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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources Page

NYC's Reopening

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

IMPORTANT: There is still no cure for COVID-19, and the distribution of vaccines will take months. Please be patient.

The vaccine 

Two vaccines have been approved and are being distributed. More are in the pipeline. The Federal government controls the supply of the vaccine. States and local government control the distribution. There is not a large enough supply of vaccines for everyone who wants them, so they will be prioritized according to risk and vulnerability. New York State will follow CDC guidelines for prioritizing vaccine distribution.

Check your eligibility at covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

Learn more about vaccine distribution covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine

Phase 1A covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine#phase-1a

Distribution of vaccines will initially be prioritized for front-line health care workers and people who work and live in senior residences. In NYC, neighborhoods that have been hit the hardest with the pandemic will also be a priority.

Phase 1B Includes teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, and people 65-and-older. 

Ensuring a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine forward.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-distribution.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • wear face coverings when in public
  • maintain distance (6' between people in different households)
  • keep hands clean
  • stay home if sick

All New Yorkers can get tested for covid-19. 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.

New York City is in Phase 4 of the coronavirus reopening, but many businesses are on temporary PAUSE due to rising rate of infections.

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 + Hospitals operates 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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More than 50 volunteers sign up for the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign

More than 50 volunteers sign 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! Thanks also to El Rio Grande for hosting this event and to our donors!  Special thanks to Bernard Weil for creating art work for the campaign, our block map and the stands for our banner; Ash Fox Photography for taking pictures at the event; D’Agostino’s for running a notice on the in-store video screens and placing posters in the windows; Lucid Café for providing homemade cookies, individually wrapped! And special thanks also to Willow and Adam Padilla for setting up our social media and assisting in creating our campaign logo, along with Olga Jaki. If you would like to adopt a block, please sign up online at forms.gle/XuNAHMRKAZ861n5KA to receive the starter kit. Join our Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/KeepMurrayHillClean. Donate to the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign at murrayhillnyc.org/donate. The Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign is a program of The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Green & Clean Committee. To contact our committee email greenandclean@murrayhillnyc.org

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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. All sponsors will be listed in MHNA publications for an entire year. To become a sponsor please contact Victoria Spagnola, 50 Park Avenue, Apt. 14C, New York, NY 10016 or donate at www.murrayhillnyc.org/donate.

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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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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, 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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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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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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Upcoming Events

Gallery35’s new virtual exhibit: Under Southwest Skies—a solo show in two parts (through February)
Gallery35’s new virtual exhibit: Under Southwest Skies—a solo show in two parts (through February)

Friday, January 1, 2021
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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Love Your Neighborhood Day + Keep Murray Hill Clean
Love Your Neighborhood Day + Keep Murray Hill Clean

Sunday, February 14, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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