Murray Hill, Flushing is proudly named after the same Murray family of Manhattan's famed East Side neighborhood. The Murray's were a prominent Quaker family who actively supported the abolition of slavery in New York State. During the 19th century, they owned a vast nursery in Flushing with imported plants and trees from around the world. Some of our streets are named after trees planted by the Murray family.
As a picture of things to come, Murray Hill today has become home to tens of thousands of immigrants from around the world seeking freedom and a better life. MHNA seeks to honor this legacy by helping neighbors, old and new, to reach out to one another through voluntary service. We believe, that in Christ, we can grow good roots together to the benefit of all in our shared community.
Our Community, Our Challenge
When the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association was founded in 1998, we never would have imagined the complete transformation that Flushing would be undergoing 15 years later. Flushing had long been celebrated as a diverse multi-national community with over 130 languages spoken in it. In 1999 MHNA created the Flushing English Language Center to welcome and assist recent immigrants from many nations who spoke little or no English. Today all of our ESL students are from China. >>> continue
Our Community, Our Calling
Flushing is celebrated as a community of many faiths. Churches, temples and mosques, large and small, continue to proliferate during the recent waves of immigration. Among the Christian churches, however, there is little fellowship or recognition with one another. The image they project to the larger public is a divided Christian community in competition with itself. >>> continue
Our Target Area
Murray Hill is a residential section of Flushing, Queens that lies east of downtown Main Street. There are varying geographic definitions of Murray Hill. The map above outlines MHNA’s target area: Parsons Blvd. on the west to Utopia Pkwy on the east; 35th Avenue on the north and to 45th Ave on the south. This area is characterized by an older and mixed housing stock and with more low to moderate income households. This designation also matches more with original boundaries of the Murray family estate.