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In this newsletter:
1) Donations still needed for 2019-2020 tree lighting 
2) Howlin' Halloween Pet Parade is Tuesday, October 29 at 7 PM
3) Loading zone "no parking" stripes to be added this week
4) Volunteers needed to attend 4 community meetings 
5) General Election FAQs: early voting dates and polling locations

Donations Needed for 40th Annual Tree Lighting!

Thanks to all who have donated so far to the 40th annual tree lighting campaign. As of Sept. 29th, we have raised about $4000. We need to raise another $5500 (for a total of $9500) to hang the lights in late November and then raise another $3000 to take them down in February of 2020. We've managed to cover these expenses for eleven years in a row, so this is completely do-able!!!

There are two ways to contribute:

1) You can donate online via PayPal or credit card by going to our website: and clicking on the yellow "Donate" button in the lower left hand corner.

2) Or you can make out a check payable to "The West 55th Street Block Association" and drop it off with one of the doormen at 345 West 55th Street (attention Susan Malbin, Treasurer). See donation form at the end of this newsletter.

Break out the duct tape and fire up your sewing machines! Thanks to the magnificent efforts of Jen and Mitch, the Howlin' Halloween Pet Parade will take place again this year on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 PM, starting in front of 310 West 55th. Awards for best costumes will be announced at the end of the evening. Come one, come all. Even if you don't have a pet, this is a fun even that is not to be missed. 
Stripes Coming to Loading Zones!
The Department of Transportation tells us they will be painting stripes in the "no parking" zones in front of 310, 340 and 345 sometime this week. They said they had to wait until after the UN General Assembly meetings were over. They also say that they are going to be in contact with the Midtown North Precinct about not parking in those zones. The next meeting of the Precinct Council will be Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 pm at 306 West 54th Street. 

Volunteers Needed to Attend and Report on The Following Community Meetings

Several folks volunteered last month to help keep the Block Association informed regarding CB4 and Police Precinct meetings by attending a few key meetings. I've gone over the agendas and have picked out the ones that seem most pertinent to West 55th Street. Don't feel like you have to stay for the whole meeting; even an hour would give us a flavor. Please sign up to attend one of these meetings below by clicking on this link
Oct. 2, Wednesday at 6:30 PM. General Meeting of Community Board 4. 441 West 26th, Dan Carpenter A/B.
  • Items 2 and 3 are especially important. Item 2 is a letter regarding the Slaughterhouse project. How that project is finalized could have a big impact on the new building that will be built at the corner of West 54th and Ninth. 
  • Item 3 concerns the creation of the Hells Kitchen Historic District. 
Oct. 16. Monday at 6:30 PM. CB4 Transportation Meeting. Port Authority Replacement Center - 9th Ave Entrance (40/41).
  • Item 4: Alvin Ailey will present their request to have a loading zone added to the street in front of their building--like the ones created on West 55th between Eighth and Ninth. 
  • Item 5: Discussion: David Newman Bike Enforcement and Safety for Cyclists
Oct. 17, Tuesday at 7 PM. Midtown North Precinct Council Meeting. 306 West 54th.
  • Learn about community policing efforts in the neighborhood 
  • Talk about parking issues on West 55th. 
Nov. 6 at 6:30. Community Board 4. Mount Sinai West, 1000 10th Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room B.
Early Voting Comes to New York City 

Early voting has been a major goal of many good government groups in New York. This allows people to vote on days, including weekends, other than Election Day. The hope is that this will allow more people to vote--especially those who have trouble getting off work on Tuesdays. One of things that Democrats did after they won the majority of seats in Albany during last year's midterms was to pass an early voting law. The Nov. 5 election this year will be the first to have early voting. 

I have posted the dates and times for early voting below. You can also find them on the NYC Election Board website at

Please note: our polling location (both north and south sides of the block) will be John Jay North Hall at 445 West 59th Street for early voting days. Anyone who votes on Nov. 5 must go back to our regular polling booth at PS111, 440 West 52nd. 

Early Voting at John Jay (445 West 59th): 
Saturday, Oct. 26      10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, Oct. 27        10 am to 4 pm
Monday, Oct. 28        9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 29       7 am to 8 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 30  9 am to 5 pm
Thursday, Oct. 31      9 am to 5 pm
Friday, Nov. 1             7 am to 8 pm
Saturday, Nov. 2        10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, Nov. 3          10 am to 4 pm

General Election at PS 111 (440 West 52nd)
Tuesday, Nov. 5       6 AM to 9 PM


    Winter Lights 2019-2020    

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