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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.
Central Park Loop: Safety Enhancements to include reduction of speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph, barricades further separating pedestrians from cyclists, and enhancements to key crosswalks.
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYPD, and the Central Park Conservancy today announced immediate safety enhancements along the Central Park Drives. In addition to a reduction of the speed limit inside Central Park from 25 to 20 MPH for all modes of transportation, four key crossings across the park will receive substantial enhancements, including highly prominent “Pedestrian Crossing” warning signs at the intersections, advisory 10 MPH speed signs, and advance pedestrian crossing signs before each intersection. The advance signs will be reinforced with roadway markings near the sign locations, refurbished crosswalks and clearer lane use markings.
Barricades will also be installed to shorten pedestrian crossing distance on the West Drive at two crossings (at Sheep Meadow, near W. 68th Street, and at Heckscher Ballfields, near E. 63rd Street) where the drive is significantly wider than typical. The barricades will be placed in the west-most motor vehicle lane during car-free hours. At Delacorte Theater (near W. 81st Street), a barricade will be installed between the pedestrian and bicycle lanes to better guide pedestrians to the crosswalk and to improve their sightlines to cyclists.
The Central Park Precinct will continue its public awareness campaign in the park to inform every one of the rules and regulations as it relates to traffic and pedestrian safety. Individuals found in violation of the rules will be cited accordingly.
Please review the Biking Rules Handbook and send your recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle safety to the West 104th Street Block Association. Your recommendations will be forwarded to Helen Rosenthal, our 6th District Council Member.
Calling all parents and grandparents!
The Manhattan Community Board 7 invites you to the first public meeting of the Inclusive Playground Task Force.
The Task Force will focus on creating a community space in which all can enjoy and play.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 19th at 6PM at the Manhattan Community Board 7 District Office located at 50 West 87th Street, 2nd floor.
This is your chance to provide input to create a wonderful space for your children.
From Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s website:
Assembly Member O’Donnell is proud to announce FREE mammograms and flu shots will be available at his 11th Annual Fall Health Fair on Saturday, November 22nd!
Free mammograms will be available for extended hours from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM to women who are 40 years or older, NYC residents, and have not received a mammogram in the past 12 months. Eligible women can receive a free mammogram whether or not they have health insurance. If you do have health insurance, please be sure to bring your insurance with card with you to your screening.
To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, please call the American-Italian Cancer Foundation at 1 (877) 628-9090.
Free flu shots will be available during the Health Fair from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Please call Justin in Assembly Member O’Donnell’s office at (212) 866-3970 to schedule an appointment for a flu shot.
Additional free services at this year’s Fall Health Fair will be available from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and include blood pressure screenings, eye examinations, HIV testing, and Affordable Care Act sign ups, as well as free giveaways and informational tables about mental health, nutrition, legal services, and much more!
Effective January 1, 2015, the New York State recycling laws dictate that it will be illegal to place any electronic waste in your trash.
The Lower East Side Ecology hosts recycling events during the year throughout Manhattan and also operates a permanent E-Waste collection Center at 469 President Street, Brooklyn, Tuesdays through Saturday. For information on upcoming E-Waste recycling events visit their website at http.//lesecologycenter.org or call 212-477-4022.
Accepted electronics: computers, monitors, printers, faxes, keyboards, TV’s, stereo, VCR, DVD players, cell and wall phones.
Not Accepted: microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, smoke or carbon detectors.
Upcoming Event on the UWS:
Saturday, January 25, 2015, 10AM – 4PM; YMCA at W. 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway.
Textiles are accepted at three greenmarkets on the UWS. The 79th Street Greenmarket at Columbus Ave on Sundays from 9AM – 1PM; the 97th Street Greenmarket at Columbus Ave on Fridays, 8AM – 2PM; and the Columbia University Greenmarket on Broadway between 114th & 115th Streets, on Thursdays and Saturdays, 8AM – 3PM.
Accepted Textiles: clean textiles, including clothing, shoes, handbags, blankets, sheets, curtains, towels, etc.
Not Accepted: Carpets
Please click on document, Hard-To-Recycle Items in NYC, for further information. Hard-to-Recycle+List+2014+-+Oct+31,+2014
The New York City Council’s hearing on the bill to reduce plastic bag use will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10AM. At the time of this post, details on how plastic bags will be reduced were not available. Check their website for more information, http://www.council.nyc.gov
Our Council Member, Helen Rosenthal, is sponsoring a symposium on the changes in the 2015 Medicare Program and how it will affect your benefits.
The symposium will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5PM – 7PM. The event will be held at the B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue at 257 West 88th Street between Broadway and West End Ave.
Beginning Friday, November 7, 2014, the new default speed limit in NYC will be 25mph.
The reduction in the speed limit will make the streets safer for our children and all pedestrians. A 5mph reduction in the speed limit should cut the fatality rate for pedestrians in half!
Your help and cooperation will make the streets of New York City a safer place.
