History & Culture
For much of the 19th century, Murray Hill sat at the northern edge of New York — a genteel enclave removed from the bustle of lower Manhattan. It continued to be a wealthy neighborhood into the first half of the 20th century, when most of the landmarked row houses in the Murray Hill Historic District (between 34th and 38th and Park and Lexington) were built. The other principal reminder of Murray Hill’s gilded-age past is the Morgan Library, on Madison and 36th, a neoclassical building by Charles McKim paired with a newer addition by Renzo Piano. Another cultural institution of note is Scandinavia House, on Park Avenue, which hosts exhibits on Nordic culture. If you are wondering exactly where the namesake hill is, it was centered at 36th and Park, where there is still a noticeable if modest rise, though its height was halved in the early 19th century.