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BrooklynRider
April 10th, 2006, 04:31 PM
The New York Restoration Project has begun a dialogue with WNY members on a collaboration to honor JB through a park project. Please use this thread to send them a message, make suggestions or ask questions.

BrooklynRider
April 11th, 2006, 01:35 PM
Questions we need to ask:

1) Is there a dollar threshhold that would allow us to have naming rights for the garden?
2) What is the average funding need for a garden clean-up and restoration?
3) What do we need to do to create a NYRP sub-account to ensure that all contributions are (a) dedicated to this project fund and (b) tax-deuctible for contributors.
4) What, if any, percentage of funds collected will go directly to the project?
5) If we wanted to to establish a refreshment area for volunteers, do we need to set up a separate fund/
6) What is the average size of volunteer corps for these types of projects?
7) Is there a breakdown of specific duties and volunteer activities that we can communicate to interested parties/
8) How are gardens maintained going forward? Must we also try to fund an endowment for maintenance?
9) If this is going to be a community garden that gets locked at times, can we get at least one key to hold onto as needed for Forum Members and our sponsors?
10) We understand there are projects immediately available in the South Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We hope to be able to do something in the neighborhood (or close to the neighborhood) where JB was killed? What are the options at this point? Should we continue to focus on this goal or is it unrealistic?
11) We have a number of members who have stepped up as leaders. What is the structure of restoration teams and how do we integrate our members with your staff?
12) Will NYRP issue a press release announcing this project or are projects generally smaller affairs spearheaded by individuals or community groups? Can the WNY community make an announcement for this project and use NYRP name to give it legitimacy and crdibility?
13) Although we are pursuing this memorial project in JBs memory, there is always a possibility that his family will want privacy and choose not to comment, endorse or support the project. Can we honor someone based on his merits and contributions in our community? Does this conflict in anyway with NYRP policy and mission?
14) We have had expression of interest in making contributions via PayPal. Can NYRP accommodate this request?
15) We would like to meet with the local garden managers and Block Assocation that has oversight. Can that be arranged?
16) We would like to invite the community to a dedication event. Is it possible to follow the NYRP portion of the project with a community candle-light dedication of the plaque?
17) Where there are crowds, politicians cannot be far behind. What is NYRP's policy with regard to erquests from politicians to get involved? The is a COMMUNITY project and we invite politicians to join us as part of the workforce and community during this project. We will reject any requests or attempts from politicians to speak or have a role any larger than any other member of hte community.

MidtownGuy
April 11th, 2006, 01:56 PM
I strongly feel that the memorial should be in Harlem, and as close as possible to where it happened. What happened is related to the location. Some distant neighborhood just doesn't make sense to me at all. Especially if the choice is made for expediency. This memorial will hopefully be around for a long long time.
That's why I'm unsure about the community garden thing. Am I mistaken, or aren't those constantly being bulldozed down whenever money and greed outweigh the power of the community people?

krulltime
April 11th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Those are all good questions BrooklynRider.

This is one of those very important question indeed.


10) We understand there are projects immediately available in the South Bronx and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We hope to be able to do something in the neighborhood (or close to the neighborhood) where JB was killed? What are the options at this point? Should we continue to focus on this goal or is it unrealistic?

Hopefully an asnwer will be that the memorial project will be very close to the tragic location.

MidtownGuy
April 11th, 2006, 07:15 PM
A memorial of this type is more powerful when placed near the site of the tragedy.

lofter1
April 11th, 2006, 10:21 PM
Good link to NYRP's environmental outreach programs: http://www.nyrp.org/nyrpprograms_recreational.htm

BrooklynRider
April 12th, 2006, 07:49 AM
A memorial of this type is more powerful when placed near the site of the tragedy.

I hope we will all come to an agreement about what the message of this project should be. As I am the one right now out front, I think I should address this for the moment.

