The Turtle Bay Association was formed in 1957 in order to address the growing concerns about development and land use issues in the area of Manhattan known as Turtle Bay. Today, as its purview has broadened, it works to have a voice in surrounding land use issues, so called reasonable development, that can preserve and enhance the unique built and open spaces of Turtle Bay. It works to preserve and enhance quality of life issues that affect both the people who live and work in Turtle Bay. And it works to develop a large and active Membership in order to not only foster a meaningful sense of neighborhood, but create a strong voice in issues that come before city government and our elected officials.

The Association today not only strives to modify conditions that may erode the residential character of Turtle Bay; but tries to expand the experience of living here by acting as a bridge to all the urban resources available in the city, such as from government, civic institutions, businesses, landmarks, and especially the development of our parks and public spaces.

business community meeting

The Turtle Bay Association has long been committed to supporting the business community of Turtle Bay. Along those lines, we have developed, with our Turtle Bay Business Members, a discount program for our TBA membership—with a business member directory and in-store signage that not only helps build sales, but friendly customer loyalty.

community advocacy

For over 60 years, TBA has worked with the City and State, our elected officials, and the Community Boards to lessen the impact of new construction, and other urban projects in the area. We have worked to help establish guidelines regarding zoning, transportation, and public safety; and most importantly we have worked to develop our parks and public spaces.

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CHASE THE FOX has gifts for the Bride and her “I Do” Crew. We offer a variety of wedding, bride and bridesmaid gifts for that special day. We also offer complimentary gift wrapping on all in store purchases as well as gift wrapping services for your special day gift giving needs. TURTLE BAY ASSOCIATION MEMBERS […]

TURTLE BAY FAIR Saturday June 15 10AM – 6PM

Lexington Avenue from 42nd to 51st Streets Rain or Shine • Fun for the Whole Family Stop by & meet your neighbors at the TBA table located on the northwest corner of 46th St. & Lexington Ave. Raffle with prizes from TBA Business Members Arts – Crafts – General Merchandise – International Foods – Entertainment […]



Midtown East Casino Proposal Town Hall

CASINO TOWN HALL Thursday, January 11 at 6PM NYU SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY RSVP: https://bit.ly/midtown-east-casino-town-hall

THE TURTLE BAY ASSOCIATION Cordially Invites You To The 37th Annual “Love Thy Neighborhood Valentine Party”

Monday, February 5, 2024 6 – 9 PM Copinette Restaurant 891 First Avenue (Corner of 50th St) 3 Course Dinner • Door Prizes TBA Members $55 Per Person Non Members $65 Per Person  

The Turtle Bay Association 37th Annual Holiday Toy Party

The Turtle Bay Association 37th Annual Holiday Toy Party Sunday, December 3, 2023 3-5PM Parnell’s Restaurant 350 East 53rd Street (corner with 5th Avenue)

October Fest – Saturday October 21, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Friends of Dag Hammerrskjold Plaza & the Vanderbilt YMCA present… October Fest Saturday October 21 1:00pm – 4:00pm

HEALTH FAIR – October 10-14 2023 – 1:00 pm-7:00 pm NYU Langone -Alumni Hall B

HEALTH FAIR October 10-14 2023 1:00 pm-7:00 pm NYU Langone -Alumni Hall B 550 First Avenue, New York Learn about health and wellness resources available within our community Resources for children and adults of all ages Featuring: Free health screenings Free flu shots Free nutrition demonstrations Dental and health insurance enrollment assistance Giveaways and more

FDNY – Visit Your Neighborhood Firehouse or EMS Station – October 7 and October 8

TAKE A TOUR – Viewdemonstrations – Learnfireandlifesafetytips – Explore FDNY careers …and much more! October 7 and October 8 Sessions are 11am-1pm or 1pm-3pm

Manhattan Community Board 6 October 2023 Newsletter

October 2023 At Long Last, Solar One’s New Environmental Education Center Breaks Ground Photo Credit: New York City Economic Development Corporation On September 13 2023, Manhattan Community Board Six Chair Kyle Athayde joined Former Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, New York City Council Majority Leader Keith Powers, Solar One CEO Stephen Levin, New […]

Manhattan Community Board 6 August 2023 Newsletter

Manhattan Community Board Six Out In Full Force This Summer Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine (in suit and tie) and a third of CB6 members at Sutton Place Parks Conservancy’s Manhattanhenge Celebration. Photo Credit: Mariana Otalora (IG @marianaotalora_photography) and PhotoUno Photography School (IG@photouno) As Community Board meetings across the city wind down during the summer, Manhattan […]

