Join the BBC
Twenty-five dollars is a small price to pay for the sense of community it can purchase. Every single dollar you give to the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association goes directly to your own community. You can see the results of the BBC in action every day:
First and foremost, is the BBC Tree Fund that cares for our 120 Street Trees:
Our street trees, and the maintenance of our tree-pits, take an enormous financial commitment. In 2015, the BBC spent $18,150 on fall and spring plantings (including paying our superior professional gardener, Tyler Redmond, who plants, cleans and maintains our tree-pits) and spraying of our trees, $2100 for painting of tree guards, lampposts and graffiti removal and $3,750 for tree guard maintenance. Our trees make our neighborhood unique—but they need YOUR help! Please give generously to the BBC Tree Fund. Any extra amount you can spare will help our trees thrive, and will keep our neighborhood beautiful!
The BBC is also responsible for our elegant and historic Bishop’s Crook Lampposts, a project that took five years to complete in 2005. The BBC decks these elegant and historic lampposts with festive decorations in the holiday season.
The BBC was also the first organization to establish a Special Needs Trust Fund for an individual, our developmentally disabled neighbor, Larry Selman, whose life has been chronicled by BBCer Alice Elliott in The Collector of Bedford Street. The BBC, whose role in Larry’s life is highlighted in this film, was an early supporter of Alice’s project, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Documentary in 2003. The NYC City Council recently honored Larry by co–naming Bedford Street between Grove and Christopher “Larry Selman Way.”
BBC Newsletter—tells you who’s who, what’s what in our neighborhood, and what the City is planning for us next! You’ll receive 9 issues, including the BBC Guide to Holiday Happenings and the annual BBC Home Improvement Referral List. Call the BBC Hotline (212) 366-1451 or email email@example.com, with your recommendations. This list is made available only to BBC members.
Meetings—Speakers from our community—and special events, such as screenings and literary readings by local artists and writers—are featured at each meeting. A half-hour before, we gather for coffee and chat. If you would like to share your expertise and be a speaker (or suggest someone), please call the BBC Hotline at (212) 366-1451.
Spring and Fall Plantings—Every May and November, volunteers clean and green our neighborhood. Flowers and bulbs are planted, and tree guards are painted.
Ye Olde Village Fair—Now a Village tradition since 1974, the May Fair is also the chief source of revenue for the BBC. All proceeds directly benefit our community—from funding for our 120 neighborhood trees to contributing to many local organizations. Over $460,000 has been given to local community groups throughout the years.
Holiday Party—In December, Villagers gather to eat, sing, and be merry, in this modern celebration of community that unites neighbors of all ages in the tradition of the Old Village.
A Strong and Effective Community Advocate—We are YOUR voice to the 6th Precinct, Community Board #2, and City Hall. We are a founding member of the Greenwich Village Block Association (GVBA) and the Greenwich Village Community Task Force. We work closely with others such as the Christopher Street Patrol (CSP), to ensure the safety and quality of our neighborhood. Since our strength in lobbying for City services is based largely on the size of our membership, we need YOU!!
PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A TREE HUGGER! When you return the enclosed envelope with your BBC membership renewal, please add a contribution for the trees—anything, from $5 to $5,000, would be a HUGE help. Thank you, from the trees, for your generosity.
Volunteers are welcome and needed for all aspects of BBC activities. Please leave your name and area of interest by calling (212) 366-1451
President, BBC Block Association
Alternatively, you may apply via snail mail:
Mail the above form and your $25.00 membership check to:
BBC Block Association, c/o Donaldson
81 Bedford St., Apt #5F
New York City, NY 10014