| Neighborhood Walking
Tour Highlights Historic Sites
Just as Turtle Bay residents are starting to yearn for springtime
walks in the neighborhood, the Turtle Bay Association plans to send
each of its members a copy of “A Day in Turtle Bay,” a 30-page
pocket guide featuring 20 area sites organized as an easy-to-follow
Street to be Named ‘Hepburn Place’
The block on which Katharine Hepburn lived for more than 60
years – 49th Street between Second and Third Avenues – will be named
Katharine Hepburn Place. Legislation to make the change, originally
recommended by the Turtle Bay Association, was signed by Mayor
Bloomberg in December. New street signs will be unveiled at a public
ceremony in the coming weeks.
by Walt McGovern
Turtle Bay’s ‘Own’ Rated in 2005 Zagat
A wide sampling of Turtle Bay Association member-restaurants –
from classic New York steakhouses to Italian, Chinese, French and
Mexican eateries – are included in the 2005 Zagat Survey of New York
City Restaurants. The Zagat Survey, now in its 26th year, summarizes
opinions of restaurant-goers and prints many of their exact quotes.
The Newsletter is proud to list the TBA restaurants that are rated
in the new guide, along with some of the surveyors’ verbatim
Annual Meeting Returns to Amster Yard
A touch of nostalgia was in the air when Turtle Bay Association
President Bill Curtis opened TBA’s annual meeting last fall. The
meeting was held at Amster Yard, named for the founder and first
chairman of the TBA, James Amster.
- Arriving in Beekman Style.
- Watch for the ‘Wrap.’
- Patio Café Stays Open in Winter.
- Signs of Spring.
- Leaf Clean-up.
- Date Change for “The Interpreter”.
Volunteers Help the 17th Precinct
There are times when the cliché “win-win” fits a situation just
about right. The 17th Precinct’s Civilian Receptionist Program – in
which neighbors volunteer to help out at the East 51st Street
station house – seems to be one of those. It provides welcome
support for busy officers in the bustling midtown precinct and, at
the same time, is hugely satisfying for the participants.
East 54th Street Recreation Center Reopens
The East 54th Street Recreation Center reopened in December after
a three-year, $6 million “re-do” that returns the historic 1911
building to its original luster – and adds some welcome new touches.
Turtle Bay Celebrates the Holiday Season
The TBA Holiday Toy
Drive and Party, along with a tree-lighting ceremony and Santa’s
visit to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park, topped the list of
neighborhood festivities during December. The Toy Drive was the most
successful in the 18 years the TBA has been sponsoring the event,
says Barbara Connolly, TBA Special Events Chairwoman. Some 150
neighbors and friends attended the party and nearly 1,000 toys and
more than $2,600 were donated.
U.N. Expansion: What Comes Next?
By Bruce A. Silberblatt
needed before the United Nations can move ahead with plans for
office construction on the Moses Playground space is currently in
“limbo,” after State Senate leaders refused to bring the bill to the
Senate floor for a vote. It is uncertain when, or if, the
legislation – originally submitted by State Assemblyman Steve
Sanders – will be resubmitted. Therefore the United Nations
Development Corporation’s takeover of Moses Playground is currently
New ‘Dangerous Dog’ Law Now in Effect
A state law
providing recourse for owners of companion animals attacked by other
dogs went into effect on Dec. 15, 2004. The issue gained community
attention early last fall with news reports of neighborhood pit bull
attacks on other dogs.
EYE on BUSINESS
that help make Turtle Bay a special place to live and work
Simchick Prime Meats & Fresh Poultry
Simchick’s butcher shop is a tiny, unpretentious-looking place –
400 square feet in an 1850s corner building at First Avenue and
52nd Street. But his meats and poultry are served at some very
big, important tables.
Box Tree Closes
long-time Turtle Bay restaurant is gone: the Box Tree at
250-252 East 49th Street. The two brownstones it occupied are
now empty, their windows boarded up. It’s entirely possible that
the developer who acquired them may try to obtain the remaining
properties on the corner of Second Avenue and build a
residential building of 20 stories or so. Such a structure
would abut the existing apartment building on the northwest
corner of Second Avenue and 48th Street, conceivably blocking
its north-facing windows.