I think we need to work with NYRP to come up with an ideal place. The news media did a good job in communicating to people where and how JB was attacked. A memorial close to the specific site would be very powerful, but I think it would become a memorial to his death, the incident, and would be more of a scar to the community. I am repeatedly pulled back to Ninjahedge's statement that JB was like a bright light that you don't really notice or appreciate until it has unexpectedly gone out. The guy had a great spirit and his last act on earth speaks volumes: giving a dollar to a wheelchair bound person. I am conveying in my responses and advocacy that the light that went out can be rekindled into a torch in that community. We can build an inviting memorial and a safe, beautiful place where people can come, have family parties and community activies. A place that can become an outdoor community space that people enjoy and appreciate. And, it will have JBs name on it. It's a lofty vision, but I would love to see JBs name become synonymous with "compassion," "kindness," and "caring" in this city. The same way that Bernard Goetz had become the symbol for "revenge," "vigilantism," and "victimization."

I encourage everyone to think big and focus on the positive. JB is gone, but it will not serve our purpose in pursuing this project from a perspective of drawing a chalk line around his body. This is about his spirit, his own grand visions for the city, and his willingness to engage on nearly every topic at WNY. Those were all limitless endeavors on his part. I am viewing this as memorializing JB by bringing something that seems desperately needed to this neighborhood. I hope we can collaborate with the neghborhood to show that we care tremendously about peace, life and community.

I think all the violence in the world, the wars, senseless death have gotten to me. This somehow was the last straw. I understand the intent of the anti-war marches and protests demanding that the government do something about war, violence, education and so on. I am proposing that we, the WiredNewYork community, joined by anyone else so inclined to assist us, pour into that neighborhood from all sides in a demonstration and action of peace, compassion, kindness and caring. I strongly feel that we are going in with two purposes to celebrate JB and to support the community. At days end, we will leave them with the memory of our commitment to making New York the best city in the world and a tangible community assest built in JB / TLOZ's name.

I hope you all agree. That is what I am communicating to the news media and The New York Restoration Project. Send some positive vibes my way today. I hope to turn the NYRP's desire to work with us into a defined project!

BPC
April 12th, 2006, 12:37 PM
BR, from what I see the consensus here is that yours is a great idea, and there is a widespread commitment to put it in place once you have developed a plan of action.

Ninjahedge
April 12th, 2006, 01:36 PM
BR, the emphasis should try to be on the fact that he had a passion for the city and its workings and that he wanted to be a part of it, and it's constant evolution.

The event was tragic, but as we found out through his own statements after his mother died, he does not want a bunch of people crying over him. Not that he will GET what he wants, but it is good to keep that in mind. He will surely want something positive to come from this negative.

So instead of moping and crying out for something to be changed, it is good that you have taken the reigns and are DOING something.

Just remember that this is more than just a remembrance. This is more than a candle by a roadside. This is an improvement to the neighborhood that everyone can enjoy whether they knew him or not.

We have enough gravestones to remind us of who died. We need something to remind us of what they lived for.

BrooklynRider
April 12th, 2006, 02:25 PM
JB Hehman Memorial Project Details

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=92503&postcount=38

BrooklynRider
April 16th, 2006, 06:55 PM
What you seem to be describing is a community that might be living in fear. We are going to request a meeting with the block association that runs the garden and also see if one key to the garden can be given to WNY for its members.

What you and other forum members are reporting is certainly disturbing, but this is precisely the kind of community - in my opinion - that we want to make our statement in.

infoshare
April 16th, 2006, 09:09 PM
What you and other forum members are reporting is certainly disturbing, but this is precisely the kind of community - in my opinion - that we want to make our statement in.

Some positive ideas...to help banish the fears.
This "memorial" http://orbisnews.home.att.net/nyc/child/riverside-child.html
to the amiable child is a fave of mine.....I was there today.

True story.......AS I stood at the small monument I looked down at my feet and noticed some scattered debris.....on the ground among the leaves and debris was a folded newspaper.....looking up at me was the photo of TLOZ (the daily news article) the page with his photo/article was open to full view....it was a surreal moment.


http://jschumacher.typepad.com/joe/2004/07/tomb_of_an_amia.html

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/hs_historical_sign.php?id=6417

http://www.morningside-heights.net/amiable.htm

http://www.newyorkcitywalk.com/html/interactive_Riverside.html

http://www.gloomyjoe.com/amiable.html

http://eny.dioceseny.org/0304/Death5.html

ablarc
April 16th, 2006, 09:27 PM
to the amiable child is a fave of mine.....I was there today.

