November 2012



Third Public Meeting Next Week on Hudson River Park NID Proposal

From November 21

The third of three public meetings on the proposal to create a Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) along the west side will be held Monday, December 3 at 6:30 pm at the Borough of Manhattan Community College,199 Chambers Street in the Richard Harris Terrace.

The proposal is to raise funds through a modest tax to property owners who have benefitted from increased property values because of the nearby park, and would fund maintenance and improvement to the park and other public area, stretching along the west side from the Battery to the 50’s.

What is an NID? What will it mean for property owners? What are the major concerns about creating an NID?  For the full story, go here


Proposed Rezoning to Impact Village Schools 

From November 16

UPDATE 11/20/2012: A petition with over 500 signatures was presented at last night’s meeting at PS 41, asking that 14th Street be the natural barrier between school zones, and that children attending PS 3 and PS 41 elementary schools not be shuffled off to the Chelsea school district. The vote on the proposal has been put off until a later date.

A Department of Education proposal to rezone 12th and 13th Streets will make those streets part of the Chelsea school district, and many parents of PS 3 and PS 41 are outraged that their children may no longer be able to attend Greenwich Village elementary schools. There is a concern that children who have attended schools in the Village, as well as their parents, will be cut off from the community they are so attached to.

For more information and links, go here… To sign an online petition against the proposed rezoning, go here
To give feedback on the issue, e-mail .

The next scheduled public meeting on the issue will be held tonight, November 19 at 6:30 pm. at PS 41, 116 West 11th Street.


Post Sandy Update
From November 14

Although power has finally been restored at the artist’s housing complex, Westbeth is still suffering from post_sandy woes, according to DNA

The basement studios and storage spaces of more than 60 artists were flooded by the storm, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to artworks as well as the studios themselves. The losses include the historic and sets and costumes of The Martha Graham Dance Company, with an estimated $4 million in flood damage. To read the DNA article on the artists’ losses, go here...

The power was finally restored to the complex over the weekend, but the elevators are not yet fully operational, causing many senior or disabled residents to be homebound. Various individuals and businesses have been working to make sure meals are delivered to those unable to leave their homes. Among those helping out are Vin Diesel, who grew up in Westbeth, Bus Stop Café and Tea and Sympathy.

To read the article, go here

How to Help
From November 18 

So many people in the tri-state are are still without heat, electricity, food and water. After last night’s Storm Athena, things became worse, as more people lost power and many shivered through the night.

Here are a few ways you can help:
• Cash Donations: Go to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City  or text NYCFUND to 50555 to give $10 to the Mayor’s Fund that will help provide essential aid and supplies to New Yorkers in need.

To donate to The Red Cross, go here...
• Give Blood: The blood supply is down and donations are desperately needed, especially for platelets and Type O blood. Go to the New York Blood Center’s website to find out how to donate.
• Donate Emergency Supplies: Friday November 9 from 10 am to 2 pm NYU will be accepting donations of food, clothing, blankets and more at The Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. The donations will be distributed  to drop-off locations in the afternoon. For information on NYU’s continuing relief efforts, go here

You should also visit the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Aid Matrix Portal to match a posted need or to make an offer of supplies.

Time to act! ________________________________________________________

A Big Thanks
From November 5

Thanks to the many neighborhood businesses who kept their doors open this past week, assisting customers through darkened aisles and making change the old fashioned way. Many delis were open, as well as Rite Aid on Hudson, Village Apothecary, and many more.

A Bigger Thanks to the employees of those businesses who came in to help us. We know most of you don’t live in the neighborhood, and getting here presented great difficulties. We cherish you and consider you an important part of the West Village, no matter where you live.

Continued Thanks to the many supers, porters, doormen and other building workers for being on hand and keeping our buildings safe during and after the storm. And don’t forget the police and firefighters who worked long and dangerous shifts to keep our neighborhood safe.

The Aftermath

From November 5We in the West Village suffered acutely from lack of power, and in many cases lack of running water for several days —and some of our neighbors are still without those necessities.

But let’s face it — we were relatively lucky, and we  realize that when we see the horrifying devastation in other parts of the city and hear the heartbreaking stories that involved loss of life.

Although we couldn’t get fresh food nearby until Friday, many businesses opened almost immediately, including delis, restaurants and pharmacies, assisting customers as best they could.

So enjoy every hot shower you take, and be thrilled every time you can just flick a switch and produce light!

Help Our Neighbors

From November 5

Update 11/06/2012:  Help still needed at Westbeth — join the bucket brigade and help carry water to residents by going to 55 Bethune Street.

You may have your electricity and water back, and we know how great that is.

But many of our neighbors are still suffering, and that includes many residents of Westbeth and nearby Fulton Houses (Ninth Avenue and 17th Street, who have neither water nor power.

Leave a Reply