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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