Tucked away in a seemingly remote part of Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, Murray Hill enjoys a rich history along with a modern aesthetic and youthful appeal. With its borders stretching from East 23rd Street to the south, East 40th Street to the north, the East River to the east and 5th Avenue to the west, Murray Hill provides easy access to Grand Central and other mass transit options, while still retaining its distinct neighborhood feel.
In 1762 Robert Murray, a Quaker merchant and trader, purchased the land in order to build a farm. He named the place “Inclenberg,” but since it was built on a hill on Park Avenue (which has since been leveled), it soon became known as Murray Hill. Skipping ahead, for most of the 20th century Murray Hill was almost exclusively a place for older, wealthier New Yorkers. However, during the 1990s it became increasingly popular amongst young professionals. Since then, the neighborhood has continued to attract younger generations, creating a vibrant, raucous nightlife, especially along Third Avenue. This could perhaps be due in part to slightly cheaper rents relative to other NYC neighborhoods, though since the 1990s prices for apartments have risen nearly 500%.
Murray Hill is home to a variety of NYC staples. CUNY Graduate Center, for example, shares the landmark former B. Altman Building with the NY Public Library of Science as well as the Oxford University Press. A variety of cultures are also represented, including but not limited to: Stern College for Women; Yeshiva University; Scandinavia House - The Nordic Center in America; and The Mexican Cultural Institute of NY. These established cultural institutions are complimented by a variety of ethnic cuisine, including the area directly south of Murray Hill, which is popularly referred to as “Curry Hill” for its many Indian restaurants. All in all, Murray Hill is a somewhat quiet haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Midtown East, and with its myriad nightlife and restaurant options, it is no wonder that it continues to grow in popularity.