National Night Out Against Crime – Tuesday August 1st, 2023 5pm to 8pm

Community Board 6 July 2023 Newsletter

Bellevue South Park Reopens Ribbon cutting with NYC Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner Anthony Perez, CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde, Former NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez, NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue, Ms. Wheelchair New York 2023 Khalia Hayslett, Deputy Manhattan Borough President Keisha Sutton-James, and others. Photo courtesy of CB6. On Wednesday, June […]


Community Board 6 June 2023 Newsletter

Stuyvesant Cove Park Reopens Left to right: Former CB6 Chair Jane Crotty, Solar One CEO Stephen Levin, City Council Member Keith Powers, NYC DDC Commissioner Tom Foley, City Council Member Carlina Rivera, CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde, NYCEDC Chief Infrastructure Officer Joshua Kraus. Photo courtesy of CB6. As many of our readers know, there have been closures […]

Community Board 6 May 2023 Newsletter

Great News on New York State Assembly Redistricting! Several months ago, the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission (NYS IRC) released a proposed map for the New York State Assembly. In that map, most of our constituents north of East 42nd Street were proposed to be redistricted to a majority-Queens New York State Assembly District. At its […]

Mother’s Day drive

Katharine Hepburn Garden Party

Katharine Hepburn Garden Party Dag Hammarskjold Plaza East 47th Street between 1st & 2nd Aves, Manhattan Sunday, May 21, 2023, 1PM to 3PM Rain Date, May 28, same time GARDEN TOUR: See what’s in bloom and learn about Kate’s favorite plants. SPRING HATS: Wear your favorite Spring hat… Prize for most creative hat! FREE: Cake […]


Session V: “Older Adult Housing: We Need More! How to Advocate for What Is Needed”

Thursday, May 11th 10 am – 11:30 pm New York City’s 65 plus population grew by 36 percent over the last decade, making it even harder to find affordable accessible apartments. This final session of the 2023 Roundtable series will focus on some of the challenges to creating more housing, and how to harness the growing power of […]

Community Board Six April Newsletter

New Set-Out Times for Trash, Recycling, and Compost as of Now The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is changing the usual time for placing trash, recycling and compost out at the curb for collection. The new set-out times (effective April 1, 2023) are designed with the intention of helping to keep city streets clean and reduce food […]

Community Board Six February Newsletter

CB6 Opposes Proposed Change to New York State Assembly District Boundaries As we reported in last month’s newsletter, the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission (NYS IRC) released its proposed map for the New York State Assembly. In that map, most of our constituents north of East 42nd Street are proposed to be redistricted to a majority-Queens […]

Happy Holidays

The Turtle Bay Association wishes our members and neighbors a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


The Turtle Bay Association wishes our members and neighbors a HAPPY HANUKKAH


Join your neighbors as we officially light the Holiday Tree & Menorah. THURSDAY, DEC 15, 5:45 PM Featuring The Manhattan Holiday Carolers. Meet Santa! and enjoy Cookies and Hot Chocolate. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 47th Street Between 1st and 2nd Avenues Manhattan RAIN DATE: DEC 16 A FREE public program presented in cooperation with NYC Parks […]

Community Board Six November Newsletter

New Life Sciences Campus Coming to Manhattan Community District 6 Left image: CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde (left) and Council Member Keith Powers (right) celebrate the announcement of SPARC; Right image: Athayde (left), CB6 Member and Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA) President Susan Steinberg (center), and ST-PCV TA Vice President for External Affairs Anne Greenberg (right) […]



NYPD 17th Pct. Build The Block Meeting

Meet your Neighborhood Coordination Officers & discuss your public safety concerns.
Saturday November 18, 12:00pm
5 Tudor City Place, New York NY
Community Room

It’s My Park Day – Sat. 22 Oct.

Join Your Neighbors and Lend a Hand, It’s My Park Day!
Saturday, Oct. 22,  10 AM to 1 PM, (rain date Sunday, 10/23), Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47th St. between 1st & 2nd Aves.

