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13th St. Gazette
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Voice of the W. 13th St. 100 Block Association, 118 W. 13th St., New York, N.Y. 10011 Issue No. 1 February 1997
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 on Jan. 9, 1997, and elected the following officers (with addresses): PRESIDENT: Gary Tomei (155) 1ST VICE PRES.: Nancy Deckinger (117) 2ND VICE PRES.: Alan Jacobs (105) SECRETARY: Harriet Brand (158) TREASURER: Bill Borenstein (143) Committees formed The Association formed the following committees: TRAFFIC COMMITTEE Carla Ashton, Chair (117) CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE Sal Conti, Chair (147) ARMORY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Nancy Deckinger, Chair (117)
Reconfiguration of the “neckdowns” to allow vehicle use from either direction. Prohibition of W. 11th St traffic from turning onto eastbound Greenwich Avenue Installation of “No Honking” signs in the vicinity of St Vincent’s Hospital
In addition, . . . we will investigate . . . installing a “speed hump” on W. 11th St. and/or allowing part-time closure of the street during school arrival and dismissal periods.
11th St. heading west Persistent outspokenness by 13th St. residents attending community meetings has led to the Department 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 the turnaround will occur on February 18. (Bulletin: And the turnaround did occur on February 18.) On 1/14/97, Transp. Comm’r Christopher Lynn wrote to neighbor Larry Fruchter (151 W. 13th St.):
As you know, the majority of the community requests that W. 11th St. be reversed back to westbound. . . .[W]e will implement the reversal during the February school break. This will ensure the safest conditions and allow for a sufficient notification time after the holidays to both school children and residents. In addition, the following measures will be implemented:
Other traffic & parking news Lynn delivered on a recent promise to install new and more prominent “No Trucking” signs at 6th Ave. and 13th St. However, the police do not seem to be enforcing the restriction. Apparently, responsibility for enforcing the restriction belongs to a special midtown enforcement unit. The hours parking is allowed on our block recently increased, leading to jam-ups during the day. Restrictions had been in effect on alternate sides Monday through Saturday from 8 to 6. Parking is now disallowed only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, on alternate sides, from 8 to 11 A.M. Traffic Committee Chair Carla Ashton spoke with Borough Traffic Comm’r Leon Heyward, who offered the possibility that longer non-parking hours could be established on our block. If businesses can verify that they must now resort to double-parking in order 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 two weekdays. Carla Ashton is also working with the block association on 13th St. between 5th and 6th Aves., which aims to lessen traffic congestion caused by numerous 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 were mugged within the last year, and one young lady brutally beaten. The victim identified her attacker and will testify at his trial.
Sal Conti reported several incidents of vandalism against cars on the: block. One incident occurred in front of 142 on Jan. 5, and another occurred in front of 145 on January 24 at 10 A.M., when a Lexus’s window was smashed. Nothing was stolen because Sal and others showed up on the scene. The Association agreed to several actions for Crime Committee: 1. Contact reps from the Methodist Church at 7th Ave. and 13th St., which contains a methadone clinic, regarding the church’s allowing vagrants to sleep and congregate on its property. 2. Visit buildings without proper lighting to encourage owners and landlords to improve security. 3. Get the 6th Precinct to send a safety consultant to make recommendations. The Committee has established relations with the Precinct, resulting in increased police patrols by car and foot. The Committee welcomes suggestions to make the block safer. Light repaired The streetlight in front of 147 had intermittently been dark for several months. Sal Conti contacted the DOT’s Comm’r Hayward. DOT contractors quickly repaired the light. To get a streetlight repaired:
Complaints should be reported to the DOT by calling 442-7070. An operator will answer and request the problem location. Additional information such as the streetlight pole and number, if visible, will expedite complaint processing. DOT’s telephone operator will give each caller a work order number that can be used to check the status of repairs. The Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Department’s streetlight maintenance contractors are required to give DOT a disposition on each reported problem within 10 days of notification. (Source: DOT Webpage)
attempting to get Kenny Rogers Roasters to tone down its lighting.
Armory developments The fate of the Armory on 14th St. bet. 6th and 7th Avenues has yet to be decided. The State is in the process of creating a Request for Proposals. Once this is issued, potential bidders may respond. The State is chairing a task force on this subject and all neighborhood groups are welcome to participate. Our Block Association will send a rep. All members of the task force agree that a latenight entertainment complex would be bad for the community; as a result, the state has promised that this will not be allowed. No consensus exists, however, on some issues, including such potential uses as a “big-box” retail store or a hotel, and the possible height of a new structure. Some delegates favor restricting all truck deliveries to 14th St., while the Block Association questions whether this is practical, especially if a large retail concern were to occupy the space. Anyone interested in the development of the Armory should contact Nancy Deckinger. Bells are ringing A community group recently reactivated the bell in Jefferson Market Library’s tower. It rings every hour on the hour from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. Some residents living near the bell object to its sound, saying it disturbs their sleep and intrudes on their privacy. However, most Village residents who attended a recent meeting of the Noise Subcommittee of the Environmental Committee of Community Board #2 supported ringing the bell. Their major complaint was that the bell is not loud enough. And so the bell will continue to ring.
Dog poop Many dogs live on our block, and most dog-owners are responsible about the waste dogs leave behind. However, Association reps wrote a letter to one couple whose large dog is notorious for wandering without a leash, and leaving mementos on people’s property and the sidewalk. The letter stated in part:
We are sure you must realize that these actions show a complete disregard for your neighbors’ concerns. In addition to making the block filthy, your failing to clean up poses a health hazard to us all. Of course, it is also illegal.
Have any news?
This newsletter was produced by Alan Jacobs and edited by Nancy Deckinger, with contributions from Gary Tomei, Harriet Brand, Bill Borenstein, Carla Ashton, and Sal Conti. If you want to contribute an item (including block history, interesting residents, architectural treasures, etc.), please contact Alan at 727-7462, or drop items off with the doorman at 105 W. 13th St. (Apt. 11E), or send them to email@example.com. Electronic format appreciated.
Megawatt poultry palace requested to dim the incandescence Bill Borenstein reports that, in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Alliance, the Block Association is
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