Oct 30th Block Party

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Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue Closed to Traffic 9 AM to 6 PM Garages & Driveways will be open

Our wonderful host committee …..
Melanie Marotta, Jack Rosa, Terry Kolek, Steve & Rickie Needle, Kelly A. Herrera, Richard & Camille Forman, Melissa Vingiano, Svetlana Yasinskaya, Sarah Tallman & Liz Parker, Tracy Coffin, Tina McKissick, John McKinley, Suzy Borget, Jan Smith, Carol Haber, Diana DiMarzio, Monica Arteaga, Bill Woodward, Tracy Lessor and calling all kids to the bounce house are Mateo Vassanelli, Sheila Folsum, Lea Wang & Charles, George, and Jack Woolway
Welcomes everyone to the Party !

BBQ – Western Style 6 Foot Grill: Kosher & non-kosher
LINE DANCING – family style
FACE PAINTING for all ages
$1 RAFFLE: Great Prizes from Our community merchants

BBQ features burgers by Pat LaFrieda (beef and veggie) &
hot dogs by Pat LaFrieda & Hebrew National

BBQ registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct 26, due to food ordering

$10 Cost for Adult Pass – $5 Cost for Kids Pass (12 years & under)
Each Pass provides BBQ, Dancing, Face Painting, Bounce House, 1 Raffle Ticket & more

Purchase Passes &/or Raffle Tickets (winners notified) as follows:
Every purchase will be verified with an e-mail or call

Use our secure PayPal link as follows:

  1. Total the dollar amount of all passes and raffle tickets
    example: 2 adults @ $10 + 2 kids @ $5 + 5 Raffles @ $1 = $35.
  2. Enter this Total amount in PAYPAL and in the "special instruction" box just below the amount tell us your breakdown of Adults, Kids and Raffles.

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$1 RAFFLE: Prizes include Gift Certificates for meals, products, & services;
plus, concert and theater tickets. Support your block by buying $1 raffle
tickets. All winners will be notified and need not be present at drawing.

We Gratefully Acknowledge Our Growing List of Contributors and Supporters:

Pan Am Equities
LOWE’S Home Center
TD Bank
Innovation Luggage
IL Violino Restaurant
La Boite en Bois Restaurant
JoAnne Trattoria
Ganer & Ganer Accounting
Early Music Foundation
Studio Maestro
Lincoln Business Machines
Petco Unleashed
Francesco Pizzeria
Wade Maxx Art & Frame
West Side Restaurant
Lincoln Square Synagogue
York Preparatory School
Stephen Wise Synagogue
1st Church of Christ, Scientist
67 Wine
Little Treats Brigadeiros
A Cut Above Pet Stylists
Traviata Pizzeria


Please Volunteer to Help

9 AM Set-up and spruce up street with breakfast for volunteers.

11 AM Residents’ Tag Sales: neighbors selling surplus home items;
$1 RAFFLE Sales Continue. Drawing at 4 PM

12:30 BBQ with Burgers and Dogs. Can You Help Grill?

4 PM
Line Dancing and Bounce House Will Be Rain or Shine. NO WEATHER RELATED REFUNDS. Indoor Location Arranged.
Line Dancing & More Fun
Kids Bounce House & Games
Face Painting for All Ages

6 PM
Raffle & Clean-up. HELP NEEDED


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April 2016 Street Bulletin

Informative Meeting with City Council Member Helen Rosenthal on March 29 and we thank her

The Council Member addressed many topics of concern to residents and businesses and invites everyone to stay in touch with her at her site http://helenrosenthal.com/.

The council member will continue to be a strong partner with us to maintain and improve conditions both on our street and in the community. This successful meeting will prompt us to invite other community leaders to meet with our street. We thank First Church of Christ, Scientist for providing their magnificent Love Domed auditorium for the March 29 meeting. See photo.

A SPEED BUMP between Columbus Ave and CPW?

As several schools exist here a request has been made to the block association to seek installation of a traffic slowing speed bump approximately in front of building 48. We need as much “PRO” and “CON” input as possible to fairly and openly discuss this request. Please send in any thoughts and experiences about the speed bump for our block. Should we decide to proceed, Council Member Rosenthal will advocate to DOT on our behalf.

May 1 Block Party and BBQ Postponed to the Fall

The location between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway will be the same, as will be the bounce house, face painters and Pat La Frieda burgers and hot dogs. We need your input for a new date in September or October and a new volunteer crew is needed to make the BBQ delicious and safe. Please let us know you can help ASAP. Thank you!

Street Planting Coming Soon in May. Please Help Out.

The block association provides the plants and equipment. You help by providing the labor on your personal schedule. Contact us and be assigned a tree pit.

I’m an Automatic Block Association Member?

That’s right you are! All residents, owners and street business persons are automatic members. This includes our schools, church, and synagogues. There are no dues. Everyone comes equally to “Create Community” together. Our leadership steering committee has representatives from all street segments between CPW and Amsterdam Ave. New steering committee participants are always welcome.

Treasurer is sought

Can you handle the books, pay the bills and be involved in deciding upon and implementing street wide improvement projects? If so, we would love to talk with you. Generous compensation package available. Latest treasury report may be viewed here https://w68th.wordpress.com/.

Social Media help is needed

The block association has broad representational and administrative authority but we have communication’s shortfalls preventing us from making our street even a better place to live and work. Can you provide some skills?


