Easter egg hunt in Stuyvesant Town

Due to an April shower on Saturday, the traditional Easter activities for children in Stuyvesant Town, an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny, were postponed by a day. However, children and their families still turned up en masse on Easter Sunday and an egg-citing time seemed to be had by all. (Photos by Steven Noveck)

By Stephen Noveck

Despite a rain-related delay of one day, the annual Stuyvesant Town Easter egg hunt had a massive turnout for children of all age groups on Sunday.

Countless pastel colored eggs were laid out for the taking in the middle of Playground 10, and the Easter Bunny also showed, drawing a long line for pictures at the end of the age 2-4 egg hunt. Each group took about two minutes to clear out the playground of eggs, which were quickly delved into for the treats inside. Stuy Town was recycling the egg shells and it didn’t take long for the bag to fill up.

A seven-year-old named Camila won the grand prize of a $25 gift card to the Ibiza Kids toy store on 1st Avenue in the age 5-8 group. Hundreds of children participated.

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Police presence increased at local churches after Easter Sri Lanka bombing

Calvary Church in Gramercy

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The NYPD announced heightened security measures at houses of worship throughout the city over the Easter weekend in light of bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka over the holiday and while some local churches noticed an increase in officers during the weekend, parishioners mainly celebrated the holidays in good spirits.

“I don’t think people knew why (the officers) were there and no one expressed any concern, but we did pray for the people of Sri Lanka during the mass,” said Father Jim Mayzik of Epiphany Church, noting that officers stood outside the church on the plaza during the services. “It was a nice day and we had a giant number of people come to celebrate the holiday.”

Karin Rosner, a spokesperson for Calvary-St. George’s, said that she had actually requested the presence of auxiliary officers during the church’s Palm Sunday Procession in Gramercy and the Maundy Thursday Procession from Stuyvesant Square up to Gramercy with the violence in Pittsburgh in mind, but there was also a noticeable police presence at Calvary on Easter Sunday, with at least two officers at the church for the 11 a.m. service.

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Easter egg hunt gets an early start in Stuyvesant Town

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The snow held off for Easter Sunday but the enthusiasm of young Stuy Town and Peter Cooper residents couldn’t be contained during the egg hunt on the Oval, prompting management to send out an apology Monday morning because the hunt started earlier than scheduled, causing some families to miss out.

Moms on a local Facebook group complained they arrived to the hunt on time and were disappointed to learn that it was already over.

The email included an apology from general manager Rick Hayduk, who noted that management attempted to avoid this very problem by segmenting the hunt into specific age groups but a miscommunication resulted in the older kids starting the hunt before the scheduled time.

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Easter in Stuyvesant Town

Crafts table (Photos by Maya Rader)

By Maya Rader

On Easter Sunday, children and their families celebrated in Stuy Town with an egg hunt, potato sack races and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The annual event also included arts & crafts tables, two bouncy houses and gigantic foam building blocks to play with. The egg hunt started at 12:15 and ended pretty soon after that with no egg left behind. According to management’s figures, around 2,500 people stopped by throughout the duration of the event.

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Families flock to Stuy Town’s Easter egg hunt

Stuyvesant Town’s annual egg hunt and other Easter activities took place on Sunday. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Stuyvesant Town’s annual egg hunt and other Easter activities took place on Sunday. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Although the weather started out gloomy, the sun made its way out from behind the clouds to make for a pleasant day on the Oval for families celebrating Easter last weekend. The main attraction on Sunday was the Easter egg hunt starting promptly at noon, and although the Oval was split into two sections to prevent the older kids from swooping in and taking all the treats from the little ones, the event’s 4,000 eggs were still gone from both sides in a matter of minutes. A second hunt was planned at Playground 10 for any the kids who missed the earlier one. The event also included a bouncy house, crafts, a prize wheel, face painting and balloon animals.

Yosi of kid’s group Yosi and the Superdads put on a show right before the final egg hunt and four-year-old Matilda Magaldi enjoyed dancing along to the music.

