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Jim H
W. 97th St.
Manhattan (Upper Westside)
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the project

The sidewalk is unusually wide - about 50 feet and a full city block long. It’s mostly concrete and pretty bleak. We are also looking at the area just to the west of P.S. 163. Currently, it's used by the NYC Parks Department for vehicle and equipment storage. We believe this is a poor use of precious open space.

We hope to change this.

The Friends of Stryker Park team successfully petitioned the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install five “CityBenches” along the block. In the Spring of 2014, we spruced up the block, painting the light poles that run down the middle of the sidewalk. Many were pitted and rusted. While we were at it, we took care of the fire hydrants and bike racks. We also planted flowers several of the tree beds.

All along, we’ve been talking to our neighbors, getting feedback and generating great interest in Stryker Park.

Our long term plan includes applying to the DOT’s “Plaza Program,” which transforms underused street and sidewalk areas into vibrant, public spaces and working with the NYC Parks Department to transform the underutilized space next to P.S. 163 into a wonderful community garden, partnering with P.S. 163 and the PTA with educational programs.

the steps

For the Fall of 2014, we are working once again with our friends at the DOT to create a “One Day Plaza.” Our goal is to demonstrate the idea of a public plaza, gauge interest and get ideas on what the community would like to see happen with the space. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

Elements include: seating areas, entertainment, activities for children, an “urban lawn, farmer’s market and much more.

Some of things we’ll need to pull this off we’ll get for free from various partners and sponsors. But other things do cost money and we’ll need your help. We’re about halfway there to our goal. Your contribution will help make Stryker Park a reality.

why we're doing it

Foot traffic on West 97th Street. has increased dramatically since the opening of the Columbus Square shopping area. We believe Stryker Park would be a terrific enhancement to the neighborhood, the students and staff of P.S. 163, the residents of the surrounding apartment buildings and shoppers heading to Columbus Square. 


Hi, we would be happy to post announcements from you in our Bi monthly newsletter, just send them to our email. Could you tell us where we could purchase some banners like the ones you hung from trees to publicize our upcoming yard sale? Thanks Gary Waskow, President, W 104 Block Association


Disbursed Budget:

Entertainment and Marketing cost for "One Day Plaza" Event

W. 97th St.

RAISED = $515.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $24.52
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $15.00

Updated Budget: 

Sitting area maintenance costs and marketing costs = $5,000

SUBTOTAL = 5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $250
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $150

Original Budget:

Sitting area maintenance costs = $1,000

SUBTOTAL = $1,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $50
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $30



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