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From the Archives: UWS Renaissance

 

77th and Broadway

BronxBanterBlog recently posted an article from the archives of New York Magazine that paints a fascinating picture of our neighborhood in the 1960’s (which many of you remember!). Read the full article here.

(photo via Christian Monotone on flickr)

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From the Archives: View from The Dakota, 1890

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Joshua Gat, who has been active with the Block Association for over 30 years, has shared some archival images of the neighborhood that he has collected. The bulk of them will be published in a later post, but first, above is the incredible view from the newly built Dakota at 72nd and Central Park West in 1890.

It is interesting to pair the image with one via Wikipedia from an opposite angle during the same year (below).

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These Trees of Life and Dreams

by Russell Aaronson

When I first moved onto West Sixty-Eighth Street, we had a very active block association, and every year in springtime, we would have our annual block party; they called it: The Best of the West. One year, I think it was 1976, the proceeds of one particular block party, purchased several infant trees as they were planted sporadically up and down the street. Four of those trees were planted in front of my building (#19), two on one side, and two on the other. For years, all of us were so very careful not to have the dogs do their business on the infant trees, and when the trees started growing into their adolescence, we took further proceeds and made sure that the Arborists would come annually and prevent the beetles from feeding upon the leaves. Now, thirty-three years later, the trees have become adults, and their branches have finally reached up to my fifth floor apartment window. When I look out, especially in the morning hours, the branches that are slightly swaying in the wind, practically butt up to my window, and provide a temporary stopover for all types of birds with all types of chirping sounds. What a delight to have this natural sound and backdrop just a window away from my morning glory. It too is a delight for my kitten, Ms. Mittens, who dreams every morning of sprouting wings so that she might take flight in the hopes of catching one of these winged musical creatures; these very dreams are what prompted window screens so to quell that kitten’s ambition.

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From the Archives: Community Garden, March 1977

Mary Ellen Grimes, the Block Association’s current Corresponding Secretary, has been working to beautify our block since the very earliest days of the organization’s existence. President of the Block Association in 1977, she and others converted a vacant lot at 68th and Broadway (now the site of Tower 67) into a community garden.

Their hard work paid off, and the block was the recipient of the 1981 Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Contest.


A photo from the 1977 block party, which was then called “Best of the West”.

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