West 104th Street Garden

September 27, 2008

Edible Landscaping Newsletter – October 2008

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 8:15 pm

The National Gardening Association’s newsletter “Edible Landscaping” presents Season Extenders,
Edible of the Month: Pumpkins, I’m Nuts over Nuts and the Best-Ever Pumpkin Pie.

Visit http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=200810news


September 16, 2008

Moss in the City – September 2008

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 8:21 pm

The National Gardening Association newsletter, “Moss in the City” presents Welcoming Migratory Birds,
September Stars of the Garden and an interview with Carl Walton: An Original Urban Gardener. Plus an interesting reader question about whether pigeon manure is good for fruit trees (?). September Gardening Tips rounds out the offerings.

Visit http://www.garden.org/urbangardening/index.php?page=200809news

September 12, 2008

NGA Regional Gardening News

Filed under: Uncategorized — by west104garden @ 8:24 pm

The National Gardening Association presents a new feature called “Regional Gardening News.” According to the website, “In each biweekly report, our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and events. Plus, you can interact with your regional editor through an In My Garden Blog, where you can post questions or comments about your editor’s columns.”

Visit today at http://www.garden.org/regional/report.

September 11, 2008

W. 106 St. Bike Lane Ribbon Cutting

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 9:35 pm

DEBNA: Duke Ellington Boulevard Neighborhood Association
West 106th Street
P. O. BOX 207 Cathedral Station
New York, New York 10025

WHAT: W. 106th St. Bike Lane Welcome and Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept 16, 2008, 6PM-ish
WHERE: Innovation Bike Shop, 105 W. 106th St.

(between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves.)

Come out for a special neighborhood welcome to the new bike lanes on Duke Ellington Boulevard.

We’ll have some nice giveaways, literature on bicycle safety, light refreshments, lots of fun and a minimum of ‘speechifying’ (we promise).

Sponsored by the Duke Ellington Boulevard Neighborhood Association (D.E.B.N.A.) and Transportation Alternatives

Notes on Sunday Work Meeting

Filed under: Meeting Notes — by west104garden @ 10:35 am

Hi Gardeners,

We had a good turn out for Sunday’s meeting and workday. Thanks to all of you who were there and those who emailed! We covered a lot of ground during the meeting (summarized below). During the work session members finished putting together the benches and weeded the communal gardens on the East side. On the West side others (enthusiastically) uprooted and cut up a dead bush, spread dirt left by Law and Order, uprighted plants beaten down by the rain and wind in the communal bed, and weeded the lawn. A good day’s work!

The next meeting and workday is Sat., October 18.


Ann Levine
For the Steering Committee


· Theft. Rather than install surveillance cameras (as one member suggested), we will put up a sign in each garden saying: “Do not pick anything! This garden is under surveillance.”

· Moving the stage: We decided to form a subcommittee to investigate what would be required and different possibilities, as well as the pros and cons, to present to garden members on/around our November meeting. *** Volunteers for the committee needed—esp. people with experience in garden design or staging and those with a special interest in this decision. Alan Tenney will be the organizer. Please send RSVP to me (Ann): Siswi@aol.com.

· Dirt. The West garden needs soil badly. Decision on whether to purchase or to collect ourselves, from the Central Park supply, postponed until we have prices. (Ariel is researching this.)

· Electricity. Instead of purchasing a generator for use in construction, etc., we will contact The Bridge about paying them for using their outlet.

· Fall celebration. There was some confusion on the calendar. We will hold one festival on Sun. October 26, possibly combining a flea market, Halloween party, and music. (Details up to Events Committee.)

· Garden expenditures. For purchases up to $200, members should get permission in advance from the Steering Committee. Expenditures over $200 require the membership to vote.

September 4, 2008

Garden Work Day this Sunday, Sept 7th

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 10:23 am

Our next meeting/workday is coming up on Sunday the 7th at 11 AM. Committee heads will report on progress.   If you cannot be there, please let Ann know (Siswi@aol.com) and we’ll give you an individual assignment. Thanks.

3-BIN Compost Clinic this Saturday, Sept 6th

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Green Thumb is sponsoring a training day on the basics of composting.

For our garden to receive compost and/or soil deliveries, at least one gardener from the garden needs to attend one of the composting clinics. It would be great if someone could attend this, so we could get a delivery before the frost!

