I got some sad news recently. My neighbors across the
street are selling their house. I had lived here for almost three
years before I met them. I've only known them for one. In that one
year I've come to consider them good friends and will sorely miss
having them just across the street.
It seems such a waste that I spent so much of my time on this
block without knowing them. They will be moving to an apartment
in the neighborhood, but it just won't be the same as having them
on the block.
My neighbor said "Nothing lasts forever." Too true.
I keep asking myself what I could have done to make this relationship
happen sooner. What a missed opportunity! New York is hardly the
kind of place that has "Welcome Wagons" like they have
in the Midwest.
Nevertheless, Community is SO important, wherever you live. It's
critical for being, as Frank Sinatra sang, "a part of it."
It's obligatory for safety - just ask the 17th Precinct. It's essential
for that warm, cozy feeling you get when you can actually identify
and say hello to someone on the street.
What could I have done? Ring doorbells and say "Hi, I'm your
neighbor, and I live across the street" (or across the hall,
or two doors down, or whatever)? Highly unlikely. New Yorkers just
don't do that sort of thing. I would have needed an excuse. Like
maybe "sorry to disturb you but I think your house is on fire."
But how often does that happen?
Listen up, Turtle Bayers! This is your chance. This could be your
reason for ringing that doorbell and not missing that opportunity.
As reported in the last newsletter, Turtle Bay is starting a Block
Captain program that would give every block direct input to the
Turtle Bay Association and give TBA direct access to every block
in the neighborhood.
Best of all it will give neighbors an introduction to each other.
In order to implement this program, however, we need volunteers
to be building captains and block captains. What a great opportunity!
Won't you help?
If you will, PLEASE get in touch with the Turtle Bay Office: telephone
751-5465: fax, 751-4941; email, TBAoffice@mindspring.com.
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Turtle Bay Association is a nonprofit (501c3) community
224 East 47th Street, New York City 10017
Fax (212) 751-4941