Kips Bay

Manhattan

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Kips Bay is an interesting area in Manhattan, extending from 23rd Street north to 34th Street and bordering on the Gramercy and Murray Hill sections, respectively. It’s equal parts diverse residential neighborhood and seemingly endless medical complex. Kips Bay’s eastern boundary, extending west to Third Avenue is the mighty East River, where you’ll find Waterside Plaza with it’s vaguely Soviet futuristic architecture and stunning open river views, and the United Nations International School (UNIS), one of the city’s finer and more progressive private schools. First Avenue in Kips Bay is comprised almost entirely of medical and educational facilities, including various incarnations of Bellevue Hospital and NYU’s vast Langone Center. Second Avenue, however, exudes a curious optimism peculiar to Manhattan and represents the heart of residential Kips Bay. Populated by lots of mid-rise apartment buildings, including the low- to moderate-income NYC-administered housing complex known as the Henry Phipps apartments, and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants, it’s bustling but quieter and less hectic than Midtown. The elegant, shady side streets between Third and Second Avenues from the mid-20s up to 30th Street, with their beautifully-appointed brownstones and townhouses, are among the most picturesque in all of Manhattan. Kips Bay gets really high marks for convenience. The number of grocery and pharmacy chain stores within a comparatively small radius is astonishing, and there’s an urban strip mall featuring a 15-theatre Loews Cineplex and an enormous below-ground Fairway supermarket located at 30th and Second. A quick 20-minute walk or express bus ride and you’re in the East Village and Houston Street areas with their profusion of cultural and dining opportunities. Kips Bay does fly under the radar, but for affordable, quality housing and a convenient location and lifestyle, it deserves a higher profile than it currently enjoys. Sssh! The locals prefer it that way. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

4
6
5

Buses:

M9
M15
M23
M34A SBS
M101
M102
M103

Rental Prices:

$2,400 ― $4,200

Sales Prices:

$567,000 ― $995,000

Landmarks:

Visual Arts Museum, The Empire State Building, Kips Bay Plaza, Waterside Plaza

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

13

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Reviews

  • niteberg
    January 28th 2015
    The Waterfront Ale House - A cool neighborhood hang, featuring local craft and international stalwart beers and ales on tap along with a great pub menu and exotic specials prepared at a very high level. They pump out some great music too. A fun night out.
  • sam
    June 4th 2014
    Somewhat secluded area of Manhattan that is very residential. Train access is relatively easy on 6 train (4 train on nights and weekends). Not as many restaurants as other neighborhoods but still a great selection.

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