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Save the Date: July 4 Block Party!!


Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Hope you've had a great Memorial Day! The next big event for our neighborhood is the West 55 BA Block Party on July 4, Independence Day. As usual, it will be a fun Do-It-Ourselves kind of affair. Bring your own food and some to share. Musical instruments are welcome but no amplifiers. Stay tuned to sign up for set-up, cleanup, face painting, games and grilling.
New Neighbor? Plans by the City to build a new building at 806 Ninth Avenue (where the MTA parking lot is currently, at West 54th and Ninth) are moving ahead. Long-time residents may recall that we first learned about these plans 10 years ago. Many people on West 54th and West 55th Streets expressed concerns back then that the new building was too tall for the neighborhood and that environmental mitigation might be a problem (The site was once a bus depot with lots of leakage of oil and other contaminants in the soil.) 

The above photo shows a rendering of the proposed building, which will be a mixed-use development containing office and retail space as well as "100 units of affordable and supportive housing, including a number of apartments reserved for the formerly homeless." (Rendering by CetraRuddy, the architectural firm that has been retained for the project.)

I'm trying to find out if folks are interested in having a meeting to learn more about these developments. Please click on the blue box below to indicate your interest in meeting on a weekday evening sometime this summer to learn more. We're told that not much is likely to happen before the fall. 
 
I WOULD like to attend a meeting to learn more about the proposed building at West 54th and Ninth Avenue.
Thanks to all who came out to plant begonias on Saturday, May 11. We had a glorious day and with the help of Midtown Community Court we finished the entire block in just over an hour. 
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