Fire safety

Dear Neighbors,

If you follow local news, you will have heard about the catastrophic fire at 775 Riverside Drive on 8th January, which injured over a dozen people and displaced the owners and residents of 131 units in the building. The full extent of the damage to the building is still under evaluation.

Fire marshals believe that the fire began with an overheating toaster and quickly overtook the building by traveling through a dumbwaiter shaft and up under the building’s roof. What began as a small kitchen accident quickly turned into a catastrophe.

This tragedy serves as a reminder to all of us about fire safety–the safe operation of electrical appliances and equipment, never leaving open flames unattended, keeping well-maintained fire extinguishers in our apartments, and assuring that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working throughout the building. It is also imperative that fire escapes remain completely unimpeded, so nothing of any sort should ever be stored on fire escapes. We are all dependent upon one another for diligence in preventing a fire in our building and in educating ourselves about what to do should a fire break out. Please be diligent!

The FDNY has a helpful website with a lot of information about fire safety. You can find it here.

January 9, 2018 | By More

Some useful links

Morris-Jumel Mansion
(Bordering Edgecombe Avenue and spanning 160-162nd streets…they have plays, lectures, you name it)

Morris-Jumel Community Garden
(On 162nd Street near St. Nicolas Ave, offering parties, concerts, tag sales, etc…and garden plots Rebecca from the board)
The Morris Jumel Community Garden is open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays between 12:00 -5:00pm, and people may bring their compostable food items there. The Collection Bin is the left/east bin next to the leaf bin. Please cover your donations with leaves.

Highbridge Park
(Across the street from our apartment building, and stretching all the way up to Dyckman Street)

Washington Heights Library
(On St. Nicholas Ave near 160th Street)

Mark Levine
(Our local city councilman)

Word Up Book Store
(On Amsterdam near 164th Street…they screen films, host readings, etc.)

Harlem Hop Stop
(Tour company that posts the next week’s worth of local cultural events on its calendar)

Harlem Park to Park
HP2P is a social enterprise representing 100+ entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation, small business and economic development in Central Harlem – NYC’s premiere cultural, dining, shopping, lifestyle and nightlife hub north of 110th Street. Formed in September 2009, HP2P’s membership is comprised of businesses located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 144th street and Morningside Park to Marcus Garvey Park.

United Palace
(Old-school theater on Broadway near 175th Street that offers films, classes, concerts…great spot!)


The Studio Museum in Harlem at 144 West 125th Street was founded in 1968 by a diverse group of artists, community activists and philanthropists who envisioned a new kind of museum that not only displays artwork but also supports artists and arts education.

Company on Edgecombe is a friendly neighborhood cafe run by Thomas Loughlin and Billy Dove.

June 18, 2017 | By More

How to Dispose of Special Waste

Because heavy metals are used to produce electronic equipment, under New York State law it’s illegal to throw away electronics with other garbage. Televisions, electronic readers, scanners, printers, digital music players and other equipment must be recycled by the manufacturers. Electronics and other special waste (see list below) can be disposed off safely at special waste drop-off sites.

Special Waste Drop-Off Sites

The following items are accepted at DSNY special waste drop-off sites:

  • Batteries, including automotive, rechargeable (such as small sealed lead acid batteries, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-ZN, Ni-Cd) and single-use (such as alkaline and lithium primary). Follow instructions below to prepare batteries before arrival.
  • Motor oil and transmission fluid (up to 10 quarts per visit)
  • Motor oil filters (up to two filters per visit)
  • Fluorescent light bulbs & CFLs
  • Latex paint (up to five gallons per visit)
  • Mercury-containing devices (up to two per visit)
  • Passenger car tires (up to four per visit)
  • Electronics (covered by the disposal ban)
Locations & Hours
  • Bronx: Hunts Point at Farragut Street and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market. Enter on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.
  • Brooklyn: Bensonhurst at 25th Avenue and Gravesend Bay, next to DSNY Brooklyn District 11 garage and the Adventurers Amusement Park, formerly known as Nellie Bly Amusement Park.
  • Manhattan: 74 Pike Slip between Cherry Street and South Street under the Manhattan Bridge
  • Queens: College Point at 30th Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets, at the northwest corner of the DSNY Queens District 7 garage.
  • Staten Island: Located at the foot of Muldoon Avenue, off the Muldoon Avenue exit of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island District 3 garage.

The sites are open from 10 am to 5 pm every Saturday and the last Friday of the month. Sites are closed on legal holidays, and may be closed during severe weather.

Rules & Procedures

DSNY drop-off sites are only for non-commercial materials from NYC residents. When you arrive at the drop-off site, you’ll be required to show a valid NYS driver’s license and vehicle registration. If you aren’t arriving by car, you can provide a picture ID and proof of residency, such as a phone or utility bill.

The drop-off location may not be immediately visible. If you have trouble finding the location, ask a DSNY garage foreman or supervisor at the site. DSNY officials will be there to instruct you, but the sites are do-it-yourself style. Wearing casual clothes and work gloves is strongly recommended.

Special Instructions for Batteries:

To prevent the risk of fire, individually bag each non-alkaline battery or use CLEAR tape to cover the terminals. Do not use opaque tape and do not bag or tape alkaline batteries.

At the drop-off site, place each battery into its designated collection container: alkaline, small sealed lead acid, auto, and “other”.

Other Disposal Options

Retailers and manufacturers accept certain items in take-back programs, including electronics. In addition, DSNY SAFE Disposal Events are held several times a year in all five boroughs.

May 23, 2017 | By More