The meeting took place at 110 Cabrini Blvd. and was called to order at 7:25 p.m.
In attendance were the following individuals: Julia Attaway, Caroline Brown, Marcella Calabi, Howard Dillon, Martha Ellington, Geri Hopkins, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter (8:30); Christina Molinari, Rosa Naparstek, Anne-Marie O'Keeffe, Peggy Morrissey, Mike Zamm. The following member buildings had residents present: 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., Cabrini Terrace Owners Corp., Castle Village Owners Corp., Ft. Tryon Corp., Hudson View Gardens, Overlook Towers Corp. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs) were represented: Friends of Bennett Park, William B. May Real Estate. Also attending were the following guests: Allyson Bowen of The Dyckman Farmhouse and Joseph Pupello of The New York Restoration Project.
There were a number of announcements re events during the late spring and summer:
Friends of Ft. Tryon Park Calendar Contest; Summer Serenade concert series, Inwood concerts, meetings, etc. Allyson Bowen, recently appointed director of both the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Little Red Lighthouse, spoke of her plans to host more special events at the museum and to become more of a hub for community activities. She also co-chairs Uptown Treasures with Juan Ortiz, and is a good resource for HHOC to know about in pursuing matters of historical interest in the neighborhood. It was agreed to help her publicize events via HHOC mailings. The museum's website is www.astroatlas.com/dyckmanfarmhouse.
The draft April summary was reviewed and approved.
Joseph Pupello of The New York Restoration Project discussed that organization's plans for the cafe in Fort Tryon Park. Marcella read out the list of points that HHOC wrote to the Parks Department for consideration during the process of selecting the new holder of the cafe concession, and it appears that NYRP is in concord with all or almost all of the priorities HHOC considers important. Some good new ideas were brought up and discussed as well. Mr. Pupello pointed out that Parks concessionaires are required to pay over a percentage of their income to the City but that those monies are not earmarked for the benefit of the parks (!); the NYRP's intention is to redirect profits to the park.
The Security Task Force reported that there is some resurgence of interest in the idea of a security guard contract to be shared among several northern buildings in HHOC's area, and that it would likely cost only about $12-/hour.
HHOC agreed to make a number of contributions, authorizing Elizabeth to pay out as follows: $250 to Bennett Park concerts (Northern Manhattan Community Artists); $300 to the Ft. Tryon Jazz concerts; $100 to the Friends of Ft. Tryon Park calendar project; up to $150 to the Shakespeare group in Ft. Tryon Park, if they ask; up to $500 to the 187th Street Frieze should that make-or-break the project over the summer.
The next meeting will be held on Monday September 18th at 7:15pm, in the Castle Village Community Room. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.