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Murray Hill

Murray Hill
Living in Murray Hill

Bordered by the iconic Grand Central to the north and Empire State Building to the west, Murray Hill is a neighborhood that can offer both the beauty of a quiet residential area within walking distance of work and a vibrant midtown community with great bars and restaurants.

In recent years this Eastside area has attracted families with young children as well as college graduates looking for a place to hang out with friends and accommodates both with ease.

The 4 and 6 subway lines run through the neighborhood, and its proximity to both Grand Central and Penn Station means you are connected quickly to anywhere in the city and beyond.

Murray Hill Real Estate


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Whether you are looking for Murray Hill Apartments to buy or Murray Hill Rentals, there will be something to suit your particular taste.

West of 3rd street, the neighborhood is home to many vintage brownstones and row houses built in the 19th century when JP Morgan was a resident. Indeed many have a landmark status, and in particular streets, there is still a Gilded Age feel.

In other parts of the neighborhood, there are more modern structures with high-rise condos and rental buildings that are attracting college students and recent graduates.

Murray Hill History


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Murray Hill derives its name from the Murray family who were 18th century Quaker merchants. The patriarch of the family, Robert Murray, built a house in the neighborhood called Inclenberg, but which the locals commonly referred to it as Murray Hill.

Descendants of the Murrays drew up a Murray Hill Restrictive Agreement in 1847, which restricted developments to brick or stone dwellings, private stables, and churches.

In the mid 19th century the upper middle classes began to build brownstone row houses and mansions in the area, which became a highly desirable place to live. This trend continued into the 20th century with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt residing in the neighborhood.

Murray Hill Attractions


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With a long history and diverse population, Murray Hill has a wealth of cultural attractions.

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. In 1890 Morgan started a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. Over the years other buildings have been added to the museum and it now includes a performance space, restaurant, and café.

Scandinavia House is the leading center for Nordic culture in America and offers a wide range of programs including exhibitions, film series, language courses and concerts all highlighting the culture of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Technically just a block or two outside the neighborhood, the Empire State Building is the most iconic skyscraper in the world. Built in 1931, the 102-story Art Deco masterpiece was once the tallest building in the world. The 86th and 102nd floor have observatories that give you stunning 360-degree views of the city.

Murray Hill Shopping


French Corner is a women's clothing store that was first established in 1991 when it stocked only French made clothing. These days you can choose from a wide variety of distinctive American and European labels.

Fans of fashion will also swoon at the list of designers represented at Dover Street Market. With seven stories of high-end men and women's wear, it's a veritable who's who of well-known luxury labels.

Established in 1911, JJ Hat Center is New York's oldest hat store and specializes in custom fittings and headwear. In addition to the variety of styles offered including Trilby's, Stetson's or Newsboy caps, they also have an in-store milliner to create your perfect look.

Finally, Butterfly Bakeshop offers stylish, one-of-kind cakes for weddings, birthdays and anything else you care to celebrate.

Murray Hill Restaurants


Restaurants in Murray Hill” style=

The neighborhood has a surprising range of restaurants covering cuisines from all around the world. Salvation Taco is chef April Bloomfield's take on Mexican street food. They serve stylish tacos with flavors like braised short rib with coconut curry or roasted cauliflower with faro piccolo, as well as agave and specialty cocktails in a vibrant, colorful space.

Overlooking the East River, you'll find Tom Colicchio's Riverpark, which highlights seasonal ingredients from greenmarkets and their very own farm next to the restaurant.

For brunch try Penelope, a neighborhood hot spot serving American comfort food that also delivers straight to your door. While Pio Pio is a casual Peruvian restaurant known for its rotisserie chicken with homemade sauce.

Upscale Japanese O Ya makes inventive omakase menus considered to be among the best in the city. It also has an extensive list of sakes to accompany the food.

The neighborhood is also famous for its Indian restaurants, and one of the best is Nirvana, a contemporary brick-walled space offering upscale Indian classics.

Murray Hill Nightlife


Amid the many bars of Murray Hill are a few neighborhood gems. For example, La Biblioteca de Tequila Bar & Lounge has over 400 agave-based spirits from small-batch distillers, famed haciendas, and local producers. They invite you to compare the regional variations, and accompany them with some Latin-Asian style small bites.

In a quaint, two-story townhouse you'll find Middle Branch, a cocktail bar that boasts originals like the rum-based Island Old Fashioned and classics like a Sazerac.

Flying a little under the radar is Vanguard, which has been described as an idyllic small wine bar. It offers plates with a French influence to accompany the carefully curated wine list.

Based in The William Hotel, The Shakespeare offers craft beers in a setting reminiscent of a 14th-century tavern in Stratford-Upon-Avon and serves British gastropub fare to accompany your pint.

Finally, there's the long-running Waterfront Ale House, which has been serving mouthwatering BBQ and craft beers for over two decades.

