13th Street, Inc.,” claiming that this is the “originalblock association” and further that she will fight todestroy the W. 13th St. 100 Block Ass’n.We of the W. 13th St. 100 Block Ass’n do notdesire to engage in a battle. Our aim is the better-ment of the block, not the aggrandizement of power.Both I and another officer of our Block Associationhave approached this person about joining forces.She has, however, responded to neither of us.We are perfectly willing to work with this indi-vidual in one block association with duly electedofficers, regular meetings, open discussion of is-sues, and proper financial accounting. Our detractorunfortunately seems to believe that the democraticprocess is for lesser beings as she and only she“knows what is good for the block.”All this would be, and perhaps is, comical, ex-cept that we are concerned that the residents of thisblock have become confused as who is the truevoice of our block of West 13th
Street.“Friends of West 13th Street” collected moneyfrom unsuspecting residents who believed they werecontributing to the W. 13th St. 100 Block Ass’n.This is money that our organization needs to buysidewalk planters for the east end of the block, tobeautify the block in other ways, to print and mail
, and for other beneficial works.Further confusion arises when this individual(Friends of West 13th Street) goes before Commu-nity Board 2, as well as governmental agencies stat-ing that she represents the people of the block. Ob-viously, this is a misrepresentation that underminesour Block Association’s credibility with the Com-munity Board and the governmental agencies we aretrying to influence on your behalf. There cannot betwo block associations representing the people of this block. The Community Board and the residentsof Greenwich Village will take neither organizationseriously.We therefore ask you to lend your support tosolely to the West Thirteenth Street Block Associa-tion, and we invite you to participate with us inmaintaining our charming historic block.
Return of alternate-side-of-the-streetparking regulations
At our May meeting, the Block Association unani-mously voted to request that the City's Departmentof Transportation (DOT) reinstate alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations on our block to in-crease the flow of traffic and decrease attendantnoise pollution.Accordingly, the Block Association put this re-quest in writing to DOT. DOT okayed the change,subject to the approval of Community Board 2(CB2). Several representatives of the Block Asso-ciation attended a meeting of CB2's Traffic Com-mittee where the committee unanimously voted toreinstate the requested parking regulations. Thefull Board met soon thereafter, unanimously ap-proving the Traffic Committee's vote. We expectthe return of alternate side of the street parkingregulations to occur sometime in the near future.
Old Village store moves to 106
Last month, in a storefront that had been vacant forseveral years, Siegler’s used furniture store becamea neighbor. Before moving to our block, Siegler’shad been on West 11th Street for over 100 years.The vacant site had attracted vagrants and accumu-lated litter. Therefore, the Block Association wel-comes this newest commercial addition and wishesit success.
City & Country fair
Our Block Association participated in the annualchildren’s street fair sponsored by the City & Coun-try School on May 10. We distributed copies of theGazette, signed up new members, and gave awayplants (“impa-tiens”) to anybuilding owner orsuperintendent onthe block whopromised to plantthem where theycould be seenfrom the street.Block residentVictoria Lamb