News & Updates in Murray Hill


Join Us at the MHNA Street Festival on June 1!

Join Us at the MHNA Street Festival on June 1!

This year, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 11am to 6pm, on the west side of Park Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets. Live entertainment from a variety of performers will begin at noon and continue until the Festival ends. This will be the 46th annual MHNA Street Festival and we will be celebrating with a Come Meet Your Neighbor theme!

This year we are making a special effort to promote Murray Hill businesses that participate in the Festival. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please let us know by contacting info@murrayhill.org Your sponsorship package can include a table at the Festival, as well as special acknowledgements on the MHNA social media channels, in email blasts, and through an article in the MHNA newsletter to be published and distributed after the fair. This is an excellent way to advertise your business not only to your Murray Hill neighbors, but to visitors from all over the city.

For those who want to donate books or flea market items to the MHNA Street Festival, drop-off dates are May 9 and May 16, 7-8pm, at the Carlton Regency Service Entrance, 137 East 36th Street (NE corner of Lexington and 36th Street on the plaza). Books may also be dropped off at the Street Festival on June 1. If you wish to have your items picked up on May 16 (3 bags or boxes or more), register online or email Lance.MHNA-Trustee@ibmsocial.com. Please read the Guidelines for Book and Flea Market Donations and put items in manageable sized bags or boxes (20 lbs maximum). Items should be in your building's lobby by 7pm for pick-up.

We welcome all volunteers! If you would like to get more involved with the Festival (either day of or preparation for), please email Ashley Petrylak at info@murrayhillnyc.org or leave a message at 212-886-5867. We would love to work with you! 

We hope to see you there! Please stop by the MHNA tables and say hello.

Street Festival Forms & Flyer

Street Vendor Application Form with Sponsorship
Street Vendor Application Form - space only
Silent Auction Donation Form
Flyer

Platinum Sponsors

Murray Hill Pediatric Dentistry.

Silver Sponsors

S.S.G. Fashions

Bronze Sponsors

Eugene A. Bartow Insurance Agency, Inc.
Catherine A. Spengel and Thomas C. Horan
Murray Hill Pet Hospital 

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Buildings Can Now Join the MHNA

Buildings Can Now Join the MHNA

To strengthen our relationship with Murray Hill building owners and managers, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association has launched new membership categories for buildings. The new categories are Small Buildings (less than 60 units), Medium-Sized Buildings (60-200 units) and Large Buildings (more than 200 units). Co-Op and Condo Boards, Building Owners, Managing and Rental Agents are all invited to join. For details, visit the MHNA website at murrayhillnyc.org/join. See the many benefits of joining at this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Dolland at info@murrayhillnyc.org. Heather is Co-Chair of Membership Development and will be happy to guide you in this process. 

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Business Members Can Now Display MHNA Stickers On Their Windows

Business Members Can Now Display MHNA Stickers On Their Windows

The Business Committee has designed stickers exclusively for business members that will let the neighborhood know that your business is a proud member of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. The stickers display the MHNA logo, and can be posted in your window.

There are two variations: SUPPORT LOCAL is for our business members and  DISCOUNT PROGRAM PARTICIPANT is for businesses that offer our members a discount on their goods or services. Any MHNA business member or Discount Program participant that would like a sticker should contact Co-Chairs, Michael-Anne Rowe at michaelannrowe@gmail.com or Lilli Seidman at lillianseidman@yahoo.com.

 

 

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Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

The Makor Center for Spiritual Judaism was the setting for a lively and informative talk and slide show by blogger and author Tom Miller. This event, held on Saturday April 6th, drew a full crowd, eager to absorb Tom’s encyclopedic knowledge about a group of prominent people who once lived in Murray Hill. The talk focused on the rich history of a group of people and buildings on one block in Murray Hill—East 36th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue. This block was once home to a number of distinguished political, business and military figures, including Admirals Benjamin Franklin Isherwood and Daniel G. Farragut of “Damn the Torpedoes” fame. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt moved to this block after their marriage, calling their townhouse at 125 East 36th Street their “14 foot mansion.”

Photo of Tom Miller by Nancy Idaka Sheran.

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We are grateful to the the 2018 supporters of the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue!

We are grateful to the the 2018 supporters of the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue!

The 1,000 Red Parade Tulips planted on the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue will be popping up before we know it—Murray Hill’s harbinger of spring—a plan implemented by our Founding Chair, Mrs. Irma Worrell Fisher.

