Manhattan Day signup time is at hand

By The Mercury

Deadlines are approaching for neighborhoods to participate in the annual Manhattan Day celebration.

Manhattan Day is held the first Saturday in June to mark the occasion in 1855 when two groups of settlers joined together to form Manhattan. This year, the date is Saturday, June 1.

The idea behind the event, which is coordinated by The Mercury, is to get neighbors together. There is no central event; it is really just a collection of neighborhood picnics, cookouts, block parties and other gatherings.

But there are two deadlines coming soon: To reserve hot dogs, hot dog buns, or hamburger buns, you need to inform Ned Seaton at The Mercury of your needs by Friday, May 24. You can reach him at, or 776-2200, ext. 255. Hot dogs are provided by Ray’s Apple Market; buns are provided by Dillons. But you canšt just go to the stores and ask for them — you have to reserve them through the Mercury.

Friday, May 24 is also the deadline to obtain a permit to block city streets for a block party. If you need one of those — and they’re free, thanks to the city of Manhattan’s cooperation with this event — you need to contact the city’s Customer Service Office at City Hall, 587-2480, or e-mail Susan Shortsleeves at

The Mercury also asks that neighborhood leaders also send the following information to The time and place of the gathering, the nature of the gathering (e.g. cookout, potluck, etc.), and the name of the neighborhood.

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