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A Perfect Day: Debbie Harry

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A Perfect Day: Debbie Harry

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THE BLONDIE FRONT WOMAN, BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Debbie Harry and downtown New York City are synonymous. The lead singer of Blondie has come a long way since her days performing for small, scrappy crowds at the legendary Bowery dive, CBGB. But the pop-rock diva is an inveterate New Yorker, as she makes clear on Blondie 's recent single "Mother," her salute to the '90s Meatpacking hotspot of the same name. "My favorite places in New York are always changing," the singer, 66, says. "It makes things interesting, but also depressing, in a way. You get fixated and enjoy certain things and then- oops!- they're gone." On the heels of the band's new album, Panic of Girls, Harry takes us on a stroll through her current standbys.

1. TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK: "I remember the park before it had all its fences and there was a small band shell there. Back then, it had a real homeless population and there were lots of political demonstrations. It's still the kind of place where you seem to bump into everyone you know whenever you go." 500 E. 9th St.

2. ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION: "The building has so much character. It seems so strong and so fragile. …

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