True story.......AS I stood at the small monument I looked down at my feet and noticed some scattered debris.....on the ground among the leaves and debris was a folded newspaper.....looking up at me was the photo of TLOZ (the daily news article) the page with his photo/article was open to full view....it was a surreal moment.
Somebody placed that deliberately in a moment of inspiration. Must have made a pilgrimage for the express purpose. Just like you.

infoshare
April 16th, 2006, 09:52 PM
Somebody placed that deliberately in a moment of inspiration. Must have made a pilgrimage for the express purpose. Just like you.

Perhaps. But, as I walked away down the path there was another newspaper on the ground with the page opened up to and ad...or some other news item.....I think it was just the wind that blew it there....the fact that it was open to that page mabe was sheer coincidence:eek:

BTW....I would be nice if the "same sort" of monument is done for TLOZ and put inside Maggies garden.

BrooklynRider
April 17th, 2006, 04:43 PM
J.B.'s father and sister remain in mourning and have made no comments, to the best of our knowledge, on this project. Please know it will be planned and executed with the utmost dignity and with a great sensitivity to the family. However, I am sharing this snip from an email I received today.

"I am not a member of Wired New York Forum, but as a member of JB's family, I want to support your wonderful effort in memory of this wonderful young man. I thank all the members of the Forum who have been contributing with their kind thoughts, memories, and love for JB. I have contributed anonymously."

We must succeed my friends and we must continue to urge our friends, families and fellow forum members to support our efforts financially. We need to meet our $5000 goal! Please read the "JB Memorial Project Going Forward" thread.

PLEASE MAKE A DONATION AND PUSH US OVER THE $2000 MARK!



Please contribute today! All donations are tax-deductible.

Please click on the link below and follow these basic instructions:

https://www.nyrp.org/joingive.php?action=donate

1) Choose "Make a donation"
2) Select your amount.
3) Continue and enter your personal information.
4) When you get to the credit card page, please enter in the "COMMENTS" area: Restricted to JB Hehman Project
5) Please, for purposes of our own WiredNewYork acknowledgements, send an email to HehmanMemorialFund@hotmail.com. Let us know how much you contributed (so I can continue to report a running total for our community) and, if you are inclined, provide us with your WiredNewYork Username. All information will be kept confidential.


Thank you all in advance for your generosity and your help. Let's show the power and commitment of our community. Please visit the "JB Memorial Moving Forward" thread for tally updates.

BrooklynRider
April 17th, 2006, 04:45 PM
...BTW....I would be nice if the "same sort" of monument is done for TLOZ and put inside Maggies garden.

New York Restoration Project has guidelines we must respect. Our team will work toward a fitting memorial.

infoshare
April 18th, 2006, 09:19 AM
New York Restoration Project has guidelines we must respect. Our team will work toward a fitting memorial.

I do know who is setting the agenda.....but do hope you can take this idea into consideration. In looking for ideas I came across this memorial - if you and NYRproject can uses the idea, that would be great. http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=93320&postcount=12

I have some photos of my visit there at which time I found an old news paper article on the ground: a surreal and opportune moment. (see photos)

BrooklynRider
April 18th, 2006, 10:36 AM
I met with some other forum members last evening. We meet with NYRP on Thursday, so we'll have a better idea of options and creative license.

lofter1
April 18th, 2006, 11:01 AM
I found an old news paper article on the ground ...
Link to that April 11, 2006 NY Daily News Editorial by Errol Louis (http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nydailynews/1019336291.html?did=1019336291&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT&date=Apr+11%2C+2006&author=ERROL+LOUIS&pub=New+York+Daily+News&desc=TIME+FOR+OLD-SCHOOL+OUTRAGE) (archived)

infoshare
April 18th, 2006, 11:01 AM
Hey Lofter,,,,thanks for the LINK,,,,,,,luv those thingis:) :)
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Br Erol Lewis (archived)
In the wake of the recent killing of Broderick John Hehman in Harlem, white and black New Yorkers - especially students at New York University, where Hehman was a junior - ought to be protesting in the streets of Harlem to make the point that it's immoral, illegal and intolerable to allow bigots to make parts of our city off-limits to any person because of ...
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But, I did read the DAily news piece when I found it....this was NOT in the article (or am I wrong) any way ......glad you sent it.

