Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Sad news: Nat Dixon has died

The Central Park Gardens Tenants' Association mourns the loss of
Rev. Nathaniel Dixon, who died on May 5, 2022.

We knew Nat as the wonderful jazz saxophonist at our Pot Lucks, as the pastoral presence he shared with many tenants, and as a very decent human being. 

We extend our condolences to his wife Norma, his children Ayana and Nathan, and their extended family. 

There will be a private family service, but the family created a public posting on his Facebook page if you would like to leave condolences or make a donation to one of his favorite charitable organizations in his memory.   https://www.facebook.com/539071872/posts/10160154329511873/?d=n 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Which Council District will we be in?

Learn about CITY redistricting this Thursday, May 5th

on Zoom at 7:30 PM


The redistricting maps that determine who represents us in the state and federal government were recently invalidated by New York Courts.  But the CITY’s redistricting process is run by a commission that follows a different set of rules. The deadline for the local Districting Commission to release the first draft maps is June 7, 2022.   The Commission’s decision will affect us for the next decade.

A lot of what we do is affected by who represents us in the City Council.  Until last year we were represented by Mark Levine. He became Manhattan Borough President and now we’re represented by Shaun Abreu, still in District 7, with its office on W. 141st Street.  Meanwhile, District 6 goes up to West 96th Street.  

Citizen's Union is presenting a workshop on:  

  • The basics of Council redistricting
  • Why it's important
  • An overview of how maps are drawn
  • How to create our own maps
  • How to testify effectively at the Districting Commission.
 ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83111249427

ID: 831 1124 9427

Phone: 646 876 9923

This is sponsored by our tenant association along with the Park West Village Tenants Association and the Westgate Tenants Association. 






Sunday, April 24, 2022

Tell the RGB: No increase this year!


The Preliminary Vote is May 5th – so time is running out!



Regular mail:    RGB, 1 Centre St., #2210,  New York, NY 10007


TELL THE Rent Guidelines Board:

ü You and neighbors can’t afford a rent increase.

ü Stellar refuses to rent out 9 empty rent stabilized apartments – so it doesn’t need or deserve an increase.

ü Getting over $9000 for some of the units, Stellar is doing very well and needs no increase.

Spring is blooming with activities

Our tenant association is busy this month - and you can be too.


  •  Email campaign to the Rent Guidelines Board for no increase: board@nycrgb.org. (Preliminary vote: May 5th!)
  • Tulips at the West Side Community Garden, 10 am-6 PM,
    90th St. between Columbus & Amsterdam, to May 6th.
    Dana Hutchinson, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>
    via Wikimedia Commons

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2022: 

Redistricting – What is it, how does it affect us, and what can we do about it?  Presentation by Citizen’s Union, co-sponsored by our tenant association with the Park West Village Tenant Association and the Westgate Tenant Association. On Zoom:   On Computer or smart phone: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83111249427

By phone:  646- 876 9923,   Meeting ID: 831 1124 9427

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022:


 WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2022:


STATE SENATE CANDIDATE’S DEBATE on Zoom. Representatives of our tenant association with the Park West Village Tenant Association will interview Cordell Cleare (who replaced Brian Benjamin when he became Lt. Gov. – before he was arrested), and her opponent, Shana Harmangoff for the full term of our State Senate seat. 

Our next General Tenants Meeting will be mid June.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Valentine's Day Fundraiser a Success!

Thanks to Rosa Delgado, Debbie Gonzalez, CS, and Joan Browne and to all the tenants who contributed to our (pre) Valentine's Day Fundraiser in the lobby this past Saturday.

We raised over $2600 for our tenant association!

Our treasurer Joan Browne in 12F thanks you and we all thank you!  

We are stronger together. 

Sad News: Vernon Smith has died.

The Central Park Gardens Tenants’ Association mourns the loss of  our long-time friend and neighbor


A retired social worker, Vernon was for many decades     the “do-er” of the tenant association, quietly putting up notices, setting out chairs and tables, and more.  He was a good friend to many tenants and to the building staff.

We extend heartfelt condolences to his daughter Holly Raby, his cousin Kerry Jones, and the rest of his family.

 The wake and funeral are being scheduled.