Welcome to West 123rd Street!

Here you’ll be able to find answers to most of your questions about the New West 123rd Street Block Association and the block’s Community Garden.  You can find out about ongoing projects, special events and links important resources in New York City.  Please email us with suggestions about how to make this website and our garden a better place!

First meeting scheduled for 2015

Our first Block Association meeting of 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th at Ephesus Church at 7pm, 101 West 123rd street.  The entrance is on 123rd St. and there will be signs posted around the block and on the garden message board.

At this meeting we will be collecting dues for 2015. Please remember that member dues are the primary source of funding for all BA and garden activities.  We ask all of our new and returning members to pay dues for both the Block Association and Garden so that we can get a financial jumpstart on this year’s activities.

Starting in April, the garden will be fully functioning and open to the entire communityand general public. We look forward to sharing all the amazing work that our members, friends and neighbors contributed to bringing the garden back to life after it was destroyed in 2012.

As a reminder, we have included portions of the BA and Garden Bylaws for your review.

A Note on Garden Boxes
Please note that we will be starting fresh with box holders in 2015. If you were a previous box holder, you will need to pay your dues and add your name to a list of those interested in planting this season, along with those who are new to the garden or have never had a box. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Sign up at the BA meeting on 3/18 at 7pm
  • Email garden@west123street.org by March 30, 2015
  • Call or text 917.837.8373 with your name and contact details by March30, 2015

If you would like to plant in a garden box this season, you must add your name to the interest list by March 30, 2014.

On March 30th we will tally the members interested in a garden box and if there are enough boxes to accommodate all interested members, we will assign a half box to each family/individual. If there is more interest then boxes available, it is likely we will conduct a lottery for the boxes.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday the 18th the BA meeting and are excited to get our member involved in all the block activities.

Block Association Membership

All residents of the block are automatically considered “General Members” of the BA.
General Members are invited to become “Members in Good Standing” if they agree to subscribe to the Bylaws and have fully paid their membership dues. Only Members in Good Standing can vote on election of Officers and amendments to the Bylaws.
Annual membership dues for the calendar year 2015 are set at $25 per household or individual. This rate will be reviewed annually and approved by a majority vote of the Board. Membership dues must be paid in full (and not on a pro-rata basis).
Each Member in Good Standing is entitled to one vote per issue brought in front of the Board of Directors during monthly BA meetings.  Members must be present at meetings to cast a ballot.

Garden Membership
Garden Memberships are available to any households and individuals who agree to subscribe to the Garden Bylaws and abide by GreenThumb regulations (both of which will be made available and must be signed as part of Membership agreement).  Membership dues are $20 per year, paid no later than March 30th of each calendar year or upon joining.
Vegetable or flower boxes are available to any interested Garden Member in Good Standing and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aaron
President of the New West 123rd St. Block Association

March 2014 Update

Dear Neighbors,

Our first Block Association meeting of 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at Ephesus Church at 7pm, 101 West 123rd street.  The entrance is on 123rd St. and there will be signs posted around the block and on the garden message board.

At this meeting we will be collecting dues for 2014. Please remember that member dues are the primary source of funding for all BA and garden activities.  We ask all of our new and returning members to pay dues for both the Block Association and Garden so that we can get a financial jumpstart on this year’s activities.

Starting in April, the garden will be fully functioning and open to the entire community and general public. We look forward to sharing all the amazing work that our members, friends and neighbors contributed to bringing the garden back to life after it was destroyed in 2012.

As a reminder, we have included portions of the BA and Garden Bylaws for your review.

A Note on Garden Boxes

Please note that we will be starting fresh with box holders in 2014. If you were a previous box holder, you will need to pay your dues and add your name to a list of those interested in planting this season, along with those who are new to the garden or have never had a box. Here’s how you can do that:

  • Sign up at the BA meeting on 3/19 at 7pm
  • Email garden@west123street.org by March 26, 2014
  • Call or text 917.837.8373 with your name and contact details by March 26, 2014

We are expecting a renewed interest in garden boxes and will be adding three additional boxes to accommodate demand. If you would like to plant in a garden box this season, you must add your name to the interest list by March 26, 2014.

On March 27 we will tally the members interested in a garden box and if there are enough boxes to accommodate all interested members, we will assign a half box to each family/individual. If there is more interest then boxes available, it is likely we will conduct a lottery for the boxes.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday the 19th the BA meeting and are excited to get our member involved in all the block activities.

 

Block Association Membership

All residents of the block are automatically considered “General Members” of the BA.

General Members are invited to become “Members in Good Standing” if they agree to subscribe to the Bylaws and have fully paid their membership dues. Only Members in Good Standing can vote on election of Officers and amendments to the Bylaws.

