SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING OCTOBER 16, 2000


The meeting took place at 110 Cabrini Blvd. and was called to order at 7:25 p.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Michael Augenblick, Julia Attaway, Neil Blumstein, Marcella Calabi, Mary Dopler, Suwineetha Gunasekera, Amy Havlan, Mike Klein, Michael Landow, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, Tina Molinari, Thomas Navin, Kika Reynolds, Charlotte Russell, Olga Tello, Mike Zamm and Lauren Zarambo. The following member buildings had residents present: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., 255 Cabrini Condominium, Castle Village Owners Corp., Hudson View Gardens, and Overlook Towers Corp. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs) were represented: Friends of Fort Tryon Park, William B. May Real Estate. Also represented were: 640-660 Ft. Washington Ave., 447 Ft. Washington Ave., and the 187th Street Frieze Project.

The meeting summary from September was agreed to with a typographical correction.

There was a discussion of the neighborhood's problem with airplane noise, with a report by Ms. Russell as to action that has been taken so far in the neighborhood and an explanation of the larger (city-wide and in fact national) problem of increased air traffic. La Guardia has been given permission to permit takeoffs at an even greater rate and there is concern about safety as well as noise. She disseminated information about networks of people who are involved with this issue and sources of information, which the HHOC participants who are forming a subcommittee on aircraft noise will condense into a flier for use throughout the neighborhood. Both a letter on HHOC letterhead and a postcard write-in campaign to the FAA and pertinent officials were suggested. The e-mail address aircraftnoise@hhoc.org can be used for networking on this topic by anyone who is interested.

Ms. Zarambo and Mr. Navin reported to the group on the 187th Street Frieze and Beautification project. The frieze was designed to occupy a blank wall space which is no longer blank, since the Hilltop awning's installation. It was agreed that a letter be written, with copies to the landlord and the merchants of that building, thanking the designers for all their efforts to beautify the area. It was further agreed that those who donated funds for the frieze project be informed, via this mailing and individual letters, that the monies will be used to beautify the area around (and including) the community bulletin board, with lighting and a bench. (The bench will have center arms so as to discourage sleeping on it.) Anyone objecting to this use of his or her donation s/he may request a refund.

There was a brief discussion of vandalism and the idea was put forward to thank the 34th precinct for the extra police vigilance it has provided on Halloween in recent years, with a request for the same this year.

It was agreed that the 187th Street steps need attention again. A discussion of how frustrating it is to have to remind the DOT again and again to attend to it led to the idea of suggesting that Chase Manhattan Bank take on the maintenance of the steps as a community service.  Marcella agreed to broach the subject with the branch manager. Along the same lines it is time to remind DOT to clean up Overlook Terrace. Tina will draft a letter.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to discussion of the future of HHOC's role in the neighborhood, as a continuation of last month's exercise in identifying priorities. Marcella presented one of several possible schematic organizations of the issues that had been presented at the previous meeting, with the request that people think particularly about ways for HHOC to:

  1. network efficiently with other neighborhood organizations and
  2. promote cohesiveness and crossing of social barriers in the community. A copy of the diagram is enclosed with the current mailing.
The next meeting will be held on Monday November 20th at 7:15pm, in the Castle Village Community Room. The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
 

 


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