For all the permanence that its centuries-old history suggests, the midtown neighborhood of Murray Hill and Kip’s Bay is a neighborhood with a little bit of everything. A gently evolving mix of turn-of-the-century brownstones rubs shoulders with modern high-rises. Restaurants and storefronts stand cheek-to-jowl with small office spaces. Parents pushing strollers walk the streets alongside commuters and tourists. According to Suzanne Stern of Flat Iron Real Estate, "The area is considered neat and nifty in the sense that it’s well kept with all the amenities of New York and it’s close to everything."
Location is Everything
Trying to pinpoint the exact borders of Murray Hill and Kip’s Bay can be tricky. It depends on whom you talk to and which maps you consult. Some sources fix the borders at 30th and 40th Streets, east of Fifth Avenue while others set it between 34th and 42nd Streets between Third and Fifth Avenues, with Kip’s Bay stretching to the east. Blue Guide New York extends the western border to Madison Avenue, nestling Kip’s Bay in a small area between Second Avenue and the East River, starting at 27th Street and edging north to 40th. As critic Herbert Muschamp wrote in a 1997 New York Times essay, Murray Hill is an area that becomes "more and more itself and never quite arrives."
At its heart, however, the neighborhood has always been a stable one, providing homes for generations of New Yorkers looking for that perfect centralized location. Its position in the heart of Manhattan makes it ideal for professionals with midtown offices. Within easy reach of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, the Williamsburg Bridge and Grand Central Station, it’s choice territory for those on the go. On foot, residents are a short walk from the New York Public Library and a slew of other grand New York icons like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Madison Square Garden.
"Murray Hill offers incredible access into and out of the city," says Matthew Newman, senior vice president of Maxwell-Kates, a Manhattan management company serving several co-op and condo buildings in the area. "It’s absolutely a perfect central location, yet it still has a residential feeling."