Murray Hill, which runs from East 34th to 42nd Streets and from the East River to Madison Avenue, is a residential neighborhood that was once home to some of the wealthiest New Yorkers’ estates. Murray Hill is a slice of life that offers city zest without the typical crowds and noise of other areas; yet it's close to all the must-have amenities. Situated just north of one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Empire State Building, Murray Hill enjoys a tranquil atmosphere and lovely streets filled with greenery, stunning apartments and celebrated townhouses (including a row brick houses still intact after two centuries). Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, once J.P. Morgan's brownstone mansion, is another elegant area treasure and authentic reminder of its past.
The land now considered Murray Hill was originally known as Inclenburg, and named after the Quaker merchant Robert Murray who moved to New York City from Pennsylvania in 1753. Though he resided downtown where he owned an importing business called Murray's Wharf, Murray also bought a large tract of land from the City Council during the Revolutionary War era for his country estate he named Belmont. Murray Hill, as the estate became known, reached roughly from what is now Madison to Lexington Avenues, and from 33rd to 39th Streets. Though they were Quakers, the Murrays also mingled in wealthy New York society, entertaining the likes of George Washington and other prominent guests. In 1834, the Murray family legacy was destroyed by fire, just as the city plotted a regular street grid through the area and construction of the New York and Harlem Railroad took over.
In very popular Murray Hill you’ll find an intriguing mix of the avant-garde exuded by its south-bound neighbor, Chelsea, with the commercial aura of Midtown to the north. South of 42nd Street, Murray Hill has a mystique all its own. There, right in the middle of Manhattan, you’ll find it all, from plush new amenity-rich luxury condos to prewar buildings that still uphold their 19th Century charm, to gorgeous historic brownstones. Conveniences also abound in the neighborhood, from diverse services and shopping to plenty of nightlife and ethnic restaurants. Plus, you’re extremely close to Midtown, Grand Central and Gramercy Park, and just a bus or subway ride away from anywhere in the city. Professionals, families and older residents who have lived in Murray Hill for years all share the same enthusiasm for their special piece of Manhattan.