Neighborhood Business Meeting

Neighbors and Friends,

We are going to have a Neighborhood Association business meeting open to all on Tuesday, July 26th, 7 pm at the new Library at 18 West 53rd street. I know a lot of you have questions about what’s going on, and this will be a chance to meet some new Board Members and get some answers.

Let me clarify a few things beforehand, however. The name change is meant to open up our old Block Association and reflect some new neighborhoods we want to get involved in, and have them get involved with us. The fact is, that while our old Association had some successes with landmarking, and new 6 and 1/2 Avenue, other areas were not getting the attention they deserve, primarily garbage, and the bicycle problem. I find these two in particular, resistant to any attempt I have made by myself to solve them. I am hoping that with a greater sense of community and more volunteers, we can start getting some response from the city to help clear up these concerns.
And I am also aware that some of the older members are not thrilled with our new meeting place. You should know that in our old BA, I was involved in protests against The Central Library Plan(CLP), and the Library’s trustees’ decision to sell the old Donnell. Maybe our protest helped a little stop the CLP, but one battle we lost was the Donnell. If we hope to change things for the better in our neighborhood, we have to accept the fact that we will not always get our way.
The new library has been very gracious about opening themselves to us, and it really is quite a positive addition to our neighborhood. It would be a shame for all to allow old disappointments to bar our use of a new and willing neighbor. My desire is to pull people and businesses together for the good of the whole neighborhood, not to turn people away. Let’s work together!
If you want to come, please RSVP atwest54blockassociation@gmail.com and let us know.
I look forward to seeing you there!
 Dave Achelis

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