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I hope all weathered the storm. Luckily, the snow stopped early in the day.
Just a reminder that we will be holding our Annual Member Meeting on Wednesday, February 22 from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Marseilles Community Room – 230 Broadway at the corner of 103rd.
Our featured speaker will be Kate Wood from Landmark West who will discuss our neighborhood’s recent landmark designation, what it means, and other landmark issues that threaten the integrity of our neighborhood. The presentation will be informative and there will be plenty of time of question and answers.
Please RSVP to email@example.com. However, if you did not RSVP and find yourself available, please drop in anyway. We will have light refreshments available.
I have attached a pdf of the January issue of the block association. Especially for our “brownstone” residents, if your neighbor is not receiving these updates and the pdf version of the newsletter, have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to contribute, although it would be appreciated, to receive this information. We do not share emails.
If you live in a brownstone and would be willing to distribute the newsletter, only 4 times per year, to your neighbors, please contact me at the above email address.
You may be aware that the plastic bag fee legislation, scheduled to go into effect February 15, has been placed on hold unless Governor Cuomo exercises his veto powers.
You can still reduce the number of plastic bags in our environment by bringing your own reusable bag to the market. The block association has 3 bags from which to choose, large, medium, and small. You may purchase the bag of your choice by contacting any board member.
I am pleased to report the black and white tuxedo cat, Winslow, has been returned to his owner on our block after two weeks of missing! Our neighbor wants to thank everyone who was keeping an eye for him and she is thrilled he is back.
If you have an event coming up that you would like to publish to your neighbors, please email email@example.com.
Mary Koval, President, West 104th Street Block Association
Recent graffiti incidents in our neighborhood were discussed at the 24th Precinct Community Council on Wednesday, December 21. Captain William Burke, the newly appointed Commander of the 24th Precinct, stated that the graffiti was not considered a hate crime. Officer Paige Hilbig of the graffiti squad explained the graffiti had no specific meaning except to those who wrote it.
On our block, the graffiti was placed on a Tuesday, the block security guard’s day of. We have asked the block guard to report any graffiti on sidewalks, on the brownstones, etc. immediately so that we may contact the police. Graffiti around 104 and Broadway that included swastikas was done by an individual known to the police who has mental issues, Captain Burke stated. Te person is currently hospitalized in a psychiatric facility.
The precinct will update the block association on the progress of its investigation and whether videos from the building cameras revealed any information. If you see graffiti being placed or see the result of a graffiti incident, call 911 and report it.
**If you are not receiving our “Neighborhood Update” email blasts, please send your name, address, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not share this information and you will be updated on all issues in our neighborhood.**
The Transportation Committee of Community Board 7 resolved to take steps to install a mid-block traffic signal and crosswalk to allow pedestrians a safe crossing of 106th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam. This stretch of 106th Street is long and hilly and is used by the elderly from the Red Oak Senior Housing and the Jewish Home Lifecare. The Transportation Committee unanimously passed this resolution.
The Broadway Mall extends nearly 5 miles along Broadway from 60th Street to 168th Street. Te malls are islands that run up the middle of Broadway above the subway and are under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department. Two in our area will be renovated between 102nd and 104th Streets. Te renovation will include new plantings, trees, benches and an art plaza. Te cost of the renovation will be $1.3 million and the resolution was unanimously passed.
The Twenty-Seventh West 104th Street Block Association Block Party: September 24, 2016
On September 24, despite clouds and raindrops at dawn, the mid-morning sun shone brightly on the West 104th Street Block Party, which had suffered rainouts for the past two years. Heartened by the fair weather, crowds of visitors gathered around some sixty curbside stalls, dug through the piles of merchandise, and uncovered the secret ingredient animating the Block Party for twenty-seven years: community spirit unsurpassed on any block in the five boroughs.
Earlier that morning, parents and children raced to unpack truckloads of recycled goods and to arrange displays of vintage clothing, costume jewelry, abandoned toys and games, retired household items, and various forsaken treasures. They watched volunteers wearing navy blue tee-shirts chasing down wind-blown sheets of poster-board, which would serve as signs marking the locations of the Bake Sale, Book Sale, Raffle, and Silent Auction.
Meanwhile, around the corner in the canyon of West End Avenue, visitors waited while volunteers at ‘What-a-Bargain’ stocked tables overflowing with pre-owned household items awaiting their next incarnations in welcoming kitchens and playrooms. At the Bake Sale on the opposite corner, hunkered-down volunteers poured hot coffee and smeared bagels with cream cheese, while stocking the tables with every variety of baked delicacy.
By 10:00 AM, the first of thousands of visitors descended the slopes from West End Avenue to inspect the items on display at stalls lining both sides of the street. Dispersing the smells from the Bake Sale, the steady breeze invited connoisseurs to admire masterpieces from neighborhood ovens. It animated delicate items on ‘What-a-Bargain tables, as well as blouses and ties hanging from the vendors’ racks. Infecting the crowd with the headiness of seasonal change, it lured gamers to the raffle table.
At the Book Sale, the wind rifled through the pages of hundreds of books that beckoned to readers. At the Silent Auction, it rattled the bid sheets and tempted neighbors to tender their offer for gently used merchandise donated by neighbors, as well as for gift certificates donated by forty-six local restaurants, stores, and institutions.
Luring residents from neighboring blocks, the breeze carried aloft live music performed by seasoned New York musicians. Foley Road turned back the clock with pop, rock, and folk hits from past decades; Jazz guitarist Joe Giglio mixed original compositions with standards; Shailah and the Shaylettes revived the greatest Motown hits, including “Stop in the Name of Love,” which inspired an ad hoc army of Diana Ross fans to recreate their idol’s memorable choreography.
