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Scavenger Hunt of Historic Murray Hill extended through Sunday, September 27, 2020!

Scavenger Hunt of Historic Murray Hill extended through Sunday, September 27, 2020!

This scavenger hunt has been designed for individuals and families to get outside and learn about the history of Murray Hill! The hunt will take you from 33rd Street to 38th Street and from Third Avenue to Madison Avenue. There are 22 items to be found in this hunt and you now have until September 27 to complete it. We encourage you to hunt at your own pace!

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The MHNA is seeking new Trustees for  2020-2021

The MHNA is seeking new Trustees for 2020-2021

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association is seeking new trustees to serve for the 2020-2021 year, beginning in September. Candidates with interest/skills in website operations, marketing, newsletter advertising sales, interacting with city and state personnel are especially invited to apply!

As a trustee of MHNA, you will have a voice in decisions that affect your neighborhood: quality of life, safety, preserving historic Murray Hill. We ask that you be a member of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, attend monthly board meetings, co-chair a committee and help with our annual street festival.

To apply, please send a short bio that includes your ideas for improving Murray Hill, along with your contact information to Ashley Petrylak at info@murrayhillnyc.org. The deadline has been extended to August 15, 2020.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

NYC's Reopening

IMPORTANT: There is still no cure or vaccine for COVID-19. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • wear face coverings when in public
  • maintain distance 
  • practice good hand hygiene
  • stay home if sick

All New Yorkers can get tested for covid-19. If you have been spending time with people outside your household, get tested! Sites run by New York State are free.  coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you. You can also check with your doctor, pharmacies and walk-in urgent care to find out if they do testing and if there will be charges.

NYC's Phase 4 businesses may open on July 20 (final phase).
Phase 4 Industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries
Schools (must have an approved plan), Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment (zoos, botanical gardens), Media Production, Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans. IMPORTANT: The following NYC businesses and nonprofits remain CLOSED: indoor dining or activities, malls, gyms, venues with large gatherings.

NYC's Phase 3 businesses may open on July 6.
Phase 3 Industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries
Restaurants / Food Services (But not indoor dining), Personal Care

NYC's Phase 2 businesses and nonprofits may reopen on June 22.
Phase 2 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries. Small Business Services guidance www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness
Offices, Real Estate, Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail, Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals, Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning, Commercial Building Management

NYC's Phase 1 businesses and nonprofits may reopen on June 8.
Phase 1 industry guidance forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries.
Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, Retail Trade, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Higher Education Research

For an overview of industries that are authorized to reopen during Phases 1-4 see forward.ny.gov.

Also see NYC's Small Business Services coronavirus page   www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page.

For more information about reopening see the MHNA Reopening page.

More details at the links below

NYC Test and Trace Corps: NYC Health + Hhospitals is operate the NYC Test and Trace Corps. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from the Test and Trace Corps. These calls will either appear on caller ID as “Test and Trace”, or a 212 number. Contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number, your immigration status, any private financial information, or a credit card number.

Mental health resources: NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages. Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), text "WELL" to 65173, chat at NYC.gov/nycwell. The state's hotline is 844-863-9314 to get free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at headspace.com/ny.

Domestic violence resources: All domestic violence shelters are operating and hotlines are available 24/7. National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-799-7233), log onto thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522, Safe Horizon call 1-800-621-HOPE or visit Safehorizon.org/SafeChat to speak with an advocate. The state hotline is 800-942-6906.

Pet hotline: Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is a member of the City's Animal Planning Task Force, which is now providing a COVID-19 Pet Hotline and supportive services for NYC residents with pets. If you have a COVID-19 pet-related issue call the hotline at 877-204-8821 (8am to 8pm daily).

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Important Information about Grants and Loans for Building Owners in the Murray Hill Historic District

Important Information about Grants and Loans for Building Owners in the Murray Hill Historic District

There is good news for building owners in the Murray Hill Neighborhood Historic District and in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Landmarks Preservation Commission has confirmed that they have a small grant program that provides federally funded grants to low and moderate income eligible homeowners and non-profits for restoration work. In addition, there is a State Historic Preservation Tax credit for homeowners in certain eligible census tracts. The New York Landmarks Conservancy also has a low interest loan program called the Historic Properties Fund for Restoration which provides free project management as part of the program. 

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The MHNA Pitches In!

The MHNA Pitches In!

On July 12th, the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association pitched in to help our Third Avenue Business Community re-open. Our volunteers helped clean out tree-beds and remove litter so that small businesses and our community will have a more attractive and inviting business district for welcoming back customers. The initiative was joint effort between the MHNA Greening and Cleaning and Business Committees. Gloves, hand sanitizer and litter grabbers helped to keep the event safe.

If you would like to get a starter kit to help you keep your own block clean, we can drop off bags, gloves and your very own garbage grabber. If interested, please email Stein Berre or Michael-Ann Rowe at info@murrayhillnyc.org.

Photo by Britton Smith.

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MHNA Tree Guard Repair and Replacement Program

MHNA Tree Guard Repair and Replacement Program

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Green and Clean Committee is pleased to announce a program designed to help individual homeowners and residential buildings in Murray Hill repair or replace broken tree guards on their property. Tree guards (hoops) have proven very helpful in protecting our trees. Any resident wishing to have the Association help out with a project of this type should contact Tom Horan at horan.tc@gmail.com.

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Complete the Census 2020 survey when you receive your invitation!

Complete the Census 2020 survey when you receive your invitation!

By now you should have received your invitation. You can respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone call the toll-free Census questionnaire hotline at 1-844-330-2020, or request a paper survey. 

If you would like to work part time for the census call 1-855-JOB-2020 or Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339TTY/ASCII www.gsa.gov/fedrelay. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs Flyer.

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For as little as $500 a year

For as little as $500 a year

You can sponsor weekly cleaning, watering and weeding for our Murray Hill malls. In return, your name or your company’s name will appear in all Murray Hill publications showing your civic spirit and your pride in our neighborhood. Please contact us today to join us in this wonderful cause! Contact Victoria Spagnola, Chairwoman, Patrons of Park Avenue, 50 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, email: victoria.spagnola@patronsofparkavenue.org,

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MHNA 2019 Annual Survey: Better Together!

MHNA 2019 Annual Survey: Better Together!

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association annual survey was sent to everyone on the MHNA email list. Our email list includes both members and non-members who have signed up for our emails. 174 people responded to the survey. We thank them for their thoughtful comments. Questions ranged from general opinions about Murray Hill to specific questions about MHNA programs. The survey contained many free format answer fields, which allowed respondents to give unstructured answers. 

The MHNA uses the responses to the survey to help understand our member's concerns and priorities and also to prioritze our work. We share the survey summary with government officials. 

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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 or Lilli Seidman at info@murrayhillnyc.org.

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Upcoming Events

Scavenger Hunt of Historic Murray Hill extended through Sunday, September 27, 2020!
Scavenger Hunt of Historic Murray Hill extended through Sunday, September 27, 2020!

Saturday, July 4, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Apply to become a Trustee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association
Apply to become a Trustee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Saturday, August 15, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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'Art Unlocked' - an online exhibit June-September 30
'Art Unlocked' - an online exhibit June-September 30

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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November election
November election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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