By: Stephen Tompkins
I ventured up to the Upper West Side to see community board 7. My major curiosity was whether anyone on the Upper West Side, where board 7 is, actually knew what the community board was.
I arrived at Mannes, a branch of The New School to see if any students knew of the board. There was an orchestra rehearsal going on inside, so I snapped a photo of some of the students playing their instruments.
When I was leaving I met Hajir Sailors, a singer at Mannes.
“I don’t know what the hell [the community board] is! What is it?” Sailors said. He then asked if I would walk a block or so with him to a “farm,” to show me what he had plans for doing on the Upper West Side, where he lives. I did.
Grabbing a pumpkin from a fruit stand at Broadway Farm, a small fruit store on a corner, Sailors said “I’m going to start growing pumpkins on the Upper West Side.” “No, I’m serious. I think it’s feasable,” he said.
After I met Sailors I walked to West End, and stumbled upon three elderly people sitting on a park bench. I asked if they lived in Manhattan, and they said yes. I then asked if the knew what the community board was , and they all exclaimed “No, never heard of it!”
Determined to find someone who had knowledge of the board, I approached a man riding a motorcycle. When I asked him if hew knew about the board, he said “Who the hell cares,” hopped on his motorcycle and took off.
I snapped some photos of some buildings, and churches around the Upper West Side to get a feel for its quaint, secluded feel. Please look at them!