Living in Murray Hill
Bordered by the iconic Grand Central to the north and Empire State Building to the west, Murray Hill is a neighborhood that can offer both the beauty of a quiet residential area within walking distance of work and a vibrant midtown community with great bars and restaurants.

In recent years this Eastside area has attracted families with young children as well as college graduates looking for a place to hang out with friends and accommodates both with ease.

The 4 and 6 subway lines run through the neighborhood, and its proximity to both Grand Central and Penn Station means you are connected quickly to anywhere in the city and beyond.

Murray Hill Real Estate


Real estate info for Murray Hill” style=

Whether you are looking for Murray Hill Apartments to buy or Murray Hill Rentals, there will be something to suit your particular taste.

West of 3rd street, the neighborhood is home to many vintage brownstones and row houses built in the 19th century when JP Morgan was a resident. Indeed many have a landmark status, and in particular streets, there is still a Gilded Age feel.

In other parts of the neighborhood, there are more modern structures with high-rise condos and rental buildings that are attracting college students and recent graduates.

Murray Hill History


History for Murray Hill” style=

Murray Hill derives its name from the Murray family who were 18th century Quaker merchants. The patriarch of the family, Robert Murray, built a house in the neighborhood called Inclenberg, but which the locals commonly referred to it as Murray Hill.

Descendants of the Murrays drew up a Murray Hill Restrictive Agreement in 1847, which restricted developments to brick or stone dwellings, private stables, and churches.

In the mid 19th century the upper middle classes began to build brownstone row houses and mansions in the area, which became a highly desirable place to live. This trend continued into the 20th century with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt residing in the neighborhood.

Murray Hill Attractions


Things to do in Murray Hill” style=

With a long history and diverse population, Murray Hill has a wealth of cultural attractions.

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. In 1890 Morgan started a collection of illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints. Over the years other buildings have been added to the museum and it now includes a performance space, restaurant, and café.

Scandinavia House is the leading center for Nordic culture in America and offers a wide range of programs including exhibitions, film series, language courses and concerts all highlighting the culture of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Technically just a block or two outside the neighborhood, the Empire State Building is the most iconic skyscraper in the world. Built in 1931, the 102-story Art Deco masterpiece was once the tallest building in the world. The 86th and 102nd floor have observatories that give you stunning 360-degree views of the city.

Murray Hill Shopping


French Corner is a women's clothing store that was first established in 1991 when it stocked only French made clothing. These days you can choose from a wide variety of distinctive American and European labels.

Fans of fashion will also swoon at the list of designers represented at Dover Street Market. With seven stories of high-end men and women's wear, it's a veritable who's who of well-known luxury labels.

Established in 1911, JJ Hat Center is New York's oldest hat store and specializes in custom fittings and headwear. In addition to the variety of styles offered including Trilby's, Stetson's or Newsboy caps, they also have an in-store milliner to create your perfect look.

Finally, Butterfly Bakeshop offers stylish, one-of-kind cakes for weddings, birthdays and anything else you care to celebrate.

Murray Hill Restaurants


Restaurants in Murray Hill” style=

The neighborhood has a surprising range of restaurants covering cuisines from all around the world. Salvation Taco is chef April Bloomfield's take on Mexican street food. They serve stylish tacos with flavors like braised short rib with coconut curry or roasted cauliflower with faro piccolo, as well as agave and specialty cocktails in a vibrant, colorful space.

Overlooking the East River, you'll find Tom Colicchio's Riverpark, which highlights seasonal ingredients from greenmarkets and their very own farm next to the restaurant.

For brunch try Penelope, a neighborhood hot spot serving American comfort food that also delivers straight to your door. While Pio Pio is a casual Peruvian restaurant known for its rotisserie chicken with homemade sauce.

Upscale Japanese O Ya makes inventive omakase menus considered to be among the best in the city. It also has an extensive list of sakes to accompany the food.

The neighborhood is also famous for its Indian restaurants, and one of the best is Nirvana, a contemporary brick-walled space offering upscale Indian classics.

Murray Hill Nightlife


Amid the many bars of Murray Hill are a few neighborhood gems. For example, La Biblioteca de Tequila Bar & Lounge has over 400 agave-based spirits from small-batch distillers, famed haciendas, and local producers. They invite you to compare the regional variations, and accompany them with some Latin-Asian style small bites.

In a quaint, two-story townhouse you'll find Middle Branch, a cocktail bar that boasts originals like the rum-based Island Old Fashioned and classics like a Sazerac.

Flying a little under the radar is Vanguard, which has been described as an idyllic small wine bar. It offers plates with a French influence to accompany the carefully curated wine list.

Based in The William Hotel, The Shakespeare offers craft beers in a setting reminiscent of a 14th-century tavern in Stratford-Upon-Avon and serves British gastropub fare to accompany your pint.

Finally, there's the long-running Waterfront Ale House, which has been serving mouthwatering BBQ and craft beers for over two decades.

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