I must admit.....when I saw that paper/photo looking up at me.... I got a little choked up:(

Libby
April 20th, 2006, 01:12 AM
J.B.'s father and sister remain in mourning and have made no comments, to the best of our knowledge, on this project. Please know it will be planned and executed with the utmost dignity and with a great sensitivity to the family. However, I am sharing this snip from an email I received today.

"I am not a member of Wired New York Forum, but as a member of JB's family, I want to support your wonderful effort in memory of this wonderful young man. I thank all the members of the Forum who have been contributing with their kind thoughts, memories, and love for JB. I have contributed anonymously."

I am also a member of JB's family. I just returned to Dallas from NYC. I had been reading the posts about the memorial project and shared my support with many of the family members. I hope we can all help as much as possible. I want to personally thank you for your sensitivity to JB's father and sister. I too will help honor JB and celebrate his life with a contribution.
Libby

lofter1
April 20th, 2006, 10:32 AM
Thank you, Libby -- that is terrific to hear.

And for everyone, here is a recent report (March 2006) from NYU regarding the beneficial financial effects of Community Gardens:

The Effect of Community Gardens on Neighboring Property Values (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=889113#PaperDownload)

Gotham Gazette
04/20/06

http://www.gothamgazette.com/thisweek/reports.php

A study released by New York University shows that the opening of a community garden has a statistically significant positive impact on residential properties within 1000 feet of the garden, and that the impact increases over time.

BrooklynRider
April 25th, 2006, 02:20 PM
I didn't want to interrupt our primary info page in the "JB Memorial moving Forward" thread, so I am posting this info here.

JB's classmates, professors and friends from NYU are onboard with our project and have had a mighty good start to their own fundraising efforts. I want to welcome them to our forum and invite them to look around our threads, both those regarding JB and the other WiredNewYork forums.

BrooklynRider
April 27th, 2006, 05:50 PM
NY Post is currently reviewing our project. I will speak with them again shortly. Keep your fingers crossed for coverage. We want to hit that first $5,000 goal and have our eyes set on the $10,000 mark. We know we can't do this alone and we know we need the help getting our message out.

BrooklynRider
April 28th, 2006, 05:41 PM
The New York Post will be doing a piece on our project on Monday. Hope for the best!

BrooklynRider
May 2nd, 2006, 07:55 AM
TREE OF LOVE FOR SLAIN NYU KID
By LAURA ITALIANO


May 2, 2006 -- NYU student John Broderick Hehman loved community gardens, and adored Harlem, the neighborhood where he was viciously murdered in a botched mugging last month.

That's why on Saturday, May 13, Hehman's fellow students and numerous online friends will soothe their feelings of loss and outrage by gardening together in Harlem in his memory.

Among other activities, the group will plant a flowering tree commemorating the 20-year-old urban studies major at Maggie's Garden, a community garden on West 149th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Organizers also are hoping to endow a perpetual fund in Hehman's name that would pay for programs to teach the kids of upper Manhattan and the South Bronx about gardening and earth sciences.

Police say Hehman died when four teens, none older than 15, chased him into traffic and he was struck by a car on 125th Street as they tried to steal his cellphone. Hehman's final act before dying was to give a dollar to a beggar in a wheelchair.

Donations can be made by visiting the Web site of Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project - which is supporting the effort - at www.nyrp.org/joingive.php?action=donate. [Posters Note: Please be sure to note "JB Hehman Fund" in the comments field on the credit cad page]

Information on the day of gardening is available by contacting HehmanMemorialFund@Hotmail.com.

"We would like to leave a plaque in the community in his name, not as a morbid reminder of his tragic death, but rather as a lasting reminder of his wonderful New York spirit and advocacy," said one project organizer, Robert Cammiso.

