Developments Rising; Cops Reorganizing; More Buildings Support Guard

 There are major developments impacting our neighborhood that will affect our security, safety and quality of life. Major areas include: Police Precinct Reorganization; Plans for the implementing the N90s Street Patrol; Update on Real Estate Development; Freedom House Homeless Shelter Update; Traffic Safety Changes by City DOT and revitalization plan for Joan of Arc Park.

Neighborhood Skyline Is Changing Rapidly – Here is a quick rundown of developments in our neighborhood starting with development:

  • The 12-story replacement residence for the Salvation Army’s Williams Residence for retirees is rising on Third Avenue and East 126th Street. Several stories of the basic structure are complete, which means move-out from the West End Ave. property could happen later this year.
  • Also on 95th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, the demolition of the Camden Hotel and adjoining garage is complete, to be replaced by a high-rise condo.
  • Demolition of the former Congregation Shaare Zedek synagogue is in progress at 212 West 93rd Street. The replacement is a 14-story condo, with three floors for the synagogue, which is now holding services at the Franciscan Center on 97th.
  • The move of the Chase Bank from 96th and Broadway across Broadway to the former Mandee storefront in Princeton House will be completed on February 5th. Chase is the last tenant on the property, so take a photo of the building, which will likely be demolished this Spring.

You’re Invited…Police Attend!

Top Police Brass Meets 24th Precinct Neighbors

Tuesday, January 30th 6:30 PM

Jewish Center, 131 West 86 Street

Please RSVP via e-mail: Stephen.jones2@nypd.org  or johnr.mcdonnell@nypd.org by Monday 1/22/18

On Thursday (Jan. 18th) NCO, the NYPD’s commitment to neighborhood policing was introduced in the 24th Precinct. Most of the Neighborhood In The Nineties community is in Sector Adam (it includes the entire precinct west of Broadway, 86th to 110th Streets, including Riverside Park). Sector B runs from the east side of Broadway to Central Park West, 86th to 100th Streets. Each sector will have two dedicated patrol officers to cover the entire sector, and the NYPD has added back some of the boots on the ground they took away several years ago. The NCO cops are charged with getting to know the neighborhood.

In a recent discussion, 24th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Seth Lynch told N90s that NCO will attempt to address the problems identified on West 95th.

We are inviting our N90s subscribers to attend a special evening, mentioned above, with the police, which will be attended by top NYPD brass, as well as a delegation from the 24th Precinct. We urge you to attend. This is an RSVP-only event and the deadline to reserve is Monday Jan. 22nd! There will be opportunities to speak to top brass like Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison and our new local NCO officers after the presentation.

Guard Service

A $185,000 fundraising campaign led by N90s is underway to create a street patrol for 93rd to 95th Streets. Letters are going out to buildings, and we already have contributions from several buildings, businesses and individuals. The patrol will operate 4 PM to midnight weekdays; 6 PM-2 AM weekends. More funding means more hours.

Traffic

Neighborhood In The Nineties is working with Community Board 7 on the next phase of traffic improvements in the Riverside-West End corridor. The Board has approved our recommendations to put a stop sign on Riverside Drive Service Road at 92nd Street, which will become the new southern entrance to Joan of Arc Park designed by Parks Department architect Margaret Bracken (more on JOA below).

After discussion with the Department of Traffic, they have agreed to studies by their signaling division to make the dangerous 95th Street Henry Hudson Parkway off ramp safer for pedestrians and vehicles. We await the results, which can’t come soon enough.

N90s also worked with our neighbors on 99th Street to push for speed humps and stop signs on the northbound Riverside Drive Service Road between 97th and 99th Streets. We are awaiting the outcomes of the DOT’s studies and hope to see changes in the Spring.

Joan of Arc Park

Major changes are coming, including a new southern entrance on 92nd Street, rebuilding the stairs leading from 93rd Street, improvements in the paving stones at the statue base, handicap access to the statue, new fencing and rat abatement under a separate program announced by the Mayor.

The $475,000 capital improvement funding for this portion came from City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the result of a Personal Budget grant submitted by N90s president Aaron Biller, and an extensive street campaign to win votes by Randy Hugill, chair of the Joan of Arc Statue Committee, supported by park tenders and neighbors who volunteer.

A major grant from the Achelis and Bodman Foundation for JOA was facilitated by our neighbor James Panero.

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