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The New Yorker has a piece with Lily Tomlin, whose promoting Season 2 of the Netflix show "Grace and Frankie."
In the late 1960s, Tomlin lived on Fifth Street between Second Avenue and the Bowery. For the interview, Tomlins stops by Gem Spa on Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place, where she recalled:
“I’d come to Gem Spa on the weekends and I would rail against the rock culture, because it was so misogynistic. I would fight my way in, and I’d shout out from behind the throngs. I’d say, ‘I need a box of business envelopes!’ ”
Later, she gives her $2 to Zoltar out front:
“Zoltar’s been around a long time,” she said. She fed in the bills, and the machine spat out a yellow ticket.
“Is that it?” Tomlin said, rapping on the glass. “What a rip!”
“For a small fee, Zoltar will give you a wealth of wisdom,” Zoltar said in a booming voice.
The fortune was read aloud: “A happy reunion with a loved one will make life all that you ever wanted it or dreamed it to be. You have a very trusting nature and are easily taken in by so-called friends.”
“My God in Heaven!” Tomlin said.