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Face Masks Available!

Carl Wilson from Speaker Corey Johnson's office dropped off several dozen cloth and surgical-style face masks. (The cloth masks wrap around the ears.) If you need a few or know someone on the block who does, let Christine know at I'll drop them off at your building. Preference to those who are 50+, have underlying medical conditions or difficulty getting around. 
A Tree Grows at 321 West 55th!!
There's a new honey locust tree in front of 321 West 55th. Many thanks to Tom W. who purchased it from a nursery on Long Island, brought it back to the City and planted it. Thanks also to  Emily in Assembly Member LInda Rosenthal's office, who worked hard to get our block bumped up on the Park's Department three-year-long wait list for a new tree. So glad Tom was able to take action. 
A Crossword Star is Born!

Check out tomorrow's NY Times crossword puzzle. That's May 20, 2020. The puzzle was constructed by our very own Susan M. and her crossword puzzling class at JASA. The names of the instructors will be in the official credit. Congratulations, Susan!

Weekly Zoom Chat

Wednesdays at 3:30 PM. We are hosting weekly Zoom chats every Wednesday at 3:30 PM. This is a great way to catch up on news from the Block. We have also had representatives from several elected officials' offices stop by to visit. They have helped folks with a wide range of issues, from filing for unemployment to giving us the latest on absentee ballots. 

You need to register in advance for the meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DIY Planting

Please consider planting the tree beds in front of your building. They're good for the environment and help brighten everyone's mood. Here Lisa P., Christine G. and Chester plant several coleus in front of 345 W55. They were $5 a pot at the Farmers' Market on 66th, opposite Lincoln Center. 
Claim Your Voice: Absentee Ballots for June 23 Primary 
The New York State primary is being held on June 23, 2020. We will be voting on candidates for President, House of Representatives and State Senator. You can get more information and register for an absentee ballot online by clicking on this Board of Election's link. Then click on the line that says "Online - Click here." 

Be sure to put "temporary illness" (concern about catching Covid-19 in large crowds) as your reason for requesting a ballot. Applying online takes less than 60 seconds. (I should know. I did it myself.) You can have your ballot forwarded to a temporary address if you are outside NYC. 

Ballots are going to be mailed out in a couple of waves after May 25. But you have until June 16 to apply online. After you receive your ballot, it must be mailed back with a postmark no later than June 22. 

There will be both in-person and early voting. However, I was on a Zoom call Tuesday night at which an elected official said there were going to be ONLY 4 early polling sites in Manhattan and that John Jay College WOULD NOT be one of them. 

Bottom line: Apply for an absentee ballot now and mail your ballot in early!!
--Christine G.
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