NEW YORK--Drug users will not be welcome under the Bryant Park tents.
Because of complaints about alleged drug use backstage at previous shows, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will make a concerted effort at the upcoming 7th on Sixth event, which begins Oct. 30, to crack down on any wrongdoing.
"The most important thing to me as a community board member and CFDA president who helped get us into Bryant Park is that there shouldn't be drugs in the park," said Stan Herman, president of the CFDA. "We won't be allowed back in the park if we bring in drugs in our shows."
Although a story in Monday's New York Post said undercover female narcotics officers would be on the lookout for drug use backstage, Herman said that was not true.
"There won't be any narcs, but we are going to be watching more closely to make sure no drug use is going on inside the tents," he said.
By "we," Herman was referring to 7th on Sixth's private security force, not all of whom will be in uniform.
Prior to its renovation in 1993, Bryant Park was known as a haven for drug dealers. Since it reopened, the drug dealers have not returned, Herman said.
Fern Mallis, executive director of the CFDA and 7th on Sixth, agreed that "as a landlord, we're going to take a position of not condoning drug use in the tents." Both Herman and Mallis said they have no proof that there was any drug use backstage, but admitted there have been some complaints about the use of various drugs, particularly by models.
"We have our own private security force, which works closely with the New York City police, and they are going to be paying close attention to the backstage area, since that's where the allegations are aimed," Mallis said.

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