News & Updates in Murray Hill
2017 A Great Year for the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue!
In 2017, we experimented with new plantings and are ready to go into 2018 with a more sustainable landscape plan. On the perimeter of each bed, new decorative grasses have been planted that will hold water so that less watering will be necessary. These grasses are perennial and will return each year. At the back of each of the beds, perennial Stella d’Oro and Stella Rubia Lilies have been planted. These lilies are bulbous and store water in their bulbs so that less water is needed to maintain them. In the center of each bed, our seasonal annuals - spring tulips, summer begonias and seasonal chrysanthemums - will be installed.
The generosity of all who supported us in 2017 is amazing and appreciated. Next year, we hope to have even more people and organizations participating with us.
Murray Hill Businesses Meet for Panel Discussion 'Entrepreneurs Growing with Murray Hill'
On December 7th, Murray Hill businesses gathered at Villa Berulia restaurant on 34th Street for a panel discussion and networking event. This event was organized by The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Business Committee, co-chaired by Lilli Seidman Davis and Michael-Ann Rowe. The mission of the Business Committee is to help Murray Hill businesses thrive.
The panel topic was “Entrepreneurs Growing with Murray Hill” and featured business members Una Baker, Design Consultant, Ash Fox, Ash Fox Photography, Daniel Koffler, Co-Founder and President, Explore + Discover Early Learning Center, and Dave Schefano, Egads AV & Computer Rental. The Moderator was Michael-Ann Rowe, Food & Travel Journalist. Ivan "Johnny" Ivanac and his daughter Alexandra of Villa Berulia restaurant also spoke.
The event ended with a raffle of New York State craft distilled spirits, donated by Heather Dolland of All the Tastes of New York.
'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.
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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A festive artists' reception at Gallery35 for the exhibition 'Red'
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Deadline for Manhattan Community Board Membership Applications
Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Valentine's Celebration - "Love Your Neighborhood"
Sunday, February 11, 2018
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Historian Tom Miller talks about 'Murray Hill Eccentrics and Other Unusual Stories'
Sunday, February 25, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM