About Us

Our Origins

In the summer of 1991, two couples residing in the neighborhood learned of plans to convert a vacant lot at the corner of 63rd Street and Second Avenue to a parking facility. Alarmed by the prospect of more traffic at one of New York City's busiest intersections, and eager to shape decisions affecting their own backyard, they created a committee to oppose the parking facility.

The committee's success in countering plans for the parking lot sparked the formation of the East Sixties Neighborhood Association (ESNA), a forum for all area residents concerned with quality-of-life issues. Confident that a focused group could indeed make changes for the better, ESNA set about its work. In February 1992, the organization was incorporated and the first general meeting held. Eventually the parking lot became the site of a notable statuary garden.

In 1996, the South York Avenue Neighborhood Association (SYANA) merged with ESNA.

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