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We need your help to keep the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue beautiful!

We need your help to keep the Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue beautiful!

The spring tulips, summer begonias and fall chrysanthemums don’t plant themselves. Patrons of Park Avenue maintains and plants the flowers and trees in the malls on Park Avenue from 34th to 39th street. POPA is funded solely by community-minded individuals and businesses.

We need your help! For as little as $500 you can sponsor weekly cleaning and your tax deductible donation will be listed in all Murray Hill publications.

Please contact Victoria Spagnola (Victoria.Spagnola@patronsofparkavenue.org) if you have questions.

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Also please notify us by email when you contribute so that your gift can be properly acknowledged.

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Murray Hill Businesses Came Together for the Spring B2B Networking Event

Murray Hill Businesses Came Together for the Spring B2B Networking Event

The rainy evening on Thursday, May 30th didn’t daunt Murray Hill businesses, who gathered in the beautiful (and tented) back garden at Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates for the Spring B2B networking event. These networking events always provide an opportunity for everyone to share their 'elevator pitch' and tell the others about their business, and the room was filled with lots of ideas on how to cross market business efforts.

This event would not have been possible without our generous host and co-sponsor Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates. Refreshments were courtesy of Tastes BrandsThe Fishionista ®, House of Wine and Liquor and Al Pastor, The Pod Hotel. We thank them!

The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Business Networking Committee offers interesting and unique opportunities for businesses to network and socialize. For further information contact co-chairs Lilli Seidman Davis (lillianseidman@yahoo.com) and Michael-Ann Rowe (michaelannrowe@gmail.com). Stay tuned for our next event!

Photo by Adrienne Gurman/Buzz Generation 

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Join Us at the MHNA Street Festival on June 1!

Join Us at the MHNA Street Festival on June 1!

This year, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 11am to 6pm, on the west side of Park Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets. Live entertainment from a variety of performers will begin at noon and continue until the Festival ends. This will be the 46th annual MHNA Street Festival and we will be celebrating with a Come Meet Your Neighbor theme!

The MHNA Street Festival has certainly grown over the years – it used to be held as a block party on 35th Street between Lexington and Madison Avenues – but you can still count on it for fantastic entertainment, opportunities to learn about our neighborhood, unique purchases from local vendors, and many chances to win some quality prizes!

Be sure to give yourself time to explore the MHNA-sponsored tables between 35th and 36th Streets that give our Festival a distinctive flavor. At our popular Book Sale, you can browse through hundreds of new and gently used books. We welcome book donations from our neighbors and will be sending information about donations and pickups in future mailings. Our Silent Auction is unmatched! Last year we had over 60 items ranging from brunch at Dock’s Oyster Bar, to a private whiskey tasting at Fine and Rare, to haircuts at Magnifique Salon, and everything in between. At the Bake Table, you will find yummy baked goods created by your very own Murray Hill volunteer bakers—you will definitely want to indulge. While you’re at the Festival, don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket at the 50/50 Drawing—the winner gets half of what we collect and the rest goes to supporting MHNA’s annual programs.

The Preservation & Design Committee will introduce you to Murray Hill neighbors of the past through performances by The Snarks, a group of accomplished local theater performers. Last year’s lineup included Andy Warhol, J.P. Morgan, British General William Howe, and of course Mary Murray! After you meet these past residents of Murray Hill, you can take a guided walking tour of Historic Murray Hill to see where these folks lived and worked. Tours will be offered throughout the day.

We encourage you to come to the Festival to visit with members of the various MHNA committees. They can speak with you about various quality of life issues in our neighborhood such as the Infrastructure Upgrade project along Second and Third Avenues, traffic issues, and pedestrian safety, and they can suggest ways to get more involved. Representatives from the Membership Committee will be in attendance to speak with anyone who wishes to join the Association, so bring some friends who are not members and we will be happy to sign them up!

This year we are making a special effort to promote Murray Hill businesses that participate in the Festival. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please let us know by contacting info@murrayhill.org Your sponsorship package can include a table at the Festival, as well as special acknowledgements on the MHNA social media channels, in email blasts, and through an article in the MHNA newsletter to be published and distributed after the fair. This is an excellent way to advertise your business not only to your Murray Hill neighbors, but to visitors from all over the city.

We welcome all volunteers! If you would like to get more involved with the Festival (either day of or preparation for), please email Ashley Petrylak at info@murrayhillnyc.org or leave a message at 212-886-5867. We would love to work with you!

We hope to see you there! Please stop by the MHNA tables and say hello.

Platinum Sponsors

Murray Hill Pediatric Dentistry
Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates

Gold Sponsors

Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Silver Sponsors

Bideawee
The Goddard School
Gramercy Kids Smiles and Gramercy Orthodontics
NYU Langone Health
Turtle Bay Music School
wagamama

Bronze Sponsors

7 Park Avenue
Eugene A. Bartow Insurance Agency, Inc.
Catherine A. Spengel and Thomas C. Horan
Murray Hill Pet Hospital
The Lovett Company

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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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Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

Tom Miller Talks About Famous Residents on East 36th Street

The Makor Center for Spiritual Judaism was the setting for a lively and informative talk and slide show by blogger and author Tom Miller. This event, held on Saturday April 6th, drew a full crowd, eager to absorb Tom’s encyclopedic knowledge about a group of prominent people who once lived in Murray Hill. The talk focused on the rich history of a group of people and buildings on one block in Murray Hill—East 36th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue. This block was once home to a number of distinguished political, business and military figures, including Admirals Benjamin Franklin Isherwood and Daniel G. Farragut of “Damn the Torpedoes” fame. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt moved to this block after their marriage, calling their townhouse at 125 East 36th Street their “14 foot mansion.”

Photo of Tom Miller by Nancy Idaka Sheran.

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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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The MHNA’s Annual Meeting covered issues, projects and programs

The MHNA’s Annual Meeting covered issues, projects and programs

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. 

Guest speakers included Marilyn Noa, NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officer for the 17th Precinct Sector A, David Frank, Chief Engineer for the Infrastructure Replacement Project on 2nd Avenue and surrounding areas and our new City Council Members Keith Powers (District 4) and Carlina Rivera (District 2). Community and volunteer awards were given to Terry Katz, Executive Director of the Society of Jewish Science/Center for Applied Judaism, Enid Klass, MHNA Honorary Trustee and Marisa Bulzone, past trustee. The committee chairs spoke also spoke about MHNA programs. Break-out sessions were a chance for you to speak with committee chairs.

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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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

Summer Solstice Music Festival
Summer Solstice Music Festival

Friday, June 21, 2019
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill
Walking Tour of Historic Murray Hill

Sunday, June 30, 2019
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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Coffee Talks: The New Faces of Tech: Data Privacy and Ethics in Design
Coffee Talks: The New Faces of Tech: Data Privacy and Ethics in Design

Saturday, July 6, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Film screening 'Disobedience' and discussion
Film screening 'Disobedience' and discussion

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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