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Celebrating 60 Years of Preserving, Beautifying and Improving Murray Hill

Celebrating 60 Years of Preserving, Beautifying and Improving Murray Hill

The preservation of Murray Hill’s unique residential character goes back to 1847, with the Murray Hill Restriction. Financier J.P. Morgan took up the fight to preserve this historic residential neighborhood in 1914, when he formed the Murray Hill Association. The current Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (originally called the Murray Hill Committee) was formed in 1960 to oppose Robert Moses’s plan to create the Mid-Manhattan Expressway (unbuilt) by widening East 36th and East 37th Street between 3rd and 11th Avenue. Since then, the MHNA has been working continuously to preserve historic Murray Hill and to advocate for the neighborhood as a historic district and for landmark designation for its significant buildings. The Association also works to protect, preserve and beautify the community with greening and cleaning projects, promotes civic engagement, helps our neighbors in times of need, reaches out to the Murray Hill community through its newsletter, website, eblasts and social media, and is a voice for the neighborhood on issues such as safety, noise, traffic and transportation. We also promote Murray Hill businesses and provide ways for neighborhood business owners to meet and exchange ideas. Our mission is to keep Murray Hill a highly desirable place to live, work and visit.

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Newest Murray Hill Cultural Medallion Dedicated to William Delano and Chester Aldrich

Newest Murray Hill Cultural Medallion Dedicated to William Delano and Chester Aldrich

The Preservation & Design (P&D) Committee of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association  announced that its most recent Cultural Medallion was dedicated in May. This medallion, honoring the life and work of architects William Delano and Chester Aldrich, was installed at 126 East 38th Street, where they had their offices. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center (HLPC) which sponsors the Cultural Medallion Program, presided over the ceremony.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

NYC's Reopening

New York State and NYC reached the goal of a 70% vaccination rate for adults, and the hospitalizations and deaths are low. As a result, most of the covid restrictions have been lifted. It is concerning, that the community rate of infection has been rising for the past few weeks. Federal guidelines are still in effect. For information about specific NY agencies, check with the agency’s website. Learn more at the links below.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) covid webpage cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Federal laws and regulations regarding covid cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cdcresponse/laws-regulations.html

CDC Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) webpage on covid vaccines fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines

CDC Guidance for Travelers cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers

U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Travel Guidance for U.S. Citizens travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information1.html

Federal resources for small businesses that are impacted by covid covid-sb.org.

New York State reopening guidance for businesses forward.ny.gov and governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2021-05/NYS_CDCGuidance_Summary.pdf.  Learn more at forward.ny.gov/active-industry-guidance.

New York State information about reopening, covid rates and zones, vaccination program, covid restrictions and guidance, travel advisory, etc. coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

New York City covid webpage (for individuals and businesses) www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page.

New York State Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative. The Empire State Development page with information about grants, tax credits, and technical assistance programs for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more at  esd.ny.gov/business-pandemic-recovery-initiative.

New York City Department of Health (DOH) covid webpage www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

The NYC Citywide Information Portal with resource guides for businesses and individuals, including COVID-specific resource guides for New Yorkers www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/resources-for-new-yorkers.page and 311 portal.311.nyc.gov.

NYC Small Business Services www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/index.page

More details at the links below

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Your support can ensure the continued beautification of the Park Avenue malls in Murray Hill

Your support can ensure the continued beautification of the Park Avenue malls in Murray Hill

Patrons of Park Avenue maintains and beautifies the malls on Park Avenue. Your donation to POPA ensures the continued annual plantings of spring tulips, summer begonias and fall chrysanthemums, along with weekly maintenance. Support for POPA is an ideal way for Co-Op Boards, Property Management Companies, small businesses and individuals to show your love for Murray Hill. Participation as a Gardener is $500 and up. To become a Gardener, or to sponsor a higher level of support for the malls, please contact Victoria Spagnola, 50 Park Avenue, Apt. 14C, New York, NY 10016 or by email at victoria.spagnola@patronsofparkavenue.org. You can donate online at murrayhillnyc.org/donate. If you donate online, please notify us so that your donation will be properly acknowledged.

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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 has 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. The style of tree guard we support is illustrated in the photo. The Association will contribute 50% of the cost of repairing or replacing a tree guard, up to a maximum of $500 per installation. Any resident wishing to have the Association help out with a project of this type should contact the Green & Clean Committee greenandclean@murrayhillnyc.org.

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More than 50 volunteers signed up for the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign

More than 50 volunteers signed up for the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign

Intrepid Murray Hill residents braved the cold and rain to take part in the December kick-off event for the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign. They heard from Councilmember Keith Powers and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, as well as from speakers from ACE, who talked about additional cleanup they will be doing on the busier commercial avenues. The ACE program provides work for homeless individuals, and their work in Murray Hill is being funded by the City. A big thank-you to the volunteers who signed up to Adopt-a-Block and to those who helped make the kickoff event a success! 

Keep Murray Hill Clean volunteers can take care of their adopted block on their own schedule and can also join in a clean-up event every third Saturday of the month. We are also seeking volunteers who can help with organizing the cleaning events. 

If you would like to adopt a block, please join our Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/KeepMurrayHillClean or email us at greenandclean@murrayhillnyc.org. Donations are welcome at murrayhillnyc.org/donate. The Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign is a program of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Green & Clean Committee. MHNA trustees Stein Berre & Michael-Ann Rowe co-chair the committee, and Michael-Ann is organizing the Keep Murray Hill Clean initiative.

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United States Census Bureau American Community Survey for 2015—2019, 5-Year Narrative Profile for zip code 10016

United States Census Bureau American Community Survey for 2015—2019, 5-Year Narrative Profile for zip code 10016

Take a deep dive into Murray Hill demographics, as presented by the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015-2019 Community Survey. It covers population and household information, population details, employment, income and commuting information, enrollment numbers in schools, housing and vacancies, household computers and broadband, and more.

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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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Call 311 for information about city services or if you want to report an issue

Call 311 for information about city services or if you want to report an issue

Or log the issue on the 311 website www1.nyc.gov/311.

Grafitti, litter, noise, homeless assistance, unsafe traffic, condition of streets or sidewalks, overflowing litter baskets and more can be reported to 311.

Call 311 for information about city services or you can visit the nyc.gov website.

If you see illegal activity or danger to yourself or others, call 911.

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Upcoming Events

Important Election Dates for 2021
Important Election Dates for 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Concert series in Pershing Square Plaza West
Concert series in Pershing Square Plaza West

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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(postponed until 2022) The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival
(postponed until 2022) The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival

Saturday, July 31, 2021
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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The MHNA is seeking new Trustees - Apply by July 31
The MHNA is seeking new Trustees - Apply by July 31

Saturday, July 31, 2021
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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