The meeting took place at 110 Cabrini Blvd. and got under way at about 7:30p.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Michael Augenblick, Marcella Calabi, Gail Chern-Thompson, Mary Kim, Erica Lindenstraus, Doreen Mangan, Sarah Morgridge, China Pryzbyl, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, and Simone Yen Song. The following member buildings had residents present:120 Bennett Owners Corporation, 255 Cabrini Condominium, 360 Cabrini Owners Corp., Castle Village Owners Corp., Chittenden House Inc., Hudson View Gardens. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs), guest buildings, and other neighborhood groups were represented: Beth Am, The People's Temple, Hudson Cliffs Theatre Arts Program, Simone Song Properties, Wm. B. May. The following elected officials had a representative present: Councilman Robert Jackson.
Roundtable and general announcements:
- Mike gave out the phone number 212-305-9999 for a private ambulance service that operates in this area under the name "New York Presbyterian Ambulance."
- Drivers beware, it seems that parking tickets are being given out with increased zeal, including by NYC police (not just traffic enforcement). This is the downside of our increased police presence and reduced crime! However, there are still security issues for us to be watchful about.
- The drive to include home-made cookies in the food baskets that went out to the needy over the holidays was a huge success. Thanks to Julia Attaway for starting the drive and to Simone Song Properties for managing it.
Marcella reported on Mike Zamm’s behalf that the organization responsible for organizing greenmarkets in the city is contemplating establishing one at Margaret Corbin Circle or elsewhere in our neighborhood. The overall reaction was positive, with discussion about whether and how much it would impact local merchants. The suggestion was made that if Mike needs more complete feedback he could draft an email for the HHOC e-list.
There was a discussion of how HHOC in general and Marcella in specific could assist a local merchant in a negotiation with his landlord.
MTA news: starting a few months from now, the 1/9 will no longer do skip-stops but will service all stations on all runs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that #4 and #98 buses are likely to see a service reduction. [Note, this meeting was prior to the fire that impacted A and C service.]
Elizabeth reported on this year’s efforts to prepare for Coogan’s 5K Race so as to maximize enjoyment and minimize disruption to the neighborhood. The race is the first Sunday in March, this year on 3/6. This will be the 7th Annual, and it has become one of the premier NYC road races. At the southern end of the race there are also children’s races, which are very entertaining and heartening to watch. The downside is that traffic tie-ups have resulted in the past from closing Fort Washington Avenue, from 168th Street to Margaret Corbin Circle, from about 8 a.m. to noon. Elizabeth is part of a team working to implement improved solutions to this necessity. Sanitation issues have by and large been solved, with an excellent response by race volunteers and coordinators last year.
A question was raised whether it’s working to have the Armory buses parking in the PS/IS 187 parking/playground. This raised the complaint that buses are idling their engines at Margaret Corbin Circle. Cabrini Terrace residents are the ones to ask.
Sarah reported on the ongoing work of the Henry Hudson Parkway Task Force, which is developing a plan to achieve Scenic Byway status for that road enabling a new level of coordinated management for that corridor, including, possibly, such aesthetic improvements as removal of the steel nets at the Dyckman Street exit. The Task Force recently presented to Community Board 9 on this matter, and has completed its presentations to the Boards along the highway’s length.
Elizabeth reported that Congressman Rangel has convened a task force to review and attempt to improve the level of service being provided by the U.S. Post Offices uptown, particularly the 10033 branch. If you have examples of misdirected, delayed, damaged, or otherwise mishandled mail, please give them to Elizabeth so she can share them with the USPS management, for verification of these problems.
The next meeting was set for February 28, location TBA.