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Financial Report for the Period March 19, 2015 to March 29, 2016

Download the Financial Report for the Period March 19, 2015 to March 29, 2016

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W68 Spring 2016

Save The Date

March 29, 2016 (Tuesday)

NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal on West 68th Street

TIME: 6pm to 8pm
LOCATION: To be Announced

Please expect a lively dialogue concerning current issues & ways to improve our street and community

  • Crime and knife slashings
  • School re-zoning
  • Traffic control and need for speed bump

Please communicate your concerns to us so we can add to agenda

March 14 to 18, 2016 (Monday to Friday, any night)

West 68th Street Men’s Shelter Seeks Overnight Volunteers (Male & Female)

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue at 30 West 68th Street is a Block Association partner and operates the Next Step Men’s Shelter. SLEEPOVER volunteers, on a nightly basis, are required to maintain operations and are recruited from the Congregation, Columbia University, the Block Association and
community. Volunteers arrive by 8 pm and leave by 6:15 am the next morning. Contact shelter@swfs.org. Future Volunteers always needed. Thank you!

May 1, 2016 (Sunday)

Block Party and BBQ

TIME: 9am to 6pm
LOCATION: West 68th Street from Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue

A Day of Fun for All of West 68th Street Family and Friends!

  • Children’s Bounce House and Games
  • Face Painting for All Ages
  • Resident Tag Sale Tables (inquire about a table)
  • Line Dancing with Rona Kaye
  • Pat La Frieda & Hebrew National Provisions
  • DJ Mac D. Hill
  • $1 Raffle loaded with community prizes
  • Special Guest of Honor

$10 contribution for everyone over 12 years of age
$5 contribution for those under 12 years of age

(Prior registration required with instructions to follow)

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Annual West 68th Street Community Block Party & Concert – Saturday Sept 12, 2015

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W68 Summer Newsletter

Our West 68th Street New Block Banner Proudly Displayed at the Spring Party (designed by David and Michele Harris)
Our West 68th Street New Block Banner Proudly Displayed at the Spring Party
(designed by David and Michele Harris)


Yes, it has been a sensational spring and summer — thanks to YOU!
The Leadership Steering Committee invites you to catch up here and see what’s planned ahead.

Save the Date

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Annual Community Block Party
11 am to 5 pm
Broadway to Columbus Avenue
A Fun Filled Day for Adults & Kids

bounce houses craft tables face painters
balloon twisters DJ line dancing
cyber security workshops neighbors’ tag sale tables live afternoon concert

GIANT $1 RAFFLE with grand prize from LOWE’S Home Improvement


The 2015 Spring Block Party

was held on Sunday, April 26, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. Participants came from all of West 68th St, between Amsterdam Ave and CPW.
The Party featured kids bounce house, square dancing, BBQ, raffle, and of course face painting for all. Everyone had a great time and was greeted by ELMO. The premium food was especially delicious. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer added good cheer.

View more fun photos at this open link:

Block Spring Planting

was kicked off with a BBQ on June 6. Planting Day was made possible by the generous contribution of 53 W 68th St of all flowers for the tree pits between CPW and Columbus Ave. Our co-ops, condos and larger buildings contribute funds and help keep our street looking nice in many ways. The largest buildings do their own landscaping. Joining us was City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

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Our HONOR ROLL Proudly Displayed Here
Together with Finances

by taking a moment to go through the list of
volunteers and steering committee members.
Find someone you know and thank them in
some way. You may not be able to help out
at this time but show you care by acknow-
ledging their effort. If you are in a co-op or
condo then do express your appreciation to
your board. We thank you for this !
West 68th Street would not be as nice a place
for us to share without these efforts.

View all at this open link

Join the successful leadership team!

Consider this record of association growth:

  • expanded the association to include Amsterdam to Columbus Avenues
  • includes all seven co-ops & condos along W 68th St
  • incorporates our 3 religious institutions as well as York Prep
  • has created partnerships with area business & property owners
  • has conducted 8 major events in 2 years
  • has become a forceful voice for W 68th Street

Is your Block Association doing a good job? If you say yes then join the winning leadership steering committee.
Areas for participation

  • a delegate from your building
  • event planning
  • social media and communication
  • treasury
  • beautification and environmental concerns
  • elderly
  • pets
  • business liaisons

Environmental Concerns

Trees and Rodents

Leaves with holes and turning white are being reported by many. At this time of year this can be a typical caterpillar eating occurrence which can completely defoliate the tree. Healthy trees will regrow their leaves. None the less the Parks’ Dept is being questioned on possible courses of action.

Rats had become very prominent in June especially off the eastern Columbus Ave corner. Rat seminars were attended, the Health Dept was recruited, and property owners eliminated nesting and feeding areas. A unified effort around Block Association involvement has substantially reduced this pest population. Please report rat observations to the association immediately at w68info@aol.com.

LOWE’S Opening Schedule

Our new neighbor at the corner of West 68th St and Broadway has provided us with the following schedule:

August 17, the doors will open with no fan fare.

Sept 10, ribbon cutting festivities. Block Association Steering Committee invited.

Sept 12, in store Grand Opening Celebration

Lowe’s has already begun to demonstrate their interest and commitment to the street by providing us with a volunteer at the Spring Block Party and by contributing a raffle prize. They pledge ongoing participation in the block association and have committed to the planting and maintenance of the tree pits in front of their store on West 68th Street.

We look forward to having them as a neighbor. Lowe’s will also be contributing to the Block Association’s Annual Community Block Party on September 12 (see above) to help make that event bigger and better than ever.

Here are several links to articles about the new store:




Stephen Wise Community Volunteer Program

Volunteers are always welcome for the nightly, agency organized shelter. Additional cooks and chaperones are sometimes needed. In addition there is the early Saturday morning breakfast give-a-way program also sometimes needing a helping hand.

Wishing everyone a sizzingly good remainder of the summer

(note both meat and vegan burgers)

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