West 104th Street Garden

January 31, 2010

31 January, 2010 15:41

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 3:41 pm

Dear Gardeners,

Construction in the West Garden is due to begin Monday, February 8. We will be meeting with construction and Parks Dept. representatives this Friday for a final review of plans and agreements. Many thanks to Lucille for pulling all of this together!

What this means for you:

If you have a plot on the east side of the West Garden and have perennials you want to save, this is your last chance. Potted plants can be stored in the shade garden.

We’ve scheduled a VOLUNTARY WORK DAY for Sat. Feb. 6. 10:00 (snow date Sun. Feb 7, 11:00). We need to stow supplies now stacked outside the shed, move the Cat headquarters, etc., etc. The weather promises to be warm (the 30s) and clear, so please pitch in.


The Steering Committee


January 26, 2010

NYC CGC Gardens Conference Registration

Filed under: News — by west104garden @ 8:59 am

Attendance at this all-day Conference by as many as possible, to have influence on the Reps., is of great importance.  It seems the registration began on 4 Jan but I expect that even with the late, 3rd class, mailing there will still be room.  // LM

Agreement Rally.pdf

Unifed we will demand to know from our state and city representatives what is being done to make our community gardens permanent!

All community gardeners and supp0rters need to be ot this event!

Keynote Speaker Livia Marques
Director, US Dept. of Agriculture People’s Garden Initiative

FREE Registration begins January 4, 2010
online at nyccgc.org or by calling (888) 311-3993

January 13, 2010

Garden Wall Reconstruction – Vote on Reroute

Filed under: Notices — by west104garden @ 9:41 am

Re: Vote on West Garden, Southeast Wall Reconstruction

On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, several gardeners from the Steering, Maintenance, West Garden and Greenthumb committees* met with the Parks Department and contractor in the West Garden to discuss the wall reconstruction.

Our discussion was productive and we were impressed by the vendor’s concern to as do as little harm as possible during the wall reconstruction.

As most of you know, the purpose of this meeting was two-fold:

1. To develop the least intrusive/disruptive route for the contactor’s equipment
2. To review the job site with the contractor and Parks apprising both of our concerns and hopes.

To summarize the meeting: We walked around the site and described the three routes discussed at our regular garden meeting. 1. Straight back along the lawn with a left turn behind the rose arbor, 2. Across the lawn with a diagonal left turn between the shed and arbor, 3. Along the rear yard of 12 W. 104th street with an approach through the east lot. Parks and the contractor rejected this third option as impractical but suggested one of their own.

Based on this meeting and additional private discussion among our garden team we are now unanimous in supporting the approach route suggested by the contractor. Since I’d ardently opposed a more invasive version of this plan some months ago, the others asked me to make the case for this literal change in direction.

First, the Contractor’s proposed route: straight back through the front fence of the Western Garden, parallel to the west wall of 12 W. 104th St. directly through one line of individual beds—those nearest 12 W. 104th St.

Reroute Diagram

Reroute Diagram

This approach will require the dismantling of a line of five individual beds as well as a stretch of plantings along the front fence. It will provide a space wide enough for the contractor’s equipment (about 10 feet). No turns will be made, thus minimizing the possibility of additional damage; with the exception of some of the plantings along the front fence, it will not damage any communal areas — the lawn, the herb bed, the center flower bed, the root system of the American Elm tree or the fig that would have been hit in the other paths. In addition this route protects the cold frame, rose arbor and shrubs around the water barrels. When the project is finished, Parks will get us replacement topsoil.

I don’t wish to underestimate the amount of work it will take to rebuild what will be removed or the hardship for those whose beds are displaced temporarily – my own is one of them — but we firmly believe it is better for the garden to contain the area of disruption.

Again let’s not candy coat our situation: There is no good approach to the reconstruction site other than from the sky and setting the western lot to right will require the effort of all of us working together. But as co-chairs of maintenance for some years, Frank and I agree (along with the others) that this approach is the one we think will work out the best for the garden and prove least damaging.

But the decision is yours. We will only tell the contractor to use this route if we have your support. We welcome hearing your concerns and comments and will listen to your gripes too – just this once. Because it is winter and a vote in the garden isn’t practical, we ask that you respond by email to the following question:

Do you support the contractor’s proposed route through the West garden as outlined above?

Yes___ No___ Abstain___

Please email your vote and comments to Paula McKenzie (paulatb2@verizon.net) by next Friday, January 15, so we can get back to Parks Dept.


Jean Jaworek

* In attendance: Maintenance Committee Co-Chairs Frank Grech and Jean Jaworek, Steering Committee members: Ann Levine, Janice Vrana and Paula McKenzie, Greenthumb Contact, Lucille Murovich, West Garden Co-Chair, Suzanne Charlé and a representative from Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office.

Raccoon Rabies Advisory from CB7

Filed under: Notices,Uncategorized — by west104garden @ 9:25 am

Raccoon Rabies Advisory
Manhattan (UWS, UES Central Pk and Morningside Pk Areas)

Rabid raccoons were recently found in Central Park and Morningside Park. For current information on rabid animals visit http://www.nyc.gov/health/rabies

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requests that you:
1) Get your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies. It’s the law.
· Check with your vet to see if your pet is up to date on its shots.
· Keep your dog on a leash except for during off leash hours. Always keep a close eye on your dog when outdoors, especially when off leash.

2) Stay away from wild or stray animals. Keep children and pets away from them too.
·Raccoons, skunks, bats, and stray cats are more likely than other animals to have rabies.
– Observe and enjoy healthy wildlife from a distance
– Do not feed wildlife.
– Never approach a wild, stray, sick, or injured animal, no matter how helpless it looks. Instead call 311 or notify a Parks employee.
· Throw your trash in an appropriate trash container.

3) If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound, consult a doctor,
and call 311 to report the bite.
· First, wash the wound with soap and water IMMEDIATELY.
· If you are bitten by a pet, get the owners contact information.
·Talk to a doctor right away to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots. If you don’t have a regular doctor, go to a hospital emergency room.
· Call 311 to report the bite.

Visit http://www.nyc.gov/health/rabies for more information and updated facts.

Community Board 7/ Manhattan
250 West 87th Street New York, NY 10024-2706
Phone: (212) 362-4008 Fax:(212) 595-9317
Web site: nyc.gov/mcb7 e-mail address: office@cb7.org

January 8, 2010


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

Hi everybody —

No public event scheduled this month in our garden.

MULCHFEST NYC this weekend, Jan 9, Jan 10, and Jan 11 — call 311 to find out where to discard your Christmas trees in Manhattan, 10AM to 2PM, trees must be bare; bring your own car to pick up mulch thereafter. There are 5 locations in Manhattan, 3 on the West side, and not all will be open all three days.


Frank Grech for keeping sidewalks in front of both garden sites clear and free of ice and snow!

Gardeners Ann Levine, Paula McKenzie, Robin Mace, Janice Vrana, Frank Grech, Jean Jaworek, Suzanne Charle’, (me,too),
who met with Parks, Contractors, and aide from CM Mark-Viverito’s office on a COLD windy morning this week re: foundation wall rehab project in the West garden. You’ll be getting a ballot/explanation/summary of this meeting probably over the weekend which Parks will then use to elicit Project Submission Proposal from Contractor. So monitor your E-Mail that your vote be counted in timely fashion! (Non e-mail gardeners will be telephoned with all info.)

All for now,


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