Community Board Six October Newsletter

News on Proposed City Council Redistricting As we reported in recent newsletters, a preliminary plan for the decennial redrawing of city council districts was released by the New York City Districting Commission. The preliminary plan had several changes in city council district boundaries that affect residents of Manhattan Community District 6, the most notable of them being that the Sutton […]

Important Dates for the November Election

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th! Here are some important dates to keep in mind leading up to Election Day, in order to make sure that you vote:

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Weekly Update: Gun Safety Hearing, Trump Gifts Investigation, Overdose Prevention

Dear Friend, This past week I heard first-hand from those impacted by the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde as they testified before my Oversight Committee. Their stories were heartbreaking, and they want to see real action taken to stop these tragedies from happening. That is why I proudly voted for two separate gun violence […]

Donation Drive for Asylum Seekers

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has forced more than 7,000 asylum seekers onto New York-bound buses in the past weeks. These migrants are arriving in New York with little more than what can fit in a plastic bag. That’s why my office is sponsoring a clothing and toiletry donation drive in partnership with the New York […]

Community Board Six September Newsletter

CB6 Comments on Proposed City Council Redistricting From left to right: Letty Simon (CB6 Member), Chris Collins (Community Activist), and Kyle Athayde (CB6 Chair) As we reported in last month’s newsletter, a preliminary plan for the decennial redrawing of city council districts has been released by the New York City Districting Commission. You can find the proposed drawings […]

COMING to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 6 PM, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (rain date 8/25) the critically acclaimed VOICES OF ASCENSION SINGERS A program of a cappella choral selections exploring themes of nature with choral music from the 14th to 21st century. The Voices of Ascension Singers is a select chamber ensemble drawn from the Voices of […]

Welcome New TBA Business Members

Barnacho 937 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 917-675-6611 barnacho937@gmail.com website Cornerstone Tavern 961 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (212) 888-7403 website Rosa Mexicano 251 East 52nd Street, at 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022 212-753-7407 website Seafire Grill 158 E 48th Street, New York, NY 10017​ 212.935.3785​ website Tudor City Steakhouse 45 Tudor City […]

Tips to Avoid Scams

The 17th Precinct encourages community members to report scams or even questionable inquiries to them, as it may help in preventing these activities.

Sutton Area Community Spring Egg Hunt 2022

Sutton Area Community Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, April 9th – 10:30am–12pm


NYC Restaurant Week is back, and your taste buds are in for a tour. With prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus across all five boroughs, NYC Restaurant Week is the best way to discover New York City cuisine.

Stephen Sondheim, A Neighbor and Friend

The Turtle Bay Association mourns the passing of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, a resident and ardent supporter of the neighborhood of Turtle Bay for more than 60 years.
By Pam Hanlon


Santa, lights, carolers, cookies, hot chocolate and most of all, big smiles! This was the festive holiday scene at DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA, 47th Street & 2nd Avenue on Thursday night, December 16, 2021. The tree lighting event featuring the wonderful MANHATTAN HOLIDAY CAROLERS, serenading throughout the evening with holiday favorites. Lights were shined with free LED safe candles. Sweet […]

Professionals Group Event

The TBA Professionals Group hosted its first event since 2019 on December 15th at Madam Mikette’s, a TBA business member, located on Second Avenue between 52nd and 53rd. Around 15 people comprised of existing members and prospects attended the cash bar get-together that was held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm this past Wednesday. Appetizers, compliments […]


Those who were are unable to drop off a gift and wished to make a contribution, were asked to make checks payable to one of these tax-deductible organizations: Single Parent Resource Center, Vanderbilt YMCA Scholarship Fund, God’s Love We Deliver.

Community Board Six December Newsletter

Happy Holidays From CB6 Regardless of which holiday(s) you celebrate this time of year, CB6 wishes you a happy holiday season. We hope that it is a time of rest, relaxation, and good health, even during these still-unusual pandemic times. There are several opportunities to celebrate the holidays in our district this year, including: Nightly […]

STEPHEN SONDHEIM, March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021

IN LOVING MEMORY THE TURTLE BAY ASSOCIATION MOURNS THE PASSING OF OUR LONG TIME MEMBER, STEPHEN SONDHEIM Our neighborhood has long been a home to New York’s cultural stars, and we were honored to count Stephen Sondheim among them. We welcomed his brilliance and shall always treasure the legacy he left us.

Reopening of the Grand Central Library

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has announced that its Grand Central Branch located at 135 East 46th Street will reopen on Monday, October 18th. The branch, which originally closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, has remained closed since then due to HVAC repairs.

