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

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

By: Stein Berre & Michael-Ann Rowe

More than 50 volunteers sign 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.

We want to extend our thanks to all volunteers and donors, to El Rio Grande who hosted the event, and to MHNA trustee and organizer, Michael-Ann Rowe who made this all happen.

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.

For those who were not able to attend our event and would like to join the Keep Murray Hill Clean effort, there are still blocks needing adoption. If interested, please sign up online at so that we can provide you with a free starter clean-up kit. Join our Facebook Group at Donate to the Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign at The Keep Murray Hill Clean campaign is a program of the Green & Clean Committee. To contact our committee email

Stein Berre & Michael-Ann Rowe are Chair and Co-Chair of the Green and Clean Committee.

(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.








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