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Dee Gustay | Sep 12, 2001 06:46 PM

Just when I think I couldn't possibly cry again, a news story turns on another tear gusher. Just a few minutes ago, Channel 2 covered Atlantic Avenue and the threats that our Brooklyn Arab-American community has experienced. Atlantic Ave--closed to traffic for several blocks today to protect them. Charlie Sahadi, whose good cheer and service (not to mention provisions) many of us have enjoyed for years, was interviewed, in a seemingly empty store. A friend of his who worked in the World Trade Center remains missing. The owner of Damascus Bakery was on as well as "just plain folks" in the neighborhood.

Each of us must decide what we feel comfortable doing in the wake of what has happened in our city and I'm not posting to encourage folks to do anything they don't feel comfortable doing. But this chowhound is trekking to Atlantic Ave tomorrow. I'll go to Sahadi's, even though I did a run on Saturday. Also Damascus, even though I've still got part of my six-pack of sesame pita. I just wanted to be sure that other Brooklynites who feel the same way about the merchants and our neighbors on Atlantic Ave knew what was happening.

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