Word. It may be coming soon....
Funny, I was just thinking this morning when I had to duck down between davening this morning at shul to go blow my nose, "Wouldn't it be great if we had an eruv, here in the Heights?" And especially when one is sick, the need for tissues is quite great. Imagine my surprise at lunch today (madd props to Sharona for putting together a fabulous meal - both in terms of food, as well as in terms of folks) when I heard talk of an eruv. But no mere chatter, mind you, rather some serious talk, i.e. it's coming, though the time-table is up in the air. As the details are on the DL and the רב המכשיר is madd on the DL (even I don't know), no further details will I offer here.
Unfortunately, however, my building which lies in "no-man's land" between the YU side and the Bennett side of the Heights, will be left without any eruv (yeah, we'll be feeling a little lonely - maybe we'll start our own eruv; that way, at least Breuer's won't really give too much of a hoot or holler as they will when this Hudson Heights eruv goes up.
So, I spent this afternoon re-reading Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert's article on the beginning of the rabbinic eruv (Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert, "From Separatism to Urbanism: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Rabbinic 'Eruv," Dead Sea Discoveries 11, no. 1 : 43-71) until I fell asleep, while I still had two other 'eruv articles waiting next to me to read them (Peter Vincent and Barney Warf, "Eruvim: Talmudic Places in a Postmodern World," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 27, no. 1 [March 2002]: 30-51 & Davina Cooper, "Talmudic Territory? Space, Law, and Modernist Discourse," Journal of Law and Society 23, no. 4 [December 1996]: 529-548), while I know I need to read Rabbi Weiss' (yes, the same one who founded my school) article which appeared in tradition nearly twenty years ago.
So, it will be neat to know how it goes down.