Enjoy the benefits of full membership, and support our work on behalf of your Turtle Bay.
The Turtle Bay Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All contributions, including membership, are tax deductible.
TBA Membership Benefits
- Help and advice in bringing your concerns to elected officials and the city administration — we know them, and they listen to us
- Special invitations to events throughout the year
- Email alerts about important community issues and events
- The quarterly Turtle Bay News print newsletter, mailed to you directly
- Discounts offered by participating neighborhood Business Members: restaurants, retail stores, services and more
Join Us To Support TBA’s Community Leadership
Most recently, the TBA has been an active voice in monitoring safety issues surrounding high-rise construction in the area, a particular concern in light of a tragic crane collapse on East 51st Street in 2008 that killed seven, including six construction workers, and injured many more. And the organization has worked to assure adequate levels of bus service for the neighborhood, improve the area’s parks and playgrounds, and most recently, has spoken up with its concerns regarding the city’s East Midtown rezoning plans.
In the 1990s, the TBA fought for the reopening of the 48th Street ramp to the FDR Drive, easing traffic on First Avenue. And, in an important move to enhance the neighborhood, it spearheaded the rejuvenation of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and the opening of the Katherine Hepburn Garden.
In the 1980s, the organization was instrumental in the successful effort to limit the building heights in the area by “downzoning” the Beekman Place district and Turtle Bay mid-blocks between First and Third avenues. And it also led the drive to redesign and refurbish Peter Detmold Park.In the 1970s, in what many consider one of the TBA’s greatest achievements, neighbors stopped a huge Long Island Rail Road passenger terminal planned for the northwest corner of 48th Street and Third Avenue. And the group fought to keep helicopter service—noisy and potentially dangerous—from continuing atop the nearby Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building).
In the mid-1960s, the group fought to stop the building of a big municipal parking garage on 48th Street and Second Avenue, and successfully worked to minimize a mammoth expansion of UN and affiliated offices that would have taken over residential areas.