We Hope You Enjoyed the MHNA Street Festival!
Friday, June 8, 2018
Along Park Avenue from 34th to 40th Street, and under mostly clear skies and balmy temperatures, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association sponsored its annual Street Festival on Saturday, June 2nd.
Despite ominous forecasts, the weather was great and not a drop of rain fell on our fair.
The Silent Auction booth was unusually busy this year with a great many items being bid on. There were more items being auctioned off than at any previous Street Festival in recent memory. Congratulations to all the successful bidders!
The Book Table and Flea Market also turned in stellar results, as usual. If you’d like to donate to these functions for next year’s Festival, watch for details arriving in your email and on our social media outlets. And our Bake Table was filled to the brim with delicious homemade sweets, including many that were made with organic ingredients. Thank you to all of our bakers who contributed to the table.
We were most fortunate to have The Snarks make an appearance again this year! This is the gifted group of actors who (in addition to their theatrical productions) portray famous past citizens of Murray Hill. Andy Warhol, British General William Howe, J.P. Morgan, and Mary Murray were among those represented at our Festival this year. Dressed in period costumes, they strolled the streets and engaged many of the attendees with charming tidbits and trivia about their lives. Ayn Rand was especially scintillating with her fierce individualism and philosophy. It was amazing to see all those former celebrities walking the street with us!
John Emmett Connors, an artist from Gallery35 did quick portraits of children. Several of our business and nonprofit members took spaces at the street festival: Center for Applied Judaism, Explore + Discover Early Learning Center, Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services, Hill & Bay, Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates, Knockout Renovation, Metropolitan Commercial Bank, Turtle Bay Music School and others.
Live entertainment was provided by neighborhood groups: The Big Apple Chorus, Midtown Movement and Dance, a children's dance company and Ori Manea, a Polynesian dance troupe in which one of our trustees, May Fan, performs.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Democrat, New York’s 12th District) also stopped by the street festival as well as Suraj Patel, who ran against her in the primary.
As always, we are very grateful to the many, many volunteers who come together every year to make this Festival such an important neighborhood event. So many Murray Hill residents give unselfishly of their time that it is impossible to thank them all individually.
This year, trustee Stein Berre coordinated with the New York City Department of Homeless Services and several of the homeless volunteered to help us during the set-up phase of the Festival. They were enormously helpful and we are truly grateful for their assistance and support in the neighborhood.
We are also very grateful to our street festival sponsors: 7 Park Avenue, Bartow Insurance, Arlo Blocher, Interiors by John Chadwick, NYU Langone Health, The Lovett Company and Victoria Spagnola.
Events like the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association Street Festival emphasize what a great neighborhood we live in!
See you next June!
Photos: (top to bottom) Gallery35 artist John Emmet Connors paints portraits of kids, photo by Michael-Anne Rowe, Flea Market, photo by Enid Klass, The Snarks, photo by Michael-Anne Rowe, Big Apple Choris, photo by Enid Klass, Murray Hill Malls on Park Avenue, photo by Michael-Anne Rowe.