As the musical program drew to a close, a crowd gathered around the stage for the raffle drawing. Hundreds held their breath and listened to the announcement of the first-prize winner, Gerald Foreman, who received $1,483, which represents half of total raffle sales. Ursula Strauss, winner of the $100 second prize, and Sophie Rifkin, winner of the $50 third prize, donate their winnings to the Block Association.
By the end of the day, the weather, the vendors, and the crowds of neighbors had raised more than $7,000 to keep our neighborhood safe, welcoming, and beautiful.
See a Photo Gallery of the 2016 Block Party.
Here are some items of interest:
1. Neighborhood Daffodil Planting: Saturday, November 12 10am – 3pm
Please join your neighbors on Saturday, November 12 from 10AM – 3PM for a daffodil planting party. The block association acquired 50 free daffodil bulbs via the NYC Parks Department’s Daffodil Project and we purchased an additional 300 bulbs. We have all the gardening equipment; you only need to bring your community spirit. Children are welcome under supervision of an adult.
This is a great way to meet your neighbors and have some fun! Your efforts will be seen by all in the spring. We will have a block association table as well selling T-shirts and tote bags.
If you cannot attend on November 12 but would like to help, let us know. We may have some bulbs left over to be planted later in the week.
If you are willing to help, please contact Mary Koval at email@example.com.
2. Westside Campaign Against Hunger: Concert Thursday, November 3 at 7:30pm @ Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th St. and Broadway
Please join Music for Food, NYC, Westside Campaign Against Hunger’s concert in which 100% of your donation will go to a designated pantry for food. Esteemed violist Kim Kashkashian and violinist Alexi Kenney along with cellist Marcy Rosen and pianist Renana Gutman will perform music by Bach, Mozart, and the revolutionary piano trio by Charles Ives. The Peabody Trio will also perform.
Please attend this great concert for a worthy cause!
3. Tri-Bloomingdale “Blooming on Ice” Group Begins Regular Wednesday Ice Skating Fun.
One of our collaborative activities with the 102/103rd Streets Block Association and the Bloomingdale Aging in Place, “Blooming on Ice,” begins meeting on Wednesday, November 9. The ice skating takes place at the Lasker Rink in Central Park. The admission at Lasker is $2.25 for seniors and $8 for adults. Ice skates can be rented. Of course, each individual is responsible for their own safety.
If you have an interest in joining the group, please email Mary Koval at firstname.lastname@example.org Details of time and meeting place will be sent.
4. Election Day: Tuesday, November 8
No matter who your candidate, please remember to vote! It is our civic duty and a right which was fought for by many before us.
If you have an item for the next blast/newsletter OR you are an artist in which you have an upcoming exhibit, show, concert, etc. please let me know at email@example.com
Finally, if you have not made a 2016 contribution to the block association, please take a moment to do so now. Your donation helps pay for the daffodil bulbs, the summer flowers, the newsletters, and the security guard. If you have made a contribution, WE THANK YOU!
Mary Koval, President West 104th Street Block Association
Save the Date for the 27th West 104th Street Annual Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016.
The 2016 Alternate Side of the Street Parking Calendar has been published by the NYC Department of Transportation. You may access the calendar here
1. DOT Proposal for Amsterdam Ave.: CB7 Full Meeting Vote February 2, 6:30PM
The Department of Transportation’s Bike Lane proposal for Amsterdam Ave. will be up for a vote by the Community Board 7 on Tuesday, February 2. The meeting will take place at the Goddard-Riverside Community Center at Columbus Ave. and 88th Street at 6:30PM.
The proposal allows for a bike lane and pedestrian safety islands among other items between 72nd and 110th As Phase I. Phase II will involve streets downtown of 72nd. Traffic lanes will be decreased by one lane thus leaving 3 lanes of traffic. All delivery trucks will be constrained to the west side of the street.
The CB7 Transportation Sub-Committee reviewed the proposal and the resulting vote was a stalemate. Reasons for opposing the proposal included increase traffic congestion and hardship for merchants regarding deliveries.
Attendees will have an opportunity to speak during this session and a vote will follow. I hope that many of you will attend and express your viewpoint so that the community board can make an informed decision based on neighborhood interests. Please review the proposed DOT redesign HERE.
If you are unable to attend, please comment HERE if you’d like to submit testimony in advance of next Tuesday’s Full Board meeting
2. Eve and Nico Home Crafts Valentine’s Event February 13th and 14th from 10AM – 8PM.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and one of our sponsors is holding an event sale. Eve & Nico Crafts and Home Décor located at 2666 Broadway between 102nd and 101st is offering a 10% discount for purchases $20.00 or more. They have beautiful hand-made baskets from Africa, home goods, bags, and many other items. Something for everyone! Please stop in and browse, listen to music, meet the wonderful store staff, and purchase a lovely gift or something for your home.
The West 102nd/103rd Streets Block Association are holding their Annual Halloween Party and Parade on Saturday, October 31 beginning at 6PM. All West 104th Street Block Association Members are Invited!
Just after 5 p.m., W. 102nd St. between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue will be closed to traffic so that we can set up the party and participants can start gathering.
Costumed characters and those who just like to march in parades will proceed north on West End Ave. toward W. 103rd St., turn west on W. 103rd, go south on the Riverside Drive service road, and end up back on W. 102nd St. for treats. We hope you and your favorite children of all ages can join us.
Even if you don’t plan to attend, but especially if you do, there are valuable ways you can contribute:
Please contact Jane Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know what you’re able to contribute.
Join us for this great neighborhood event! Meet the neighbors, enjoy the cider.