Wine and Cheese Reception and Archives Tour at MoMA
Thursday Nov 17 2016

Invitation from MoMA

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Please join us for a very special MoMA Neighborhood Wine and Cheese Reception.

Have you ever wanted to see the Museum’s first guest book or a paper tie made by Pablo Picasso?


On November 17, 2016, the Museum will open its venerable Archives collections to MoMA’s neighborhood and community with a display of highlights and remarks by our Chief of Archives, Michelle Elligott.


This is a rare opportunity to see up-close the extraordinary documents and materials that record some of the most important and renowned exhibitions, programs, and relationships during MoMA’s 87-year history.


Please enter through The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 Street.

Cocktails and light fare will be served from 6:00 to 6:55 p.m. and the Archives presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Although we strive to accommodate everyone, there is limited capacity for this program.

Please RSVP via email only at to reserve your spot. RSVP will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Polling place to vote
Monday Nov 7 2016

Hello Neighbors!

Once again in my enthusiasm, I wrote too soon. Of course, go where your voting card tells you to vote. I simply wanted to remind members that some of our district’s polls moved from 2nd Avenue, to the New Library on 53rd, where the hours are 6AM to 9PM.

Happy voting, and let’s get this over!”

Thank you all for coming!
Tuesday Oct 4 2016

On September 16th, the West 50s Neighborhood Association held its Annual Meeting and Social Event in the garden of The Museum Of Modern Art as guests of Eugenia Spektor and Diana Simpson.


It was a beautiful evening, and the museum had put out a terrific spread of appetizers for the crowd. Diana welcomed us, and gave a brief overview of what the Museum has been up to, and then we heard from our representatives.


Richard Gottfried spoke first,


Then Leah Reiss from Dan Garodnick’s  office


We had a special treat when Bessie Schachter form Liz Kruger’s office brought her baby daughter Jessica to the podium with her,


and then we heard from Andrew Lombardi from Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office


I consider our neighborhood so lucky to have such an involved and special group working on our behalf.


We finished up the evening with a recap of what the Neighborhood Association has been dealing with the last year; trash, bicyclists, noise, traffic, rogue businesses…our usual and continuing problems, and how as the Association grows, so does our ability to solve these problems!

We also hope to start having bi-monthly meetings for the membership to attend!

Till then!


Dave Achelis

Library on 53rd street
Saturday Jul 30 2016

Hello Neighbors!


I want to thank all of you who made it to our last meeting at the new Library on 53rd street. Considering it was the middle of summer, we had a fairly good turnout.


One piece of new business we are working on is the story of the moving of our polling place. For the last ten or so years it has been the Synagogue of Lexington, but now it seems the site has been moved further east to Second Avenue, making it very inconvenient for a lot of us Westsiders. As soon we get some answers, we will let you know.


We also discussed the new kiosks being installed throughout the city, and how a lot of these sites are inappropriately placed, infringing on the quality of life for businesses and residents. Suzanne Johnson and I plan on researching the problem, and make a proposal to Community Board 5 about the future of these annoyances.


We also went over a lot of familiar territory concerning garbage and bicycles…


Members did give us a few good ideas, however. On their recommendation, I plan on making an outreach to other Block and Neighborhood Associations. We have a lot we can learn from their successes and failures.


I also realize, that because of the limited pool of volunteers, we need to raise funds to be able to hire people who have the skills and experience to help us accomplish our goals. At our next Board meeting, we will be discussing ways to take advantage of our non-profit status and one obvious step is to start a membership fee, which will of course be tax deductIble to members.


I thank you all again, and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.


Dave Achelis

Neighborhood Business Meeting
Wednesday Jul 20 2016

Neighbors and Friends,

We are going to have a Neighborhood Association business meeting open to all on Tuesday, July 26th, 7 pm at the new Library at 18 West 53rd street. I know a lot of you have questions about what’s going on, and this will be a chance to meet some new Board Members and get some answers.


Let me clarify a few things beforehand, however. The name change is meant to open up our old Block Association and reflect some new neighborhoods we want to get involved in, and have them get involved with us. The fact is, that while our old Association had some successes with landmarking, and new 6 and 1/2 Avenue, other areas were not getting the attention they deserve, primarily garbage, and the bicycle problem. I find these two in particular, resistant to any attempt I have made by myself to solve them. I am hoping that with a greater sense of community and more volunteers, we can start getting some response from the city to help clear up these concerns.

And I am also aware that some of the older members are not thrilled with our new meeting place. You should know that in our old BA, I was involved in protests against The Central Library Plan(CLP), and the Library’s trustees’ decision to sell the old Donnell. Maybe our protest helped a little stop the CLP, but one battle we lost was the Donnell. If we hope to change things for the better in our neighborhood, we have to accept the fact that we will not always get our way.

The new library has been very gracious about opening themselves to us, and it really is quite a positive addition to our neighborhood. It would be a shame for all to allow old disappointments to bar our use of a new and willing neighbor. My desire is to pull people and businesses together for the good of the whole neighborhood, not to turn people away. Let’s work together!

If you want to come, please RSVP and let us know.

I look forward to seeing you there!

 Dave Achelis