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GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

When the CVP was first formed in 1990, The City of New York, Dept. of Transportation was starting the Fourteenth Street Reconstruction Project, which was a complete demolition and rebuilding of the 14th St. corridor's infrastructure, roadbed and sidewalks from 9th Ave. to the East River. The CVP organized the 14th St. Reconstruction Committee, which acted as the community watchdog for this monumental project. We cited the contractors' use of substandard concrete for the roadbed and sidewalks and worked with the DOT Project Engineer to make sure that the watered down concrete was replaced and we insisted that all of the sidewalks were replaced and reinforced with steel mesh as the original RFP required. The contractor was planning to replace only the worst parts of the sidewalk and leave out large sections from the reconstruction to save money, which would have made the pattern of the sidewalk very inconsistent. We also walked the entire length of the project citing substandard concrete used on the sidewalks where the gravel started to protrude from the surface after the first rainfall. The contractor subsequently had to remove and replace the areas that we cited with properly mixed concrete.

We also worked with the New York State Forestry Dept. to make sure that every possible location for street trees was utilized and that the most appropriate trees were planted for the best acclimation to the conditions on 14th Street. The contractor was only planning to install approximately half of the trees that we actually wound up with on the street!

The CVP was very involved in neighborhood projects to prevent crime during the early years with city grants secured by the CVP being used to purchase Operation Interlock/Interwatch radios and setting up stations for surveillance at key intersections with building doormen who were trained to report suspicious street activities. These stations are still operational today and they have made a tremendous difference in the quality of life in the area.

In the mid 1990s the CVP formed the Armory Action Association, which insured that the former 14th St. Armory site was developed in a way that would be an asset to the surrounding neighborhoods by working with the New York State Economic Development Corp., the local Elected Officials, and Community Boards 2 and 4. The AAA met monthly with these agencies to discuss appropriate developments for the site and we were very influential in the requirements and wording of the RFP for the bidders. We were also instrumental in preventing big box stores such as Costco from entering into leases with the developer for the retail space, which resulted in the very neighborhood friendly lease with The McBurney WMCA health club.

In 1997 the CVP was asked to represent the neighborhood on The Hudson River Park Conservancy and later that year to serve on the Community Task Force for the design of the Route 9A, 14th Street Park project between 14th and 15th Streets bordering Route 9A and 10th Ave. Both of these projects were very fulfilling to the CVP because we were able to make the desires of the community known to the designers and developers early on in the process and the results have been monumental to the Northwest Village and Southwest Chelsea neighborhoods. One of our most notable achievements with the HRPC was requesting a playground with a "Water Theme" on pier 51 due to the lack of children's playgrounds in the West Village and Chelsea and this idea was incorporated into the Segment 4 (West Village) design!

When the Hudson River Park Trust was formed in 1999 the Chelsea-Village Partnership was selected as one of 50 members of the Hudson River Park Advisory Council. CVP Co-Chair, George Watson was appointed to the Design Committee and the Finance Committee of the HRPT Advisory Council and was asked to serve on the Hudson River Park, Segment 5 Design Group. The 13 member design group was chosen form the Community Boards and Community Organizations and met with Michael Van Valkenburg Associates in 4 working sessions during the concept phase of Segment 5 which runs from Horatio Street to West 25th St.

In early 1997, the CVP sent out a letter to Pam Friedrichs, Chair of CB-4 and Alan Gerson, Chair of CB-2 requesting the formation of a Joint Committee to address the problems and needs of the 14th Street Corridor because both Community Boards were busy dealing with issues from the more central parts of each neighborhood and neglecting the pressing issues on West 14th Street because the Corridor was split between the two Community Boards and two police precincts. In mid 1997, Alan Gerson, Chair of CB-2 announced the formation of a Special Committee of CB-2 to address the growing needs of the 14th Street Corridor but we got no response from CB-4. In 1998 The Chelsea-Village Partnership hosted a meeting with Jennifer Byron, Community liaison to Manhattan Borough President, Virginia C. Fields, to discuss the continued need for a Joint Committee of the two Community Boards and later in 1998 the "14th Street Special Committee of CB-2 and CB-4" was formed!

