Turtle Bay Association

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East Midtown Manhattan's Turtle Bay

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We invite you to support the Turtle Bay Association to join hands and hearts with us and become a good neighbor. Now is your chance to share in the reward of living and working in one of New York's most charming neighborhoods.Membership Dues:

  • Individual - $25; Family - $30; Senior - $15; Business $40; Benefactor - $100
  • Pacesetter - $250

You can print out a membership application and mail it in with a check.Your contribution is tax deductible.


What does the Turtle Bay Association do?
  • Maintains a continuing and personal relationship with the local police precint to insure dependable protection for all residents and businesses. The TBA is a charter member of the 17th Precinct Community Council and serves as a conduit of information between the police department and the community.
  • Works with representative of all major municipal services, including fire and sanitation, to maintain maximum performance.
  • Is in close liaison with City planning agencies and  represents the interests of the community on matters of land use and zoning, residential and business development, tenant's rights, traffic and public transportation.
  • Cooperates with other Eastside community organizations such as Sutton Place, Beekman Place, Tudor City and the East Fifties in presenting a unified front and joint solution to common problems.
  • Works with the Turtle Bay Tree Fund, a separately funded  tax-free organization, to beautify the Turtle Bay are by planting and maintaining trees and greenery.
  • Is closely involved with Community Board 6 in carrying out municipal opportunities for neighborhood improvements.
  • Affords legal representation for local grievances and carries a strong voice at City Hall in all matters affecting the community. Has nurtured a working relationship with elected and appointed officials of the city, state and federal governments
  • Maintains an office in Turtle Bay, staffed by friendly volunteers, which can help you address specific issuesor point you in the right direction.
  • Sponsors a general membership meeting each year at which Association officers and directors are elected and past actions are reviewed.
  • Stimulates and furthers public interest in the area through historical site signage and information.
  • Works with other organizations such as the Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and the Friend of Peter Detmold Park to insure that the area has pristine public spaces.
  • Sponsors events and neighborhood get-togethers, such as the Valentine's Day "Love Thy Neighborhood" Party and Oktoberfest, to foster a sense of community.
  • Encourages membership patronage of local business members by making available a window decal and mention in Association communications.
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter which is mailed free to members.
  • Welcomes (indeed, is dependant upon) active participation by members in Association affairs and decisions.
  • Hosts a public information website (www.turtlebay-nyc.org), available 24x7, which provides access to late breaking community news.

What have we done for you lately?

  • We are charter members of the East Side Rezoning Alliance. In 1987, we joined forces with ESRA to successfully spearhead a drive for low-rise rezoning to protect our air and sunlight. More recently, we are working to block plans for an inappropriate high rise on the former Box Tree site. In 1995, we formed the Turtle Bay Business Association to more fully address the concerns of the neighborhood's commercial sector. As an added benefit, your TBA Membership Card now provides discounts at many local businesses. (See our website for a complete list) We continue to work, as a participant in the East Midtown Coalition for Sensible Development, on two issues of critical importance to the neighborhood: opposing the sale of Moses Playground to the United Nations without an equivalent park site being designated in its place, and monitoring ongoing plans for the development of the Con Ed Waterside site. The TBA has joined other neighborhood interests in opposing the MTA's planned utility building on East 50th Street. We have voted to oppose a plan for a light rail system on 42nd Street, a proposal that would add significant vehicular traffic to Turtle Bay streets. TBA is in communication with the owners and management of Dag Hammarskjold Towers at 240 East 47th Street, and the City Department of Buildings, in an effort to have the building's pocket park at 46th Street and Second Avenue reopened to the public. Produced a pocket guide and walking tour of Turtle Bay. Our volunteer Graffiti Patrol periodically works with the Post Office to repaint mail boxes, traffic signs and signal boxes. Sponsored or supported recent neighborhood events, including a private screening of the movie "The Interpreter," the annual Katharine Hepburn Garden Party, Turtle Bay Street Fair, and an art show at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
  • Continues to endorse the process to achieve City landmark status for the East 54th Street Recreation Center, in conjunction with the Sutton Area Community.

 What do we need from you?

  • Time The TBA needs volunteers to help with everything from envelope stuffing to website maintenance. Call the TBA office or email us for a list of current volunteer opportunities.
  • Ideas We need you to give us ideas and constructive criticism. Talk to us so we can better help and represent your interests.
  • Stories Share your Turtle Bay stories. We can always use new topics for our Newsletter.
  • Money The Turtle Bay Association depends upon you membership fees to help fund many of our community activities.

The greater our numbers, the stronger your voice...JOIN US!You can download a membership application and mail it in with a check.Your contribution is tax deductible.

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