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Holy Work In An Unholy City

New Yorkers who love New York pride themselves on inside information – the things they know about this city that few others have any idea about.

I think about that when I enter the code on the keypad to open the garage door at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel on the Upper West Side. I happen to know this place well. I’ve attended too many funerals of friends and family members, planned several too. The place I know best is the basement, several linoleum-tiled rooms adjacent to a carpeted showroom displaying Plaza’s full line of caskets, from the plainest pine box to the most ornate coffin of polished precious wood. Just down the hallway is the large refrigerated morgue, which I have been inside.

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