On May 19, 1998 the CVP and 14th St. Special Committee hosted the first community forum to discuss concerns for The Meat Packing District's future and to determine how to preserve the character of the area and improve conditions in this historic section of Manhattan. We then hosted another forum on October 7, 1999 with a presentation by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), which started the movement to create The Gansevoort Market Historic District. In the Spring of 2000 the new Save Gansevoort Task Force was formed by CVP Board Members, Jo Hamilton and Florent Morllet, and the GVSHP. This task force achieved designation with NY City Landmarks as The Gansevoort Market Historic District in less than 3 years, which is the shortest period of time for Historic District designation in the history of NYC Landmarks!

The CVP has also been a supporter of the Friends of The High Line group founded in 1999 by Joshua David and Robert Hammond to convert the 1.45 mile long 6.7 acre elevated railway structure that runs from W. 34th St. to Horatio St. into open public park space. We are very pleased that the Bloomberg Administration has endorsed the idea of converting the High Line to public space rather than going along with previous plans to demolish the structure!

Imagine a pedestrian walkway only one story above our busy roads where residents and tourists could move about at their own pace. We envision the High Line as a public park linked to the Hudson River Park with the incorporation of a design proposal for Segment 5 from Michael Van Valkenburg Associates that included a bridge connecting the High Line with Pier 54. This bridge would provide a safe alternate way to the Hudson River Park as opposed to crossing Route 9A on street level. The steel structure of the High Line is similar to the remaining remnants of the head house of Pier 54 and because the High Line was severed and now ends very close to the pier, a bridge made of I beam steel construction would be a perfect connection to the Hudson River Park.

The Chelsea-Village Partnership Board is now in need of new members to fill vacant seats on the 15-member Board. Please send letters of interest in serving on the CVP Board of Directors with a brief explanation of any previous community involvement and your desires to improve the Northwest Village and Southwest Chelsea Neighborhoods to:

The Chelsea-Village Partnership Inc.
P.O. Box 30921
New York, NY 10011
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Scott Stringer Forum Summary

On April 24, 2006 the Chelsea Village Partnership held a community forum to introduce the newly elected Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, to our local community.

As Co-chairman, George Watson opened the meeting relating a short history of the Partnership and its past achievements since its founding in 1990. These included:

1990: Watchdog for Dept. of Transportation, 14th Street Reconstruction Project
1992: Operation Interlock/Interwatch-2 radio monitoring stations to report crime.
1995: formed the Armory Action Assoc. which resulted in the McBurney WMCA location
1997: served on Taskforce to design 14th & 15th St. Sapohanikan Park at Route 9A
1997: Requested a Joint 14th St. Committee of CB-2 & CB-4 and it was formed.
1997: served on the Hudson River Park Conservancy to start designs for the HR Park.
1998 & 1999: Hosted 2 Forums that resulted in the Save Gansevoort Task Force
1999-Present: served on the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council & Design Committee
1999-Present: supported the Friends of the High Line group that achieved the High Line Park
2000: CVP Board members Jo Hamilton & Florent Morllet formed the Save Gansevoort Task Force.
2000: Bar & Night Club Forum co-hosted with the 14th St. Joint Committee of CB-2 & CB-4.
2003: Save Gansevoort Task Force achieved Historic Dist. Status for the Meat Packing district.

In closing George mentioned that The CVP continues to be the eyes and ears of the Chelsea and West Village neighborhoods advocating for the citizens to make our neighborhoods the best they can be. He also announced that he will be leaving the neighborhood soon but he has enjoyed living on W. 14th St. and serving on the Chelsea-Village Partnership Board since it's inception.

To many, the West 14th Street community appears to have many unsolvable problems. Photographs of some of these were hung on the wall for the forum's participants to view. A major reason why these problems seem unsolvable is that West 14th Street from 6th Avenue to the Hudson is divided up into three police precincts, two State senatorial districts, three community boards, and two State assembly manic districts -- officials official with jurisdictional rivalries. In particular, the Partnership has been anxious for the two community boards sharing West 14th Street to begin working together closely and cooperatively to resolve these problems. Many of our problems also occur from rapid development without adequate planning regarding the impact of that development on the local community, its services, and its infrastructure.

