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As 2006 draws to a close, time for an unphilosophical meditation on time.

· Aaron Faber, 666 5th [53rd] 212.586.8411
· Antiquarian Horologist, 1 Beekman St. [Park Row/Nassau] 212.587.3715
· Fanelli Antique Time Pieces, 790 Mad [66th/67th] 212.517.2300
· Fossner TimePieces Clock Shop, 1057 2nd [55th] 212.249.2600
· Time Pieces, 115 Greenwich Ave. [Jane/Horatio] 212.929.8011

For over 30 years, It's Easy has helped New Yorkers get passports, travel visas, birth certificates, and other important documents, without investing a lot of time.

You can use the iPing service to rouse you from your slumbers. Choose from among music, news stories, or a text message that you've previously typed, read back to you. Thirty calls a month is $4.95.

From 7am to 7pm, US Helicopter flies from the downtown Manhattan heliport to JFK (or the reverse), shaving that commute down to about ten minutes. Normally it's $159 one way, but until January 5th, there's a holiday fare of $99.

The Peaceful Progression Wake Up Clock is a somewhat ungainly-looking device, available at Hammacher Schlemmer, that coaxes you gently from the land of Nod back into our own. It does so in three ways: the clock begins to glow and brighten starting thirty minutes before your wakeup time. Second, it warms aromatherapy beads. Finally, it begins making soft sounds, such as songbirds, a stream, or ocean surf.

MoMA has a series on now through the end of April called "Out of Time: A Contemporary View." It's a multi-discipline exhibition, variations on the theme of time in painting, sculpture, photography, and film.

For the millennium, The New York Times Magazine held a competition to design a time capsule, which was won by Santiago Calatrava. Located now at the AMNH, it's designed to be opened in 3000. Its contents are detailed here.

We're in deep crush over the Giuliano Mazzuoli watch called the Manometro (pictured) that takes inspiration from a tire pressure gauge and turns that into a drop-dead timepiece. Priced accordingly at $2,800.

New Yorker Mitch Greenblatt's website Watchismo is where you can find an incredible collection of 50s-70s watches for sale. He's also started a blog called The Watchismo Times that features some of the coolest, most unusual clocks and watches you'll see anywhere.
Atlantic Yards
We're reprinting a letter that Kent Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society, has recently sent out:

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

Atlantic Yards is coming down to the wire. This Wednesday, the Public Authorities Control Board, the state agency that has the final say on the project, may bring the issue to a final vote.

While the Atlantic Yards site could benefit from development, the current plan is seriously flawed. Click here to view a slideshow about the plan.

If built as currently proposed, the project would overwhelm surrounding brownstone neighborhoods with enormous towers and create deadening superblocks in the heart of Brooklyn. It would generate 20,000 new vehicle trips everyday with no plan to avoid gridlock. Only 13% of the housing units would be affordable to average Brooklynites. And the plan has been generated with no significant input from New Yorkers.

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the nation's leading preservation organization, called Brooklyn's brownstone neighborhoods a "national treasure" and said that the impact of the project on them is "a national concern." Click here to learn more. And we recently learned that the project would contain illuminated advertising signs that would be up to 150 feet tall - to find out more, click here.

George Pataki is rushing to get the project approved before he leaves office at the end of this month. But most leading civic groups in the city — and the elected officials who represent the neighborhood — agree that the project should not be voted on until its financial details are disclosed and serious flaws have been corrected.

Your help on this is critical. We believe our next governor, Elliot Spitzer, will take a hard look at how to fix the plan. A final vote should be delayed until 2007 when his administration has had the opportunity to review the project's specifics and its financing. Join us today in calling for the delay.

Thank you,

Kent Barwick

What You Can Do
1. Call Assembly Speaker Silver's office in Albany at 518.455.3791. His vote is required for the plan to pass. Ask him respectfully to delay the vote until the project's flaws have been corrected.

2. Send a letter from the website by clicking here. If we hear from you by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, we'll make sure the decision-makers get your letter before their meeting.

3. Spread the word about by clicking here or by forwarding this e-mail to your friends and colleagues.

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