Community Board Six October Newsletter

CB6 and NYU Langone Sponsor Event on Healthy Living in the Community On Wednesday, CB6 and NYU Langone held an event on Healthy Living in the Community.In the first part of the program, Dr. Sabrina Felson, a Primary Care Staff Physician in the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU […]

17th Precinct Build the Block Meeting, August 26th at 5pm

Due to the Sutton Place Synagogue polices, if you are vaccinated please bring your vaccination ID card and bring/wear a mask as well. If you happen to forget your mask, one will be provided for you.

Friends of Dag Plaza Cafe Salon Talks

CAFE SALON TALKS IN DAG PLAZA START JULY 1ST: GETTING TO KNOW YOU TURTLE BAY Starting July 1, a series of Cafe Salon Talks at the Pink Moose Cafe in Hammarskjold Plaza feature neighborhood notables with a pre-paid picnic box of tasty goodies ready for pickup before each show. All food sales are advance order only so the one-hour programs can […]

The Turtle Bay Association had all of its trash cans power washed last Saturday

Many of our neighbors have asked for garbage grabbers. If you are interested in getting one, please send an email to the TBA office. “Adopt-A-Block” and tend to your block any time that’s convenient for you. Keep us informed on what you do. HELP KEEP OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

TBA volunteers at the NYPD Graffiti Clean Up Day

TBA volunteers and other volunteers from the 17th Precinct area Before Working… After!


Bring your food scraps for composting to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, near library box and entrance gate to Katharine Hepburn Garden at 1st Ave end of Plaza

SAC Spring Egg Hunt

Dear SAC members please join us on the 3rd of April for our annual Spring Egg Hunt 2021!!! http://www.suttonareacommunity.org/ SAC SUTTON AREA COMMUNITY 60 Sutton Place South, New York, NY 10022

Spring Cleaning

On both March 17th and 18th, crews were dispatched to 50th and 2nd Avenue to power wash the area and remove the graffiti.

Starting Feb. 26, restaurants can have a dining in capacity of 35%

Starting Friday, February 26, restaurants can have a dining in capacity of 35%. They already can remain open until 11:00PM. Our business members have been loyal to us and now we can be loyal to them. Below is list of our Business Members Restaurants, their hours and your options. Help restore Turtle Bay business! Visit […]

Ben Kallos: New Yorkers 75 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Dear Friend,Governor Cuomo has expanded Covid-19 vaccine eligibility. Beginning today, millions more New Yorkers can begin making appointments to schedule their first dose of the vaccine.  As part of this Phase 1B: any New Yorker 75 and over is eligible to begin taking the vaccine. The expansion also makes the vaccination available to: Teachers, Child Care Workers, College […]

Walgreens: Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination?

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination? Walgreens is following the CDC’s phased distribution schedule to administer the COVID-19 vaccination. Phase 1a Healthcare workers Residents of long-term care facilities Select populations based on varied state guidelines* Phase 1b Persons age 75+ Essential frontline workers (identified by the CDC) Phase 1c Persons ages 65-74 Persons ages […]

COVID Rent Relief Extension Program

There is a new application period now open for the New York State COVID Rent Relief Extension Program. The program, whose application period opened December 18th and will run through February 1st, will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy sent directly to your household’s landlord.Please note that if you previously applied for COVID Rent […]

Council Member Keith Powers Survey

Council Member Keith Powers wants to hear from everyone in the 4th District. Tell him what your priorities are, what matters to you and if there’s a specific local issue or problem that you would like him to address. The survey can be completed Online at: www.keithpowers.nyc/survey

Temporary Art Installations at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza

From CB6 December 2020 Newsletter: Last Fall, the Parks Department presented to the CB6 Parks, Landmarks, & Cultural Affairs Committee on a forthcoming temporary art installation, The Peace Gorilla, sculpted by Noa Bornstein, coming to Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza. CB6 is proud to announce that the life-size bronze sculpture is now installed! It will be on display until […]

Spotlight On TBA Business Member: Château 49 French Cuisine and Wine Bar

Château 49 – French Restaurant & Bar À Vin 924 Second Ave (Corner of 49th Street) 917-261-6022 Open 7 Days a Week Monday – Friday : 12pm to 10pm Saturday & Sunday : 11:30am to 10pm Daily Happy Hour 12-7pm $7 Select Wines $5 All Beers $9 Aperol Spritz Open for Thanksgiving 12pm to 9pm […]

The Buchanan

by Carol Ann Rinzler New York has thousands of apartment buildings.  Some, like the multiple Trumps, are famous.  Others hide in plain sight like the historic Buchanan, whose classic structure from 47th to 48th Street on Third Avenue masks a block-long interior courtyard and a secure place in New York real estate and cultural  history.  […]

Manhattan Espresso Cafe: Autumn Coffee Season In NYC!

