:16 pm
I can tell you used the part of 2001 before happiness struck.
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • November 30, 2016, 7:52 am
No, its the other way. I know the author of the 2001 project. We often worked together and I gave him my street layout and buildings, because he had some difficulties with the angles and elevation of the streets. Thats why many buildings and the streets are the same.
  • babassy
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 29, 2016, 9:43 am
EYYY thats pretty good!
  • mfrohman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 19, 2016, 2:59 pm
All I can say is that this is a superb project. Truly breathtaking. I was just wondering how you were able to make the terrain of Manhattan and the surrounding areas. What program did you use to make the terrain?
I am curious about the same thing!
  • ChibiYuno
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • August 14, 2016, 5:34 am
Are there entrances to the buildings, and would there be anything inside?
  • babbajagga
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • May 30, 2016, 11:10 am
that is crazy :O
gj :)
Quick question about your city. I've been meaning to ask this ever since I downloaded it. How did you figure out the sides and backs of the buildings and how they look? Did you have to guess? I'm talking about the little 2 and 3 story buildings.
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • May 24, 2016, 2:29 pm
There are many pictures of the backyards in the digital collections of the library of NYC and others. But if they had not any pictures, I had to find a skyline photo to see the back sides. And if I could not find one - I had to guess.
Undoubtedly the greatest city in minecraft (at least in my book). Nobody has come close to what you have done. You truly are a giant of the game. I sure do appreciate the time and effort that was put into the making of this map. Bravo!
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • May 11, 2016, 12:22 pm
Thank you very much! May I ask which book you mean?

Btw. all this NYC replica stuff cost me almost 3 years^^
But it was a great time, I've learned a lot about the city and various building techniques!
Sorry to confuse you, when I said my book i just meant personally I believe it is the greatest city in minecraft. I thank you for those three years of work, because now we can all enjoy the map.
Working on my own 1940s era city replica, and when you see what city I am doing, you will probably laugh...

  • XDscoper420
  • Level 21
  • Expert Engineer
  • April 3, 2016, 3:43 am
Gigantic city. Almost unrealistic on how realistic it is. Wow.
dynmap been down for a while now?
is there a version that doesn't have you logo all over the ground It isn't very authentic with the logo and no ocean
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • February 17, 2016, 7:53 am
You can visit the original project on our server. s.imperium1871.de
Unfortunatley there is no version without the credits on the ground available because of map piracy.
  • DerNick
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • February 16, 2016, 8:12 pm
Immer diese deutschen und ihre Präzisionsarbeit xD
aber geiles Projekt 💪🏻
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • February 17, 2016, 7:53 am
Danke, Danke! :D
  • Dexzernq79
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • February 14, 2016, 5:18 am
Wait, this is only 5% done!??!   (O◊O) <-- why does that look like a bird...
  • Shimoto
  • Level 29
  • Expert Ninja
  • January 28, 2016, 4:58 am
Just came along an article on spiegel.de which did feature this project; that's quite cool :)
  • OuedMeliz01
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Architect
  • January 17, 2016, 1:11 am
Erinnert mich leicht an Mafia I und II, da freu ich mich auf die Fertigstellung :D
Und dann noch die Main Theme von Mafia II im Video.
  • Impalattan
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 16, 2016, 10:00 am
Diamond for God?
This is almost scary how realistic it is. Keep up the amazing work!
  • welt101
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 1, 2016, 3:33 am
ver ygood work :D
  • abcdefgih9
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Enderdragon
  • November 9, 2015, 8:31 am
this is unreal
  • xStoney
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Network
  • October 12, 2015, 9:26 am
You shoud try to build the old Yankee Stadium there. I beleive it opened in 1928.
looks awesome!
Will you make interiors?
are you going to include the chelsea piers?
Wow! Super cool build! Diamond to you!
  • Joeman 107
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 6, 2015, 5:32 pm
When it said "The manhattan project" i Thought it was referring to the nuclear bomb tests of 1942-1945 :D
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • August 7, 2015, 2:52 am
Have you not seen the date in the header? its 1936, a few years before the project. But the building where the Manhattan Project was developed is already built! :D
  • Vend
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • August 1, 2015, 1:58 am
When it comes the next update
"When it comes the next update" X2
  • Vend
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • August 1, 2015, 1:56 am
Wow is insane dude :)
  • jadedwolf424
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Archer
  • July 13, 2015, 5:44 pm
Not the Manhattan Project I (and many others) expected, but alright :3
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • June 30, 2015, 5:13 pm
Are you going to add the Manhattan elevated lines that still survived into 1940? (2nd, 3rd)
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 30, 2015, 10:32 pm
All of them (2nd, 3rd, 6th and 9th) should be there, I just had no time to build them yet. Btw. in the very beginning I had a try on the sixth avenue el, it was just a short part in the Church Street but somehow it have been lost over time (For sure it was not as detailed as I would build today!).
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • July 31, 2015, 9:57 pm
Ah, if you ever get the time, there is a site (not nycsubway.org) that has documented almost the entire Manhattan el system, including stations, which would be handy for your project!
"In every shadow there is light.

