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Sponsor a Holiday Tree

Sponsor a Holiday Tree

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association is offering you the opportunity to sponsor the beautiful holiday lighting of our Park Avenue Malls.

This is an ideal way for Co-Op Boards, Property Management Companies, Small Businesses and Individuals to participate in this wonderful event.

Sponsorships are $500 and up.

All sponsors will be listed in all MHNA publications for an entire year.

To become a sponsore please contact Victoria Spagnola, 50 Park Avenue, Apt. 14C, New York, NY 10016 or donate at www.murrayhillnyc.org/donate.

 

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And The Oscar Goes To…

And The Oscar Goes To…

It all started with Minor Bishop, preservationist, architect, former trustee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, and leader of the original Murray Hill walking tour. When the Preservation & Design Committee decided to make a new film of the walking tour, it was only natural to dedicate the film to Minor, who passed away earlier this year.

Led by professional tour guide and P & D member Robin Garr, with 7 participating tour members, this film shows spectacular footage of our historic neighborhood. Vintage photos are interspersed with historical and architectural commentary that accompany Robin’s talk about each of the landmarked buildings.

The film premiere of the new Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill was held on Saturday, November 2nd at the Bowdoin Carriage House, a NYC landmark, now the Henry George School of Social Science. DVD’s of the film can be purchased at murrayhillnyc.org/dvd.

Photo: Robin Garr, tour guide in the new walking tour film, speaking at the Film Premiere event at the Bowdoin Carriage House , a NYC landmark, now the Henry George School of Social Science. 

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LPC Chair Takes Walking Tour in Murray Hill to View 29 Buildings Submitted for Landmark Designation

LPC Chair Takes Walking Tour in Murray Hill to View 29 Buildings Submitted for Landmark Designation

On a sunny August morning, Sarah Carroll, the new Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and two senior members of her staff joined several members of the Preservation & Design Committee for a walking tour of Murray Hill. The purpose of the tour was to showcase 29 buildings that the P & D Committee had originally submitted to the LPC in 2016 for New York City landmark designation. 

Complete listing of the 29 buildings proposed for landmarking

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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.

The questions ranged from general questions 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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The MHNA fondly remembers Minor Bishop (1927-2019)—A Renaissance Man

The MHNA fondly remembers Minor Bishop (1927-2019)—A Renaissance Man

Minor Lamphier Bishop, age 92, passed away during the early morning hours of 20 June 2019. Minor is best known by those of us who live in Murray Hill for his community service, having served the MHNA for decades with great dedication, from the 1960s until the end of his life, as a trustee and active member of the Preservation & Design Committee. He worked to preserve the historic designation of the Murray Hill district, and researched the history of its landmarks and buildings. He is best remembered for his walking tours, which he gave tirelessly. He will be deeply missed, but not forgotten.

Minor Bishop’s video and book, Sketching on Murray Hill are both available for purchase on the MHNA website.

Photo by Sami Steigmann.

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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

Arts & Crafts Fair at the Community Church of NY UU
Arts & Crafts Fair at the Community Church of NY UU

Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Volunteers Are Needed to Help Make Murray Hill Sparkle for the Holidays!
Volunteers Are Needed to Help Make Murray Hill Sparkle for the Holidays!

Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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MCNY Winner’s Recital: 2019 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards with Lucija Stilinovic, Flute, and Jojo Yan, Piano
MCNY Winner’s Recital: 2019 Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards with Lucija Stilinovic, Flute, and Jojo Yan, Piano

Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
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Holiday Tree Lighting and Party
Holiday Tree Lighting and Party

Sunday, December 8, 2019
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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