••• “Do you know when the first phase of construction at Pier 26 will start this summer (and therefore stop the loud public events on the pier)?” asked Brian. A rep for the Hudson River Park Trust said work “will likely start by late summer, depending on successful bids and permits.” When I asked what other events at the pier residents could expect before then—because the one last weekend was loud—I was told: “There’s a 5K NYPD run at the end of May, AVP volleyball weekend of June 11, and a corporate party on July 11.” It seems hard to believe there won’t be more—HRPT could use the money it makes from renting out the pier—but even if there aren’t more events on the pier proper, City Vineyard could get rented out again (and again). P.S. After I wrote this up, the following appeared on the agenda of Community Board 1’s Quality of Life Committee agenda for May 17: “Special Events at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 – Discussion with Tom Lindon, Vice President of Marketing & Events, Hudson River Park Trust.” He’ll give a rundown of what’s still to come and/or he’s been taking to task for Oath’s loud event, pictured below.
••• “I was speaking with a postal worker last week who enlightened me about the mailboxes around here,” reports J. “At least once a week, I find my local mailbox not opening. I’ll walk a few blocks to the next closest one, and sometimes that one is clogged as well. I always thought it was due to a build-up of too much mail. But then last week a mailman open up a clogged mailbox for me. It was empty. Not even enough mail to cover the floor of the mailbox. Apparently, people try and shove packages in the mailbox, but the package gets wedged in the door and the mailbox won’t open. I thought it might be wise to mention this to the community.”
••• Friends of Duane Park commemorates Mother’s Day tomorrow (10 a.m. to noon) with “a celebration of spring, flowers, families, and music. Bring your family. We have plants to pot, apples, cider, and lots of your neighbors. When you are enjoying Mothers’ Day, take a look at (and buy!) our stylish new scrunchable shopping bags (made by Baggu, king of bags), with our brand-new logo. While you’re waiting for the city to screw up its nerve to ban plastic bags you can get a head start, and look chic too.” Also of note from the organization: “Our park has been chosen for Sing For Hope’s Piano Project, which supplies pianos to public schools after they have spent a month in a park, open for all to play during daylight hours in June. Brush up your Mozart.”
••• We can add Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to the list of businesses that don’t take cash.