West 104th Street Garden

November 4, 2012

Ways to help from boro prez, Scott Stringer

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   How to Volunteer or Donate—Help NYC Recover from Hurricane Sandy 

Dear Friend:As our City begins to recover from Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to share information about relief groups and other charitable organizations to which you can donate, if it’s difficult for you to personally offer supplies and shelter to people in need.VOLUNTEERING IN NEW YORK CITY

There are numerous ways to help here in the city, and a good place to start is by registering as a volunteer with NYCService’s Facebook page. The organization has asked people to contact NYC Service with their names, email contacts, and boroughs. You can also register to be a New York Cares volunteer and be part of their disaster response team.

The Food Bank for New York is also accepting donations and possibly volunteers. Check its websites for more information.


All of your donations to the Red Cross will provide shelter and other support to people who have been directly affected by the Hurricane.

To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Currently blood supplies are low in areas hit by the storm, and the Red Cross is asking people to schedule appointments to donate blood in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call             800-933-2566       or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.


There are scores of mobile feeding units and shelters up and down the East Coast operated by the Salvation Army, and they are serving thousands of people. You can also make a donation.

Feeding America is distributing water, food and supplies to thousands of people in the storm’s disaster zones. To donate, visitwww.feedingamerica.org or call             800-910-5524      .

AmeriCares is delivering medicine and other supplies to people affected by the storm. To donate, visit www.americares.org.

Personal hygiene items and food kits are being provided to thousands by World Vision. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.

Other charities and relief groups offering food, medicine and other assistance include Catholic Charities USADirect Relief International, and Operation Blessing International.


Save the Children provides emergency aid to families and addresses the special needs of their children. You can visitwww.savethechildren.org to donate. World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse are also providing emergency relief and seeking volunteers for children.


If you’re interested in helping animals find safe haven and good care after the hurricane, the Humane Society of the United Statesand the American Humane Association have teams working on the problem and they need your help. Donations are especially needed to help rescue stranded pets and aid animals currently in shelters.


Team Rubicon (            310-338-1149      ) has dispatched teams to begin cleanup work and Samaritan’s Purse is also seeking volunteers to help our City rebuild.


Remember that Hurricane Sandy devastated the Caribbean and claimed many lives before it hit the United States. Operation USAand the International Medical Corps are aiding those affected by Sandy in Haiti and Cuba. Operation USA is also providing aid to the East Coast.


Finally, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a range of programs delivering aid to those affected directly by the hurricane. Check out the FEMA website for information and ways to help.


This evening NBC will broadcast a telethon to benefit those impacted by Sandy, starring Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and other performers. On Monday, ABC will observe “A Day of Giving” on several shows to generate donations. Check both stations for more details.


If you are planning to give to a nonprofit in the wake of any disaster, you should first verify that it is legitimate. Charity evaluators likeGuidestar and Charity Navigator as well as FEMA can help you determine whether the organization to which you’re donating has a good track record, and that funds will go where you intend.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Donations will not result in preferential treatment by City officials.


Scott M. Stringer,
Manhattan Borough President

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July 6, 2012

Summer Flea Market

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Our second Flea Market will be held on July 14th from 11am-6pm in the West 104th Street Community Garden. The flea market features a great bazaar of vintage clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, and whatever else your imagination brings.

Vendors please inquire with Julia at 646-363-4513. Table space is $10, but you must provide your own table.

Download the flyer to post on your community bulletin board.

March 22, 2011

Volunteer Opportunity: Cars and Woodchips

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Hi gardeners,

We need wood chips to line the paths between beds in the West Garden. We can get these free from Central Park if we pick them up ourselves. With 2 cars and drivers, a stack of garbage bags, and a few more volunteers we can do this in a relatively short time. We know a number of you have cars, but always have trouble getting drivers to volunteer. Please make this the exception! We’ll work with the day and time that is best for you. Anytime before the April 9 workday.

Thanks so much.
Ann Levine
for the Steering Committee

January 19, 2011

Call for Presentations: 32nd annual American Community Gardening Association Conference, August 18-21, 2011

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Dear all:

Please find attached the Call for Presentations for the 32nd annual American Community Gardening Association Conference to take place at Columbia University, New York City, from August 18-21, 2011.


All proposals must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

For more information on the American Community Gardening Association please have
visit the AGCA website at http://www.communitygarden.org.

Please circulate this message widely within your networks to anybody who might be
interested in presenting or attending.

More Information


If you would like to contact GreenThumb please visit:

January 3, 2011

Mulchfest this weekend!

Filed under: Events,Opportunities — by west104garden @ 9:28 pm

NYC will be recycling Christmas trees next Sat. and Sun. at 3 nearby locations in the Park. They have chipping machines on site. You can dispose of your tree without just throwing it out and take away as many bags of chips as you can carry! It’s too good an opportunity to miss.

Robin has done this for the Garden in the past but isn’t available this year. Will you step in? We need at least one car and driver plus helpers.


Saturday & Sunday, Jan 8 & 9 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Central Park*
63rd Street & Central Park West

Central Park*
West 81st Street & Central Park West inside the bridle path

Central Park*
East 106th Street & Fifth Avenue

Please help out!

For more information and to rsvp contact Ann
(212) 866-3378

May 22, 2009

June 21: We need Volunteers for Make Music NY1{

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The Make Music New York Event is coming up on Sat., June 21th! In order for it to be a success in our garden, we need volunteers for the following positions:

Music coordinator: Someone to interview and book musicians for the day – 6 groups have contacted the garden expressing interest.