Board Member Stanley Bulbach then spoke about how the office of the Borough President focuses on two special areas of city government -- land use and overseeing the borough's Community Boards. He noted that both areas of focus relate directly to the problems troubling our community so greatly and introduced Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan Borough President.

Scott spoke first about his recent campaign and its strong focus on Community Board reforms. He specifically thanked the Village and Chelsea for their crucial support in his election. He then detailed the steps he took during his first four months in office including how he filled all open seats on all of Manhattan's community boards reaching out to all the communities. In the past most boards were only partially filled and frequently with business interests and not residential community representatives. He also spoke about how major development will always be part of New York City, but also how there can be better planning so that the benefits of major development can be more equitably enjoyed by every level of society in New York City.

Members of the audience raised questions ranging from deadly traffic problems to development related evictions of small businesses and schools; from historic preservation to public transportation. While Scott offered to try and help, most of the concerns raised should be more effectively addressed by our local community boards, Nos. 2 and 4, if those community boards would work together on issues where their boundaries meet along West 14th Street.

In his closing comments, Scott promised as overseer of Manhattan's community boards to have Community Board #2 and #4 reconvene the very productive and successful Special Joint Committee on West 14th Street which was disbanded in 2003. And he also asked to be invited back in October of 2006 so that our community could hold him accountable for his important promise.

George Watson then thanked the Borough President and said that we all looked forward to his upcoming return visit.


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Chelsea-Village Partnership Fundraising Letter

Dear Neighbor:

Please join us in making our neighborhood into the best neighborhood in Manhattan! To continue in this effort we need additional funds because we rely on donations from residents and merchants in the neighborhood.

Important Note: The Chelsea-Village Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit community quality-of-life organization. We do not have any paid staff. We are volunteers from the neighborhood. Since no money is spent on staffing, office space, or other related expenses, all donations go entirely to the maintenance of our web site, purchase of needed materials such as Neighborhood Forums, gardening supplies for the trees along the streets including a watering machine and the cost of a person to water the trees and flowers plus postage and materials for writing our elected officials and community boards. Also note that the Chelsea-Village Partnership, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and, therefore, all donations are fully income tax deductible.

We are constantly planning and working on revitalization projects to make our neighborhood safer and more beautiful so won't you please give us your financial support today?

Looking forward,

CVP Board Of Directors

MAIL DONATIONS TO:
The Chelsea-Village Partnership, Inc.
Port Authority Station
P.O. Box 30921
New York, New York 10011

Please include your mailing address and email address so that we can notify you of upcoming Forums, Events, and Neighborhood Alerts!

Click to download a copy of this letter!


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Gansevoort Public Hearing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Date: SEPTEMBER 13th, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Village Community School
272-278 West 10th Street (near Greenwich Street)

RE: Proposal to Build a Recycling Center and Marine Transfer Station for Recyclables at the Gansevoort Peninsula
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

Please come and be heard. We need your input. If you are unable to attend, please submit your comments in writing to the Community Board #2, Manhattan office, 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10012.

Maria P. Derr, Chair Community Board #2, Manhattan

Lee Compton, Chair Community Board #4, Manhattan

Arthur Z. Schwartz, Chair Parks, Recreation, Waterfront & Open Space Committee

Rick Panson, Chair Environment Committee Community Board #2

Bob Gormley, District Manager Community Board #2, Manhattan

Robert Benfatto, District Manager Community Board #4

John Doswell and Kristin Dionne, Co-Chairs, Waterfront and Parks Committee Community Board #4


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Pier 57 Meeting Notice

Community Board No. 4 and the
Hudson River
Park Trust
Are sponsoring a
Public Community
Meeting
Update of Status of Pier 57
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Hudson Guild Auditorium
119 9th Avenue
New York, New York


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Sheldon Silver - Announcement
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