2018 was indeed a GREAT year for POPA. Because of the perennial grasses and lilies that were planted two seasons ago, our cost for seasonal plantings has been reduced by 40%, leaving us funds to replace four holly trees and continue our battle against weeds and Dodder, an invasive vine. We also replanted four complete malls with ground cover which has apparently survived the winter intact. as well as replacing four trees that had perished over the years.

The Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue are supported almost totally by the generosity of buildings, small businesses and civic-minded individuals in Murray Hill. Read more to see the list of donors.

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The MHNA’s Annual Meeting covered issues, projects and programs

The MHNA’s Annual Meeting covered issues, projects and programs

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association annual meeting was held on October 4. This meeting provides us with the opportunity to hear guest speakers who update us on neighborhood issues. The meeting also enables us to tell our neighbors about the work of the Association, and allows us to hear from you, the people who live and work in Murray Hill. 

Guest speakers included Marilyn Noa, NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officer for the 17th Precinct Sector A, David Frank, Chief Engineer for the Infrastructure Replacement Project on 2nd Avenue and surrounding areas and our new City Council Members Keith Powers (District 4) and Carlina Rivera (District 2). Community and volunteer awards were given to Terry Katz, Executive Director of the Society of Jewish Science/Center for Applied Judaism, Enid Klass, MHNA Honorary Trustee and Marisa Bulzone, past trustee. The committee chairs spoke also spoke about MHNA programs. Break-out sessions were a chance for you to speak with committee chairs.

Photo: Susan Demmet, co-chair of the Preservation & Design Committee speaks with neigbors and Police Officer Ryan on the right.  

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Your responses to the survey help us prioritize our work!

Your responses to the survey help us prioritize our work!

During the summer, The Murray Hill Neighborhood circulated a survey to find out your most important issues in Murray Hill and also to hear how we are doing as your Association. 177 people responded. The issues that you consider the most important are traffic, noise, construction, loss of affordable housing and businesses and loss of our historic buildings. In addition your comments indicated that neighborhood cleanliness, the homeless and panhandlers, and the need for more trees and green spaces are also important.

We thank everyone who responded, as we use your responses to prioritize our work. 

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Three New Cultural Medallions Honoring Distinguished Murray Hill Residents Are Unveiled

Three New Cultural Medallions Honoring Distinguished Murray Hill Residents Are Unveiled

Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Charles Dana Gibson, and Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn were honored in April in ceremonies unveiling cultural medallions placed on the façades of each of the brownstones where they once resided in Murray Hill. 

To commemorate other illustrious residents who once lived in Murray Hill, the P&D Committee is exploring several names to add to our list of cultural medallion honorees. These include the songwriter, Cole Porter, the architect Marcel Breuer, the playwright Tennessee Williams and the actress Helen Hayes. 

Funding for the research, fabrication of the medallions and the videotaping of the ceremonies comes from individual sponsors, honored building owners and private donations. If you would like to sponsor or contribute to the Medallion Program, please visit our website at www.murrayhillnyc.org and click Donate. Email Susan Demmet at sldemmet@gmail.com when you donate so your contribution can be properly acknowledged, or if you know of a significant person who lived in Murray Hill whom you believe should be nominated for a Cultural Medallion.

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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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Donald Lipski’s Spot installed in front of the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

Donald Lipski’s Spot installed in front of the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

As a neighbor, I’m proud to have just installed a sculpture in front of NYU’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital [in the new Kimmel Pavilion, but with its own driveway and lobby], on 34th Street between 1st Avenue and the FDR Drive.

The sculpture, Spot, is a 2-1/2 story tall Dalmatian dog, balancing an actual taxi on her nose. Spot will be out there for everyone to see, but it was made primarily for children coming to the hospital. Art has healing power. That’s a fact! I like to think that the parents, the doctors and nurses and staff, my neighbors, will all love this sweet young dog doing the impossible.

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Fr. O’Donovan, author of 'Blessed Are the Refugees', speaks on the refugee crisis at our southern border
Fr. O’Donovan, author of 'Blessed Are the Refugees', speaks on the refugee crisis at our southern border

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Business Networking Event: B2B Happy Hour in Murray Hill!
Business Networking Event: B2B Happy Hour in Murray Hill!

Thursday, May 30, 2019
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The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival!
The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival!

Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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Family Fun Day at St. Vartan’s Park
Family Fun Day at St. Vartan’s Park

Saturday, June 1, 2019
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