Annual membership dues for the calendar year 2014 are set at $25 per household or individual. This rate will be reviewed annually and approved by a majority vote of the Board. Membership dues must be paid in full (and not on a pro-rata basis).

Each Member in Good Standing is entitled to one vote per issue brought in front of the Board of Directors during monthly BA meetings.  Members must be present at meetings to cast a ballot.

Garden Membership

Garden Memberships are available to any households and individuals who agree to subscribe to the Garden Bylaws and abide by GreenThumb regulations (both of which will be made available and must be signed as part of Membership agreement).  Membership dues are $20 per year, paid no later than May 1 of each calendar year or upon joining.

Vegetable or flower boxes are available to any interested Garden Member in Good Standing and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

End of Year 2013 Update

Dear Block Association & Garden Members,

Thinking back on 2013, I’m incredibly proud of all the hard work we’ve seen from the New West 123rd Street Block Association and Community Garden members. It was a very productive and positive year: we welcomed over twenty new BA members, had scores of new faces at our monthly meetings and worked together to rebuild the Community Garden, which will re-open in the spring. In short, you’ve all helped make our community a better place to live.

Particular thanks are due:

To those who led the Citizen’s Committee for New York grant application effort, which resulted in the BA and Garden being awarded a grant to help with the garden rebuild.

To Kenneth Williams from GreenThumb for his continued help in making sure we had what we needed to restore the community garden, and especially Kenny’s aid in securing a brand new fence for the front of the garden.

Finally, to the many neighbors that came out to the garden each weekend and contributed however they could to put our community garden back together! Together, we accomplished so much. Here’s just a few of the things we did:
Moved 40 yards of soil, 20 yards of sand and 20 yards of wood chips
Built 13 garden boxes
Installed a new arbor
Organized the new tool shed
Installed and edged the new blue stone patio and pathways
Planted 14 new trees, 400 bulbs, 300 perennials, 30 shrubs including blueberry and raspberry bushes
Re-installed our community message board

A few notes regarding garden boxes:
IMPORTANT: All full-sized boxes will be split in half, regardless of past membership and past box-holders are not guaranteed a box in the spring. This decision was made in order to accommodate an uptick in interest from the community, and resolve past challenges with box tenure.
Garden boxes will be available to dues-paying Garden members on a first come, first serve basis, beginning on March 19th, when we hold our first 2014 meeting and start collecting dues.
If there is an overwhelming turnout for the boxes, a lottery system may be necessary to allocate the boxes.
Nothing is set in stone, so if you have any thoughts on this process please feel free to email the BA with your suggestions.

We will take a winter recess from our monthly meetings, and reconvene on March 19th, 2014. During that meeting we’ll discuss 2014 plans, collect dues for the 2014 Block Association and Garden membership, and start a list for garden boxes.

Again, many thanks to all who participated this year and we look forward to your continued participation and support in 2014.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Aaron Albano
President of the New West 123rd St. Block Association

BA meeting and Garden Update

Just another quick email to say thank you to all who supported our efforts this weekend in the garden: whether you shoveled and sweated, made a donation, or even delivered freshly baked breakfast goodies, everyone’s help was invaluable.

Our next Block Association meeting will be on October 16th at 7pm at Ephesus Church, located at 101 west 123rd Street.

On Friday, October 18th, we are expecting a delivery of ornamental shrubs. Our next garden rebuild day will be on Saturday, October 19th from 9am-1pm. (Sunday, October 20th is the rain date). Scott Ahlborn and Jim Streacker will be overseeing the placement and planting, so please find them in the garden bright and early on Saturday. The updated rebuild schedule has been posted on the garden fence.

Thanks again to the volunteers and greater community for all your help as we get the garden back in shape. Looks great so far!

Aaron
President of the New West 123rd St. Block Association

Rebuild Schedule
Oct. 18 Delivery: Shrubs, cement (no parking in front of garden)
Oct. 19 Volunteers: 9am-1pm Plant shrubs
Oct. 20 (October 19th Volunteer rain date)
Oct. 25 Delivery: Ground cover & mulch (no parking in front of garden)
Oct. 26 Volunteers: 9am-1pm Spread mulch & plant ground cover
Oct. 27 Youth Program Halloween Party! 1pm-4:30pm (Soft opening of garden)
**Trees to be delivered after first frost, date TDB.

Garden Rebuild Schedule

Hello Members and Neighbors of the New West 123rd Street Community Garden!

