News & Updates in Murray Hill


MTA Emergency Ventilation Project Update - February 2017

MTA Emergency Ventilation Project Update - February 2017

On February 9, 2017, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit released the Final Scoping Document for the proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant in Murray Hill. You can view the document on their website:  web.mta.info/mta/planning/EmergVent-Lex.

Analyses of all of the alternatives were done from an engineering standpoint, an environmental standpoint and an economic (cost) standpoint. The final conclusion is that Alternatives 11 and 12 have the fewest adverse consequences; Alternative 11 being the best. A final decision on which alternative will be evaluated in the DEIS will be made following consideration of public input through the scoping process, including substantive comments on the Alternatives Analysis/Feasibility Evaluation (Appendix A).

To summarize some of the responses:

The project is necessary in order to comply with National Fire Protection Association standard 130. Alternative sites along the Park Avenue Malls and in the Park Avenue Tunnel were evaluated, but other agencies are responsible for these sites and the MTA would not have full control of the EVP. The project is expected to take 4.5 years, beginning in 2019, and the above-ground portion of the project is expected to take 2 years. Only one lane of traffic will be closed, and 2 lanes would remain open to traffic. the Park Avenue Malls will not be affected. Trees that have to be removed during the project would be replaced. The traffic and air quality issues will be addressed in the DEIS (pending).

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MHNA Members Visit Library for Private Tour

MHNA Members Visit Library for Private Tour

The Preservation & Design Committee’s Fall fundraiser was held at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building on Fifth Avenue in late October. Library docents Hilda Jaffe, and Nina Liebman, a library volunteer and P&D committee member, led a private tour of the library to a sold-out crowd.

Photo: Guides Hilda Jaffe and Nina Liebman

 

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Stamp Collecting, History and Murray Hill Were Featured on the Collectors Club Tour

Stamp Collecting, History and Murray Hill Were Featured on the Collectors Club Tour

A group of about forty Murray Hill neighborhood residents and non-residents were treated to a private tour of the Collectors Club on Sunday, January 22. The Collectors Club building, located at 22 East 35 Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, has been a New York City landmark since 1979.

The tour was led by K. David Steidly, PH.D., Secretary at the Collectors Club. It was organized by the Preservation & Design Committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association as a fundraiser for its efforts in seeking landmark status for historic buildings in Murray Hill.

 

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Greater East Midtown Planning Proposal Enters Public Review Process

Greater East Midtown Planning Proposal Enters Public Review Process

On January 3, 2017, the New York City Planning Commission began the public review process for the Greater East Midtown planning proposal. This marks the beginning of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for the project. Parts of the proposed rezoning area are in the northern part of Murray Hill. 

 

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MHNA Businesses Committee Launches Networking Event Series for Murray Hill Businesses

MHNA Businesses Committee Launches Networking Event Series for Murray Hill Businesses

On December 8, business member, Hotel Chandler, hosted the Holiday Networking Event for Murray Hill businesses on behalf of the MHNA Business Committee. The event was free, and there was a capacity crowd of more than 25 neighborhood businesses. Colin Baer of Colin Baer Events & Floral put everyone in the holiday spirit with his presentation of holiday floral decorations.

Many lucky businesses left with raffle prizes. We gratefully acknowledge the generous raffle donors—all of them are Murray Hill businesses—Fred Astaire Dance Studio Midtown, Hotel Chandler, Local Mobile Marketing Solutions, Park Avenue Liquors, Tournesol Wellness and Laura Fay Lewis.

If you want to contact the Business Committee with your issues, suggestions or questions, please email Carey at carey@tournesolwellness.com.

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WindowsWear Museum Opens – the World's First Museum of Fashion Windows and In-Store Displays

WindowsWear Museum Opens – the World's First Museum of Fashion Windows and In-Store Displays

The WindowsWear Museum at Berkeley College was launched on December 6, 2016. This is the world's first museum celebrating one-of-a-kind, influential fashion window and in-store displays from the world’s best fashion brands. The first installation, from Coach, was unveiled during a reception at the Berkeley College campus in Midtown Manhattan. The installation will be open to the public from 8am to 9pm daily on the first floor of the Berkeley College campus at 12 East 41st Street.

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East 34th Street Transitway Project Completed December 2016

East 34th Street Transitway Project Completed December 2016

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC) has completed the East 34th Street Transitway Project. Work on this project included the installation and relocation of trunk and distribution water mains, sewer and catch basins; installation of bus bulbs, bus pads, curbs and sidewalks; private utility relocations; street lighting and traffic signals; roadway reconstruction and tree pruning and planting.

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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

Panel Discussion: Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character
Panel Discussion: Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Doctors Orchestra Concert: Paganini, Brahms and Borodin
Doctors Orchestra Concert: Paganini, Brahms and Borodin

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Art Exhibit & Opening Reception - Artists Interpret the Stations of the Cross
Art Exhibit & Opening Reception - Artists Interpret the Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Kips Bay Choral Festival
Kips Bay Choral Festival

Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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