Located on the east side of Midtown to the south of Grand Central Terminal at 42nd Street, Murray Hill is a residential enclave that is increasingly attracting affluent young families. Its southern border is 34th street and the bulk of the neighborhood lies between Madison Avenue and the East River. Murray Hill's central location makes it a comfortable walk to work for many, with easy access to shops, restaurants and movie theaters.
The neighborhood derives its name from the Murray family, Quaker merchants who had made quite the name for them by the 18th century. Robert Murray, patriarch of the Murray family, arrived in New York in 1753. Originally from Pennsylvania, Robert Murray was a merchant mostly concerned with overseas trade. He would come to own more shipping tonnage than any other merchant in New York. Around 1762, Robert Murray built Inclenberg, the manor that would house his family and oversee his farmland estate. Also known as Belmont, the estate was most popularly regarded as "Murray Hill," the name that the area still holds today.
Murray Hill’s filmic streets are a mix of classic "New York" townhouses and modern high-rise buildings; conglomeration of pre-war architecture, nineteenth century townhouses, and post-college co-eds offers a wide range of housing choices for residents. Residents who live in Murray Hill find surprisingly attractive price-per-square footage, which means that many of the Hill's residents believe they’ve found the best housing deals in town...and they’re often correct!
Murray Hill is home to the magnificent Morgan Museum & Library (named after banker Pierpont Morgan), the fabulous W Hotel, and the Jazz Standard club, home to local and international touring musicians (and a lip-smacking BBQ rib menu from Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke restaurant) also part of the scenery. Other spectacular landmarks include the Scandinavian House and the former Beau Arts Building, now the Consulate General of Poland. The Consulate General of Mexico and the Consulate General of South Africa maintain presences there as well. The neighborhood also houses the Sumitomo Corporate offices.
Murray Hill has several notable restaurants, from the AQ Cafe (located inside the aforementioned Scandinavian House) to the elegant Korean Tea Shop Franchia, as well as hotspots like the Water club (known for its seafood and views of the nearby river) and Hangawi. There are also several excellent Indian restaurants in the area, including Curry Leaf, leading to the area's sometime nickname "Curry Hill." Murray Hill also boasts a number of prime nightlife spots. Ginger Man offers over 200 kinds of beer and a huge variety of whiskeys, and bars such as Morgan's round out the neighborhood offerings. If visiting, the area has several unique hotels. The Kitano offers rooms in both Western and Japanese style, while The Library Hotel's rooms are each designed with a unique literary theme and an accompanying personal library of appropriate titles in each.
Murray Hill has no less than three of the world's leading medical centers, and is a proud neighbor to such iconic New York landmarks as the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building; the Hill is also (almost) home to some of the city's foremost shopping: Macy's, Barton-Sharpe Limited and Lord & Taylor are within walking blocks...not to mention everything you could ever want to say "I Heart NY"!
Transportation to and from the neighborhood is available by taxi or MTA bus, and the green line subway service (4, 5, and 6 lines) out of Grand Central Terminal.