Sandwiched between the East River and Midtown Manhattan, Murray Hill is a rapidly growing neighborhood.
Many sleek buildings, and new structures, have been recently built along Third Avenue and the East River, including high-rise condos and rentals. In contrast, west of Third has buildings with landmark status and historical significance – most of them being graceful row houses, stately mansions, or even carriage houses turned into homes.
Murray Hill has somewhat become a tale of two cities. While one side has people enjoying happy hour after work with a wonder drink called ‘vodka monster,’ the other side believes in peace and serenity.
Once a neighborhood of the 19th-century elites, several of the remaining townhouses on Murray Hill are absolutely stunning. In 2002, a rather small historic area was created for the sole purpose of protecting these townhouses.
The building on Madison Avenue, which currently houses the Polish Consulate, used to be one of the many Gilded Age Palaces. Another truly wondrous remnant just off 36th Street at Sniffen Court; an alley filled with 10 Civil War era carriage houses.
Food And Festivals
Second Avenue in Murray Hill is well known for its delis and take-out joints, with the smell of freshly prepared food wafting in the air all day. Third Avenue is the place where people come to shop, and relax in bars.
On the 17th of May every year, the neighborhood association of Murray Hill hosts its annual festival on Park Avenue. The event is filled with live musical performances, arts and crafts activities for children, and plenty of on-street shopping – quite a rarity in other areas of the city.
On Sundays, the local PTA committee sponsors and promotes Murray Hill Market at the Public School. Goods are sold outside as well as inside, making it one of the best events in the neighborhood.
Scandinavian House sets the bar rather high for other attractions in Murray Hill. It is a majestic hub of Nordic culture, infused with drama and flare. The building, a design by the construction firm Polshhek Partnership Architects, created the multi-faceted cultural institution.
While Scandinavian House is a representation of cutting edge technology, we are also reminded of the past by the Morgan Library.
This Italian brownstone structure, built in the 1800s, was home to one of the country’s wealthiest bankers, i.e., Pierpont Morgan. The library holds a remarkable collection of old master prints, and historical manuscripts.
There is absolutely no need for nightlife to be limited to good pubs. Murray Hill is such a place that promises all types of events for party goers and families.
From the crowds at the Waterfront Ale House on the first Friday of every month, to people playing blues alongside an impressive beat list, Murray Hill is truly one of a kind neighborhood.
Renting in Murray Hill can often be pricey, but we at June Homes work as diligently as we can to come up with affordable and comfortable housing. The rents for our rooms are quite reasonable given the area. Our renovated apartments with new furniture and cookware mean you can just walk up and start living here without the hassle of a moving truck. Check out the great listings.