BY JAMES FARRELL
A Douglaston resident is hoping to give his neighborhood the recognition he feels it deserves—at least in the eyes of the U.S. Postal Service.
Victor Mimoni publicly announced his campaign at a recent Community Board 11 meeting to push for renaming the Little Neck Post Office to the Little Neck/Douglaston Post Office. It’s an important step, Mimoni argues, in helping Douglaston forge its own identity.
When people enter a Douglaston address into their GPS, for instance, the system automatically defaults to a Little Neck address.
“The greater problem is that so many databases just say whatever the post office says,” Mimoni said. “I’ve had people say that their friends can’t find their house, they don’t get their deliveries.”
Additionally, the Alley Pond Environmental Center, a popular community resource located in Douglaston, is listed by the post office as part of Little Neck.
The post office campaign is part of a Mimoni’s greater effort to try and increase civic involvement and pride in the neighborhood. He’s created a Facebook page called Mr. Douglaston that aims to discuss issues affecting the community, including his post office renaming crusade.
“I’m trying to raise awareness of the fact that, I personally believe, that this is the best place in all of New York City to raise children,” said Mimoni, who went to kindergarten at Douglaston’s P.S. 98.
To rename the post office, Mimoni says, it will take some work on the part of Douglaston residents. He’s encouraging them to reach out to their local elected officials and write letters.
“I will be reaching out to elected officials,” he said.
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