Dear 336 CPW Friends and Neighbors,
As spring arrives, we’re again relishing warm weather, blooming flowers in our beautiful new tree pits and many projects ahead of us. The 336 Board is continuing to work on our very busy agenda. Details on upcoming projects and updates on current projects, such as the Window Program, will be topics of discussion at our annual shareholders’ meeting, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Alexander Robertson School, 3 West 95th Street. Meeting materials have been distributed and we hope to see you all there. Please remember to deposit your completed proxy in one of the white ballot boxes in the lobby, whether or not you plan on attending.
All nine of the current members of the Board are standing for re-election and one additional nomination, Marty Propper, will be on the slate to fill the ten mandated seats. Michael Gordon was appointed to the Board when Mike Schell resigned, as you may recall, and has been getting involved in financial aspects of the building as he has an extensive finance background. Marty Propper, who is running to fill the vacancy left by Jason Kaplan’s resignation, has long helped the Board with website maintenance and the newsletter. Both have generously agreed to serve.
Last quarter, two apartments at 336 went into contract—a sign that the real estate market remains relatively healthy. We can’t be certain this will last, of course, but the building’s reserves are strong.
Please remember to separate your recycling, along the lines described in a reminder in this newsletter. Good practice in this regard not only avoids city fines for the building, but is also good for the environment. If you want to go the extra mile, the city accepts compost at local farmers’ markets on a scheduled weekly basis. See www.grownyc.org for more information.
On that note, please remember to consult the building’s website, www.336cpw.org, for documents and updates. The board is looking at ways to cut back on the amount of paper we generate, and will be coming forward with some concrete proposals on that front soon. In the meantime, the more we move online, particularly for longer documents, the better off we all are.
As the season shifts, keep your eyes on the many things that are happening in our neighborhood. Every time we walk along Columbus or Amsterdam, there seems to be a new restaurant or store closing and others opening. Trader Joe’s has confirmed its plans for a store at 670 Columbus Avenue at 93rd Street, and according to the company website, the estimated opening will be in late 2017. Sweetgreen, the fast-casual restaurant chain serving healthy fare, will open this summer on Broadway between 91st and 92nd streets.
The Duane Reade at 94th and Columbus now displays the name of its Chicago-based owner, Walgreens. The chain has closed three other locations on the Upper West Side but we still have three within blocks of the building–and Walgreens is trying to buy Rite-Aid. Stay tuned, as this is clearly a sector in shake-up mode.
Those are just a couple of highlights. We welcome noteworthy items for publication in these newsletters. Please e-mail James Graff or any of the board members with news you would like to share with the 336 community.
Cindy Michel (Apt. 12C) and Seth Segel (Apt. 9E)