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Urban Farm Project

(MSCC) John Mudd, September 7, 2017 — Midtown Community Council Urban Farm Project


The Midtown South Community Council was established in 1983, formed to combat the many problems facing residents in a commercialized area. The Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization devoted to building better neighborhoods and stronger relationships within the midtown south neighborhood of Manhattan.

MSCC’s Urban Farming Program, one of our many developing programs, supports urban farming in New York City. On October 20, 2016, in a policy brief by CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, which not only reports the benefits of urban farming, but also “Urge(s) elected officials and city agency administrators to preferentially support garden and farm projects dedicated to social justice.”

The Institute continues to report:

Food production is only one of the many benefits of urban agriculture. As documented in the Five Borough Farm I project, many other beneficial activities take place in gardens and farms: formal and informal education, business development, community events, youth development activities, services for older adults, and many ecosystem services such as composting, rainwater harv
Midtown south community councilesting, beekeeping, and moderation of the urban heat island effect. These activities, and the outcomes, are tracked by some gardens and farms, but not most, and there is no city or non-profit project to gather and analyze such data.

Rooftop gardens are rooted (pun intended) in culture since the beginning of recorded history, and the interest is fervently growing (to pun further). Roof gardens have been used as extensions of living and communal spaces, and symbols of status. Pragmatically, they’re used as insulation, a means of flood control, and a way to grow food in a dense city with otherwise scarce resources for planting. We’re slowly rediscovering the astonishing benefits of vegetated roofs.

Midtown South Community Council with midtown Urban Farmers, wish to grow various vegetable, herbs, and fruit on the rooftop of the Midtown South Police Precinct. The Precinct’s rooftop would allow us to produce a sizable production for distribution to the precinct, shelters, and public.




The minimum space needed for our farm development is 1,500 square feet. An engineer is hired to study and test the prospective site for its ability to support our farm development’s load.

MSCC is partnering with Inner City Farmers, who have an active rooftop garden with 1,200 square feet, at 205 West 39th Street. Built in 1900 for garment manufacturing, this building functions extremely well with a rooftop farm and commercial business. The Calvin Klein Corporate office is located within this building. The farmers use 34 fabric pots ranging in size from 65 gallons to 200 gallons, and 25 x 3 foot diameter plastic kiddie pools. They will transition to fabric only pots in the future, which are considerably deeper and do not repel the plants roots, so more can grow in each pot.

Locations Under Consideration

Rooftop farming is suitable and even prudent for various partnerships:

  • Local precincts
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Municipal buildings


Criteria for our rooftop garden includes:

  • A minimum of 1,500 square feet of useable space for gardening
  • Water supply and ample sunlight
  • Supports the minimum load requirements



Our program supports urban farmers, to bring locally grown produce using rooftops and available space, not only in Midtown but elsewhere. Our mission is to build urban food production, distribution, sustainable living, and education for our community.

MSCC and its network will source funds and expertise, and with our rooftop, we’ll produce fresh food to strengthen communities through food security.

Urban Farm Project Proposal
Midtown South Community Council Urban Farming Program
Prepared by: John Mudd, President; Sharon Jasprizza, Community Services Director
May 2, 2017

THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM intended solely for your own limited use. If you wish a copy of Midtown South Community Council’s Roof Top Gardening plans, please contact: John Mudd or Sharon Jasprizza

Advisory Board / Key Personnel
John Mudd, President; Sharon Jasprizza, Community Service Director; Andrea Winter, Urban Farming Director.


MSCC’s July 6, 2017 Port Authority Tree Assessment and Tree Care Report


Eugene Sinigalliano, Midtown South Community Council’s Beautification Director, has completed a tree audit for our community. His report assesses the conditions and needs of the Port Authority’s trees independently from the condition, needs, and the actions taken to improve the health of the NYC trees within midtown south. Eugene is budgeting midtown’s tree care and Port Authority’s tree care for the next 12 months.

We are planning a number of care actions and would appreciate your help and support. Please contribute membership fees and extra additional funding.

The following outlines the locations, conditions, and actions taken.


The following report includes Port Authority’s trees, tree pit condition, and care needed. The photos are viewable on our Instagram (@midtownsouthny).

Report filed this 6th day of July, 2017 by Eugene Sinigalliano MSCC’s Beautification Director, licensed tree pruner.


I have done my survey and documentation photos on the current situation of the Port Authority’s trees and tree beds—below you will find detailed documentation of the trees including ones that are highly at risk and in dire need of care to survive. You will also find photos and details of the empty tree bed where trees have died.

There is a very high percentage of dead trees and empty tree beds, which means that the trees were not good choices, were not planted correctly, were not cared for properly after planting, and/or the tree beds were compacted. Planting new trees is a substantial investment of time and money so I strongly advise that the Port Authority select the correct trees for their tree pits and include a budget for their care, for at least the first three years, until they become established. There also needs to be water bags installed on the stakes for each new tree planted like there are on the newly planted trees on the east side of 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets—this is very important.

