APPROVED SUMMARY OF HHOC MEETING MAY 23, 2005



The meeting took place at Bleu Evolution, 808 West 187th Street., and got under way at about 7:25.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Julia Attaway, Mike Augenblick, Bob Brophy, Caroline Brown, Janice K. Bryant, Marcella Calabi, Gail Chern-Thompson, Anthony Fountain, Jane Healey, Deborah Katznelson, Mary Kim, Gwen Kingsberry, Erica Lindenstraus, Doreen Mangan, William J. McBurney, Jr., Tina Molinari, Chigurupati Murali, Rosa Naparstek, Lilliam Perez, Brenda Ramirez-Paulino, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, Helen Sokolsky, Simone Yen Song, and Henry Stern
The following member buildings had residents present: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 120 Bennett Owners Corporation, 255 Cabrini Condominium, 350 Cabrini Owners Corporation, 360 Cabrini Owners Corporation, 720 West 173rd Street Owners Corp., 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., Cabrini Terrace Owners Corp., Castle Village Owners Corporation, Chittenden House Inc., Hudson View Gardens, Overlook Towers Corp., and Pinehurst Owners Corp. The following Community Associate Members (CAMs) and other neighborhood groups were represented: Beth Am, The People's Temple, Friends of Bennett Park, Friends of Fort Tryon Park, Hudson Cliffs Theatre Arts Program, Quality of Life Committee, Simone Song Properties, Century 21 William B. May, and YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. The following elected officials had a representative present:  Councilman Robert Jackson, Senator Eric Schneiderman.


HHOC business: 
 
YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, represented by Deborah Katznelson, made a presentation about its multiple and varied offerings and asked HHOC’s help in getting the word out. Their offerings include cultural and athletic activities and services for the whole community as well as special-identification groups such as children, older kids, émigrés, low-income, and seniors. Even after years in the neighborhood, many HHOC attendees were surprised at the wealth and range of programs, and there was much brainstorming about ways to increase community awareness about them. Call 212-569-6200 or see www.ywahhts.org
 
 Co-op Roundtable topics:

Announcements concerning events that are past, as of this posting:

Events still ahead and items of interest to the neighborhood:

Pedestrian safety at Margaret Corbin Circle was discussed, with much brainstorming about whether such measures as lights, freshly painted crosswalks, hedges around the walkways, or more aggressive signage (aimed at drivers, pedestrians, or both) might alleviate the risks of pedestrians crossing straight across the circle. It was generally agreed that walkers see this area as a sort of pedestrian mall and think of themselves as already more or less in the Park when they get there. Does that make it the drivers’ responsibility to cede place? Next steps might be to discuss this with the Community Board and/or Parks Department.

The Castle Village Wall Collapse was discussed briefly, mostly to reassure anyone who was not aware that (1) the buildings are anchored in bedrock (2) the City engineers have been aggressively inspecting other wall structures in this and other neighborhoods since the fall and (3) any areas of concern can be reported to 311. More information will come out after the (then-upcoming) residents’ meeting planned at Castle Village.

Next meeting:  Monday June 20, 7:15 p.m., Hudson View Gardens Boardroom



 


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