Midnight Bedlam In Riverside Park
Vandals, Homeless Set Trash Fires, Destroy New Tennis Court Restrooms
Council Member Rosenthal giveth, the night vandals of Riverside Park taketh.
Earlier this summer, the Riverside Clay Tennis Association (RCTA) courts at 97th Street proudly introduced the first real bathrooms (port-a-potties don’t count). Within a few days, unfortunately, the bathrooms were wrecked by vandals who have been destroying property in Riverside Park in the late night-early AM hours.
The bathrooms are now locked up and unlikely to be placed back in service this season. Another sign of mayhem in the Park are trash barrels that have been set on fire.
Riverside Park is one of the City’s largest and best-run parks, thanks to the Riverside Park Conservancy and public support. Although the park closes at 1 AM, more after-hours security is needed to protect this important public asset.
We urge our neighbors to express their concerns about overnight vandalism in Riverside Park by sending emails to:
April Adams, AAdams@manhattanbp.nyc.gov
Ms. Adams is Borough President Brewer’s liaison to the Upper West Side.
Dan Garodnick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Garodnick is president of the Riverside Park Conservancy
West End Ave Delivery Zones, Every Block, Weekdays 8 To 6
Be careful where you park!
With little fanfare or notice, the City Department of Transportation (DOT) has eliminated alternate side of the street parking for at least one parking space on every block of West End Avenue, from 79th to 96th Streets, Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM. While DOT failed to make an announcement before switching signs, vehicle owners were caught in a frenzy of tickets, and in a few cases cars were towed.
M5 Bus Service:
Fewer Rush Hour Buses– The MTA Isn’t Going Our Way!
Beginning in September, the MTA will cut the number of buses rush hours plying the M5 Riverside Drive/Broadway route (GW Bridge-Fifth Avenue/31st St). Despite media reports to the contrary, that there are no plans to add articulated buses on the route to compensate for the reduced frequency of buses during rush hour, a source at the MTA informed us.
The rush hour service reductions are consistent with previous changes that have had the net impact of discouraging bus ridership, not only on the M5, but also the Broadway M104. The M104 was once among the most frequently scheduled city bus lines before its crosstown 42nd St. portion was eliminated.
You Served Your Country For One Day—Guess What: NYC Says You’re A Veteran
City Pushing to Place Problem People On 95th St.
When the City announced a residence for homeless veterans at 330 West 95th Street, the neighborhood gave the project a warm embrace.
Two prominent social service providers, Harlem United and Bailey House, were put in charge of about 200 veterans who had fallen through the social services safety net. These are men and women who had served our country but suffered from a litany of issues including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), drugs, alcohol and poor health.
WHAT IS A REAL VETERAN?
Neither provider may have realized that the City’s definition of “veteran” often includes people whose personal issues prevented them from making it through basic training. The Human Resources Administration has a pool of applicants that includes drug users as well as drug dealers—but if they were in the armed forces for a single day—they’re vets.
At the July CAB (Community Advisory Board) meeting of the 95th Street Veterans’ Residence, a number of veterans spoke up about the small group of their neighbors who are drug users whose habits attract drug dealers to the 95th Street building.
An overwhelming number of veterans are benefiting from this model program, some recovering substance users themselves, are concerned that the presence of these users and dealers could push them off of their own recovery wagons.
The continued success of the Veterans’ Residence depends on:
–Support from the NYPD in curtailing the drug mart, especially the first week of every month, when vets get their benefit checks. Although this has been a problem for three years, the program managers have appeared reluctant to call the police for drug enforcement help, as the vets have been asking them to
–The City honoring the promises it made to the neighborhood and the veterans by allowing the program providers to carefully screen applicants from the HRA-DHS homeless pool
–The Neighborhood must do more to support the vets program and stay on top of our elected officials, such as Borough President Gale Brewer, to pressure HRA to keep problem cases out of the Veterans’ Residence.
It takes a village!
N90s Security Patrol Starts Year #2. Foot Patrol’s Presence Improves Safety
The Neighborhood In The Nineties Security Patrol, which patrols the perimeter of Broadway to Riverside, 93rd to 95th Streets, seven days a week has been renewed and is now in its 14th month.
The guards work for Cambridge Security Services and have been effective in addressing such issues as encampments, noise and unruly behavior.
We urge neighbors to donate in support of the guards, online at www.N90s.org. Use the “Donate” button which connects to PayPal.
If you see homeless people camping in the street or the parks, call 311, unless the person is threatening or doing self-harm (911). Although the City is a slow responder, we should all do our part to get a street homeless person the help they need. The City has a unit dedicated to helping with encampments. The unit may already have a relationship with the homeless individual. It is the only option available.
N90s To Drop Shelter Lawsuit Appeal
Ten months ago, Neighborhood in The Nineties and the tenants who live in The Alexander, 306 West 94th Street joined in a lawsuit to stop the luxury hotel from being used as a homeless shelter.
The judge hearing the case said in open court that the suit had merit, especially since the building is not fireproof, and City itself had tried to prevent transient tourists from staying at the hotel for less than 30 days.
DeBlasio Double Safety Standard
The City was concerned that people who stay for less than 30 days in a non-fireproof building do not have enough time to know where the building’s fire exits are in an emergency. Coincidentally, 30 days is the legal limit on shelter stays. Several years ago, the City ruled this type of building unsafe for short-term stays by tourists. But, the City now says it’s safe for the homeless.
Ironically, shelters are funded as emergency short-stay housing (30 days) in large part through Federal support. In the case of The Alexander, the City’s legal counsel countered that the shelter population “tends” to stay closer to 600 days, which contradicts the basis for which the government is granting emergency housing funds for a shelter.
Following a separate, adverse ruling in a proposed shelter case on West 58th Street with another non-fireproof building, the judge in the N90s case followed the 58th Street ruling.
Although we filed to preserve our rights for appeal, N90s legal counsel advised against further action.
N90s Pressures City On Corner Can Removals, Rats–
DSNY Says UWS 99% Clean, In Their Humble Opinion
Neighborhood In The Nineties is continuing its battle with the City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to restore the 110 corner trash receptacles on WEA and Riverside that were removed in 2018. Research by The New York Post found that DSNY removed five times as many cans from the UWS than any other neighborhood in the City.
NYS State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal is planning a media tour at the end of August. N90s has been in contact with Lauren Schuster, the director of Ms. Rosenthal’s NY office to encourage the Assembly Member to keep pressuring DSNY.
Time To Can The Commissioner?
DSNY has been subjected to pressure in numerous articles over its decision to cut corner cans. We have heard a litany of excuses including their sudden realization that UWS is a residential area, their contention that less cans makes the neighborhood cleaner, to people dumping inappropriate trash in their cans.
And finally, the real reason, maybe (drum roll): they don’t like that people picking up their dog’s poop leave the poop bags in the corner can. A DSNY official asserted that State laws requires that dog owners should take the poop home and flush it.
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Brewer Ups Legal Fight Against Fetner’s Pvt. Tower At NYCHA Site
Fetner has been chosen to develop a midblock site on West 96th Street (WEA/Broadway) now occupied by a decommissioned MTA generating station, and the NAACP and Salvation Army stores.
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…and a FINAL WORD
Often called the dog that saved the neighborhood, Trooper (Biller), a very engaging Schnoodle who made many friends among the humans and canines who helped relaunch N90s, crossed the rainbow bridge this past Friday.
No doubt he is playing with other recently passed great neighborhood canines such as James Dean and Herve. He loved everyone, had no politics and will be missed.