The endowment fund and day of gardening were the brainchild of members of WiredNewYork.com, an online forum where Hehman, who used the username "TLOZ Link5, was a prolific poster.

His last message was posted two hours before his death. Four boys, all under the age of 16, have been charged in Family Court with chasing him into the path of an oncoming car on 125th Street while trying to rob him of his cell phone.

laura.italiano@nypost.com

nyinvestordude
May 2nd, 2006, 05:42 PM
TREE OF LOVE FOR SLAIN NYU KID
By LAURA ITALIANO


May 2, 2006 -- NYU student John Broderick Hehman loved community gardens, and adored Harlem, the neighborhood where he was viciously murdered in a botched mugging last month.

That's why on Saturday, May 13, Hehman's fellow students and numerous online friends will soothe their feelings of loss and outrage by gardening together in Harlem in his memory.

Among other activities, the group will plant a flowering tree commemorating the 20-year-old urban studies major at Maggie's Garden, a community garden on West 149th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Organizers also are hoping to endow a perpetual fund in Hehman's name that would pay for programs to teach the kids of upper Manhattan and the South Bronx about gardening and earth sciences.

Police say Hehman died when four teens, none older than 15, chased him into traffic and he was struck by a car on 125th Street as they tried to steal his cellphone. Hehman's final act before dying was to give a dollar to a beggar in a wheelchair.

Donations can be made by visiting the Web site of Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project - which is supporting the effort - at www.nyrp.org/joingive.php?action=donate (http://www.nyrp.org/joingive.php?action=donate). [Posters Note: Please be sure to note "JB Hehman Fund" in the comments field on the credit cad page]

Information on the day of gardening is available by contacting HehmanMemorialFund@Hotmail.com.

"We would like to leave a plaque in the community in his name, not as a morbid reminder of his tragic death, but rather as a lasting reminder of his wonderful New York spirit and advocacy," said one project organizer, Robert Cammiso.

The endowment fund and day of gardening were the brainchild of members of WiredNewYork.com, an online forum where Hehman, who used the username "TLOZ Link5, was a prolific poster.

His last message was posted two hours before his death. Four boys, all under the age of 16, have been charged in Family Court with chasing him into the path of an oncoming car on 125th Street while trying to rob him of his cell phone.

laura.italiano@nypost.com

Well done nypost and brooklynrider

krulltime
May 4th, 2006, 01:42 AM
Wow great article! Well written and no mistakes!

Yeah! Thanks Robert and the NYPOST for this article!

BrooklynRider
May 5th, 2006, 11:17 PM
I have been Googling and searching for blogs and forums carrying JB's story and posting Edward's email (below). If anyone has time, please find places to post the info as well. We need volunteers and we need money. This is where the WiredNewYork community members need to reach into their personal networks and get the word out. Preface it with a personal note. $10 from 1000 people - that is all we need!

POST THIS:

On April 4th, J.B. Hehman, 20, a prolific and articulate member of our Wired New York Community (posting as “TLOZ Link5”) and a Junior at NYU, died from injuries he received three days earlier when he was assaulted while walking on East 125th Street in Harlem. Read more at http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8889

The forum community has reacted to this tragedy by partnering with Bette Midler’s non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to execute a two-pronged plan of action:

1) On May 13th, volunteers will converge at Maggie’s Garden (located at 149th Street and Broadway in Harlem), an NYRP community garden in Manhattan for a community service project to be performed in J.B. Hehman’s memory. Volunteers are needed. Read more at http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8967

2) Our members have also embarked on a fund drive to raise $10,000 to create the J.B. Hehman Endowment for Environmental Education. This endowment will fund earth science programs in community parks and gardens for under-served and minority children in Upper Manhattan.

No contribution is too small and all are greatly appreciated. For further information on these efforts and how you can help or donate please visit:
http://www.wirednewyork.com/jb/memorial/ or
http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=95940

As JB Hehman posted in our forum: "If you love the place you live, love it with the same passion that so many New Yorkers do, then you'll learn to tolerate its imperfections if it hasn't been ingrained in you already. Be to its virtues very kind, but be to its faults a little blind."

Help us remember and celebrate J.B. Hehman’s contributions to our community!