Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sad News: Ruth Ellin has passed away

The Central Park Gardens Tenants’ Association
mourns the loss of one of our founders and long-time president


A retired actor and administrator in the Yiddish theater, Ruth was - always with sharp wit - a wonderful neighbor. As a one-person head of the tenant association, she was available to tenants day and night for decades.  She set our association on a sound footing financially and as part of a larger community. Our successes come from the base that she created.  After Ruth became frail, our indefatigable neighbor Lenore Richter managed Ruth’s care with the warm help of Amina Bah and other caretakers.  

Our condolences go to Ruth’s sister Lola Mendelson, Lola’s son Simon and his wife Sharon, and their extended family.  

The funeral will be
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM
at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
on Amsterdam Avenue at 90th Street.
You can visit the family, who will be sitting shiva
in Ruth’s apartment, 14F, starting at 4 PM that day.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Neighborhood Resources for young and old - March 21st in our Community Room at 8 PM

What local activities are available for your kids?  yourself? 

Tuesday, March 21 at 8 PM
Come to our General Tenants Meeting 
in the Community Room

Hear from Bloomingdale Library Manager Yajaira Mejia and Bloomingdale Aging in Place (BAiP) activities coordinator Caitlin Hawke and BAiP president Leilani Straw.

Refreshments - and all tenants are welcome!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jan. 18 2017 meeting was terrific! Summary and updates here.

The General Tenants Meeting was well attended, and we congratulate all the members of the election committee, including Rich Jordan and Letty Orellano, and the new Board (at the end of this summary).

Valentine's Day is coming soon.  To make sure you have something sweet for all the sweeties in your life,  pick up some chocolates at our 

tenant association table in the lobby 
Saturday, February 11th 
from 11 AM to 5 PM, 
and leave your 2017 dues ($10/apartment) and legal fund contributions ($100 - payable as you can afford it).  

If construction noise is WAY too loud, call 311 and send your complaint number to Sue. 

Our Speaker: 
Thomas Mellins
To a packed house, Thomas Mellins spoke about the history of the Upper West Side - from the days it was mainly rural (before Central Park was constructed), up to now.  He explained the never-ending tension between private developers and government regulation which is often spurred by community activism and a progressive social vision.  (Look at some of Tom's books for a historical perspective by decade.)  Interestingly, the first regulation was not for affordability but for sanitation: Better ventilation and plumbing for the poor meant less tuberculosis and malaria to infect the rich who lived nearby.  

The 10,000 or so people who had lived in what became Central Park in the 1850's became residents of the Upper West Side. The park itself was not completed until 1873.

Corruption in the construction of what became Park West Village across the street from us may have been the first crack in the armor of renovation czar Robert Moses,  But Park West Village was consistent with the general policy of putting public housing and private affordable housing near each other in NYC, so that those displaced by construction might find a place to live.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Summary of November 16 2016 Meeting

BALLOTS for our Tenant Association election - Jan. 18, 2017

We distributed ballots for the tenant association elections coming up on January 18, 2017. If you would like to run for the board or for the executive committee, please email Sue ( at  ) janak  dot  org.

POSSIBLE MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT (MCI) increase coming after balcony repairs.  Stellar has sought permits to repair our balconies.  In other buildings, that has meant an MCI.  It won't be for a couple of years, we think, but we're gearing up to fight it.  So please contribute to our Legal Fund!  Contact your floor captain or our treasurer, Joan.

  • If you have bedbugs and Stellar's exterminator is not coming, let the Executive Committee know.
  • Don't let anyone take up broken floor tiles. They contain asbestos.  Ask Stellar to cover them with other flooring.

LARRY WOOD spoke.  Larry is Director of Organizing at Goddard Riverside. Goddard is a settlement house with some 20+ projects and programs, including the Senior Center at 598
Columbus Avenue and the arts center - and after-school program -  at 647 Columbus Avenue.  It has been around for 30 years and provides representation for tenants, social works, and more.  Larry has worked the gamut and has served in groups working toward building and preserving affordable housing funded by the federal, state, and city governments.  He has worked on the Right to Counsel campaign, the Real Rent Reform campaign, and more.  More than that, he has been a dedicated and sane voice int eh tenant activist community.   

The federal elections are changing the course of the government in Washington, but we also voted for state representatives.  As has been the case for the past few decades, the Democrats control the Assembly and the Republicans control the State Senate.