Warm up from the Autumn chill and choose from our seasonal drinks including: Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Apple Pie Cafe Latte, Salted Caramel Cappuccino, Amaretto Nitro Cold Brew and our signature Cafe Mocha with real Belgian Chocolate! Pumpkin Spice Coffee Belgian Chocolate Cafe Mocha Salted Caramel Cappuccino Amaretto Nitro Cold Brew Manhattan Espresso Café is a charming, modern little cafe nestled among […]

TBA Welcomes New Business Member FYAHBUN CREATIVE

325 East 48th Street New York, NY 10017 Tel: 347 816 4946 fyahbuncreative@gmail.com fyahbuncreative.com Follow us on Instagram @FYAHBUNCREATIVE 10% DISCOUNT FOR TBA MEMBERS


At the Turtle Bay Association we are continuing to provide relevant information to all residents. New York State is requesting that every person 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey participate in the newly-launched mobile contact tracing app, COVID Alert NY. This is a state-wide effort to […]

Spotlight On TBA Business Member: Café La Cerra Gourmet Brick Oven Pizza

by Michael Zullo Cafe La Cerra, opened this January by Chef Rino La Cerra originally from Salerno, Italy, where the beautiful Amalfi coast along the southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula lies. After Chef Rino worked in the restaurant business in Italy for 11 years he moved to the U.S. and has been in the […]

A Bridge From Queens to Manhattan, But No Cars Allowed

Excerpt from a NY Times Article by Winnie Hu A group of transportation experts want to build a new bridge in New York City to accommodate a surge in cycling. New York City has taken street space away from cars for dozens of pedestrian plazas and for hundreds of miles of bike lanes that make […]

TBA President’s Letter

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, TBA was planning our annual meeting and election of Directors, our annual Holiday Party/Toy Drive and even the annual Valentine Party. At this time, we are in the middle of a pandemic and are facing major racial and economic issues. During these past months, […]

Remembering Bill Huxley

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Bill Huxley, a Turtle Bay Association Director and long-time President of the Turtle Bay Tree Fund. His work in planting daffodils and begonias in more than 200 tree beds throughout Turtle Bay every year has made a vast contribution to the quality of life in […]

Support Your Turtle Bay Neighborhood Business Members

by Michael Zullo The circumstances of our current reality in dealing with COVID-19 has been hard on everyone, including our local business community, making our Turtle Bay business members’ survival of utmost importance. It is sad to walk throughout our neighborhood on 1st – 2nd – 3rd – Lexington Avenues and the side streets from […]

17th Precinct Changes

Welcome Captain Aaron Edwards, who comes to the 17th from the 7th Precinct, where he served as executive officer. Former Captain Conor Wynne is going to Highway, where he will be the new executive officer. We wish him well and thank him for his service to the 17th Precinct. Captain Fisher, the 17th’s current executive […]

Young Professionals Happy Hour

The Turtle Bay Association joined the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association in a successful “Young Professionals” event held on September 16th. Delicious appetizers were donated by Chateau 49. We will keep you posted on future events.

Welcome New Member: Alicia Cruz, Yoga Instructor

Yoga at Peter Detmold Park Peter Detmold Park is located between 51st Street and 49th Street and the FDR. 20% discount for Turtle Bay members, see below. Weekly schedule: Tuesdays 9am Vinyasa Flow, vigorous flow that will help clear your mind, and helps strengthen your body, a great workout for mind and body. Thursdays 8am […]

Welcome New TBA Business Member


Madison Jewelers Now Open

TBA’s Response to Vanderbilt YMCA Housing 220 Homeless

August 7, 2020 The Turtle Bay Association is forwarding to our Turtle Bay neighbors the Vanderbilt Y’s notice to its Members (below), in which it outlines their current situation regarding its economic position, and the impact of its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we felt we needed to bring to your attention […]

Free Meals for All New Yorkers – from the New York City Department of Education

Notification issued 04-07-2020 at 10:20 AM. Free Meals The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am […]

