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Help Plant Flowers On June 2

It's been a rainy, cool spring, but summer is coming! 

The West 55th Street Block Association, in conjunction with Midtown Community Court, will be planting begonias on Saturday, June 2, starting at 10 AM. We'll meet in front of 345 W55. 

It's always lots of fun to get your hands dirty with your neighbors. We can provide gardening gloves or bring your own. We also have hand shovels, hand hoes and a couple of long-handle shovels. 

Plan to Attend July 4 Block Party

Back by popular demand! We're getting a permit to close off West 55th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues for a good old-fashioned, DIY Block Party. Stay tuned for details on how to help with grilling, face painting, Tarot card reading, chalk drawing and acoustic music (no loudspeakers). 

Police Warn of Mailbox Fishing Scam

Deputy Inspector Mark Iocco, the new Commanding Officer of Midtown North Precinct, informed us at a recent Council Meeting that there has been a spate of mailbox fishing going on in our neighborhood.

Thieves are stealing letters from the mailboxes at various street corners, using rat glue traps and other devices. The aim is to find some checks, wash the ink off them, and then cash them with fake names and large dollar amounts. 

The best way to avoid such fishing scams is to post letters with checks inside the post office. Or if you must use a mailbox, mail your letters before 2 PM so that they get picked up that day. 

Please do not leave your mail in mailboxes overnight or over the weekend.  That is when it is the most vulnerable.

The NYPD is working to catch these criminals, but until they do please be vigilant.

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