News & Updates in Murray Hill


Business Networking Event with panel discussion: 'Entrepreneurs Growing with Murray Hill'

Business Networking Event with panel discussion: 'Entrepreneurs Growing with Murray Hill'

Murray Hill businesses and those who want to start a business are invited to a Business Networking Meeting and Panel Discussion, Thursday, December 7 from 9-11am. The panel discussion topic is Entrepreneurs Growing with Murray Hill

The event is FREE, but registration is required, as space is limited. It will take place at Villa Berulia, 107 East 34th Street (between Park & Lexington Avenue). For information, please contact info@murrayhillnyc.org. Register Online

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'How do you rate Murray Hill?'  – the MHNA’s Annual Survey for 2017

'How do you rate Murray Hill?'  – the MHNA’s Annual Survey for 2017

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association conducted a survey to find out which neighborhood characteristics are most important to the people on our email list and how Murray Hill is doing in these areas.

According to our respondents, the most important neighborhood characteristics are safety, convenience for walking, convenience of public transportation, preservation of its historic buildings, services such as dry cleaners, shoe repair, grocery stores, hair salons, drug stores, etc., clean and well-maintained streets and sidewalks, affordability, a quiet environment and open and green spaces with street trees and flowers.

The good news is that Murray Hill is doing well on 4 of the top 5 characteristics: safety, convenience for walking, convenience of public transportation and neighborhood services.

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Thank you to the generous donors to the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue!

Thank you to the generous donors to the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue!

In the early 1980’s, a group of community leaders and Park Avenue building owners, concerned about the deterioration of the iron fences surrounding the malls on Park Avenue and the barren garden areas, came together to form The Patrons of Park Avenue, a committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. Led by Irma Worrell Fisher, the founding Chair of POPA, this committee working together with the New York City Parks Department (malls are the property of NYC Parks Department) and a landscape architect, developed a plan to restore the iron fences to the original design, dating from 1850 along with an annual seasonal planting and maintenance program. Since that time, POPA has raised all of the funds necessary to plant, clean and maintain the beloved Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue.

There are several levels at which individuals, buildings and businesses can support POPA. Each of the buildings that line Park Avenue are asked to contribute $2,500 annually to help pay for the maintenance of the malls. Individuals can support POPA as Gardeners and Tree Sponsors for as little as $500 per year, or can become patrons for as little as $1,500 per year. 

If you would like to donate to POPA, please contact John Chadwick, email: jchadwick@interiorsbyjohnchadwick.com.

Photo: Blizzard of January 2016!

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P & D Committee Participates in The Cultural Medallion Program

P & D Committee Participates in The Cultural Medallion Program

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Preservation & Design Committee is excited to be working with the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center to participate in The Cultural Medallion program, which installs descriptive plaques on buildings to honor and recognize distinguished New Yorkers in the arts, science, politics, business, education and sports, who once lived in those buildings.

Although there are close to 100 medallions located throughout New York City, there is currently only one cultural medallion in Murray Hill at 157 East 35th Street, honoring the sculptor Malvina Hoffman. Due to the number of illustrious residents who once lived in Murray Hill, the P & D Committee is exploring several names to add to that list, including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (creator of the Gibson Girls), the actors Jessica Tandy and her husband Hume Cronyn, two-term mayor William Grace, architects Marcel Breuer and William Delano, as well as William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review. These influential people all lived or worked in the area from East 35th Street to East 38th Street, Madison to Third Avenues.

Photo: Malvina Hoffman Cultural Medallion at 157 East 35th Street

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Updated 10/9/17 - MTA goes back to the drawing board for the Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant in Murray Hill

Updated 10/9/17 - MTA goes back to the drawing board for the Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant in Murray Hill

July 2017 - The MTA/NYC Transit agency issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant for the Lexington Avenue Subway Line between the 33rd Street/Park Avenue South Station and the Grand Central/42nd Street Station. In the FEIS, the NYCT concluded that Site 12, located on Park Avenue's northbound side between East 36th and East 38th Street is the agency's preferred site. 

Update 10/9/17: At the September 27 MTA Board meeting, although the EVP was not on the agenda, the Board accepted public comments on all topics. Many people testified from The Coalition to Save Murray Hill, the group that was formed to try to stop the EVP. At the end of the public testimony, Chairman Joseph Lhota made the following statement directed specifically to the Coalition, “I want the Transit Authority to go back to the drawing board and evaluate what is the most new and modern system so that we can make this system as safe as possible. For the time being, the proposals right now for the Murray Hill station are going to be reviewed, and we will come back to the public at a later date to talk about what options are available to make the Lexington Avenue line as safe as possible.” You can see a video of this statement at this link (at time 4:00:28): http://service.mta.info/webcastplayer/boardmeetingYoutube.htm

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Shop Amazon and support The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association at the same time!

Shop Amazon and support The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association at the same time!

Shop amazon.com via this link, and support The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association!

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Upcoming Events

St. George’s Choral Society 200th Anniversary Concert: Dvorak's 'Requiem'
St. George’s Choral Society 200th Anniversary Concert: Dvorak's 'Requiem'

Sunday, November 19, 2017
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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Sing Along at Explore + Discover Early Learning Center for infants & toddlers and their parents
Sing Along at Explore + Discover Early Learning Center for infants & toddlers and their parents

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 23, 2017
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill
Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill

Sunday, November 26, 2017
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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