Donating Clothing

Donating clothing and other new or gently-used textile items can be as easy as a walk in the park. The Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket offers the option of dropping off items for donation to Wearable Collections, in partnership with recycle@grownyc.org, including: clean clothing; paired shoes; linens; handbags and belts. Under the banner Clothing Is Not […]

Land Use/Zoning

Activity at two properties on Second Avenue have caught the eye of Turtle Bay residents. At 940 Second Avenue on the corner of East 50th Street: scaffolding has been erected at this site of a former green grocer, a long-time neighborhood staple. The property, vacant since last February, is undergoing repair for a cracked facade, […]

TBA 33rd Annual Holiday Party And Toy Drive

On Sunday December 1, 2019, from 3:00-5:30pm, the Turtle Bay Association held its 33rd Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive at Parnell’s Restaurant. The guests at this very well attended party were served delicious hors d’oeuvres compliments of the Turtle Bay Association. The price of admission was donations of toys, games, hats, gloves, etc. All […]

TBA Annual Meeting

The Turtle Bay Association held its annual meeting on November 11, 2019, 6:30pm in the conference room at the Vanderbilt YMCA. Bill Curtis, President welcomed the members attending. The agenda included the election of officers and directors, the Treasurer’s report and a report from all committee chairs. Keith Powers, Council Member from District 4 and […]

Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 20th Anniversary

An elegant celebration was held at Japan Society on December 4, 2019 to mark the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Many members from the NYC Parks Department attended the celebration. Ben Kallos, Council Member and Sara Newman from Council Member Keith Powers office presented Sherrill Kazan, President of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold […]

Spotlight On TBA Business Member: Jubilee 1st Avenue Restaurant

by Michael Zullo The Jubilee 1st Avenue Restaurant, opened in 2012 by Master Chef and Academie Culinarie of France Luc Holié and his wife IIda Araujo, co-owners. IIda is from Portugal, raised in France, and worked in the restaurant business in Paris before she met Luc in NYC in 1998. Master Chef Luc learned his […]

Be a Census Taker

NYS Senator Liz Krueger – Medicare Survey

Dear Neighbors, If you have Medicare health insurance – either original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan – I am interested in hearing what your experience has been finding medical providers that accept your insurance. Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey and let me know what you have experienced when […]

The Turtle Bay Tree Fund

The Turtle Bay Tree Fund is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to enhance the Turtle Bay neighborhood with seasonal plantings and to maintain the trees, flower beds and enclosures with a program of pruning, watering, litter-removal, and replacement on a regularly scheduled basis. The Tree Fund is one of the largest of this type of neighborhood organizations […]

The “Little Free Library” in Dag Hammarskjold Park

by Judith Randall Still in the mood for a good beach read, albeit from the comfort of your couch? Haven’t gotten around to reading best-sellers that generated lots of buzz, like “Educated” or “Fleishman is in Trouble”? Then check out “The Little Free Library” in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, where new releases and old favorites are […]

Spotlight On TBA Business Member: Manhattan Espresso Cafe

by Michael Zullo The Manhattan Espresso Cafe, opened in September 1993 by its owner Brad Bonnewell, a former Lintas Worldwide advertising agency account executive whose office resided in the Turtle Bay neighborhood at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. After researching the famous grand cafes and cuisine in Torino, Milano, Rome, Naples and Florence, Brad completed training […]

Remembering Colleen Curtis

It is with sadness that the Turtle Bay Association reflects on the passing of Colleen Curtis, the wife of 54 years of TBA President, Bill Curtis. She was a great supporter of the Turtle Bay neighborhood, and her work in that regard will be sorely missed. She began her career as a stewardess on TWA […]

Night Out Against Crime

First Half of 2019 Sets New Record-Low for Index Crime in the CompStat Era

July 8, 2019 City Achieves Historic Reduction in Murder as Crime Falls in Every Major Category The NYPD announced today that year-to-date index crime is down by almost 2,500 complaints, or -5.4%, a new record-breaking low for any first half of any year in the CompStat Era. Murders in the city also fell to a […]


With the State Legislature on hiatus until autumn, lawmakers state Sen. Liz Kruger (D) and Assembly Member Dan Quart (D) reported on accomplishments in the past legislative session to constituents in community bulletin updates. City Councilmember Keith Powers (D) also shared Council news with Turtle Bay residents. Among the highlights: Sen. Kruger noted passage of […]