Over the next few days I will work on a yearly budget to cover materials and supplies for MSCC volunteers, interns, and any assigned community service workers to care for the new trees Port Authority needs to plant.

I will also supply the number of tree guards for the Port Authority’s tree pits. Installing high quality tree guards for each tree pit is a substantial investment but it will pay significant dividends, as it protects the trees from damage and the tree bed from being walked on, which causes soil compaction that kills trees.

The NYC Parks Department also strongly recommends installing Tree Guards, “Tree guards are fences around the perimeter of a tree pit that provide a physical barrier between a tree and our sometimes harsh urban environment. These tree guards reduce soil compaction, shield the trunk from physical damage, and prevent pet waste from entering the tree pit. Tree guards have been proven to extend the longevity of trees, reduce mortality rates, and can also provide a small protected planting bed for gardening.”

The Port Authority should seriously consider having NYC approved tree guards installed considering the very large percentage of new trees that died there the last time they planted without them.


Midtown South Community Council’s 2016/17 Annual Report

(MSCC) Sharon Jasprizza, John Mudd, May 17, 2017 — Midtown South Community Council 2016/17 Annual Activity Update: This report expresses our mission and progressive plans. We are committed to a better quality of life here in midtown Manhattan.

Midtown South Community Council (MSCC) is a NFP 501 C3 organization and files an IRS Form 990-N



Improving quality of life.


The Mission of Midtown South Community Council (MSCC), established in 1983, was formed to combat the many problems facing residents and businesses within Midtown’s heavily commercialized area.


President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Otterson, Recording Secretaries Eileen Miller & Frank Kelly, Director of Community Services Sharon Jasprizza, Director of Arts and Culture Kate Lee, Director of Beautification and Environment Eugene Sinigalliano, Director of Homeless and Housing Support Marc Greenberg, Executive Editor Grace Cavallo, Direct of Marketing Cyndie Burkhardt.

Nadia Reis Shen and Fritz Washabaugh continue to build our website to enable new initiatives and new platform development.

Dan Simon, our videographer, supports the development of our online library and our YouTube channel.


Financials and tax: Kevin Maguire, CPA, Manager – FS Audit, Rich & Bander Accounting firm,  212684-2470, richandbander.com

Legal: Howard Lieb, Esq, 917-497-2847, howardlieblaw.com


Commanding Officer Inspector Russell Green; Executive Officer Capt. Stephen Sputaro; Lt. Louis Marines; Detective Paul Spano; P.O. Edward McDonald; MTS Crime Prevention; MTS Community Affairs


The communication platforms we use include:

  • Monthly meetings, held every third Thursday at 7:00pm at the New Yorker Hotel (except July, August, and December)
  • Community forums and follow-up meetings for resolutions
  • Two eNewsletters per month with a readership of over 500
  • Midtownsouthcc.org provides timely information on programs, news, and events
  • Our newsletter announces meetings and provides updates of our progress
  • Email threads (available on demand) are proving very effective by progressing and resolving current issues
  • Our YouTube channel library highlights experts on a variety of issues that plague our community
  • Our Wikipedia page supports the Council’s work and presence


How we make a difference, how we measure success, and how we serve the public will best be defined through our following programs:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Beautification and Environment
  3. Building Communities
  4. Education and Awareness
  5. Homeless and Housing Support
  6. Urban Farming
  7. Volunteer and Internships



(MSCC) February 13, 2016 — This is the first edition of the Midtown South Community Council Annual Progress Report. This report highlights our progress thus far, takes inventory of our accomplishments, shortfalls, and refines our objectives.

Established in 1983, the Midtown South Community Council was formed to combat the many problems facing residents within this heavily commercialized area. Bill Stulhberg and Anna Ulitsky presided over the council’s operations during its infancy.


Our current administration includes: President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Ottersen, Secretaries Eileen Miller and Frank Kelly (who joined us in 2012, succeeding Secretary Carl Carmen), and most recently Director of Community Services Sharon Jasprizza.

Our support team includes: Executive Editor Grace Cavallo, Marketing Director Cyndie Burkhart, Rich and Bander Accounting firm (to oversee our financials and tax needs), and Attorney Howard Lieb (our legal adviser since 2001).

Our custom website was designed by Nadia Reis Shen and Fritz Washabaugh. The site offers current news, events, and resources. The website is efficient, visually appealing, and user-friendly. It is flexible and readily expandable. It is a very well crafted online business with the purpose to inform and further our initiatives.

Our newsletter announces our meetings and provides updates of our progress. It also highlights our website and newsworthy items and events. It engages the community and small businesses within midtown. We send two mailings per month to our steadily increasing subscriber list.

Our Wikipedia page furthers our presence.