Located between Gramercy, the Garment District and Turtle Bay, the Midtown neighborhood of Murray Hill features classic European style architecture surrounded by boutique hotels, highly trafficked avenues and elegant tree-lined gas-lit blocks. There are also over 50 mid-century and modern luxury high rise rental buildings as well as many moderately priced coops bordering the Kips Bay area. Mid-rise and walk up buildings make Murray Hill the most affordable option for the Downtown crowd.
A neighborhood known for its quiet, formal vibe, neatly rowed lines of trees and vibrant nightlife, the homes here are well-kept and range from historical originals from the area's inception to modern luxury hi-rises. While Murray Hill may not be as flashy as other New York City districts, this neighborhood is one of Manhattan's best kept secrets and has plenty to offer visitors and locals alike.
It's easy to fall in love with the antique charm that pervades much of Murray Hill. From its converted gas street lamps to the small boutique shops to the carriage houses with lush backyards, you might believe this is the closest thing you'll find to a "sleepy town" in Manhattan. However, the neighborhood offers everything one could expect from life in New York City. There are a slew of pubs, bars and casual restaurants lining Third Avenue, promising a vibrant nightlife just outside the "traditional" eastern edge of the Hill. There won't be any dress codes, and you won't spend a small fortune to eat or party here. Murray Hill boasts some of the best Korean, Indian and Szechuan cuisine on the island. If your tastes are more conventional, you can get a bite at local diners which have amazing food at very reasonable prices. If you feel like staying in, you can have deli food delivered to your home.
Murray Hill is one of the few neighborhoods that isn't brimming with subway stations. Grand Central Station lies at the north edge of Murray Hill, on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, providing transportation to the neighborhood and beyond: It takes only fifteen minutes to reach Columbus Circle or Union Square. A Second Avenue station is under construction, but in the meantime the tree-lined streets are very pedestrian-friendly, and a $10 cab ride will take you practically anywhere worth going.