Latest News on Turtle Bay’s Parks

by Marie-Louise Handal Peter Detmold Park Certified as Wildlife Habitat Thanks to the efforts of a local Girl Scouts troop working in cooperation with the Turtle Bay Association Parks Committee, Peter Detmold Park has qualified to be officially designated as a Wildlife Habitat. Under the leadership of Troup Leader Joanna Stanberry, the members of Troop […]

SPOTLIGHT ON TBA BUSINESS MEMBER Chateau 49 Wine Bar & Restaurant

by Michael Zullo The Chateau 49 Wine Bar & Restaurant opened on July 23, 2018 by Florianne and Rocco, co-owners. They have worked in our Turtle Bay neighborhood for the past 7 years in the restaurant business since arriving from Europe 10 years ago.  They bring their experience to this 49th Street corner French bistro […]

Land Use Matters Do Matter – An Update

When the Turtle Bay Association (TBA) was founded in 1957, it was created in response to the growing need to protect the residential neighborhood from the surging development pressures associated with the City’s Central Business District just to the West. Today, more than 60 years later we still find ourselves in that same role—working to […]

New TBA Newsletter for July

You can view the newsletter in the Newsletter section of this website: https://turtlebay-nyc.org/newsletter/

Katharine Hepburn Garden Party 2019

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Welcome to New Business Members!

CLINTON HALL 230 East 51st Street 212 758 8519 jl@theluregroup.com clintonhallny.com LA PECORA BIANCA 950 Second Avenue 212 899 9996 lapecorabianca.com info@lapecorabianca.com CONSULT PODIATRY 400 East 54th Street 646 618 6350 consultpodiatry.com info@consultpodiatry.com 10% Off Custom Foot Orthotics COSMIN BITA/ DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 301 East 45th Street – 18D 917 602 5754 Cosmin.bita@elliman.com elliman.com/real-estate-agent/cosmin-bita/21836 Complimentary Home […]

2019 Love Thy Neighborhood Valentine Party

On February 12, 2019, the Turtle Bay Association celebrated its 35th Annual “Love Thy Neighborhood” Valentine Party at Angeletto Restaurant, located at 890 Second Avenue. Our neighbors dined on salmon, chicken, pasta and grilled vegetable, prepared by Angeletto’s wonderful chef David. Our guests included Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and Det. Jeff Arlotta from the […]

TBA Annual Meeting Updates Members on Activities and Issues

The 2018 Annual Meeting on October 23, at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, presented TBA members with important information on the past year’s events and activities, and key current issues. TBA President William E. Curtis welcomed attendees, followed by the election of Officers for 2019, and Directors of the Class of 2020. The chairs of the […]

Oktoberfest – A True Community Day Out

This year’s Oktoberfest, in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, was a hive of activity as happy children decorated pumpkins, had their faces painted, and played tennis for the first time. Parents proudly watched, helped and took pictures. Other neighbors relaxed with brats and brews from Dag’s Patio Cafe, purchased raffles for prizes generously donated by local business […]

Norwegian Seamen’s Church: A Place Like Home for Norwegians in NYC

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS by Michael Zullo The Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York City began in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in 1984. It merged two townhouses and relocated to its present site in Turtle Bay, on East 52nd Street, in 1992. Senior Pastor Oyvnd Kvarstein tells of how neighbors believed the church would be a haven […]

Da Raffaele

Take a table at this casual restaurant, or order out, and you’ll be treated to the cuisine of southern Italy prepared to the highest standards. Chef Raffaele Esposito has been serving up his native Neapolitan specialties for more than 20 years in the neighborhood and he’s always there to greet you. The menu presents a […]

Turtle Bay Chemists

When you shop at at this highly-rated drugstore – 37 years in the neighborhood – you understand why it competes successfully with the big chains. Pharmacist and owner Steve Corvi, Sr. (above) and his staff recognize and welcome you, and the store offers: Prescriptions on the spot, with E-script processing No lines to wait on […]

17th Precinct Rolls Out Neighborhood Policing

The NYPD has introduced a new crime fighting strategy based on more active cooperation and communication with community residents. Officers from the 17th Precinct announced the rollout of Neighborhood Policing, at a Build the Block meeting, on July 19, where officers met and talked personally with people who live within the precinct. The 17th Precinct […]

