Thy Neighbor? I Don't Even Know Him!
BY NANCY HARRIS
Could that be your line? With each passing year it seems to become
easier to lose that "neighborhood feeling" in our city;
harder to make the human connections that allow us to tolerate and
navigate the more difficult and trying aspects of being a New Yorker.
A disaster like 9/11 can bring us much closer together, but when
life returns to normal other priorities in our busy lives can easily
take precedence over community involvement. Luckily, the Turtle
Bay Association has an idea to help you maintain the good feeling
that comes from being part of a real neighborhood whose residents
look after each other year round and provide special support when
times are tough.
On February 11 we held our 18th Annual "Love Thy Neighborhood
Valentine's Party." at San Martin restaurant, located at 143
East 49th Street. Delicious Spanish specialty dishes, balloons and
strolling mariachis were plentiful in the cozy downstairs portion
of this midtown favorite.
TBA's only true "social" event, it came into being almost
two decades ago for two reasons. One was simply a way to help Turtle
Bay residents become better acquainted with each other through sharing
a good meal in a comfortable setting. But more importantly, it was
hoped that neighbors would also exchange information and views about
events, problems, needs and plans for the neighborhood for the coming
year. Once they became more aware of, and encouraged by, their mutual
interests and problems, they would see the benefits of working with
each other and with the TBA to solve the problems and maintain the
high quality of living enjoyed in Turtle Bay. Local elected officials,
as well as police, fire and sanitation department representatives
also come stop by the event. Just the name behind the party - Love
Thy Neighborhood - can start people thinking about where they might
like to lend a hand, or where they might go to ask for help when
they need it.
However, don't think you have to wait until Valentine's Day 2003
to join in the fun. TBA can't wait that long: It looks out for our
interests 365 days a year, and has done so for the past 45 years.
Your talents might be in zoning, parks, photography, the environment,
event planning or any one of a host of other areas. Wherever they
lie, rest assured TBA can put them to good use. Give us a call and
become a part of history. Your neighborhood will love you for it!
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Turtle Bay Association is a nonprofit (501c3) community
224 East 47th Street, New York City 10017
Fax (212) 751-4941