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The MHNA’s Annual Meeting took place on October 4

The MHNA’s Annual Meeting took place on October 4

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. 

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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MHNA welcomes Sarah Carroll new Chair of the LPC

MHNA welcomes Sarah Carroll new Chair of the LPC

Source: Office of the Mayor Press Release, September 26, 2018

 

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sarah Carroll as New Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

The New York City Council approved Mayor Bill de Blasio's appointment of Sarah Carroll as the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. As Chair, Carroll will lead the Commission as it continues to preserve and protect New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites.
 
Carroll, a preservationist by training and profession, has dedicated her career to public service at LPC. She has deep institutional knowledge about the agency’s work and its operational strengths. Over the past 24 years, she has served in various capacities at LPC, including Landmarks Preservationist, Deputy Director of Preservation, and Director of Preservation. In 2014, she became Executive Director.
 
The MHNA sent a welcome letter to Sarah Carroll. 
 
Detail of Photo by Mary Frost: Sarah Carroll (middle) hoisting a flag at the Dumbo Historic Marker dedication.

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

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

For the last three years, Patrons of Park Avenue has been diligently working towards creating new, sustainable plantings on our malls that will not require as much water or maintenance and will also allow us to save money by purchasing fewer seasonal plants. 

We are in the midst of our ANNUAL FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN for 2018. Ask your building owner or your Board of Directors if they have contributed to the beautification of the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue this year. If they have not, please urge them to do so.

If you would like to join us as a Benefactor, a Patron, or a Gardener, please contact John Chadwick at jchadwick@rcn.com. It is a wonderful way to show your support for our beautiful historic community.

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Our Silent Auction Donors helped to make the Street Festival a Success!

Our Silent Auction Donors helped to make the Street Festival a Success!

The Silent Auction was one of the many highlights of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Street Festival which was held on Saturday, June 2nd. We are very grateful to our donors for their continued generosity and support.  

Photo by Michael-Ann Rowe 

 

 

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We Hope You Enjoyed the MHNA Street Festival!

We Hope You Enjoyed the MHNA Street Festival!

Along Park Avenue from 34th to 40th Street, and under mostly clear skies and balmy temperatures, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association sponsored its annual Street Festival on Saturday, June 2nd. 

Photo: Gallery35 artist John Emmet Connors paints portraits of kids, photo by Michael-Anne Rowe.

 

 

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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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MHNA volunteers clean and mulch tree beds along 3rd and 2nd Avenues

MHNA volunteers clean and mulch tree beds along 3rd and 2nd Avenues

The Clean and Green Committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association held its annual mulching and cleanup event on Saturday morning, April 28.

A group of more than a dozen MHNA volunteers met at 9am and were soon joined by about ten energetic individuals from the 30th Street Men’s Shelter. After some brief introductions (and breakfast supplied by Stein Berre of the MHNA) the work began. We cleaned and placed mulch in dozens of tree beds along Second and Third Avenues between 33rd and 38th Streets.

The Big Apple Chorus performed a short set of four-part harmony for the entertainment of volunteers and passers-by. A special thanks goes out to the Men’s Shelter volunteers and to Audris Abreu of New York City Department of Homeless Services for all their help in making this event such a success and to Murray Hill Neighborhood Association volunteers. 

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Young Professionals Networking Group Met to Learn About Renting vs. Buying in Murray Hill

Young Professionals Networking Group Met to Learn About Renting vs. Buying in Murray Hill

On April 26, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Young Professionals Networking Group met at The Lindley, a new luxury condominium building on Third Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets. There was ample time to network and meet neighbors while snacking on hors d’oeuvres and wine. During the event a presentation and discussion focused on the pros and cons of renting versus buying an apartment in New York City, as well as what questions to ask when you are making these important decisions.

For more information on future Young Professionals Networking Group events, please contact co-chairs Ashley Petrylak and Becky Flig at info@murrayhillnyc.org.

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Murray Hill Businesses Meet at the Google Digital Marketing Workshop

Murray Hill Businesses Meet at the Google Digital Marketing Workshop

Despite the snowy day on March 21, Murray Hill businesses and nonprofits came together for the Google Digital Marketing Workshop. Speaker Angelina Darrisaw, Digital Coach, presented an overview of digital marketing

This event was organized by The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Business Committee co-chairs, Lilli Seidman Davis and Michael-Ann Rowe, assisted by Business Committee volunteers who helped make this a successful event.

We are grateful to The Henry George School of Social Science for hosting this event in their beautiful space in the landmark Bowdoin Carriage House at 149 East 38th Street. We also thank Bagel Boss Murray Hill, which catered the delicious breakfast.

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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

Transforming Our World by Building Conflict Resolution Skills
Transforming Our World by Building Conflict Resolution Skills

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Halloween Party for Kids at St. Vartan Park
Halloween Party for Kids at St. Vartan Park

Sunday, October 28, 2018
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Senior Resource Day
Senior Resource Day

Sunday, October 28, 2018
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill
Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill

Sunday, October 28, 2018
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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