Sutton Area Awaits Word on Plans for Overhead Walkway at 54th and York

Despite eight months of protest from community residents, the New York Economic Development Corp. has not agreed to change its plans for an elevated walkway that would block the sky over Clara Coffee Park, at Sutton Place South and East 54th Street. Sutton Area Community is appealing to elected officials and will continue to monitor […]

ERFA Prepares to Appeal Sutton Area Megatower Decision

The Board of Standards and Appeals, on July 12, agreed to exempt the design of 430 East 58th Street from the height limits imposed by new zoning laws passed prior to construction of the building’s foundation. Further work at the site is on hold until the BSA issues its written decision. Meanwhile, the East River […]

Painting Hangout

You name, we frame. You pick and you paint. by Michael Zullo Looking for an alternative night or day out in Manhattan? Or a unique party for kids? Join the Painting Party. Bring your own wine, pick up a paintbrush, and let the creativity flow as you create your own masterpiece on canvas. All materials […]

East Side Animal Hospital: Seventy Years of Pet Care in Turtle Bay

By Phyllis Gitomer If your pet iguana is under the weather, the East Side Animal Hospital has you covered. The same goes for your ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, rat, mouse, bird, python, and, most usually, dog or cat. Located in a brownstone on 52nd Street between First and Second avenues, East Side Animal Hospital’s door […]

TBA Supports ERFA in Fight to Stop Mega-Tower on East 58th Street

Image from ERFA website. By Lee Frankel The fate of the mega-tower currently being built at 430 East 58th Street is unclear. The story presents a tangled web of issues that typify community opposition to Big Real Estate, with the involvement of the city’s bureaucracy. The moral: prepare for a long, hard fight, expect the […]

TBA Protests Design of Pedestrian Walkway at East 54th Street, Part of Plans for East River Esplanade

The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway embraces the island in an almost continuous path that runs from West 118th Street in Inwood, south along the Hudson, around the Battery, and north along the East River. The Greenway affords New Yorkers the pleasures of water views while walking, jogging, biking or just relaxing. A gap in the Greenway […]

Ms. Hepburn of Turtle Bay

This classic Turtle Bay News article was first published in the Fall 1992 issue. Photo: Wikimedia By Patricia Q. McDougald Having seen her on stage and, I believe, in all her motion pictures—a number of them many times—and having read books and countless articles about her, I could not avoid having preconceptions of my first […]

Tax Help at Grand Central Library

Free Income Tax Preparation at NYPL’s Grand Central Library 135 E 46th St., between Lexington & 3rd Aves, 2nd floor, Teen Central Every Saturday Feb. 3rd through Apr. 14th Come early! Doors open at 10 am. AARP Tax-AIDE closes at 2 pm. [Download flier PDF]

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings from the Board of Directors of the Turtle Bay Association!

TBA Parks Committee Report

By Marie-Louise Handal Chairperson of the TBA Parks Committee November 11, 2017 MacArthur Park MacArthur Park is a gated playground located in Turtle Bay, at East 49th Street and the FDR Drive, east of 860-870 United Nations Plaza. This very special public space has become an integral and even intimate part of the lives of […]

Greenacre Park Fights for Light Against Current Version of East Side Rezoning Plan

The Greenacre Foundation has mobilized the “Fight for Light” on behalf of Greenacre Park to preserve the park’s sunlight. The goal is to prevent the onset of shadows that would darken the space in the afternoon if development of several taller buildings is permitted, to the south, through adoption of the proposed Midtown East Side […]

Dan Garodnick is Leaving Office. What Next?

As term limits decree, Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick will soon leave office. Having had his support over the course of three terms, the Turtle Bay Association’s board and the residents of Turtle Bay are sorry to see him go and wonder about his future plans. Dan’s leadership has helped steer actions and decisions affecting many […]

City Council Passes Midtown East Rezoning

On August 8, the City Council passed the Midtown East Rezoning intended to promote commercial development in the 78-block area stretching north-south from 57th to 39th streets and east-west from Third to Madison avenues. Councilman Dan Garodnick was the main sponsor of the bill. Midtown East is critical to the city’s economy. It produces 10 […]

Turtle Bay Association, at 60 Years Old, Will Celebrate Its Achievements

Some 60 years ago this fall, a small group of East 49th Street residents got together at Amster Yard, located between Second and Third avenues, to strategize on how they could scuttle a city plan they deemed harmful to the neighborhood. They gave themselves a name – the East 49th Street Association – and after […]