West 104th Street Garden

June 29, 2013

Composting Suspended Until Further Notice

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Important! Starting on July 1st, 2013.

The Compost Committee has decided to suspend all compost collection until further notice.
Dear Friends of Compost:

You have been too kind! And our compost program is a successful one.

Because WE have more compostable materials now than we can currently handle, please consider offering your beautiful, nitrogen-rich scraps to a green market compost collection site.  This will give us time to “cook” what we already have.


Greenmarkets @ Manhattan

We hope to begin receiving your kitchen scraps again later in the season. Please find attached a list of green markets that receive compost, encircled are our closest one.

Yours in Decay,

The West 104th Street Compost Committee Chair


November 12, 2012

Hurricane Relief from FEMA

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Most of us were very lucky: Manhattan Valley escaped Sandy’s wrath.
But if you have friends or family who are struggling, this might be helpful.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has activated its transitional shelter program, which allows those who cannot return to their homes because of storm damage to stay in participating hotels, motels or other housing. You must first register with FEMA at a recovery center, by calling             (800) 621-3362       or by going to DisasterAssistance.gov.

March 11, 2012

2012 Opening Potluck Brunch

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Since it looks like we aren’t going to have a winter after all, let’s plan for spring! The first meeting of the 2012 season for the West 104 Garden will take place on Sunday, March 18, at the Schneider Houses, 17 West 102nd Street, from 12 to 3 pm.  Time to catch up with gardeners you haven’t seen for a couple of months and think happy thoughts about the warm months to come.  This will be a Pot Luck lunch, as usual, so start thinking about what you want to bring.

Meeting and Potluck Brunch
Sunday, March 18, 1-3 PM
Schneider Houses, 17 West 102 St.
North side if the street, between CPW and Manhattan Ave.
We meet in the community room in back and to the right of the lobby.

We are looking forward to seeing you all and meeting new members.

Steering Committee Election

If you would like to serve on the Steering Committee, please let us know and we will put your name on the ballot. While GreenThumb does not have a minimum required number for the steering committee, we have found that the five or six people we have had over the past couple years is not enough. At this time not all committee members are returning, so please step forward if you think you can help out.

See you all next Sunday!

W104 Garden Steering Committee

November 20, 2011

End of Season Reminders

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This is a gentle reminder to all our gardeners to get out to Garden and clean up your bed and the area around it.  It is November.  Unless you are growing winter crops, the season is over.  Plant and other materials should be removed as appropriate.

Also, a big thanks to those who turned out for the optional work day on November 19.  Many tasks were completed to get the garden in shape for the winter.

Can you pick up garden supplies from Green Thumb?

Gardeners:  please respond to this email or contact a Steering Committee member if you can pick up sullies from Green Thumb at the winter give-away on Saturday December 3 in Queens.  Here is the link that provides hours and directions.  We need snow melting materials and black garbage bags, so the person who does this will need a car.


The Steering Committee

November 15, 2011

Optional Workday Saturday November 19

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Gardeners are invited to attend an optional workday in the West 104 Garden this SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, starting at 10 a.m.  We will be doing tasks designed to get the Garden ready for the winter. If you missed a previous mandatory workday, this is a chance to do make-up work.

The Steering Committee

November 10, 2011

End of Season Potluck Brunch and Meeting

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Meeting and Potluck Brunch
This Sunday, Nov. 13
1-3 PM
Schneider Houses
West 102 St., btwn CPW and Manhattan Ave.

This is THE time to see fellow gardeners before winter sets in. Bring a favorite dish or beverage to share or plates, cups, napkins and utensils. (We’re in desperate need for a restock on paper goods!)

We’ll have applications for the 2012 season. Bring cash or check and sign up now to avoid stamp and mailing. Think about your committee choices and whether you would like to try out a new committee next year, or become a committee head. This is a great opportunity to put your inspiration to work.

As always, we will have a brief wrap-up meeting after the brunch. Thanks to all who helped to make the season shine.

Hope to see you there,
The Steering Committee

PS: WINTER CLEAN UP. There will be one additional, optional workday scheduled on a Saturday before Thanksgiving. It’s a good opportunity for anyone who needs a makeup task.

