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Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal is hosting an open public forum on “Bikes on Your Safety for Seniors and Pedestrians on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 12:30PM to 2:30PM. The forum will meet at the Jasa Club 76 at 120 West 76th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus.
The Expert Panel includes:
Margaret Forgione, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, NYC DOT
Traffic Safety Sergeant Montgomery, NYPD 20th Precinct
If you have concerns regarding bikes and your safety, please attend this open forum to voice them and propose solutions.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
At the Twenty-Sixth Annual West 104th Street Yard Sale on October 3, you and your family will experience the transformation of our block into an exotic street market.
If you glance out your window a bit before 10:00 AM, you will see hundreds of your neighbors putting the finishing touches on displays of recycled treasures: jewelry, dresses, jackets, furniture, toys, board games, decorative objects, household items, collectibles, and mounds of other cut-rate merchandise seeking a new home.
Stepping out your front door a few minutes later, you will find the parallel curbsides from West End to Riverside converted into gallery rows where you can join an army of bargain hunters indulging champagne tastes with only beer budgets. For more bargains, you can visit the following stands sponsored by our Block Association . . .
When you take a break, you can tap your foot to live music performed by seasoned New York musicians Josh Levine, Shayla Edmonds, and James Weatherstone. Don’t forget to pick up a ticket for our famous 50/50 raffle. Last year, the first-prize winner took home $1,120.50. This year, the first-prize winner will again receive half of the total pot; the second-prize winner will take home $100; the third-prize winner, $50.
Through your generosity, you and your neighbors make possible this annual celebration. If you have spare items or time, we welcome your donations . . .
“What-a-Bargain:” Please pack your donations in bags marked, “Yard Sale,” and arrange delivery by contacting Joyce Mann at email@example.com or 212-721-6341 or. (Back-up contact: 516-238-4609 or 516-330-5397.) Please, no exercise or computer equipment.
Book Sale: Please pack your donation in bags marked, “Yard Sale,” and leave them with the 320 RSD doorman between September 21 and October 2. Please, no textbooks, journals, magazines, theses, LPs, or books about baby care, computers, or self-help.
Silent Auction: Please contact Hanna Rubin at 212-865-4579 or Hanna.Rubin@verizon.net.
Bake Sale: Please call Alex Grannis at 212-316-1644.
Donate your time: Do you have an hour? Lend a hand at the Silent Auction, ‘What-a-Bargain’, Books Sale, Bake Sale, or set up and break down. Please contact Mary Koval at firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-866-3556, or 917-969-1984.
One-hundred percent of your donation benefits our neighborhood. One-hundred percent of your purchases help ensure a safe, well-maintained block with a helpful guard, seasonal flowers, and trees providing summer shade.
Interested in reserving your own 10 x 10 foot slot to display your gently used clothing, jewelry, and household items? Please visit the 2015 Vendor Details Page for information and to download a vendor agreement form, or call Gary Waskow at 212 932-9082.
Con Edison will begin the week of Monday, April 20, to install a new gas main on West 104th Street between West End Avenue and River Side Drive. The work also involves installing new gas service to the buildings on that block. The days and hours of work will be:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The estimated duration of this work is about three months but construction schedules are always subject to change.
Community Board 7/Manhattan is conducting a survey to measure the impacts of the City’s Department of Transportation’s modifications on West End Avenue between 72nd and 106th Streets. We are interested to learn about your opinions and experiences since the recent changes were put in place. (The DOT Corridor Safety project is available at www.nyc.gov/mcb7.)
The survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete and the deadline for the survey is March 31, 2015 @ 11:59 pm.
The information you provide to us will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes on pedestrians of all ages, drivers, residents and businesses. The data obtained will be shared with the community, with NYC DOT and with relevant City agencies.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CB7-WestEndAvenue
Your response is much appreciated. Thank you for your participation!
Community Board 7/Manhattan
250 West 87th Street
New York, NY 10024
T: 212.362-4008 www.nyc.gov/mcb7
By Lynn Max – Board Member of the West 104th Street Block Association Board
The designation of the Riverside-West End Historic District Extension from 70th Street to 109th Street was to be voted on by the Landmark Preservation Commission in three segments. The two southern districts have already been approved, but the last section, 89th to 109th Streets, has not even been calendared for a vote. Already developers are buying property and threatening to either demolish or significantly alter buildings in our neighborhood.
We must act now to preserve our beautiful architecture and the history of our community.
E-mail Landmarks Preservation Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan at comments@ lpc.nyc.gov or call the LPC at 212 669-7700.
Also contact our elected officials and let them know of your concerns:
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at 212 669-8300 or email@example.com
City Council Member Helen Rosenthal at 212 873-0282 or Helen@helenrosenthal.com
Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s office at 212 866-3970 o104thr firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Email:I live on the Upper West Side and I support the vote to designate the Riverside-West End Historic District Extension II. Our buildings and our beautiful avenue are threatened. Please move this forward immediately before it’s too late!
