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
including:

  • 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
bouncehouse
bbq

$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

PLAN TO JOIN THE FUN !


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:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskdJA6h1


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.

View more fun photos at this open link:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskgTEXcV


APPLAUD THE VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS & LEADERS.
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
https://flic.kr/s/aHskhfhQqs


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:

http://www.westsiderag.com/2015/08/04/lowes-reveals-opening-date-new-store-format-will-be-first-in-nation

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/31/lowes-opening-two-manhattan-stores.html

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150803/REAL_ESTATE/150809984/to-build-buzz-for-its-new-manhattan-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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ANNUAL WEST 68th STREET COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY

Checkout our flyer for more information!

The When and Where:
Saturday, September 12th, 11am – 4pm
West 68th St between Broadway and Columbus Ave

This Year will be Bigger & Better – All Are Welcome – Rain or Shine

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West 68th Street Spring 2015 Block Party

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Spring 2015 Block Party

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Community Autumn Festival

You are cordially invited to

The West 68th Street Block Association’s
COMMUNITY AUTUMN FESTIVAL
PET COSTUME PARADE
Jazz/Rock Concert

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
10 AM to 5 PM
West 68th Street: Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue

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Jazz and Rock Concert 12 noon to 4 pm: THE CANDY SHOP BOYS: 

A versatile high-energy ensemble performs a repertoire of jazz and blues from the 1920’s, 30’s, & 40’s & unique arrangements of rock classics from the 60’s and 70’s. Come swing to their beat!!

  • Face Painting for all ages! 12 noon to 4pm
  • Children’s Game Area with Elmo 10 am to 5 pm
  • Photo Booth with Seasonal Props 11 am to 5 pm
  • Pet Parade: Costume your dog & cat for prizes 2 pm – assemble at TD Bank
  • Refreshments and Bake Sale 10 am to 5 pm
  • $1 Raffle to win meals and services drawing at 4 pm
  • White Elephant Sale: rent a table or donate items all day

Prize Contributors and Supporters include:

Loews Theater * IL Violino Restaurant * Petco Unleashed * La Boite en Bois Rest. * JOANNE * Trattoria Ogden * CAP Properties * Vanguard Wine Bar * Jupiter Symphony * Lincoln Sq. Synagogue * NY Kids Club * Traviata Pizza Rest. * York Prep * TD Bank * Lincoln Business Machines * 1st Church of Christ, Scientist *  Wade Maxx Gallery * West Side Pediatric Dentistry * Early Music Foundation * Linc Sq Vetinary Hospital * Urgent Care W 69th St * Remedy Massage * Pan Am Equities

All are most gratefully acknowledged for their help & support -The list grows daily!!!

For more information contact: autumnfestival68@gmail.com or call/text (917) 417-1882

BAKERS & HELPERS NEEDED

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Spring Planting Festival

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A NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT: EVERYONE WELCOME

MAY 18, SUNDAY

W 68th St : Broadway to Columbus Ave

9 am – 6 pm (Street Will Be Closed)

  • ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DANCE PARTY (1 pm – 4 pm)
    • The Narwhals, featuring the Upper West Side’s own Birdy Sahagian, will rock our block with the classics. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
  • WHITE ELEPHANT TAG SALE
    • donate books, artware, jewelry, household items, etc. beginning May 12th or
    • have your own table with small fee (must reserve space)
  • CHILDREN’s FACE PAINTING & CLOWN (noon – 4pm)
    • Join ELMO and his friends for pictures & balloons
  • RAFFLE community sponsor prizes
  • TREE PIT PLANTING
  • TABLES & CHAIRS for eating, relaxing & games

Volunteers and contributors : e-mail and phone/ text below

Ansonia Station PO BOX 230673 New York, New York 10023

https://w68th.wordpress.com……w68info@aol.com……917-417-1882

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