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West 13th Street Gazette No. 1 (Feb. 1997)

West 13th Street Gazette No. 1 (Feb. 1997)

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Published by Alan J Jacobs
First newsletter of W. 13th St. 100 Block Association, February 1997
First newsletter of W. 13th St. 100 Block Association, February 1997

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W.
13
th
 
St.
 
Gazette
Voice of the W. 13th St. 100 Block Association, 118 W. 13th St., New York, N.Y. 10011
Issue No. 1February 1997
Next meeting
Our next meeting will take place Tuesday, March 11,1997 at 8 PM at Katherine House, 118 W. 13th St.Ring bell to enter.
At the last meeting (Jan. 9)
Officers elected; bylaws adopted
Block Association members adopted a set bylaws onJan. 9, 1997, and elected the following officers (withaddresses):P
RESIDENT
: Gary Tomei (155)1
ST
V
ICE
P
RES
.: Nancy Deckinger (117)2
 ND
V
ICE
P
RES
.: Alan Jacobs (105)S
ECRETARY
: Harriet Brand (158)T
REASURER 
: Bill Borenstein (143)
Committees formed
The Association formed the following committees:T
RAFFIC
C
OMMITTEE
Carla Ashton, Chair (117)C
RIME
P
REVENTION
C
OMMITTEE
Sal Conti, Chair (147)A
RMORY
D
EVELOPMENT
C
OMMITTEE
 Nancy Deckinger, Chair (117)
Block news
11th St. heading west
Persistent outspokenness by 13th St. residentsattending community meetings has led to theDepartment of Transportation’s (DOT) re-reversal of the traffic on W. 11th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.) to its proper direction. The
Villager 
reports that theturnaround will occur on February 18.
(Bulletin: And the turnaround did occur on February 18.)
On 1/14/97, Transp. Comm’r Christopher Lynnwrote to neighbor Larry Fruchter (151 W. 13th St.):
As you know, the majority of the community requests thatW. 11th St. be reversed back to westbound. . . .[W]e willimplement the reversal during the February school break.This will ensure the safest conditions and allow for asufficient notification time after the holidays to bothschool children and residents. In addition, the followingmeasures will be implemented:
Reconfiguration of the “neckdowns” to allow vehicleuse from either direction.
Prohibition of W. 11th St traffic from turning ontoeastbound Greenwich Avenue
Installation of “No Honking” signs in the vicinity of St Vincent’s HospitalIn addition, . . . we will investigate . . . installing a “speedhump” on W. 11th St. and/or allowing part-time closure of the street during school arrival and dismissal periods.
Other traffic & parking news
Lynn delivered on a recent promise to install newand more prominent “No Trucking” signs at 6th Ave.and 13th St. However, the police do not seem to beenforcing the restriction. Apparently, responsibilityfor enforcing the restriction belongs to a specialmidtown enforcement unit.
The hours parking is allowed on our block recentlyincreased, leading to jam-ups during the day.Restrictions had been in effect on alternate sidesMonday through Saturday from 8 to 6. Parking isnow disallowed only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdayand Friday, on alternate sides, from 8 to 11
A
.
M
.Traffic Committee Chair Carla Ashton spokewith Borough Traffic Comm’r Leon Heyward, whooffered the possibility that longer non-parking hourscould be established on our block. If businesses canverify that they must now resort to double-parking inorder to receive deliveries, we could get parking barred from the north side from 8 to 6 five days per week. For street cleaning, parking would also be barred on the south side from 8 to 11
A
.
M
. on twoweekdays.
Carla Ashton is also working with the blocassociation on 13th St. between 5th and 6th Aves.,which aims to lessen traffic congestion caused bynumerous buses servicing the Federation of Employment & Guidance Services.
Crime on our block 
At the Jan. 9 meeting, Katherine Dolan, director of Katherine House (118) reported two residents weremugged within the last year, and one young lady brutally beaten. The victim identified her attacker and will testify at his trial.

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