to The West 45th St. Block Association!
Since 1976 we've
been working with our neighbors to improve the safety and quality of life in our community, and beautify the block. If you live on 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues and
have a question, a suggestion, an issue you'd like to work on, or just want to meet some
great neighbors, we invite you to come to an event, or drop us a note and say
Come Out and Join Us
Our members help shape the future of our community and improve the quality of life for everyone
living on 45th street. Send us an email if you'd like to get involved, receive news alerts about local events,
and stay up to date on neighborhood happenings.
Hi all,We look forward to see all the familiar faces and meeting all the new ones!
The Holidays may have ended, but community festivities carry on! Come enjoy some drinks and
complimentary appetizers as we share a chilly Hell's Kitchen eve in a
cozy neighborhood landmark!
Please join us for our 7th annual Winter
Gathering and Celebration on Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:30pm at
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Ave (at 46th). All are welcome! Meet neighbors, share stories, discuss issues, dream up possibilities -
and celebrate! Or, just hang out and enjoy the great live music.
Dear friends and neighbors on W45th St.,
It's been a busy and results-filled year on the block. The biggest project was enlarging fourteen (14) tree beds--we worked with ConEd to open up the sidewalks to have more green space and replaced 5,000 pounds of rock and sand with 5,000 pounds of high grade top soil, installed brand new tree guards, and replanted those beds with flowers and perennials. David, Tim, Susan and Hansel together put in more than 200 hours of time and labor on that project, with help from several others who came out to volunteer. We also did an Aladdin homeless shelter site inspection/visit and conducted regular quarterly meetings with the Aladdin landlord, Dept of Homeless Services, police and elected officials. By holding feet to the fire we helped improve conditions inside and outside the shelter. We successfully advocated with our police precinct to put a stop to the growing problem of commuter buses and jitneys laying over on our block. We worked with two new bars/businesses on the block to set expectations and develop positive relations--both have shown themselves to be good neighbors and responsible business owners/members of our community. The last month of the year is always a busy one for us and we'd like to thank the following for all they've done to help spread holiday cheer around the neighborhood these past few weeks:
*Sally and Susan--delivery of 2 holiday wreaths to Aladdin homeless shelter
*Tim--delivery of holiday gifts (clementines) to people (mostly supers and janitors) who have worked hard this year to keep the block clean and safe
*Susan, David and Tim--cleaning up tree beds (x2); laying christmas tree boughs in tree beds to protect the soil and beautify the block (a big job especially after we enlarged so many tree beds)
*The Members of the W 45th St. Block Association--$250 donation to Midtown North Police Community Council for awards banquet honoring cops of the month/year
*The Members of the W 45th St. Block Association--$250 donation to St. Luke's Soup Kitchen on W 46th St (restaurant row)
We can always use help and welcome your ideas and input so please send us an email if you'd like to work on any block or neighborhood projects in 2013.
We wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
The NY Beer Company is hosting an
upcoming holiday fundraising food drive event in partnership with our friends
at Hartley House, on the evening of Thursday November 21st 2013. The idea is
for guests & attendees to bring canned/non-perishable food items to donate
and exchange for beer & merchandise from NYBC & KelSo Beer Co. (who
will be the featured brewery participant of the event). All donations will go
towards Hartley House's Thanksgiving food dinner for those families in the
area a little less fortunate.
Holiday Food Drive for Hartley House
Sponsored by: New York Beer Company
321 West 44th Street (btwn 8th and 9th Aves)
Thursday Nov. 21st
5:30pm to 10:00pm
Please come by to drop off some non-perishable food items and grab a beer. And please help spread the word for this good cause through your mailing lists, facebook etc. The event flyer is attached below. Thanks!
NYBeer Company: www.NYBeerCompany.com
Hartley House: www.hartleyhouse.org
KelSo Beer Website: www.kelsobeer.com
Food Drive Fundraiser Event Links:
She burst into the clearing at full stride plunging headfirst into the lake. Diving to the bottom, she pulled herself through the murky water until
it sloped finally upward. Her lungs burning, she kicked hard for a stand of reeds. Only then did she reach for air. Allowing only her lips to break
the surface. Taking only a shallow breathe before submerging again.
When she surfaced moments later, she rubbed two handfuls of stagnant mud into her hair and slid silently among the reeds.
She prayed it would be enough.
It had to be.
Because they had turned. They could smell her now. And they were coming.
Cozy up in our outdoor living room and enjoy the Hell's Kitchen stars.
Bring your blankets, chairs, warm drinks, yummy treats - and friends and neighbors!
Monday, October 28th, 6pm
(films start at 6:30)
Our outdoor community center -
Mathews Palmer Playground
45th/46th between 9th/10th Avenues
It's A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
the award-winning documentary The Vanishing City
The Vanishing City is an important and relevant documentary, and a must-see for all New Yorkers. Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, The Vanishing City exposes
the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s
beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy,
and the myth of “inevitable change.” Artfully documented through
interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film
takes a sober look at the city’s “luxury” policies and high-end
development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption
surrounding land use and rezoning. www.vanishingcity.com
The film will be followed by a Q&A with the directors: Jen Senko and Fiore DeRosa.
to you by The Coalition of Block and Community Leaders, West 45th and
46th Street Block Associations, Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Association -
and lots of other good peeps.
Police from Midtown North precinct have asked for help in identifying a suspect (please see attached .pdf for photos) in a brutal robbery. Assault occured on West 58 Street between 10th and 11th Avenues on
Saturday September 21, 2013.
The perpetrator struck the victim without
warning in the back of the head with a hard object, likely a brick, and
then attempted to remove property from his back pockets. Based on the
video surveillance it appears likely that the perpetrator is homeless. If anyone has information regarding the attack or suspect please contact Inspector Tim Beaudette or P.O. Lance Trent at the number below.
And please stay vigilant.
P.O. Lance Trent
Crime Prevention Officer
Midtown North Precinct
306 West 54 Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212 767 8445
Mathews Palmer Playground has been a part of Hell's Kitchen since it was first constructed in the 1930's. This year the playground won a $1.8 million appropriation from Speaker Quinn's office for a much needed update and redesign. To make sure the community had a say in this process, our block association teamed up with the 46th Street BA, Friends of Mathews Palmer Park and People Make Parks
to gather with our neighbors and secure community feedback. Our efforts resulted in the Design Your Park Day.
Despite the cloudy skies and occasional rain, turn out from the community was amazing. We received input from hundreds of residents and park users. The results were compiled and are now with park designers who should be presenting designs to the community in the Spring of 2014. We'll update you on progress as soon as we have the info. Thanks to all who came out to help reshape the park for the next 20 years!
For those interested, the poster created to promote the event and the report submitted to the Parks Department are attached.