Murray Hill is a townhouse paradise — of 100 townhouses listed in the area in the 1892 Social Register, 60 are still standing. Yet those single-family Murray Hill homes, many of three and four stories and some renovated with elevators and gyms to match their double Dacor ovens, rub elbows with high-rise condo towers. In Murray Hill, the former business corridors of Madison and Fifth Avenues are being converted into gorgeous new loft-like apartments.
The area of Murray Hill is itself named after the Quaker merchant who built his farm there in the eighteenth century when the area was green countryside — Robert Murray’s land extended from 33rd Street to nearly 39th Street! The area of Kips Bay, which has many dining options and a movie theater, is either to the east of, or the Eastern section of Murray Hill, depending on who you talk to. Kips Bay Towers, two high-rise post-war condos which share a large common garden, is one of the first apartment complexes designed by noted architect I.M. Pei. Cultural attractions abound in Murray Hill; the recently renovated Morgan Library is a historic gem. The original building, showcase to a famous banker’s collection, is a breathtaking, landmark Italian-style mansion. Not to mention Morgan Library’s Murray Hill collection includes Mozart symphonies, Gutenberg bibles, and carved Babylonian seals and amulets.
Fairway in Murray Hill
I love a good grocery store and Murray Hill is now home to one of the best. Fairway, the iconic market from the UWS and Washington Heights, is now in Murray Hill on First Avenue @ 30th Street. 30 different brands of olive oil!
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