News & Updates in Murray Hill
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
Greater East Midtown Rezoning Update
On June 7, 2017, the New York City Planning Commission approved a modified version of the East Midtown Rezoning, a major planning initiative proposed by Mayor de Blasio, sponsored by Dan Garodnick, and fine-tuned by the East Midtown Steering Committee.
The New York City Council held a public hearing on June 20.
On August 9, the New York City Council unanimously approved the East Midtown Rezoning, Res 1619-2017: Resolution approving with modifications the decision of the City Planning Commission on Application No. N 170186(A) ZRM, for an amendment of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, for an amendment to Article VIII, Chapter 1 (Special Midtown District) of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, concerning the establishment of the East Midtown Subdistrict, in Community Districts 5, 6, and 8, Borough of Manhattan (L.U. No. 692).
Updated 8/8/17, 8/9/17
Photo: 1 Vanderbilt Place Construction
Hurry, Hurry, Take the Ferry to Rockaway
The ferries that ply the East River, delivering passengers to destinations like Dumbo and Williamsburg, have a new operator, called Hornblower, and a new name, NYC Ferry.
Even better, service is expanding up and down the river, from Astoria all the way to Jamaica Bay. For Murray Hillers longing for a day at the beach, this means being able to jump on board at East 34th Street, make a quick transfer at Wall Street, and disembark about an hour and 40 minutes later at Rockaway, steps from rolling waves and a sleek new boardwalk peppered with rest stops and interesting food and drink.
Business Networking Event and Panel Discussion “Your Restaurant, Your Neighbor”
The Murray Hill business networking event, hosted by Covina at the Park South Hotel, took place on July 12. It featured a panel discussion, “Your Restaurant, Your Neighbor.” Panelists represented a cross-section of old and new, large and small Murray Hill restaurants, from all over the neighborhood. The panelists were Eddie Bergman from Hill & Bay, Nancy Cushman from Covina, Steve Olsen from Dock’s Oyster Bar, and Tommy Tardie from Fine & Rare. Moderator Lilli Seidman Davis asked the participants questions about their businesses, challenges and customers, and there was time for questions from the audience and networking.
The MHNA is very grateful to Covina for providing us with breakfast at their private meeting space at 127 East 27th Street. We also thank Egads AV and Computer Rental for providing audio-visual equipment and raffle donors Blue Nan Nan Nails, Pershing Square Café and Sachi Asian Bistro. These sponsorships and donations make it possible to provide free business networking events.
Updated 7/29/17 - MTA issues the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Emergency Ventilation Plant in Murray Hill
July 2017 - The MTA/NYC Transit agency has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) 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.
As a result of the NYCT’s analysis and review of all the comments from the public and elected officials, NYCT has concluded that Site 12, located on Park Avenue's northbound side between East 36th and East 38th Street is the agency's preferred site. In aggregate, based on engineering, economic and environmental factors, Site 12 is most likely to minimize significant adverse effects and impacts during construction and operation.
On July 26 the MTA held a Board Meeting with agenda item 4i to vote on the recommendation to approve the findings of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Emergency Ventilation Project for the Lexington Avenue subway on Park Avenue. Several Murray Hill residents and representatives from neighborhood organizations testified asking the Board to reject the project. The Board deferred this item until the next meeting, which will be on September 27.
Thanks to all who participated in the MHNA Street Fair 2017!
If you were able to attend, you already know what a perfect weather day we had on Saturday, June 3rd. Bright sun, temperature in the 70s, and a light breeze made for a wonderful day for everybody involved!
We deeply appreciate the efforts of all the volunteers who came out to help us with set-up, take-down, and everything in between. Ours is a volunteer organization, and volunteerism was showcased front and center that day.
Thanks, also, to this year’s sponsors. A total of twelve individuals and business organizations stepped up to donate toward sponsorship this year. Their support is critical to our success.
Photo of The Snarks dressed as famous historic residents of Murray Hill.
Thanks to everyone involved and we hope to see you next year!
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Meet the Team at Flushing Bank at 99 Park Avenue
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
High Holidays at the Center for Applied Judaism - September 20-30
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
High Holidays at the Metropolitan Synagogue September 20-30
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
MHNA Annual Meeting - "Meet the Candidates"
Thursday, October 5, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM