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

Monday, April 12, 2021

By: Stein Berre & Michael-Ann Rowe

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

More than 50 intrepid Murray Hill residents braved the cold and rain on Saturday, December 5, 2020,  to take part in the kick-off event for the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign. They  heard from Councilmember Keith Powers and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in a socially safe, tented outdoor space provided by El Rio Grande on their plaza.

A highlight of the campaign is the Adopt-a-Block effort—a commitment of more than 50 of our neighbors to keep our neighborhood litter free. The MHNA provided starter kits that include litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests, bags and masks branded with our new Keep Murray Hill Clean logo. More kits have been given out, as neighbors learn about the program and want to participate. Some parents commented, “This is an excellent way for my kids to get out and take part in community service.”  Others said, “I needed to get off the couch and this was all the motivation I needed!” The spirit of community was there for all to see, as neighbors placed their signatures on the campaign's Murray Hill block map to Adopt a Block and help take care of our neighborhood. 

Speakers from ACE (The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless) talked about additional cleanup they will be doing on the busier commercial avenues as well as on high-trafficked streets. The ACE program provides work for homeless individuals, and their work in Murray Hill is being funded by the City.

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 or contact our committee email Donations are welcome at

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.

We want to extend our thanks to all volunteers who have adopted blocks, donors, El Rio Grande who hosted the event, Lucid Café for providing individually-wrapped homemade cookies, and D’Agostino’s for running a notice on the in-store video screens and placing posters in the windows. And 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; Willow and Adam Padilla for setting up our social media and assisting in creating our campaign logo, along with Olga Jaki.

(Left to right) MHNA Trustee Jon Harari, Councilmember Keith Powers, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, MHNA Trustee and Keep Murray Hill Clean organizer Michael-Ann Rowe.
Lydia Mehida and her family  signed up to Adopt-a-Block.
People who Adopt-a-Block can get masks and other items with The Keep Murray Hill Clean logo.
Updated 4/7/2021.