Activities coordinator: Someone to bring other activities to the garden (ie. contact Vita Wallace).
Publicity coordinator: Create a flyer and make sure it gets distributed before the event.

June 21 Volunteer coordinator: Lou Ludyny has agreed to be the contact person for the day of June 20th, but he will need atleast 5 gardeners assisting him with set-up, clean-up, etc.

Please let me know if you would like to take on any of these responsibilities.


May 5, 2008

May Events

Filed under: Opportunities — by west104garden @ 4:44 pm

These Area Events will surely interest some. Last year the Garden hosted a ‘Make Music NY’ event with Member David Wilke teaching the guitar to children. Also several of our Garden youngsters are Dance students.



Last year, on the summer solstice, Make Music New York organized one of the biggest musical events in the city’s history: 560 free outdoor concerts in an array of genres and locations. Thousands of musicians — from Metropolitan Opera artists to underground MC’s, Tuvan throat singers to high school bands — entertained New Yorkers on sidewalks, streets, parks, gardens, and even cemeteries in the five boroughs. On Saturday, June 21, 2008, Make Music New York is back — and it’s going to be even bigger! For the second annual event, Time Out New York magazine has launched a website to match musicians with locations. Now anyone can find a space for their music… or music for their space. Participating locations on June 21st are invited to:

— Choose musicians from our database, or invite their own to perform.

— Provide electricity for an outdoor performance (for example, running an extension cord out to the sidewalk that day)

— Put up a free, customizable poster in the window during June, promoting the concert.

The Make Music New York organizers will then:

— Secure and send you all necessary permits

— Coordinate your concert with others in the neighborhood

— Promote your establishment as a concert location in all programs, on timeoutnewyork.com, and in an 8-page amNewYork newspaper supplement running on June 20th. There is no charge to take part — everything is completely free. All concert arrangements must be finalized by May 1st. To get started, go to www.timeoutnewyork.com/makemusic. In a parallel section of the site, restaurants, bars, shops, gardens, block associations, management companies and others can sign up to make their outdoor space available for musicians on June 21. Each will list its location, a description of the space, the availability of electricity, ways in which they will promote the concert and what type of music they prefer. The website will then show possible matches based on each participant’s choices, with contact info (through the site or offline). Once a venue and a performing act have made a match, information is routed to *Make Music New York*’s organizers, who confirm concert details and secure the necessary permits. Not long after the site is launched, a map showing existing concert locations will be added, making available (and unavailable) sites visible at a glance. The new site will allow *MMNY* to grow even bigger, giving participants more freedom to create the concerts they want to have. *Make Music New York*’s own website serves as a source of information. Visit www.makemusicny.org. Aaron Friedman, President, Make Music New York makemusicny@gmail.com. I hope that locations in the 6th Council District will sign up!


YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS INITIATIVE-Competition for The 2008 Susan Braun Award. Dance Films Assoc. is offering an opportunity for a choreographer between the age of 16-25 living in New York City to create a short dance film and/or adapt a stage choreography for the camera with a young filmmaker with grant from DFA. Named after DFA’s founder, the late Susan Braun, the award is cash and guidance from mentors who are dance and film professionals. Deadline to enter: May 9, 2008. The entry form is available at: http://dancefilms.org
Enjoy, Lucille M.

May 4, 2008

Looking for Garden Video!

Filed under: Opportunities — by west104garden @ 4:59 pm

F.Y.I. : You Video Shooters may be interested. LM

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 12:30 PM

> ————————————————-
> A neighbor asked that i pass this on to those creating videos on garden
> issues…
> —–Forwarded Message—–
>>From: Lisa Guido
> …please pass this along to your gardening compadres, especially the
> media types, and by all means forward to me anything you think fits the
> bill.
> We are a brand new show, in old and new media. (The next email you get
> from me might be from *UnscrewAmerica*, or *GritTV*.) The host and driving
> force of the project is Laura Flanders <http://lauraflanders.com/>,
> currently of RadioNation on Air America. Laura will be conducting
> interviews and hosting debates in studio, but a full quarter of the
> program will be viewer and partner-generated material: commentaries, news
> pieces, satires, documentaries in progress and how-tos. We’ll post the
> segments on line for a while with a link back to your site, as well as
> embed it in the daily show.
> I would love to see radical gardeners represented, so send me your tapes!
> If you’ve produced a piece for your website about composting, or community
> gardens, let me know. Send me a link! Your submissions and suggestions are
> very welcome.
> Please feel free to pass my information along to anyone with work already
> made or in production that you think fits the bill. There’s a regular
> segment of works-in-progress from documentary makers and social
> justice-minded producers of culture.
> The studio element is a mix of community activists, authors, the biggies
> in progressive politics, thinkers of all sorts. We’ll cover a very broad
> range of topics.
> The show will air weeknights on FreeSpeechTV (Dish Network — and
> community access cable and college stations) right after Democracy Now,
> and daily, noon, on political blog Firedoglake.com
> <http://firedoglake.com/>. (and, when it launches, on Robert Greenwald’s
> new web channel.)
> I think it will provide excellent exposure to some new audiences —
> especially the web outlets.
> Warmest Regards,
> Lisa Guido
> 212 871-8254
> Video Producer/Editor
> The Laura Flanders Show
> 641 6th Avenue
> 4th Floor
> NYC, NY 10011
> www.lauraflanders.com

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