Turtle Bay Happenings...
on 49th Street.
As part of its
Flamenco Festival, Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street,
will hold a talk and demonstration of “Classical versus Flamenco
Guitar,” by guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo, Friday, February 11,
at 7 p.m. Free admission. Also in conjunction with the
Festival, a series of lectures and English/Spanish films
throughout February. Free admission. And on Thursday, February
24, 7 p.m., a concert by the musical group Barcino Baroque,
“Early Music of Spain.” Admission: $15 (reservations suggested).
For information, and reservations: 212-308-7720;
at German House.
A piano and
violin concert featuring violinist Oskar Jezior, Thursday,
February 10, 6 p.m., in the German House auditorium at 871
United Nations Plaza, between 48th and 49th Streets. Free
admission. A classical concert, “The Late Romantics,” by the
Mannes College of Music, Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m., in the
auditorium. Free admission. Information: www.germany-info.org/newyork
or 212-610-9719. For security reasons, all attendees must
register in advance. Automated RSVP line is 212-610-9759 or
e-mail consulate-ku@ nyct.net.
“Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture,” exhibit
of painting and sculpture by contemporary Japanese neo-pop
artists, will open April 8 in the Society’s gallery, 333 East
47th Street. Admission: $5; $3 for seniors. Information:
“Young Swedish Voices,” exhibit of the art of three young
Swedish artists, runs January 25-February 25 at the Trygve Lie
Gallery, 317 East 52nd Street. Free admission. Gallery opens at
noon daily. Information: 212-319-0540 91; www.
Jazz at Midday.
Jazz performances every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Saint Peter’s
Church at Lexington Avenue and 54th Street. Admission: $5.
Information: 212-935-2200; www.saintpeters.org.
Council of Jewish Women.
The New York Section periodically offers lectures and films at
its headquarters at 820 Second Avenue, between 43rd and 44th
Streets. Information: 212-687-5030;
Mark Your Calendar
Community Council Open Meeting
Tuesday every month, 6 p.m.
Except July, August, December
Sutton Place Synagogue
225 East 51st Street
Community Board 6
Second Wednesday every month, 7 p.m.
NYU Medical Center
550 First Avenue
(between 30th and 31st Streets)
TBA Valentine Party
February 15, 6-9 p.m.
La Maganette Restaurant
825 Third Avenue at 50th Street
Note: Organizations wishing to list events in the Newsletter
should contact the TBA at 212-751-5465 or e-mail TBAoffice@mindspring.com.
Letters to the Editor
In our continued efforts to reach out to the community and get
to know you better, we are initiating a “Letters to the Editor”
segment. So write to us,
e-mail us, as we want to hear from
you. And, yes, we do welcome your suggestions.
Discount Directory Changes
New TBA Member Discounts
CK Chinese Restaurant
936 Second Avenue
Free glass of wine
Mrs. Georgette Braha
136 East 55th Street
Turtle Bay Newsletter
Editor: Pamela Hanlon
Contributors: Mary Beierle, Leah Gadlow, Marie-Louise
Handal, Terri Heveran, Olga Hoffmann, Bill Huxley,
Millie Margiotta, Patricia Q. McDougald, Bruce Silberblatt
Cartoonist: Walt McGovern
Photography: Vivian Gordon
Turtle Bay Association
President: William E. Curtis
Vice Presidents: Millie Margiotta, Dolores Marsh,
Treasurer: Francine Mohink
Secretary: Barbara Connolly
Directors: Jed Abrams, Ethel Bendove, Meryl
Brodsky, Michael Butler, Ralph Compagnone, Barbara Connolly,
William E. Curtis, Denise Hamilton, Marie-Louise Handal, Olga
Hoffmann, Bill Huxley, Richard Irwin, Millie Margiotta,
Dolores Marsh, Patricia Q. McDougald,
Francine Mohink, Michael Resnick, Carol Rinzler, Jeannie Sakol,
Helen Shapiro, Bruce Silberblatt, Kirk Swanson
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On the east side of Second Avenue, 48-49th Streets,
on outside wall of the supermarket.