August 25, 2011

Garden Workday is Saturday, September 10, 10am to 12pm

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Be sure to come out for the Sept 10 workday, from 10am to noon. With all the rain we have been having, it is a jungle out there, and we expect to have a lot of weeds to pull and perhaps some surprising harvests. Remember to log in your reapings to the Farming Concrete notebook.

Also, if you missed the August workday and need to schedule a makeup, please contact Noreen Whysel at nwhysel@gmail.com.

May 23, 2011

No Smoking Law in Effect in City Parks

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A note from Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach. Since our garden is governed by NYC Park rules, the no smoking rule also applies to all areas within our garden.

Dear Friends,

Today is the day that the law banning smoking within New York City’s parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas goes into effect and smoking is now prohibited on Park’s property.

It is very important that our partners and friends take the lead and set an example for New Yorkers by following this new law and refraining from smoking on Parks property.

You’ll note that smoking will still be allowed on sidewalks outside parks, including the sidewalks that form the perimeter of parks and in the parking lots of all Parks properties. We expect that the new law will be enforced mostly by New Yorkers themselves, who will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking. However, those who violate the new law could receive a $50 ticket.

We have posted signs throughout our properties and provided information on how to quit smoking to those who need it. We encourage anyone who wants to quit smoking to call 311 or 866-NYQUITS, or visit nysmokefree.com.

We work hard to ensure that tens of millions of people—New Yorkers and visitors alike—enjoy our public parks year round, and we hope this new law ensures an even healthier and cleaner experience at our parks and beaches.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your neighbors. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to call my office at (212) 360-3484.


Larry Scott Blackmon
Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach

May 13, 2011


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Upper West Side Recycling Center/Columbus-Amsterdam BID*

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)

Where: Amsterdam Avenue & 110th Street (south side)

The following items will be accepted:
* Working and non-working computers (laptops & desktops)
* Peripherals: monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, cables, etc.
* TVs, stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, cable receivers, etc.
* Cell and wall phones
* Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) – no long bulbs, please
* Flashlight-type batteries (AA, D, etc.) – please tape the ends
* Textiles (clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, towels, etc.)

Items not accepted:
Other electronic items including appliances (such as microwaves, toasters, etc.), air conditioners, white goods, carpeting

While electronic devices are safe to use in the home or office, they do pose an environmental risk when improperly discarded. Computers, monitors, and printers have cathode ray tubes, circuit boards, and other electronic components that contain toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. These electronic items are the fastest growing portion of our waste stream. Although e-waste currently makes up a small percentage of our household garbage, it accounts for about 40% of the toxins in that waste. Recycling helps keep it out of landfills, incinerators and the environment. All collected computers and electronics will go to an EPA-licensed recycler.

For more information please contact:

Columbus-Amsterdam BID: 212-666-9774 or

Upper West Side Recycling: jtwine@synerjy.com

Made possible by We Recycle

* This May 22nd E-Waste Recycling event is part of the 2nd annual Manhattan Valley
Family Days, sponsored by the Columbus-Amsterdam BID. (A second family day will be held on May 15th, from 11 AM to 5 PM.) On these two Sundays, Amsterdam Avenue will be closed to traffic between 106th and 110th Streets for family entertainment and activities for all ages, as well as demonstrations, lessons and games.

April 26, 2011

PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York‏

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Received today from Larry Scott Blackmon, Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach:

Hello Gardeners, and Happy Spring!

In the year that I have been at Parks, I have had the opportunity to get to know many of you and listened to your concerns. One thing I heard frequently was that you wanted your contributions recognized as an integral part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative.

On Thursday, April 21, Mayor Bloomberg presented an update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York. At this launch, facilitating urban agriculture opportunities and community gardening were listed among its top three initiatives going forward. Specific milestones to be completed by 2013 include:

  • Increasing the number of volunteer gardeners registered with GreenThumb by 25%.
  • Launching a multi-agency study to identify City-owned properties suitable for urban agriculture.
  • Creating five additional farmers markets at community gardens and,
  • Increasing the number of registered school based gardens to 150.

This important commitment to community gardens and other forms of urban agriculture by the administration is a testament to your hard work and dedication. Thank you for all you do to improve our communities.

Please log onto the PlaNYC website or click here to download a copy of the updated plan.


Larry Scott Blackmon,
Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach

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