“She’s like this every year, so enthusiastic,” said her mother Jessica, whose sister lives in Stuyvesant Town and who they’ve visited for the past three years for the holiday. “We already saw the Easter bunny. She wasn’t scared this time.”

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Letters to the Editor, Apr. 16

Apr16 Toon Hillary gray

Critical letter writers shouldn’t hide

Re: Letter, “Rude behavior should not be expected” by an author whose name was withheld, T&V, Apr. 9, which was written in response to a letter by Billy Sternberg, “What tenants can realistically expect,” T&V, Mar. 19. This was one of several letters that ran recently on the topic of disruptive, noisy neighbors.

“Hey, Billy, I don’t know if you’ve seen it but someone took a cheap shot at you in the Town & Village.”

“Yeah,” I shot back, “and they didn’t have the courage of their convictions to sign it.”

“That’s right,” my neighbor recalled with a look of surprise, “they were withheld names from Peter Cooper Village.”

A week earlier, ironically, another neighbor stopped me to ask, “Was that your letter in the Town & Village?” When I confirmed that it was, she said, “Thank you. Keep writing.”

More ironic, since the topic of the many letters to T&V was noisy neighbors, my neighbor who alerted me to the anonymous letter is the world’s quietest, and, he lives in the apartment above the woman who wants me to write more frequently. She’s elderly and frail. Neither of them can endure our area’s Saturday night revelry. You call security when you want to call. I’ll call them when I want to call. Disability exemptions; senior exemptions, rent guideline rollbacks, MCI rebates and vacancy decontrol are the critical, priority matters.

I can’t understand why T&V would publish anonymous “cheap shots” but I ask that they change their policy to not doing so. If mine is “one of the oddest letters,” my critics have ever read in T&V, please show us the others.

Billy Sternberg, ST

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Families gather for Stuy Town egg hunt and Easter events

By Sabina Mollot

On Sunday, families in Stuyvesant Town gathered at noon for the traditional Easter activities, including an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. There were also additional activities, including a craft table for making egg crowns, face painting and Imagination Playground, a play system made up of foam mats, blocks, wagons and other parts that can be used to build things.

This year, the egg hunt was held on the Oval lawn, a much larger space than the two playgrounds where the sport has normally taken place. Still, it took no more than 10 seconds for the young participants, after being let loose on the grass, to collect all the brightly colored eggs the eye could see.

With the kids not being separated by age this year, naturally, the older kids swooped up more of the prized treats, but some made sure to share with younger, egg hunting rookies who didn’t collect any of the plastic-covered candies on their own.

The egg hunt was the first event to take place this spring in Stuy Town. Next up is a gardening event for kids on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. There will be live music by apple seeds songs for seeds band and the chance to plant saplings and take home crafts using recycled supplies. A pet care event, featuring reps from local pet-related businesses and services, is scheduled for the following month on Saturday, May 9 from 1-4 p.m. at Playground 9.

Photos by Sabina Mollot

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This week in pictures: Kids come out for Easter activities in Stuy Town

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village families spent a sunny Easter Sunday on the Oval on April 20, hunting for eggs, meeting Peter Cooper Cotton Tail and generally enjoying the good weather.

Brad Kenney, who recently joined CompassRock as the senior director of marketing and communication for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and is a Peter Cooper Village resident himself, used to work for MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers. He used this previous connection to leave a special surprise in one of the plastic eggs in the egg hunt for the older kids: a small 3D printed squirrel.

Evan, a 9-year-old resident, was the lucky winner and his prize was a bigger version of the squirrel that wouldn’t fit into the plastic eggs.

In addition to the prize egg and the usual candy-filled ones, there were also four musical shaker eggs hidden. Kenney and Valerie Reaper, a musician and event planner for Stuyvesant Town, put on a concert for the kids later in the afternoon, playing classics such as Woody Guthrie, Otis Redding, John Denver and music from the Lion King. The young residents who found the shaker eggs got to participate and there was also a melodica, ukelele and a traditional Chinese instrument they were able to try out. Kenney noted that management’s planning to have more music-related events for families in the future.

(All photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel.)