I consider myself incredibly lucky to have family in the city.  Though Columbia University is not the closest place to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, it’s a lot closer than Chicago or even Connecticut.  Being close to family, especially around the holidays, makes me very happy.  My niece Eleanor had her first Christmas Concert at her school on Monday night.  She’s 3 (and a half) which she will proudly tell you.  The concert was just like the commercials….