Here is your chance to share your ideas for improving the Upper West Side by participating in a budget meeting hosted by 6th District Council Member, Helen Rosenthal. Please see Helen Rosenthal’s message below:
I’ve been having a blast hearing your ideas about how to spend $1 million to improve the Upper West Side. If you have a great idea that you want to share, there’s still time! I’m hosting four more meetings this month (you only need to come to one), so come on by and bring a friend!
Upcoming Meetings on Participatory Budgeting
Sunday, October 19th
2pm to 4pm
General Neighborhood Assembly
593 Columbus Avenue
(on 88th Street)
Wednesday, October 22nd
6:30pm to 8:30pm
General Neighborhood Assembly
Marseilles Senior Center
230 W 103rd Street
(between Broadway and West End Ave)
Tuesday, October 28th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
General Neighborhood Assembly
John Jay College
524 W 59th Street
First floor new building
On the evening before the scheduled opening of the Twenty-fifth Annual West 104th Street Yard Sale, vendors, volunteers, and bargain hunters felt as heady as thoroughbreds rearing back to lunge though the starting gate to the cheers of the crowd and to the reverberating announcement, “And they’re off!”
During the previous months, their spirits withstood a series of scheduling conflicts that pushed the event date into the cooler weeks of autumn. During the previous week, their resolve redoubled as Con Edison blighted the event site with massive ditches hastily covered with steel plates and oversized traffic cones. As dark clouds gathered during the evening before the event, Yard Sale participants threw caution to the wind and readied to storm the curbsides of West 104th and to dig in for a day of hand-to-hand commercial combat.
The following morning, pouring rain and bitter cold argued that discretion is the better part of valor. A contingent dispatched to the local police precinct, which quickly approved a request to reschedule the event on the following day, Sunday, October 12. Rain-soaked postings with the message, “NO PARKING SATURDAY” quickly gave way to crisp signs reading, “NO PARKING SUNDAY.” Word of the rescheduling traveled up and down West End Avenue and Riverside Drive. Block residents heaved a sigh, reassured that months of efforts had not been in vain.
Weeks earlier, as summer turned to fall, residents had inventoried their recyclable treasures and had culled their personal libraries. Some had rented vending spaces to display their cast-off jewelry, clothing, books, games, kitchen tools, toys, and other household items. Others had donated their durable knickknacks to “What-A-Bargain,” their gently used valuables to the Silent Auction, and their neglected volumes to the Book Sale. In the days before the Yard Sale, the neighborhood’s warm hearts and hot ovens had produced an array of delights for the Bake Sale.
While residents had gathered merchandise, the Yard Sale team had obtained the necessary municipal permits to close the street for traffic and to open the block for a community celebration. It had negotiated with musicians and had arranged for staging and amplified sound. It had provided for hot coffee and fresh bagels to kick off activities and for warm pizza and cold soda to maintain momentum. It had solicited local merchants, restaurateurs, and cultural institutions for gift certificates to offer for bid at the Silent Auction. Every evening for weeks, it had set up a table on the corner of West End to sell tickets for the 50/50 Raffle.
On the morning of the Yard Sale, the team members wore navy T-shirts imprinted with the image of our block’s distinctive lampposts, as they swept the curbsides, chalked off the locations of street stalls, persuaded defiant car owners to park on neighboring streets, and posted signs directing the invading armies of volunteers, vendors, and bargain hunters. Meanwhile, vendors hauled boxes up the incline from Riverside Drive; furnished their curbside domains with folding chairs, wobbly tables, and display racks; and unpacked their merchandise. Putting the finishing touches on their displays, they paused to appreciate the crisp autumn air and sunny skies.
By 10:00 AM, the first of thousands of visitors descended the slopes from West End Avenue to inspect the items on display at the stalls lining both sides of West 104th Street. Drifting from stall to stall, shoppers searched for bargains and found a spirit of neighborliness. Vendors closed sales and opened new friendships. To satisfy various appetites, crowds clustered around food, book, and raffle-ticket tables. An urban village emerged from a municipal thoroughfare.
Women paused before mirrors and held up vintage gowns and blouses for consideration. They modeled necklaces, bracelets, and rings for their companions while children shook game boxes and tested the viability of second-hand toys. Men scratched their heads as they inspected items last seen in the hardware stores of their childhoods.
By mid-day, fingers snapped and toes tapped to the subtle stylings of jazz guitarists Joe Giglio and Carl Barry. As the afternoon progressed, neighbors found themselves swaying to the Latin rhythms of Nu D’lux, a Cuban trio featuring guitar, string bass, and tumbadora.
At 5:00 PM, vendors and shoppers joined forces to dismantle displays, to sweep the street, to collect garbage, and to raise a small mountain for the Sanitation Department to haul away. But, they retained their memories.
Some retained a lot more. The lucky winner of the 50/50 Raffle—Edward O’Halloran—took home $1,120.50; second prize winner Randy Turner received $100; and third prize winner Sarah Marmostein collected $50. Overall, the village of West 104th earned some $7,000 to maintain its safe, welcoming street lined with well-tended trees and flowers.