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OUR MISSION

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.

Join now and help build the Turtle Bay Community

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Businesses in TBA

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Trees in Turtle Bay!!

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People Living & Working in TBA

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Cups of Coffee TBA Members Drink In a Month

Current News

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Weekly Update: Designating Juneteenth as a National Holiday, Oversight Committee’s Second January 6th Hearing, Coffee with Carolyn on Friday

Dear Friend, Before we get to this week’s update, I want to invite you to this month’s virtual Coffee with Carolyn. I hope to see you tomorrow morning. RSVP here. […]

Community Board 6 Newsletter – June 2021

CB6 Works to Provide More Space for Pedestrians  Since the beginning of the year, the CB6 Transportation Committee has been working on a project to reimagine a congested segment of […]

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 […]

TBA volunteers at the NYPD Graffiti Clean Up Day

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

FOOD SCRAP DROP-OFF FOR COMPOSTING, WEDNESDAYS AT DAG PLAZA

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 […]

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.

Community Board 6 Newsletter – March 2021

March 2021 CB6 Sees the Sale of MSBI’s Campus in Our Community as a Generational Opportunity to Meet Longstanding District Needs Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s (MSBI) planned sale of 1 […]

Grand Central Library Events & News: March 2021

Resources & News: March 2021 Welcome to the Grand Central Library Newsletter, a monthly showcase of recommendations, programs, and services offered by NYPL staff and partners for our community. ATTENTION: While […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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

COVID Alert NY

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Welcome New TBA Business Member

LOUIE’S CHICKEN NYC TEL: 917 675 6033 ORDER ONLINE: LOUIESCHICKENNYC.COM

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

ROUNDUP FROM TURTLE BAY’S ELECTED OFFICIALS

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]