“Hello — My package was stolen on 10/1/2020. I came home to find the empty box (item removed) in the trash. It was a nice, gray women’s blazer. Please return to 5C, no questions asked.”

This veiled accusation set in motion a building-wide campaign to stop the petty theft afflicting the lobby of my unattended East Village walk-up, where I have lived since the 1990s.

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Credit…Kevin Whipple A yellow note fluttered down like a leaf when I opened the door to my apartment one day last fall. Handwritten, it read in part:

“Hello — My package was stolen on 10/1/2020. I came home to find the empty box (item removed) in the trash. It was […]

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