In every tear, a smile.

In death I know there still is life

that lingers for a while....."
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 21, 2015, 10:16 pm
Are you alright mate?
I was just being poetic
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 22, 2015, 7:07 am
Alright, how are you doing btw. do you have any huge projects running?
We should prolly switch to PMs
I thought this looked familiar; a couple of months ago while in my university's library, a bloke at the next table over had his minecraft window side by side with ms word, he was obviously using this as part of an group assignment as he wouldn't shut up or turn down the volume of his voice. He was enthusiastically telling his group how hard he worked his arse off on this city of "his" own creation and ingenuity, and how it was totally going to give him a high distinction. What subject this assignment was for I don't know, but he was blatantly claiming this as his own.
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • June 11, 2015, 1:37 am
Its always dissaponting to hear that others are claiming work of others, to be their own...

Well, may you should ask him some questions about NYC history if you met him next time, I could answer them almost all and I am sure he won't be able to do so, that would be a shame for him.
It would put some things into questionability for him by asking him some questions, but I have a built in survival instinct that tells me not to do so when the person you question is tall and appears to be sporting an ego that is 4 AU's in size. At least you know that someone is claimnig your work as their own
  • _Mighty_
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Miner
  • May 17, 2015, 1:50 pm
I'm sorry, but uh... the Manhattan Project refers to the development of the first atom bomb....
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • May 18, 2015, 10:08 am
Well, that might be true. Anyway, the skyscraper where the Manhattan Project have been developed is already built in this replica!
  • BenGrimm974
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dolphin
  • April 30, 2015, 1:45 am
Totally Crazy, totaly MINECRAFT .
  • Lopsin
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 15, 2015, 3:17 pm
Oh and I could help you out since I live in Manhattan. I'm probably not a good enough builder to build a building all by myself, but I could look over what you have and see if it looks good.
  • Lopsin
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 15, 2015, 3:14 pm
Are you building all of Manhattan? Because I'd love to see my house :D
  • jrose127
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • April 11, 2015, 2:14 am
crap this is epic i didnt think anyone could build something like this
can you update the project
  • CraftyFoxe
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Fox
  • March 19, 2015, 11:26 pm
You probably know the Manhattan Project was the name of an atomic bomb research program
  • LoicRock
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 8, 2015, 2:24 pm
Hi ! Ilove your project ! Can you give me the name of the software you use for make the map at scale 1:1. I want to make a similar project with another city. Thank you ! ;)
  • C_B_John
  • Level 78
  • Legendary Architect
  • March 10, 2015, 6:49 am
I've not used any kind of additional software, this is a Minecraft hand-made project. Get some maps and calculate all the angles and elevations by yourself. Thats the only way if you don't want to code a program by yourself. And dont forget that you'll also need the data for a program such as elevation maps etc. Good luck anyway!
  • bananamaker
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Blacksmith
  • March 7, 2015, 11:11 am
lol The Manhattan Project was the secret project in WW2 to creat the first nuclear bomb for the U.S.
  • Vend
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • March 6, 2015, 7:25 am
Chek my world Minewood (DOWNLOAD V1.1)
  • _D1V1NE_
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Architect
  • February 9, 2015, 10:11 am
The map isn`t working i put the file inside the .rar file into saves and nothing happened!
  • _D1V1NE_
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Architect
  • February 9, 2015, 10:10 am
Could I use your map for a machinima i wikk give you all the credit at the start and a link to get the map!

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