What a beautiful day for the garden’s coming out party — and a great, encouraging number of families turned out. There were lots of questions (some we’re still figuring out answers to) and lots of enthusiasm.
Names were drawn for the individual plots and some basic guidelines were established for the use of the garden. We’ll be posting more information in the next couple of days, but for now just wanted to say: hurray!
Sign up here if you couldn’t make it but still want to be a part of the community lots. (And tell your friends about the garden with the sharing buttons below.)
Earlier this month, Management informed the Coop that the north courtyard — the park between buildings 3 and 4 — would be closed for three months because of the scaffolding being set up for the inspection and repair of our exterior walls. In response, there is now a petition being circulated asking Management to reconsider the full closure of the courtyard:
Notification from Management of work to buildings 3 & 4 advised of closing the park situated between the two. This inspection/maintenance is done periodically however this is the first time in the past twenty years that the park will be closed for this purpose. This is a major inconvenience for the elderly who find the park their only refuge and the parents whose children rely on the park for activity. If this petition does not fulfill it’s purpose and gain traction, we will all lose the use of our park for the entire summer, not have that access to parking & bikes and will not have the comfort it brings us on hot summer days.
There’s no indication who is sponsoring the petition, but if you agree you can add your signature online.
The garden is ready for you! (Are you ready for the garden?) Join us this Sunday, May 20 at 11am to become a part of this exciting pilot project.
Meet at the garden — just in the back of building 1, section C — or, if it’s raining, in the lobby of building 1. The garden will consist of some land for common use and some plots for personal use. Depending on interest, there may not be enough individual plots for all people who are interested, so names will be drawn from a hat on Sunday. You must be present on Sunday to be awarded a plot, but if your name is not drawn you will be welcome to participate in the community plots.
There will be a lot of work to do to make the East River Garden a success. Your participation and commitment are most welcome.
This just in from Management …
May 14, 2012
TO: All Cooperators
FROM: Harold Jacob
Re: New Boiler Testing on May 15-17, 2012
The new boiler, which we have installed, burns #2 oil and natural gas. We have already run the boiler on natural gas and it is working well. Unfortunately, when they delivered the new boiler the nozzles that burn the oil were not the correct ones. We will be installing the new ones tomorrow, May 15, 2012, and the boiler will have to be tested to see how it works. Therefore, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 – 17, 2012 we may put some steam into the pipes and you will get steam in your apartments.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but our engineers are requiring us to test the boiler.
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East River Child Development Center has brought in a petting zoo for the day at the playground next to building 2. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this on a weekend or summer afternoon when all the kids at the Coop could enjoy the animals?
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The area between buildings 1 and 2 designated for the Coop’s new community garden was cleared this morning by the grounds crew, so if you wander over you’ll be able to see the space starting to take shape.
Sign up to join — and help manage — the garden here.
Don’t know what the new policy is? Read the memo sent out by Management explaining the new rules.
Memo from Management today indicates that inspection and waterproofing of buildings will finally begin next week. The big bummer: the north courtyard, between buildings 3 and 4, will be closed for three months.
The Board of Directors has issued a new set of restrictions on smoking on Coop property. Following the lead of NYC Parks, which last year banned smoking in parks everywhere in the city, smoking is now not permitted in the courtyards between buildings nor within 30 feet of a door or window of the Coop. The hulking ashtrays by the front doors have all been removed (which will also undoubtedly send our canine cooperators into a state of urinary panic).
Smoking is of course already forbidden by law in any indoor common areas — hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, etc. So smokers’ only remaining refuge is the (semi-)privacy of their own apartments.