New Yorkers glance at Murray Hill, the swath of Manhattan from 27th to 40th Streets between Fifth Avenue and the East River, as they leave the City via the Midtown Tunnel.
Once the home turf of stewardesses, traveling salesman and single career gals working in the Garment Center, sleepy Murray Hill has molted its past, revealing itself to be a liveable and surprisingly lively neighborhood worth a second glance.
Old-timers in the neighborhood have been joined by doctors and diplomats, families, and new crop of early career singles. The mix of townhouses, co-ops and high-rise apartments tends to be slightly less pricey than other parts of the city, in part because of limited subway access (yup, still no Second Avenue subway). Thereâ€™s the 6 on 33rd and Lexington, or 4,5,6, 7 and the Shuttle from Grand Central, which can be a bit of a hike. There are plenty of buses, but plenty of traffic, too (especially on summer Fridays and when the UNâ€™s General Assembly is in town.) For trips downtown or Brooklyn, a delightful commuter option is the ferry.
But walking rules and Murray Hill is convenient to Midtown, the East Village and Union Square. Thereâ€™s plenty of architecture to enjoy on a walk--historic townhouses, the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building with near nightly display of color. In the Kips Bay portion of Murray Hill (27th and 34th Streets between the East River and Park Avenue), the I.M. Pei classic Kips Bay Towers is adjacent to the plaza with a movie theatre and the new Fairway.
Youâ€™ll find a passport of dining opportunities from classic delis (the Second Avenue Deliâ€™s is off 33rd,) to Mexican(Baby Boâ€™s, stalwart El Parador); tiny Ruay Thai; two Turkish restaurants; gluten free (Bistango); great pizza (Dough Boys; Librettoâ€™s), and the â€œCurry Hillâ€ stretch of excellent Indian restaurants on Lexington Avenue in the upper 20s. And then there are bars â€“ a whole avenue full, making Third Avenue a destination for Saturday night bar crawls.
Thereâ€™s a good mix of services: a half dozen gyms, plenty of supermarkets, a 24 hour hardware store some decent nail and hair salons, and a smattering of retail. The neighborhood schools are good â€“P.S. 116 and the newly constructed River School for elementary school, as well as private United Nations International School and the British International School, both K-12 schools, are adjacent to the Waterside Plaza complex. And should you get sick in Murray Hill, the area hospitals are NYU and Bellevue and outpatient options and specialists abound.
By: Stephanie Feuer
Rental Prices:$1,700 ― $4,100
Sales Prices:$397,000 ― $968,000
Landmarks:Gramercy Arts Theater, Empire State Building, Morgan Library and Museum