Here are the details from Rasheed Hislop, Green Thumb outreach coordinator:


Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location : Taqwa Community Farm at 90 West 164th street (at Ogden Avenue)

Directions: Train, D or 4 to 161st street, walk north to 164th and west to Ogden Avenue

Bus: BX 13 to Ogden and 164th street

Green Thumb website:


September 2, 2008

Another Jazz Event in Central Park, Sat 6th

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 10:20 am

Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Saturday, September 6, 2008

1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

Join us for a family swing dance workshop with famed dancer Clyde Wilder at 1:00 p.m. in the Children’s Glade, and then claim your picnic blanket space on the Great Hill for a groovy afternoon of jazz music and dancing beginning at 2:00 p.m. Musical performances by the Jimmy Heath Big Band, the Wycliffe Gordon Septet, the Akiko Tsuruga Quartet, Alexis Cole, and more. This event is co-presented by the Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile, Inc.
FREE. ALL AGES. Advance registration not required.


Central Park

The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade and Great Hill (Inside Central Park at West 106th Street)

Contact Number

(212) 860-1370

September 1, 2008

Jazz Series at 11BC Garden – Sept 6 & 13

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 9:59 am

F.Y.I.: some may be interested in the free Jazz. I think all will be interested in the 11 BC Garden’s event schedule.

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 12:41 PM
Subject: summer jazz in East Village Sept 6 and 13

2008 Summer Jazz Series

We are pleased to invite you to our annual Summer Jazz Series in the 11 BC Community Garden. This will be our sixth year of presenting free live music in this beautiful, intimate setting. The shows will be held on five successive Saturday afternoons beginning on August 16.

Summer jazz series in 11BC garden next two Saturdays (Sept 6 and 13),

Sept 6, 3-5:30 pm rain or shine
Sept 13, 4:30-7 pm also rain or shine

check it out at http://www.11bcgarden.org


Directions to the Garden

The 11 BC Community Garden is located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 626 East 11th Street, between Avenues B and C.

By Subway and Buses

The closest subway stop is the First Avenue station of the L train at East 14th Street. From there just walk across 14th to Avenue B, take a right down Avenue B to 11th Street, and walk left on East 11th. The M9 bus line runs on Avenue B with stops at 10th and 12th Streets. The M14C bus runs on Avenue C and stops at 11th Street.


Upcoming Events in the 11 BC Garden

Below is the current schedule of upcoming garden events. Our five-concert Summer Jazz Series opens with former Elvin Jones bassist Gene Perla taking the stage on August 16. The following week we feature the incomparable Frank Wess on tenor saxophone and flute. We hope to see you there. All events are free and the schedule is subject to change. Check for updates. (Vic Juris’s current tour was extended; the accomplished guitarist Jack Wilkins will sub for Joe Cohn on August 30.)

August 2008

Sunday, August 10th, 12:00pm-6:00pm: Birthday Party.

Saturday, August 16, 3:00pm-5:30pm: Summer Jazz Series: Featuring Gene Perla, bass, Steve Wirts, tenor sax, Jon Davis, piano, Bob DeMeo, drums.

Saturday, August 23, 3:00pm-5:30pm: Summer Jazz Series: Featuring Frank Wess, tenor sax and flute, Gene Perla, bass, Steve Wirts, tenor sax, Jon Davis, piano, Bob DeMeo, drums.

Saturday, August 30, 3:00pm-5:30pm: Summer Jazz Series: Featuring Gene Perla, bass, Jack Wilkins, guitar, Paolo Levi, tenor sax, Steve Wirts, tenor sax, Scott Neumann, drums.

September 2008

Saturday, September 6, 3:00pm-5:30pm: Exhibition of Photographs by Beana.

Saturday, September 6, 3:00pm-5:30pm: Summer Jazz Series: Featuring Steve Wirts, tenor sax, Tom Kennedy, bass, Jon Davis, piano, drummer tba.

Saturday, September 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm: Poetry reading curated by Tom Savage.

Saturday, September 13, 4:30pm-7:00pm: Summer Jazz Series: Featuring Steve Wirts, tenor sax, Tom Kennedy, bass, Jon Davis, piano, drummer tba.

Garden Workday…Law and Order Filming

Filed under: Events — by west104garden @ 9:58 am

Dear Gardeners,

Two alerts for this week. “Law and Order” will be shooting in the west garden on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 8 AM to 1 PM. If you plan to do any harvesting this week, you might want to go before then. We’ve been quite specific about what they cannot do (e.g., tamper with individuals’ beds) and at least one garden member will be present the whole time. But if you spot any damage after the shoot, please let me know– before Monday the 8th and at Siswi@aol.com (not the garden address).

Our next Meeting and Workday is Sunday, Sept. 7, at 11 AM. If you cannot be there, please let me know (again at Siswi@aol.com) and we’ll give you an individual assignment. Thanks.

Hope you’ve had a good Labor Day weekend!


For the Steering Committee

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