About Murray Hill

About Murray Hill

A charming section of Midtown East that’s richly seeped in history, Murray Hill was named after the Murray family, wealthy 18th century Quaker landowners and merchants. It is said that the family’s matriarch made a contribution to the war effort in 1776 by delaying British troops over tea and cakes at her mansion long enough for the Colonial army to escape north. Considered “uptown” in the 19th century, Murray Hill was a favored neighborhood of the Social Register set and John Pierpont Morgan; mansions were built between Park and Fifth Avenues, while elegant brownstones lined the streets between Park and Lexington.

To preserve the character of the area, all high-rise building is restricted between Madison and Third Avenues. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Murray Hill Historic District in 2002. A larger area was listed on the state and national Registers of Historic Places in 2003, and the district was expanded yet again the following year; ten New York City landmarks exist within Murray Hill. In fact, of the 100 Murray Hill homes listed in the 1892 Social Register, more than sixty remain intact today.

Part of Community Board 6, Murray Hill is very conveniently located between Kips Bay and Tudor City, and boasts an abundance of options both in transportation (subways and buses, plus ferries & a helipad) and in shopping and dining. It’s a vibrant and quickly growing area that’s recently attracted the attention of developers, while Murray Hill’s reputation as a neighborhood that offers excellent value and great schools also insures a very eclectic demographic mix. Architecturally diverse, the area encompasses everything from brownstones and carriage houses nestled on tranquil tree-lined side streets to high-rises (plus lots of hustle and bustle) on Third Avenue and farther east.

Approximate Boundaries:

North: 40th Street

South: 34th Street

East: East River

West: Fifth Avenue


The Pierpont Morgan Library

Sniffen Court

The UN

Grand Central Station

New York Public Library

Bryant Park

Chrysler Building

NYU Langone Medical Center

Bellevue Hospital

St. Vartan Park

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