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Sheila & Manny's December party is the best event of the holiday season if not the year. Full of extravagantly interesting & gorgeously well-dressed people, from babies through the very old, it could only be a New York East Village do. They live in a house on St Marks Place they bought decades ago, with high ceilings and a million cool objects. They cook for a week—or weeks: cookies, latkes, homemade applesauce, tables of fish & meat & pasta dishes. What makes it so great is how happy they are to welcome & feed us. There's never a martyrish whiff of "what a lot of work this is, are you appreciating it enough." I don't know them very well (we fell to talking on the street one day is all) but I get as big a hug as anyone.
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