Saturday, July 24, 2010

Agenda August 4 Block Watch Meeting

  • Block Party details
  • 51st Street slogan/logo /signs
  • litter flyer
  • posts for block watch blog- ideas/ other authors
  • area 3 was wondering if we would be willing to share our blog
  • post a comment if there is an item you want to discuss

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Give a Hoot... Don't Pollute

Litter is a small problem that can get out of hand quickly. An easy way to help combat this problem... if you see litter in our neighborhood, pick it up. Call for a special pickup. (For more information click here.) Sometimes these efforts might not be enough. The city has resources to help. Report chronic problems to the Department of Neighborhood Services.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Welcome to National Night Out

National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. District 3 Police Headquarters will have activities for the whole family. Click here for more information. So grab your family and head outside Tuesday, August 3, 2010. For more information about National Night Out click here. While at the web site check out Project 365. This might be a great opportunity to extend the reach of the 51st Street Block Watch.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Area 3 Potluck Picnic

Potluck Picnic and Mini-Cleanup for Area 3 of Washington Heights will be held Saturday, July 17 2010 from 1-5 PM on 49th Street between Lloyd and Garfield. A great opportunity to meet your neighbors amid food and fun. A mini-cleanup will take place prior to the picnic between 10 AM and Noon. Please take 15 minutes during that time to pick up little on your block and deposit it in your garbage carts.

Food Assignments:
47th St.- please bring appetizers, snacks (chips, cheese & crackers, etc.)
48th St.- side dishes (potato salad. baked beans, etc.)
49th St.- fruits, veggies
Hi Mount Blvd.- main dish (hot dogs, brats, chicken wings, etc.)
51st St.- desserts
Lloyd St., Garfield Ave., North Ave.- non-alcoholic beverages.

Questions? Contact Cynthia @ 732-6773 or

Sunday, July 11, 2010

We'll Leave the Light on for You

Community Liason Officer Kong recommends an easy was to make our street safer, turn your porch light on at night. He explained that most crimes are ones of opportunity, turning your porch light on decreases these opportunities . In addition not only does night lighting makes it easier for us to report the location of suspicious behavior more accurately but it also helps police offices respond to that information more quickly. Starting tonight the 51st Street Block Watch is asking everyone on our block to use thier porch lights at night. A flyer will be handed out asking 2100 block residents to help. At approximately $12.00/year its a small price to pay to keep your house and neighborhood safe.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Area 3 Meeting

Area 3 will host a meeting in front of the Community Garden located on the 2100 block of N. 49th Street. Alderman Willie Hines Jr. will be in attendance. Early Friday evening on July 9 there was an altercation involving a large number of people. 911 was called and the police responded promptly. This the second violent crime in less than a week in Washington Heights. This meeting is a great opportunity to voice our concerns about issues in our neighborhood. The more voices heard, the stronger the message.

Free Lunch

Neeskara Elementary School is hosting a summer lunch program for kids. Open to all children 18 and under. For more information click here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 2010 Minutes

  1. Eric suggested creating a flyer to inform neighbors of pressing issues and invite them to the next block watch meeting. i.e. porch lights to help make our block safer at night.
  2. Katie suggested contacting department of neighborhood services to trim trees to help street light efficacy.
  3. Pete said he knows people at DNS he will talk to them this fall.
  4. Eileen passed a petition for the September 11 block party if you haven't sighed it please contact Eileen
  5. Officer Kong handed out Neighborhood Crime Watch placards
  6. More discussion of phone tree, Mike and Sarah have it in the works. get on the list
  7. Liz addressed concerns of litter on the block, if you see litter pick it up. If things don't improve we'll send a flyer out for September meeting.
  8. Trisha recommended that if you need help with lawn care or the like contact St. Sebastian's School. Their students need to fill service hour requirements.
  9. Liz invited everyone to the Area 3 block Party at the Community Garden on 49th Street
  10. Agenda for next meeting: Block Party details
  11. Next meeting will be held August 4 at Kim and Brian's.