City Living: Murray Hill
Murray Hill, between its blocks of brownstones, variety of popular nightlife spots and historical landmarked buildings, has a much wider appeal than its common frat-boy-and-family-only reputation.
Adjacent to Kips Bay and Gramercy, the very safe Manhattan neighborhood is also close to the United Nations headquarters.
The nabe plays host to numerous cultural centers, ethnic food stores and 19 diplomatic missions, giving it an international feel.
One such institution popular in Murray Hill is the Scandinavia House, which is home to the American-Scandinavian Foundation and is popular among locals for its childrens exhibit and film showings.
Many cite high foot traffic as a help to local businesses, which in turn helps the relatively affordable Murray Hill real estate market prosper. According to Trulia.com, a real estate website, Murray Hill has a 19.3% lower median sales price than Manhattans overall average and an 18.55% lower than average price per square foot for homes, making it an increasingly popular neighborhood.
Though Murray Hill is home to flagship branches of famed institutions like Wolfgangs Steakhouse and JJ Hat Center, recently opened outlets of other New York stores such as Fairway Market in nearby Kips Bay and 16 Handles frozen yogurt have proved popular. Whether youre looking for a new favorite haunt or a place to call home, consider Murray Hill.
-- BY KATHARINE ULRICH
As with many New York nabes, the boundaries of Murray Hill are often argued. The most narrowly defined boundaries of the Manhattan neighborhood are 34th Street to 40th Street between Madison Ave and Third Avenue, but some consider 30th Street as the southern perimeter and all the way to the East River as Murray Hill as well. More »
Trains: The recently renovated 33rd Street-Park Avenue station is your best bet, with the 6 train stopping at all times and the 4 during late night hours. Nearby Grand Central Terminal is about nine blocks north and serves as a main subway hub. Buses: M15, M34, M34A, M101, M102, M103, BxM7, BxM7a and BxM10 More »
Murray Hill boasts libraries and museums for people with wide-ranging interests: The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th St.; American Kennel Club Library, 260 Madison Ave.; Burns Archive, 140 E. 38th St.; Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, 200 E. 38th St. More »
P.S. 116, 210 E. 33rd St.; The Churchill School & Center, 301 E. 29th St.; Murray Hill Academy, 111 E. 33rd St. More »
The 17th Precinct at 167 E. 51st St. covers Murray Hill, which has historically been considered a safe area. According to the NYPD CompStat report, the precinct reported a 66% decrease in murders between 1990 and 2012. More »
115 E. 34th St. (between Lexington and Park avenues) More »