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Welcome to Turtle Bay

The Turtle Bay Association now numbers 1,740 member households. More than 400 of these are new to our ranks. This issue was written with those new members in mind. Bob and Claudette Blumenson have contributed an exhaustive article about Turtle Bay's architecture, parks, and celebrities. Terri Heveran has covered some of the activities for our growing population of youngsters. Rennie Weber's article about the Old Print Center /Phyllis Lucas Gallery highlights one of Turtle Bay's most fascinating shops. Below, George Avras has compiled a few of the Turtle Bay Association's vital statistics.

  • Founded: 1957.
  • Area: 43rd to 53rd Streets, Lexington Avenue to the river.
  • Status: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • Awards: Cited in the Congressional Record for working to reclaim the neighborhood's public spaces; Our Town Award; Community Board 6 Award; and a plaque from the Vanderbilt Y for services to the community.
  • Committees: Environment; Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park; Grants; Land Use/Zoning; Membership; Newsletter; Office; Parks; Safety; Special Events; Turtle Bay Business Associates.
  • History: The Turtle Bay Association was originally formed to protest the widening of 49th Street. In 1987 TBA spearheaded the reconstruction of Peter Detmold Park and for 16 years worked toward the refurbishment of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Park, these efforts being fulfilled only last year. TBA is currently opposing the height of the Trump World Tower building between 47th and 48th Streets on First Avenue.
  • Ongoing efforts: Maintaining trees and tree beds on Second Avenue; organizing events for children in MacArthur Playground; fighting graffiti by repainting mailboxes, traffic signs and signal boxes, and offering a merchants discount program for TBA members.
  • Annual events: Volunteers' Party; "Love Thy Neighborhood" Valentine Party; Street Fair; Night Out Against Crime; Annual Meeting; Holiday Toy Collection; plus occasional outings, and Town Hall meetings.
  • Communications: Bulletin Board on east side of Second Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets; Newsletter sent to members, Website at; email address,; phone, 212-751-5465; fax, 212-751-4941.
  • Office location: Vanderbilt YMCA at 224 East 47th Street, Third Floor.


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The Turtle Bay Association is a nonprofit (501c3) community organization.

224 East 47th Street, New York City 10017
(212) 751-5465
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