As you can probably see, the garden is slowly being rebuilt and will soon be ready to welcome Garden and Community members back into its green oasis. It has been a long road since the building at 110 West 123rd Street collapsed and destroyed the garden on May 4th, 2012 (and thankfully no one was hurt), but the Block Association has been hard at work to secure funds and materials to reopen the garden for all to enjoy.

In the past few months, we’ve worked with GreenThumb and the Parks Department on a number of projects to make it safe for community members to be in the garden. A lot of building debris had been compacted into the soil, so the earth was sifted to remove shards of glass, metal, brick, etc., and leveled to make it safe and accessible for all ages. Pathways of blue stone have been laid, two new benches plus a new arbor have been delivered and wooden frames for vegetable and flower boxes have been cut and drilled.

But clearly there is a lot left to do, and we hope you can lend a few hours over the next month to help rebuild the garden. Below is a schedule listing the dates of expected material deliveries and the work that will need to be done to get those materials in place. If you are able to help, please email gardenrebuild@west123street.org or jimstreacker@me.com with your availability. For updates on the rebuild process, please visit www.west123street.org.

Thank you again for your support, patience and positivity – we’re almost there!

Oct. 3 Delivery: Top soil & weed fabric (no parking in front of garden)

Oct. 5,6 Volunteers: 8:30am-1:00pm Level garden, move soil, install & fill garden boxes

Oct. 8 Delivery: Sand, edging, & bluestone (no parking in front of garden)

Oct. 9,10 Volunteers: Level sand (Scott or Jim will layout grid for bluestone patio)

Oct.12 Volunteers: 9am-1pm Help lay bluestone, & edge path

Oct. 18 Delivery: Shrubs (no parking in front of garden)

Oct. 19,20 Volunteers: 9am-1pm Plant shrubs

Oct. 25 Delivery: Ground cover & mulch (no parking in front of garden)

Oct. 26,27 Volunteers: 9am-1pm Spread mulch & plant ground cover

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer: gardenrebuild@west123street.org

If you are able to volunteer during the week please contact: jimstreacker@me.com

If you would like to post this info in your building you can download these PDFs.
Garden Update 09.29.13 | Garden Rebuild Schedule

BA Update

Dear Block Association Members,

Per our usual summer schedule, there will be no August Block Association meeting. We’ll reconvene our regular meetings on Wednesday September 18th.

The annual Youth Day / Block Party is this Saturday, Aug 24th, from 9am-7pm. Parking will be suspended for the duration. We hope to see everyone enjoying the day and helping celebrate our youth.

The garden rebuild is currently in a holding pattern as we continue to insist with Parks and Green Thumb on the removal of the widespread debris mixed in with the soil. Those that have been in the garden report seeing broken glass, brick, metal and other inorganic materials embedded in the soil, which poses a hazard to the community, and in particular, children. As soon as the problem has been rectified we will continue with the rebuilding of the community garden. If you would like to make a donation to help the rebuild process you may do so here: https://ioby.org/project/new-123rd-street-community-garden.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Aaron

Garden Rebuild Update

BA & Garden Members,

We are ready to begin rebuilding the New West 123rd Street Community Garden with your help!

GreenThumb has confirmed that a purchase order has been issued for all of the items on our list.  Scott Ahlborn is coordinating the delivery of those items starting with bluestone for the patio area and sand for underneath the stone.  We will also be able to begin building the new garden boxes, after which new soil can be delivered to fill those and top dress the entire garden.

We are scheduling a garden cleanup for the weekend of August 9, 10 and 11.  We are renting a 20 yard dumpster that will allow us to clear the remaining debris, dead trees and weeds from the garden. The dumpster will only be available for those days and be removed on Monday, August 12. Continue reading

Rodent Complaint 139 WEST 123 STREET

A rodent complaint has been filed for the following 139 West 123rd st.  To place a follow up request with 311, please use the following information and reference the service request number.    Click here for the 311 Rodent Complaint Page.

SERVICE REQUEST #: 1-1-854371841
05/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rodent
Rat Sighting
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 139 WEST 123 STREET
INCIDENT BOROUGH: MANHATTAN
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found violations on the property you reported. Follow-up inspections will be scheduled.
03/12/2013 12:00:00 AM

Rodent Complaint 135 WEST 123 STREET

A rodent complaint has been filed for the following 135 West 123rd st.  To place a follow up request with 311, please use the following information and reference the service request number.    Click here for the 311 Rodent Complaint Page.

SERVICE REQUEST #: 1-1-854365431
05/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rodent
Rat Sighting
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 135 WEST 123 STREET
INCIDENT BOROUGH: MANHATTAN
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found violations on the property you reported. Follow-up inspections will be scheduled.
04/24/2013 12:00:00 AM