info 07.25.06

Lost or Stolen Wallet

Some numbers you may need if your wallet is lost or stolen.


BANK CARDS
Bank of New York
Credit Card: 800.942.1977
Credit/Debit Card: 800.225.5269

Chase
Banking Card: 800.242.7324
Credit Card: 800.356.5555

Citibank
Banking Card: 800.627.3999
Credit Card: 800.950.5114

Commerce
888.751.9000

HSBC
800.975.4722

North Fork
877.694.9111

Washington Mutual
800.788.7000


CREDIT CARDS
American Express
800.528.4800

Diners Club
800.234.6377

Discover
800.347.2683

V/MC
Call issuing bank. See Bank Cards above.


DEPARTMENT STORE CARDS
Barney's
800.926.5393

Bendel's
800.888.3614

Bergdorf's
212.753.7300

Bloomingdale's
800.950.0047

Lord & Taylor
212.391.3344

Macy's
800.743.6229

Saks
800.221.8340

Tiffany & Co.
800.827.1396


DRIVER'S LICENSE
To replace your driver license, you can apply on-line here. To apply at a local DMV office, complete form MV-44. Bring proof of identity that has a value of six points to get a duplicate of your driver license.

If your driver license or your learner permit was lost or stolen because of a crime: Get form MV-78B from a police station. This form is available only from the police, not from the DMV. Make a photocopy of the form for your records. Complete form MV-44. Bring form MV-44 and the original form MV-78B to a DMV office. Show your proof of identity. There is no fee to replace your driver license if the MV-78B shows that the document was stolen.


SUBWAY LOST AND FOUND
212.712.4500, Mon-Wed and Fri from 8am-noon, Thurs from 11am-6:45pm.


TAXI LOST AND FOUND
Call 311 (you don't call the Taxi and Limousine Hotline any more). Not that cabbies will often deposit the lost item with the police precinct closest to where you got out.


FRESH DIRECT PACKAGING
Dear MUG, I just sent Fresh Direct an email re their overpackaged groceries. I thought I'd send you a quick note since I must not be the only customer of theirs who feels this way. The packaging is really nuts…one small container of yogurt was sent in a brown cardboard box…I'm suggesting they start to use paper bags…they could keep all orders in separate reusable plastic tubs…carry tubs to door…leave groceries in bags with customer…take tubs back to warehouse…simple and much less waste…My last order was about nine items and they used three large cardboard boxes…so silly.

MARBLE
From a reader: Loved the marble survey, but you forgot one of my favorites: The Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court, 1896-1899, Arch. James Brown Lord. On the corner of E. 25th and Madison. This building was under scaffolding being cleaned when I first noticed it and when the shrouding came off, it was absolutely stunning. The exterior cladding is all white marble…It was just recently cleaned and practically glows in the sunlight.

From Ed Levine: Did you know that there was once a marble arch (pictured) in Central Park? It was built in 1862, but, regrettably, it was destroyed in the 1930s when the powers that be realigned the park drives to improve the flow of automobile traffic. The pieces of the ruined arch were buried in place, and the remains are still underground, just south of the volleyball courts. [This image, and over 200 others, will be in the book Postcard History: Central Park by Mr. Levine, out in the fall.]


DUANE READE
From a reader: I thought you might enjoy another Duane Reade bad-service story. Only because it was the closest drug store to my office and I was already running late from a doctor appointment, I went to a Duane Reade (at 401 Park Ave. S.) today in order to fill a prescription for a rash. I asked the pharmacist if the lotion would relieve the itching. She said it was for relief of swelling only. But when I picked up my prescription, right there on the computer printout, the very first line says, "This medicine is used for the relief of inflammation and itching of skin disorders." I also asked three clerks where I could find AfterBite, or some other bug-bite treatment. All three (two of whom were native English speakers, so there really should have been no communication issues) brought me to the Off display. Giving someone mosquito repellent when they've asked for bug bite treatment is like taking someone to the condom display when they've asked for diapers.


PHOTO BOOK
From Joe Holmes of joe's nyc: My favorite street photo book of the year is by Juan Buhler, beautifully printed in a limited edition.


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