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Like many newlyweds, I feel as though I have very few close friends. The wonderful intimacy of sharing every day's sorrows and joys with the same person, while simultaneously trying to get dinner on the table and not stab him with whatever sharp object might be at hand, tends to crowd a lot of things out. (Plus, to be fair, I am not that easy to live with, so I spend some time trying to dodge the sharp objects that are near at hand to him). Anyway, I have only three or four people with whom I am really close, so it is rare that I have to run to someone's side within minutes. Yet last week it happened: my great friend Duane got a new job downtown, and sent a "help, I don't know anybody here" e-mail. For those of you who don't live in New York, let me draw you a map: Downtown is where the city started, and in the 17th century it was a bustling port with a couple of busy taverns. The city grew north to Wall Street, and then further uptown still. Today, downtown from the tip of the island ...