According to NY State Law, all computers and other electronic waste from all NYC residential buildings must now be recycled. This law went into effect January 1, 2015. The NYC Sanitation Department (DSNY) will no longer collect electronics left at the curb. Fines will be levied for non-compliance.
Apartment buildings with 10 or more residential units are eligible for a free DSNY pickup. The first step in this process is to schedule a site visit. Check with your building management or super to confirm who will initiate the process. More information can be found and site visits scheduled via the DSNY’s website; click on http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/contact/enrollmentform.shtml.
Apartment buildings with fewer than 10 residential units, including single-family houses, are a bit more difficult. Your building might be eligible for a pickup from The Fourth Bin; contact them directly (tel: 646-747-5985; www.4thbin.com; email@example.com). They do charge a small fee.
Other options include:
Electronics Recycling Events:
The Lower East Side Ecology operates community E-Waste collection events throughout NYC. You can contact them directly (tel: 212-477-4022; http://lesecologycenter.org/
Retail Drop-Off Programs:
You can drop off used electronics (no purchase necessary) at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, and Staples (no TVs), or at the Lower East Side Ecology Warehouse in Brooklyn.
Many manufacturers of electronic goods offer these programs. Check your specific brand’s website for details.
Donate or Sell Electronics:
If they still work, you can donate or sell electronic goods. Click on www.nyc.gov/stuffexchange for options in your neighborhood.
At a recent West Side Federation of Neighborhoods and Block Associations meeting, Joselinne Minaya, Community Coordinator for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, spoke to the group regarding recent crimes in our area.
The Crime Prevention Initiative has implemented enhanced mobile communication between NYPD personnel in the form of a departmental cell phones and tablets for each officer. This will allow the officers to keep in constant contact with their fellow officers and the precinct house as well as access the police data base for outstanding warrants, etc. In the near future, portable devices will be available to scan fingerprints of a suspect.
These devices will enable the officers to spend more time on the street and less time in the precinct thus better ensuring our safety. So if you see an officer looking at his cell phone, do not assume he is sending personal texts or emails; he may be communicating with his fellow officers to apprehend a suspect!
Ms. Minaya also spoke of recent crimes involving telephone scams and debit card scams. She offered the following advice:
• The NYPD or related organizations never call soliciting donations. If you receive such a call, hang up!
• There have been recent telephone scams in which the callers target elderly people and impersonate their children or grandchildren asking for money. Warn your elderly parents, friends, neighbors about such scams.
• All Cod Edison and NYPD personnel have identification badges. Do not allow anyone access to your home claiming to be such a representative without first checking for identification.
• Restaurant personnel have been known to copy your debit card number before handing your card back to you. Never use a debit card; use a credit card as it is easier to claim a fraudulent expense on a credit card.
• Never use an ATM machine in which the card insert device is loose. This may indicate that a duplicating device has been illegally installed.
Your three neighborhood organizations, West 104th Street Block Association, the West 102nd/103rd Streets Block Association, and Bloomingdale Aging in Place, have come together to form a new group based on our neighbors’ interest to connect with others who are running a business from home. The group is aptly named, “Networking in the Neighborhood” or NITN.
The group’s focus is to exchange ideas, best practices, and challenges with others in the neighborhood running a business from home. The group may consist of writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and many others.
An introductory meeting will be led by Harriet Hoffman. She is an experienced networker, who has a consulting business with two components: one for organizational development and grant writing services for not-for-profit organizations, and the other to help seniors and baby boomers make the most of their Medicare and Social Security benefits.
The first event is scheduled for Friday, February 9 at 10AM. If you would like to receive details and/or attend the event, please reply to: BloomingdaleNITN@gmail.com. Please make sure to include your first and last names, type of business, email and phone number. Also, if you think you could assist with organizing this sort of NITN meet up on a regular basis, please include that, too.
The West 104th Street Block Association is collaborating with the West 102nd & 103rd Streets Block Association and BAiP to offer residents a 60-minute group walk on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Led by neighbor Teresa Elwert, the walk will be at a brisk pace – target 20 blocks in 17 minutes – and usually incorporate hills.
You can use the walk as training for your planned activities, such as fundraising walks or any long-distance walk requiring endurance and cardio-vascular conditioning. Or you can just use it as your weekend morning constitutional. The group could also give itself a goal and train for its own long-distance walks, such as from the Battery to the Bronx Bridge, or from Bloomingdale (our neighborhood) to the Four Freedoms Park. But the idea is to get together with nearby neighbors and exercise.
Members will have the option to stop for refreshments in a nearby shop after the walk. Teresa has a great deal of experience and runs a popular brisk walking group on alternate weekday mornings. If you’re interested in participating on Sundays, please email BloomingdaleTrioWalk@icloud.com so that you can receive detailed information and the local meeting place.
If you’d like to lead a similar group on Saturdays, send an email to the same address.