Now You See It, Now You Don't
Into the category of "some things never change" falls
the ever-present scourge of graffiti. What can be done about it?
There's no such thing as a permanent solution, but once a year Bill
Huxley solicits volunteers interested in making a dual contribution:
helping out the post office and making our neighborhood more attractive.
Every spring he and a group of volunteers paint over the graffiti
on some of the favorite targets of Turtle Bay's "artists":
the green storage mail boxes. The U.S. Postal Service is happy to
provide the paint if someone else provides the manpower.
Getting a group together to do the job is tricky, however. If Bill
calls the volunteers too far in advance, by the time the designated
day arrives it is often too wet, too hot - too wrong for painting.
And if he waits until the forecast is likely to be accurate (insert
your own time frame here!), then chances are that, in typical New
York style, many of the volunteers will already have their calendars
filled. Such was the case this year, which is how the project came
to be done over Memorial Day weekend. On what turned out to be a
perfect weather day for painting, an ambitious crew of volunteers
painted defaced boxes from 48th to 53rd Streets, from Lexington
to First Avenue.
The Doe Fund, which assists in various neighborhood clean-up projects,
did the same type of work on the standard blue mailboxes as well
as the traffic signal boxes located on the avenues, from First to
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