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Corrected Newsletter:
 
CB4 sent us the wrong date for the Land Use Committee meeting to discuss affordable housing at MTA and DEP sites. It will be March 11, NOT April 11. Also, because they now anticipate a lot of people coming, they are moving the meeting to the Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Center, 550 Ninth Avenue entrance (West 40/41 Street).

I'm taking advantage of this second email to pass along an invitation from the NYPD that came in this morning to join the "Neighborhood Policing Listening Tour" that will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Location is 235 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003. 

 
Upcoming Events (Corrected): 
 
March 4 -- Community Board 4. Folks from Neighbors for Hell's Kitchen have asked interested residents to attend the full board meeting of Community Board 4 on March 4 to talk about their frustration over the City's decision to eliminate the moderate- and middle-income housing units (80% to 165% of area median income) planned for the MTA site at West 54th and Ninth. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and will be held at Mount Sinai West, 1000 Tenth Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room B. Although the MTA site is not on the agenda, residents are encouraged to sign up for the public address portion of the meeting. Folks may also want to be present for Item 12: "Letter to Lantern Organization re Supportive Housing SRO Preservation at 330-332 West 51 Street."

March 5 -- NYPD is inviting everyone in our area to join a "Neighborhood Policing Listening Tour" at 6:30 PM. Location is 235 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003. 

March 11 -- CB4 Land Use Committee Meeting. The Committee wants to hear from Block Association leaders and the public about affordable housing at the 806 Ninth Avenue MTA site and the 705 10th Avenue DEP site. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Center, 550 Ninth Avenue entrance (West 40/41 Street). 

March 30 -- Reps from all of West 55 Street's Co-Op Boards meet to discuss real estate taxes, other issues. Social Room of the Sherwood, 340 West 55th. 7 pm to 8 pm. 


April 13 -- West 55th Street Block Association meeting. Social Room of the Sherwood, 340 West 55th. 7 pm to 8 pm. 

April 21 -- Midtown North Precinct Community Council. (Third Tuesday of every month.) Starts at 7 PM at the Precinct on West 54th Street. Learn the latest from NYPD about crime statistics and trends in the area. The Council President is Larry Roberts. We are in Sector E and our Neighborhood Coordination Officers are PO Raymond Gregg (Raymond.Gregg@nypd.org) and PO David Loftus (David.Loftus@nypd.org).  

April 28 -- Presidential Primaries for the Democratic and Republican parties. Early voting begins on April 18. 

Notes from Feb. 24 Block Meeting 

The West 55th Street Block Association held its first quarter meeting from 7 pm to 8 pm on Feb. 24, 2020 in the Social Room at 340 West 55th Street. About two dozen people were in attendance, including representatives from NY Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal's and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's offices. 

1) Christine G reported on the latest developments regarding the MTA site at West 54th and Ninth Avenue. Neighbors for Hell's Kitchen is asking folks to come to the Community Board 4 Meeting on March 4 (see above Upcoming Events for details) to make their opinions known. We have since learned that the Land Use Committee of CB4 is inviting residents to come to their April 11 meeting (see Upcoming Events for details) on the same topic. 

2) Sheila F volunteered to be point person on finding a replacement tree from Parks Department for 321 West 55th. The hope is that we could get a London Plane tree for the site. She is coordinating with Linda Rosenthal's and Gale Brewer's offices.

3) Bike Lanes. Now that the weather is getting warmer, we're hoping that the Department of Transportation will paint loading zones stripes as promised last August. We've heard from other Block Associations who are having problems with the bike lanes as well. 

4) We sent a letter to CB4 asking them to ask the City to postpone efforts to create a dedicated bus lane on Ninth Avenue. With all the construction on Ninth Avenue (slated to continue for three more years), it would just make traffic a nightmare. 

5) Treasurer's report: Susan M reported that, as of Feb. 24, we have $14,000 in checking and $2008 in savings. We have paid Sav-A-Tree for putting up the lights in 2019 but we still owe them $1496.50 for taking down the lights, which leaves us in pretty good shape until next fall's fund-raising campaign. Upcoming expenses include travel grants ($500 each) for up to three juniors at the High School for Environmental Studies, tree bed planting (around $1100) and July 4 block party (a few hundred dollars). 

6) New Business: 

  • Seems like we're seeing more dog feces on the sidewalks. Please contact Christine if you'd like to help figure out some solutions. Ideas include a station with dog poop bags in the middle of the block, poop-cleaning teams. 
  • A resident of 357 West 55 reported that they are looking for a new commercial tenant to replace the Citibank branch office that was on the corner. 
  • Members of the seven co-op boards on West 55 are meeting on March 30 at 7 pm in the Social Room at 340 West 55. 
  • We still don't know what's going on with construction at 337-339 West 55 or when they might finish. 
  • CB4 is trying to get the SRO on West 56th Street renovated. 11 people still live there. 
  • Could we get composting on West 55th? So far none of the buildings have asked for it. 
  • Jen would like folks to know that God's Love We Deliver is available for anyone on the block who needs a meal or wants to volunteer. 
  • Someone asked about Stiles Market but no one knows whether/if they will reopen on West 52. 
  • There are lots of rumors about a Trader Joe's opening up in the area--maybe at the site of the old Cognac restaurant? No one knows for sure. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Lisa P. 

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