Welcome to Stryker Park

Unusually wide sidewalk: 50 feet

Sea of concrete

Barren and bleak

Space just west of P.S. 163

Used by the Parks Dept. for vehicle and equipment storage

We'd like to change this!

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What we’re doing

Friends of Stryker Park is committed to transforming the north side of 97th St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves. into a greener, safer and more enjoyable public amenity.

 

 

History

The Stryker family goes back to the Revolutionary War era. They owned the land roughly from 96th St. to 100th St. and west of Columbus Ave. to the Hudson River. The current entrance to the West Side Highway at W. 96th St. was once an inlet called Stryker’s Bay; the neighborhood itself actually went by that name. Check out this cool map we found from 1864.

 

Team

 

 

Nina Cooke John

Nina Cooke John

Advisor

Nina Cooke John, is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and Co-Founder of Frame Design Lab, a New York based architecture and design studio. She currently teaches at Parsons the New School for Design. Nina’s 14 years of teaching and academic research have focused on urban theory and design strategy; envisioning how communities can be empowered to create engaging urban space. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and three daughters.

Tim Dewald

Tim Dewald

Community Organizer

Tim Dewald is a television producer working in financial news. He lives on West End Ave. and 100th St. with his girlfriend, Jillian. Originally from Ohio, he sometimes gets confused when New Yorkers refer to “pop” as “soda.”

Joe Gall

Joe Gall

Community Organizer

Joe Gall is an architect and Sr. Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle. He comes from a design background and has expertise in building technology and historic preservation. He lives on 96th St. and Columbus Ave. with his wife, Jill, and their twin boys. Joe is an advocate for safer streets and education reform, and has served on the board of his co-op for 14 years – 9 of them as its president.

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson

Co-Founder

Jim Henderson is a sustainability consultant specializing on energy reduction measures for NYC multi-family buildings. He is a board member and treasurer of GreenHomeNYC and member of his co-op board for over 10 years. Jim is also an ardent concert and street photographer. A longtime Upper West Side resident, Jim resides at West End Ave. and 99th St. with his wife, Maura, and daughter, Fiona.

Jeri Krassner

Jeri Krassner

Volunteer

Jeri Krassner is an executive with the non-profit New York City Hemophilia Chapter. Since 2009, Jeri has been Walk Manager of the annual NYC Hemophilia Walk, the largest and most successful hemophilia walk program. The walks have raised over $2.5MM for advocacy, education and research for the bleeding disorders community. She’s lived on the Upper West Side for 25 year and currently resides on Riverside Dr. and 102rd St.

Bob Leonard

Bob Leonard

Co-Founder

Bob Leonard is President of RSL Communications, a marketing and business development consultancy specializing in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. He is also an avid photographer and a member of the Soho Photo Gallery. Bob lives on 97th St. and Broadway with his wife, Jennifer, and two rescue cats, Frankie and Alex.

Jennifer Nitzky

Jennifer Nitzky

Volunteer

Jennifer Nitzky is a Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Her work has centered on the design and implementation of public parks, playgrounds and streetscapes many of which engaged the community in the process. She is also an avid gardener and advocate for protecting pollinators. Jennifer lives in Park West Village with her husband and two children.

Anne-Marie Singer

Anne-Marie Singer

Volunteer

Anne-Marie Singer is the Co-Founder of Frame Design Lab, a New York based architecture and design studio.  She has a background in anthropology, environmental science and sustainability which fuel her desire to integrate research, invention and resourcefulness into her design practice.  Anne-Marie lives on West End Ave. and 94th St. with her husband and two young children.

The Issues

Pedestrian Safety

Seven unmarked driveways – a tragedy waiting to happen

Whole Foods loading dock

Quik Park garage

Park West Village driveway

P.S. 163 driveway

Parks Dept. depot

765 Amsterdam Ave. parking (street level & underground)

Pedestrian Safety

The nursing home adds a 7th driveway – loading dock access, just west of the Park West Village driveway

A Dangerous Intersection

97th & Columbus – One of the Top 10 most dangerous intersections on the UWS

Intersection Traffic Safety Report 2008-2012 (5 Years): 30 injuries – 4 serious

Atypical Sidewalk

Super wide – 50 feet

Block-long sea of concrete

Winter: barren, bleak

Summer: harsh, unshaded, heat sink

 

 

Poorly lit

Poorly lit

 

No residential entrances face the sidewalk. Only the sides of 808 Columbus, 784 Columbus and 740 Amsterdam abut W. 97th St.

 

School closed nights/weekends

 

 

An Urban No Man’s Land - Unloved & Poorly Maintained

An Urban No Man’s Land – Unloved & Poorly Maintained

Poorly maintained lighting

Poorly maintained lighting

Cracked sidewalks

Cracked sidewalks

Garbage strewn, poorly maintained tree beds

Garbage strewn, poorly maintained tree beds

Out-of-control pigeon feeding on 97th & Amsterdam

The slightest rainstorm creates flooding conditions in multiple areas on the block

Repurpose Section of Happy Warrior Park

 Space just west of P.S. 163 is currently used for Parks Dept. vehicle & equipment storage

 

 

 

Rat-infested

Lame use of precious park space

Blog

 

Earth Day Event

On Saturday, April 22, Friends of Stryker Park took part in global Earth Day celebrations by beautifying our little corner of the pale blue dot. Our group teamed with the PS 163 Dr. Pepe Reading Garden and the New York chapter of the American Society for Landscape...

How Did West 97th Street Get to Be This Way?

Over the past few years, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing this unusual sidewalk on the north side of West 97th Street with all kinds of people.  We’ve talked to government officials, local businesses and community groups, and residents old and new.  One of...

One Day Plaza – Oct. 3, 2015

Friends of Stryker Park is pleased to announce our first annual “One Day Plaza” event on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The One Day Plaza, runs 10:00 am to 3:00 pm along the north sidewalk on West 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The group is planning a...

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