Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #668

Gramercy Park Block Association 20th Anniversary

A Look Back in Gramercy Park History


August 2000



In August 2000 4 dead crows were discovered in Gramercy Park.  The GPBA immediately reached out the NYC Health Department for the birds to be tested for West Nile Virus.


The virus had recently killed 7 people in Manhattan and sickened dozens of others.


Since a major focus of the Gramercy Park Block Association's mission is quality of life and public safety, we distributed information and preventive measures concerning West Nile Virus.

GPBA worked with Health Dept. to set up West Nile Virus Surveillance Program in Gramercy Park


Health Department worker speaks to children as he sets up West Nile Virus Surveillance Program in Gramercy Park
We worked closely with the Health Department to set up a West Nile Virus Surveillance Program within Gramercy Park. 

As part of this program, we set up a network to send critical information to our residents about the following:
  • Personal Protection Measures
  • Health Department Spraying Schedule
  • Spraying Precautions

Crows test negative for West Nile Virus
The Health Department test of the 4 dead crows found in Gramercy Park tested negative for West Nile Virus.
Click here to read more about the work of the GPBA concerning West Nile Virus, including the following:
  • GPBA West Nile Update  8/20/00
  • New York Times "Fenced In, Sure, But Not Air Tight"  8/23/00
  • Town & Village "Dead crows in Gramercy Park" 8/24/00
  • GPBA West Nile Virus Alert  - 8/26/00