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 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

From the April 27 NYC CGC (Community Garden Coalition) Annual “Stand for our Land” event

NYC CGC MISSION: LONGTERM LIFE and PRESERVATION OF COMMUNITY GARDENS is the mission of NYC CGC.

NYC CGC grew out of the 1990s when community volunteers had to learn, practically overnight, on how organize, lobby, and defend their gardens from real estate developers. What began as a collection of community members of two decades ago has grown to become a collection of community gardens, well organized, strong, and representative of the five boroughs. They also made reference to Pete Seeger and Bette Midler who have supported the gardens and organizations that support the gardens. Continue reading

Reminder – BA / Garden & Holiday Party

Just a quick reminder about our upcoming Block Association and Community Garden Meeting and Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm at Ephesus Church, 101 west 123rd street in the basement.
We’ll have a quick update on BA and Garden news, as well as a quick summary of progress over the year and an outlook on 2013, followed by a dessert potluck and raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the BA and Garden directly. Prizes include:
Broadway Tickets to….
  • Peter and the Star Catcher
  • The Gazillion Bubbles Show
  • Bunnicula
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

A floral arrangement from Harlem Flo (2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd)


If you’re able, please bring a sweet treat to share – cookies, cakes and pies are all welcome.
See you Wednesday!

Next Block Association & Community Garden Meeting/Holiday Party – December 19, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Our next and final 2012 Block Association and Community Garden meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 19th at Ephesus Church, 101 West 123rd Street, in the basement. And, in the spirit of the season, we will be having a holiday party immediately after a quick update on BA and Garden news, a review of our activities and successes in 2012 and an outlook on 2013.

We will also be having a raffle with great prizes on offer, including Broadway tickets and a beautiful floral arrangement from our neighbors at Harlem Flor. Tickets will be $1 a piece and all proceeds will go directly to the Block Association and Community Garden.

What can you bring to the party?

  • A sweet treat for your neighbors! Cookies, cakes and pies are all welcome
  • Canned food and unwrapped toys, to be donated to and distributed by Ephesus Church
  • Yourself and your family!

Any questions, please email Jason Price, Block Association VP at jason@hebsdigital.com or 123st-steering-committee@googlegroups.com.

Big Weekend on West 123rd Street – August 26/27, 2012

Hello everyone!

This weekend is full of action for west 123rd street and we invite all our neighbors to join in the fun:


  • Saturday, August 25, 12:00 – 6:00pm Annual Youth Day Block Party Rides, games, activities, music and BBQ for everyone in the neighborhood. Last year there were pony rides so who knows what kind of fun is in store this time around!
    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Lamont Alston and the 123 YP will be doing a big block clean up starting at 9am on Saturday morning; if you are able to help out, please find Lamont on the block on Saturday morning
  • Sunday, August 26, 11:00am – 5:00pm Ephesus Church Annual Health Fair Your health is the most important thing you have, so come by Ephesus Church on Sunday to make sure you’re in tip top shape!  Free mammograms, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, as well as fitness and nutrition information will be available.
Please remember that there will be no parking on the street either day and cars will be ticketed and towed.
Have fun this weekend! Hope to see you all there.