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Almost all the German cafes, restaurants, and beer halls in Yorkville are closed.  Cafe Geiger. Rheinland Restaurant.  Bavarian Inn and Bar.  Cafe Hindenberg.  Foresters Restaurant.  Maxl’s.  Bremen House.  Cafe Wieneke.  Once thriving businesses, now a memory.

But one German restaurant perseveres  — Heidelberg Restaurant.  It’s been in the same location for more than a century: 1648 2nd Avenue at 85th Street.

Not a hair out of place.  Not a button undone.  Not a shoelace untied.  A hat securely in place.  Pristine white gloves.  Pressed slacks. The Knickerbocker Greys.

This may not describe most boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16, but when it comes to the Knickerbocker Greys Cadet Corps, that’s how it is. And they’ll be marching Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Armory.

Police at the 19th Precinct are hot on the trail of criminals who go “mail fishing.” What is mail fishing?  It’s a crime where bad people steal mail from those blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes in search of checks. The malefactors “wash” the ink off the checks, except for the check writer’s signature. They then write in their own “pay to” names and often amounts, and cash the checks.

Edith Roth had wanted the intersection of Park Avenue and 57th Street renamed “Roth Corner” to honor the three generations of architects in her family whose designs, memorialized on this street corner, shaped so much of upper-class urbanism in New York. But other than a small plaque on the landmarked Ritz Tower, there is no civic tribute at 57th and Park to the architectural firm of Emery Roth and Sons, founded in 1902 by the then 32-year-old Hungarian Jewish immigrant.

Christmas means a lot to New Yorkers. It’s a herald of the year’s end, a time to see and eventually avoid your family, and the finish line for the perfect gift. But, Christmas has a way of revealing the extremes of New York City, as the well-to-do shop and the city’s most vulnerable linger by holiday storefronts. The image of haves and have-nots speaks to a long history of why we celebrate Christmas today, rife with class tension and the anxieties of old money New Yorkers.