Thanks to our Neighbors for a Great Street Festival
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
By: Ashley Petrylak, Chair, Street Festival Committ
On Saturday, June 1 The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association held their 46th Annual Street Festival along Park Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets. The theme of the Festival this year was Come Meet Your Neighbor and our neighbors came out in droves! The weather was picture perfect for strolling along Park Avenue while watching and listening to this year's diverse entertainers. Ori Manea, a Polynesian dance troupe in which one of our trustees, May Fan, performs, The Big Apple Chorus Quartet, Midtown Movement and Dance, guitarist Cory Sky, jazz singer Diane Sweet, and folk singer Mara Levine kept up the energy throughout the day.
In order to better showcase more local Murray Hill businesses, this year we offered Festival sponsorship packages that provided booth space at the Festival along with various benefits such as social media promotion on the MHNA accounts and business memberships. Our sponsors for 2019 were:
Kalvig & Shorter Veterinary Associates
Murray Hill Pediatric Dentistry
Metropolitan Commercial Bank
Gramercy Kids Smiles & Gramercy Orthodontics
NYU Langone Health
The Goddard School
Turtle Bay Music School
7 Park Avenue
Eugene A. Bartow Insurance Agency
The Lovett Company
The Murray Hill Pet Hospital
Catherine Spengel & Thomas Horan
Another new addition to the Festival this year was our Kid’s Book & Clothing Exchange. Jaclyn Greenman-Mommen is a Murray Hill mom who originated the idea of having parents and children drop off gently used toys and clothing while also being able to take home others’ donations for free. It was a hit with everyone and we needed to bring in an extra table to accommodate all of the donations. At the end of the day, Jaclyn arranged for the Administration for Children’s Services, which runs the Children’s Center on 29th Street and 1st Avenue, to pick up any remaining items to help children in their programs. We are looking forward to continuing this program next year!
The Silent Auction table was packed full of local items being auctioned off. This year we had a nice display of some donated original artwork done by Dean Avery of Sniffen Court and the Morgan Library, along with dinners, drinks, and merchandise from Murray Hill artisans and businesses. Thank you to all of the donors and congratulations to all of the high bidders!
The success of the Book Sale, Flea Market, and Bake Sale tables depends completely on the generosity of our Murray Hill neighbors and this year you outdid yourselves! We had a record number of books donated and a plethora of items at the Flea Market that made it easy to find a treasure to take home with you. And who could pass up the homemade treats at the Bake Sale—from chocolate chip banana bread to gooey caramel chocolate chip brownies, there was more than enough to go around.
Our long-running annual Street Festival is one of the events that makes The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association unique and we thank all of our neighbors and local businesses for participating and supporting the MHNA. If you would like to be involved in the planning for next year’s event, please reach out to Ashley Petrylak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Nancy Idaka Sheran