Welcome 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 hello.

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.

Our Block

Daily News: NYC Comptroller Rejects Aladdin Shelter Contract

posted May 13, 2015, 9:34 AM by West Block   [ updated May 13, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

We applaud Comptroller Scott Stringer for calling further attention to safety concerns at the Aladdin shelter, and pressuring the city to do something about it.

We also applaud Mayor de Blasio for creating shelter "SWAT Teams," composed of workers from five city agencies — the FDNY and the departments of homeless services, housing, health and buildings -- to inspect and remedy problem shelters such as the Aladdin.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer REJECTS Aladdin Homeless Shelter Contract Renewal

posted May 11, 2015, 11:01 PM by West Block   [ updated May 11, 2015, 11:06 PM ]

It's nice to know someone in city government finally agrees with us, and cares enough to do something about it. 

Citing a NY Dept of Investigation report, released in March, that highlighted unacceptable living conditions in certain city shelters, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer today REJECTED a permanent shelter contract for the Aladdin, located at 317 W 45th St. The Aladdin was one of only two shelters city-wide that were rejected--a dubious distinction for us here in the heart of the greatest city in the richest nation in the history of humankind.

The proposed contract has been sent back to the administration of Mayor de Blasio "for further review."

Here's a link to the full press release:

Beautiful plants and amazing neighbors!

posted Apr 26, 2015, 2:08 PM by West Block   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

When we started planning our first community gardening day of 2015, we hoped for nice weather and a decent turnout. What we got was a glorious Spring day, an amazing turnout of friends and neighbors, and a day filled with digging, planting, watering and a shovel full of fun!

Turns out we we have a block full of burgeoning gardeners with real landscaping creativity! Throughout the day passersby commented time and again how wonderful the tree beds looked. "Beautiful!" "Thank you!" "What gorgeous tree beds!" and perhaps the best... "45th street gardeners rock!!"

We totally agree.

And who are these talented planters of gorgeous flowers and plants? They are: Chelsea, Dexter, Arielle, Sharon, Susan, Lloyd, Bonnie, Jake, Lola, Lennon, Andreas and David. And together they planted more than 200 plants and flowers up and down the block.

Some pictures are attached below. The complete photo album can be seen (and photos downloaded) here.

Special thanks to Schmackary's for supplying scrumptious cookies and coffee, and to Phil and everyone else at Chelsea Gardening Center for helping us pick the plants and flowers and giving us a great deal! You guys Rock!

Tree bed rehab

posted Apr 19, 2015, 4:45 PM by West Block

A hard-working crew of block association volunteers got into the swing of spring today by rehab-ing the large tree bed in front of 330 W 45th St. The tree has been slowly dying off the past few years, and nothing much grows in the soil.

So what's involved in a tree bed rehab? Shoveling down two feet into the soil (while being careful not to cut tree roots!), sifting out rocks, removing 6 garbage bags full of exhausted/compacted soil and replacing with high-grade compost and potting soil. Hopefully the tree recovers and plants will now thrive in that bed.

We're getting ready for next Sunday's (4/26/15) spring planting. Come join us! Meet at noon in front of 330 W 45th St.

New signs in treebeds

posted Oct 9, 2014, 4:54 PM by West Block   [ updated Oct 9, 2014, 5:00 PM ]

This summer the block association designed, fabricated and installed a series of fun, colorful, whimsical, original signs for our treebeds. The signs have been very effective in reducing litter and dog waste in our treebeds/gardens. We've also noticed many tourists and visitors to W 45th St. stopping to admire, take a photo, or have a chuckle with the signs. We hope residents will enjoy the signs and do their part to reduce litter and dog waste by calling out any litterbugs or irresponsible pet owners. You can also do your part by picking up any trash you happen to notice in a tree bed.

A big thank-you to block Co-Chair David S. for heading up this project!   

Mathews Palmer Park Redesign - Community Presentation

posted Apr 23, 2014, 7:43 AM by West Block

It's finally here!

As you may remember, a little over a year ago $1.8 million was allocated for the re-design of Mathews Palmer Park (45th/46th between 9th/10th). The West 45th and 46th St Block Associations spearheaded a community visioning process so residents could share their thoughts and ideas about how the park should be redesigned.

We invited you to participate and the turnout was amazing! More than 300 of our neighbors contributed their thoughts and ideas on how to make Mathews Palmer a better park for our neighborhood. We provided your feedback to the Parks Dept - and we're now at the next step in the process - approval of the Parks Department design.

How will the train be incorporated?… Will there be more natural elements?… How will they open the space and make it safer and more inviting?

We've all been in suspense since we shared your input and we're about to get our answers. This is the meeting for you to see the new design, ask Parks Dept Designers questions and share our thoughts on the design. We'll see you there!

WHEN:      Thursday, May 8 @ 6:30pm
WHO:        CB4 - Parks, Waterfront and Environment Committee
WHERE:   Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC)
                  300 West 46th Street (a few steps West of 8th Ave)

Winter Gathering at Landmark Tavern

posted Jan 16, 2014, 7:15 AM by West Block   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 7:22 AM ]

Hi all,

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.

We look forward to see all the familiar faces and meeting all the new ones!

Annual Report - 2013

posted Dec 23, 2013, 11:34 PM by West Block

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!

Holiday Fundraising Food Drive

posted Nov 17, 2013, 1:45 PM by West Block   [ updated Nov 17, 2013, 2:15 PM ]

Hi all,

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.

Event info:

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!

Event Participants:
NYBeer Company: www.NYBeerCompany.com
Hartley House: www.hartleyhouse.org
KelSo Beer Website: www.kelsobeer.com

Food Drive Fundraiser Event Links:

FREE Double Feature Outdoor Film Screening - Monday, October 28, 6pm

posted Oct 26, 2013, 11:20 AM by West Block

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
followed by
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.

For more info and/or to volunteer to your time, creativity or special treats to share, email west45thstreet@gmail.com or call 347-460-1818.

Brought 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. 

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