St. Nicholas Park Community Meeting – Tuesday March 12th 7pm

Dear Friends!

We have great news to share, New York City Parks Department, New York City Partnership for Parks and the Friends of St. Nicholas Park will be holding a community park planning meeting on Tuesday, March 12th from 7pm-9pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church at 49 – 55 Edgecombe Ave. (West 137th Street & St. Nicholas Ave.).

This meeting’s purpose is to plan events for St. Nicholas park in 2013. We need some great ideas and volunteers to help us make St. Nicholas Park better than ever!

Please RSVP by emailing Seth Jones at Seth.Jones@parks.nyc.gov

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions in the comments.

Friends of St. Nicholas Park

 

Uptown Bike Share Stations Need To Be Part Of The CitiBike Plan

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This May marks a very exciting time for New York City. After two delays in 2012, the city will launch a massive bike share program through its corporate sponsor Citibank. Many cities have already implemented successful bike share programs. It stands to be the largest bike share in the nation with more stations and more members than any other city. Exciting! A whole new mode of mass transit at our disposal!

CitiBike has announced where its first phase of bike stations will be and to no surprise most are downtown and midtown. And there are dozens within a few blocks of each other (see image below). Obviously, CitiBike and Alta (who will be running the Bike Share program) wants to pilot the program before expanding further uptown and that includes the Upper East and Upper West Sides.

BikeShareMap

On their website, CitiBike talks about planning for the other areas:

“Detailed site selection and planning work continues for Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights (Brooklyn community districts 6, 8 and 9), the Upper West and East Sides (Manhattan districts 8 and 7) and Sunnyside (Queens district 2).”

So after the above areas get their bike stations just about everyone in Manhattan and Brooklyn will have stations. A glaring omission – Uptown (Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood).

Uptown is THE most logical area for CitiBike share programs. Too many residents rely on expensive car services to get to out of the way places when running quick errands. Many uptowners take short subways rides to the Upper West Side where more stores and services are located.

We should and will accept this program with open arms. Here are some of our station suggestions (and their reasoning) below. These are only a few station / area ideas.

1. Columbia University: Many of the Columbia University community would benefit from commuting down to midtown from the main campus to go out, research at New York Public Library, etc. Also, this station could be used by medical students commuting by bike to Columbia University School of Medicine in Washington Heights.

2. City College/Philip Randolph High School/West 145th Station (at St. Nicholas Ave): Especially since this is mostly a commuter school, it would be great for a CityBike station to be located here at one of the City’s most busiest campuses. Also, this station can be used for students at Philip Randolph High School and tourists visiting various sites uptown like Hamilton Grange, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Harlem Stage or Aaron Davis Hall.

3. Boricua College / Audubon Terrace Area: Another natural setting for students and faculty to use. Also, this area teems with History, including Trinity Cemetery, etc.

4. Columbia University School of Medicine (In Washington Heights): Columbia U and its School of Medicine is almost (we’re getting close) connected via the St. Nicholas Ave bike lane and is a littel less than 3 miles away. Many students need to commute back and forth between the two campuses (as well as professors). Having a bike station located here would be important to its staff too, many of whom come from Harlem.

5. East Harlem / Silverman School of Social Work: Another large student center, where students can commute to other Hunter Campuses in midtown or run errands, etc.

6. Harlem Hospital / Schomberg Center: Many medical interns, staff, and even patients could benefit from having a CitiBike Station right here at Harlem Hospital. Located in Central Harlem and near a subway, bike users can also use bikes when visiting the Schomberg Center down the street.

7. Lenox and 125th Street: So many venues for entertainment and shopping now makes this a destination.

These are only a few ideal places for CitiBike stations uptown. There are dozens more. We really hope that CitiBike is already starting the Uptown planning for this important new transit infrastructure in New York. And if not, hopefully the list above can be a start.

Want to help? Contact both the Department of Transportation and CitiBike and implore them to consider Uptown Manhattan for stations in a Phase 2 rollout.

DOT Bike Share Program:
http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/contact/

CitiBike:
http://www.citibikenyc.com/contact

New York Times Features Chess Players of St. Nicholas Park

Players at the St. Nicholas Chess and Backgammon Club are known by their nicknames; Black, at left, and Clayton in a recent match.

Players at the St. Nicholas Chess and Backgammon Club are known by their nicknames; Black, at left, and Clayton in a recent match.

An article today featured the winter home of the St. Nicholas Chess and Backgammon Club. Usually these players are found in St. Nicholas Park, near West 141st Street playing during warmer months. Check out the article below:

ALL SEASON PLAY FOR A CHESS CREW IN HARLEM

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/nyregion/chess-in-a-harlem-park-moves-indoors-for-winter.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

No Tree Lighting This Year. But St. Nick Park will have Holiday Lights!

All,

Unfortunately, we do not have someone available to coordinate a tree lighting this year. In year’s past we have had successful tree lighting events which included Santa Claus, Carol Singing from Harlem School of the Arts, and a rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with Tamara Tunie. WE also usually had hot cider and treats for everyone.

Hopefully, the park can have an event next year, but rest assured, our tree on the plaza will be lit with lights as well as the evergreens at the entrance of the plaza.

If you are interested in helping us with events in the park for 2013, please contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

Thank you!

Friend of St. Nicholas Park

Volunteer to Help New York City Parks This Weekend

Hurricane Sandy has left a major mess in a lof of New York City Parks, but you can help clean up and get these parks back to their tip top shape. Below are volunteer opportunities around the city this weekend. Click on the link to register and help our parks be better than ever!

Volunteer with NYC Parks

Many of New York City’s parks and playgrounds were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to volunteer with NYC Parks to aid in clean up and recovery, please review the list of parks and playgrounds below that are in need of assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click the links below to sign up in your borough and be sure to check back for updates on other parks in need of volunteers!

Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park
Orchard Beach
Click here to volunteer in the Bronx
Brooklyn
Prospect Park
McCarren Park
Click here to volunteer in Brooklyn
Manhattan
Happy Warrior Playground
Annunciation Park
Carl Schurz Park
Anne Loftus Playground (at Fort Tryon Park)
Randall’s Island (Friday and Saturday only)
Click here to volunteer in Manhattan
Queens (Friday and Saturday only)
Brookville Park
Baisley Pond Park
Click here to volunteer in Queens

St. Nick’s Dog Run November Coffee Bark this Saturday, Nov 3rd 9am-11am!

Our November Coffee Bark is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate Fall with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

 

St. Nick’s Dog Run Coffee Bark Scheduled for Saturday, October 6th

Our October Coffee Bark is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate Fall with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

St. Nick’s Dog Run Coffee Bark this Saturday, Sept 1st!

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Our September Coffee Bark is this Saturday, September 1st from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate the Labor day weekend with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

10th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival Continues in St Nicholas Park

Free Film Screenings:

Music Performances begin at 7:30pm and Films at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.

August 18th Marley In Partnership with Harlem Week
Music by DJ Cool Gee St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 20th Chico and Rita Music by Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 25th Amandla!: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony In Partnership with Harlem Week Music by DJ Cool Gee St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

August 27th Beats, Rhymes, & Life Music by DJ Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon St. Nicholas Park, Harlem

Bella is home safe! Found dumped in park. Bella and Family are reunited!

We have good news for the St. Nicholas Park community. The neighborhood’s beloved Rottie Bella has been found dumped in a park in For Washington. We suspect that Bella was stolen in order to breed. Once the kidnapper found the scare from being fixed, they dumped in her a park. We will be getting pictures of these men soon so everyone can be on the look out and watch out.

Thank you for everyone for your offers of help! We are glad Bella is well!