Youth Day – August 28 @ Noon

Come out and join us for Youth Day on Sunday, August 28th beginning at noon on west 123rd street.  This year promises to be better than ever with pony rides, a bouncing castle, a spelling bee and fashion show.  Prizes galore!  Food and beverages will be served and music from our local DJs.

Don’t miss the party!

Minutes from 5.18.11 New 123rd Street Block Association & Community Garden Meeting


Took attendance and introduced the Board of Directors. Noted Aaron Albano’s acting as President in Jackie Albano’s absence and the addition of Kendra Sykes as Secretary.

Block Association Finances and Other News from the Treasury

  • Aaron Albano spoke about the bulletin board that was recently received to embellish the Community Garden. It was initially the wrong size, but he sent it back and received the correct size soon after. Plans to have someone help with the cement part of putting up the board and because this will be a big job, it will be a deduction from the Block Association’s bank account.
  • As of May 18th, 2011 there are 16 Block Association Members and 29 active members of the Garden.
  • Aaron Albano also spoke about working on a Kickstarter campaign for the Community Garden gate. After explaining what makes a Kickstarter campaign successful, he mentioned that we could also get local businesses to match whatever the Block Association fund raises. We will need between $6,000 and $8,000 to ensure we can pay for the entire job. Plans to have more information about the gate at the next meeting.

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Minutes from 4.20.11 New 123rd Street Block Association & Community Garden Meeting



  • Took attendance and greeting from JA and introduction of new members Ken Carrington, Carrie Walker and Andrew Hume

Block Association finances and other news from the Treasury

  • Aaron Albano spoke about the Heritage Rose project and encouraged more members to contribute as we are paid up on the roses but still need $$ for mulching etc.
  • The message board has been ordered and will be paid for when it ships.   We should be getting it very shortly.
  • Some new members were recruited.
  • As of March 23, 2011, the BA account held $1,832.47
  • Also spoke of the need to move forward with the fixing/replacement of the fence and gate to the garden, estimates ranging from 4-8K.  Asked for the members help in getting more info and/or help in getting grants or contacting people in the business who might be able to help

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Harlem’s Heritage Rose District Spring Planting – April 30 @ 11am

Come join Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, the 123rd Street Block Association, 30th Police Precinct, Carrie McCracken TRUCE Garden, Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association, Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, and Harlem Senior Citizens Sculpture Garden Park in celebrating Earth Day by planting over 100 heritage roses at new sites in Central and West Harlem.

The event will kick off at Marcus Garvey Park with activities for community members and volunteers of all ages.  Please see this flyer for more information.

Minutes from 3.23.11 New 123rd Street Block Association & Community Garden Meeting


  • It was agreed that elections for the Block Association Secretary position would be postponed until next meeting

Block Improvements

  • Two priorities for the Block in 2011 is a fence for the front of the Garden facing 123rd street and a message board that can be used for posting community notices
  • The Garden was awarded a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grant from the Citizen’s Committee for New York City of in the amount $985; the money will be used to purchase the message board.
  • Block Association Treasurer Aaron Albano provided an update on finances:
  • As of March 23, 2011, the BA account held $1,483.65
  • For anyone wishing to see current account activity, please contact Aaron directly at
  • Aaron also discussed efforts currently underway to establish 501 (c) 3 status for the BA in order to support fundraising activities

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Block Association & Community Garden Meeting Tonight @ 7pm

Please join us for our monthly Block Association meeting tonight at 7pm at Ephesus Chruch, 101  west 123rd Street.  We will be holding elections for the BA Secretary position as well as sharing news and updates about plans for 2011.


We will also spend half the meeting discussing spring plans and projects for the Garden, so come one come all!

Block Clean-Up Party – Saturday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 3:00PM

Got a few hours to spare on Saturday?  Please join us for “Block Clean-Up Party” from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, sponsored by the New 123rd Street Block Association.  Our dear block has taken quite a beating over the past couple months and we’re looking a little downtrodden, so let’s sneak in a quick make-over before it snows again!

We’ve got Community Pride supplying us with bags and tools, but we need your muscle!  Meet in front of the Community Garden to get what you need and drop off full bags there as well.

See you tomorrow!