The meeting took place at the Castle Village Community Room, 110 Cabrini Blvd., and got under way at about 7:20 p.m. In attendance were the following individuals: Julia Attaway, Michael Augenblick, Caroline Brown, Marcella Calabi, Lorraine Cooper, Suwineetha Gunasekera, Mark Katz, Mary Kim, Erica Lindenstraus, Doreen Mangan, Christina Molinari, Sarah Morgridge, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, Simone Yen Song, and Mike Zamm. The following member buildings had residents present: 66 Overlook Terrace Corp., 120 Bennett Owners Corp., 255 Cabrini Condominium, 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 720-730 Fort Washington Avenue Owners Corp., Castle Village Owners Corporation, Chittenden House Inc., Hudson View Gardens, and Overlook Towers Corp. The following guest buildings, Community Associate Members (CAMs) and other neighborhood groups were represented: 860-870 West 181st St., Beth Am, the People’s Temple, Century 21 Brown Associates, Friends of Fort Tryon Park, Hudson Cliffs Theatre Arts Program, and Simone Song, Properties.
The March meeting summary was reviewed with typos corrected.
There was a roundtable discussion of how to handle a situation in which the Board fails to maintain records of previous meetings and thus of promises made or goals set. This is just one of the ways that an “us-them” mentality between the Board and the rest of the shareholders can undermine the smooth functioning of a co-op.
Announcements for then-upcoming events included:
- Sonos Quartet April 30
- Drums Along the Hudson, of which HHOC is a sponsor, April 30.
- Rally in Washington for Darfur awareness April 30
- Birdwatch of migrating songbirds with the Audubon Society President and NY Restoration Project May 6
- Garage Sale at 66 Overlook on May 7
- Pied Piper Children’s Theater, May 6-7 and 13-14
- Cornerstone Chorale concert on May 14
- Human Bridge across Dyckman Street, for community-building, sponsored by Uptown Arts Stroll, May 21
Announcements for events still upcoming:
- Recital of 19-th Century German songs by Marcella on May 31
- Wine/cheese on the Linden Terrace in Ft. Tryon Park for the park’s new Trust. Watch for announcements, June 8, 6-9 p.m.
- Pancakes in the Park on the Linden Terrance, with a scavenger hunt for kids, a sidewalk sale on the promenade, and other activities on June 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- The date for the Medieval Festival has been set for October 8, 2006.
Public hearings on FAA flight pattern plans: These were still upcoming at the time, and there was discussion of a possible testimony from HHOC, but no one was available to testify at the hearings. Our priorities for the neighborhood include tighter limits on the number and frequency of helicopters hovering around the George Washington Bridge and having planes routed along the river itself rather than directly over the residential buildings.
Update on security cameras project: Mike Zamm is working on the map of where cameras already exist and received some additional info from other participants at this meeting. Sarah distributed information that Jackson’s office received (but about which they have no opinion or experience – it was an unsolicited marketing letter) about a solar-powered vandalism deterrent camera called FlashCAM-770, see www.qstartech.com.
Reverse Mortgages for Co-op and Condo Owners: Reverse mortgages were invented for house-owners but are now available for apartment owners. Simone suggested that HHOC sponsor an informational forum on the subject in the neighborhood. This is now being set up, and it will take place at the Castle Village Community room on June 20 at 7 p.m.
The rest of the meeting was taken up with an extensive discussion of the wall collapse at Castle Village, how elected officials can and might be able to help, and the role of the rest of the neighborhood in dealing with the situation. What Castle Village is dealing with is a sort of circular brainstorming problem: how it frames the solutions it is going to pursue will affect whether or not public entities will pay attention and be able to help; in the meantime it needs help from public entities to find what those solutions might be. In the meantime it was agreed that Elizabeth and Marcella would work on a position paper simply stating HHOC’s stance that the matter is of concern to the wider neighborhood not just to CV residents, and that it should be understood as a neighborhood issue. Julia, Tina and Simone agreed to function as a review committee for the position paper.
Marcella distributed a draft of a revised Community Associate Member policy and asked participants to contemplate it for next meeting, remembering that it is only a draft.
The meeting ended at about 9:40. The next meeting was set for 7:15 p.m. Monday May 22, location TBA (set for Marcella’s apartment, 180 Cabrini #89).