The last few months have been a busy time for the West 54-55 Street Block Association. In February 2011, I was elected President following the path set by our tireless founder Vera Conant. Vera will continue to serve as a director on the board and will be our source of continuity and purpose.
My vision for the Block Association is to build on Vera’s efforts and expand our goals and borders to make the Block Association a true neighborhood resource.
With that in mind, we’ve expanded the boundaries from West 54-55th Street and Fifth-to-Sixth Avenues to the area from West 53rd Street to West 57th Street and from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue.
We have also expanded our reach from the residents to encouraging workers, corporations, small business owners, shop keepers and restaurants to join us. Dave Achelis has been working with the shops and restaurants on West 56th Street, and, on West 55th Street, Phyllis Cox has been organizing more residents, building presidents and building managers to increase awareness of our programs. As a result of our expansion, we now have even more dedicated volunteers to implement our plans.