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Get to know Murray Hill

Long before you could wander Murray Hill for outstanding breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the area was the domain of one Robert Murray. In the mid-1700s, the prominent merchant built an estate known as Inclenburg on a hill at modern-day Park Avenue and 37th Street. Centuries later, Inclenburg and the elevation it sat on are long gone—burned down and flattened, respectively—but the neighborhood developed since has thrived. For those interested in a home with a view, modern high-rises near the East River scrape the sky and look out over the water towards Queens. If you’re more into historic architecture, however, the Murray Hill Historic District contains several dozen impressive Italianate rowhouses dating to the 19th century. Despite being adjacent to the business center that is Midtown, Murray Hill maintains a far more low-key atmosphere, one its residents are all too happy to bask in and save on subway fare from.

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Murray Hill

Belying its reputation as solely a place for a night on the town, Murray Hill about checks all the boxes a neighborhood can. Timeless appeal abounds, be it the eponymous historic district, the Romanesque Revival brick stables on Sniffen Court, or the main building of the Morgan Library & Museum with its exquisite exterior and intricate interior. Right outside Murray Hill’s borders are multiple landmarks integral to NYC’s character, including the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, and the United Nations Headquarters. Should you need to get to points even farther away, Grand Central can take you across the city and as far as the Hudson Valley or Connecticut via Metro-North. Additionally, the ferry at the East 34th Street terminal offers a truly scenic route around the city. And yes, if there’s an occasion for going out in the evening, you’ll never want for choices among Murray Hill’s streets and avenues.