Getting Lost in Murray Hill

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January 28, 2021
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Much like the rest of New York, Murray Hill is many different things all at once. A relatively small neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan, it shifts from the bustle in midtown, to the parks and waterfront along the East River. In between you’ll find the grandeur of Grand Central Station, the culture of Koreatown, Curry Hill and Scandinavia House, the fascination found in The Morgan Library and Museum, and even New York City’s smallest historic district, Sniffen Court, all sitting side-by-side. Add to that list the United Nations headquarters on its north-east side, and Murray Hill is endlessly diverse and interesting.

But it’s not necessary to visit any of these spots to get a sense of the eclectic energy of Murray Hill. A visit there might start at 42nd Street, where the business towers and soaring apartment buildings fit well with the constant activity around Grand Central. Turning southeast though, that frenetic pace quickly changes as you enter blocks of tree-lined streets, brownstone townhomes and a quiet, welcoming feel.

Once there, you’ll see the residents of Murray Hill taking full advantage of all that their neighborhood offers. During the day, it’s with walks along the East River Greenway, or enjoying St. Vartan Park. Hours can also be spent sitting in one of the many beloved local restaurants that are both diverse and affordable. Residents who prefer to cook at home also benefit from easy access to Kalustyan’s, a specialty market that sells spices and foods from more than eighty countries.

Nightlife in Murray Hill

Nightlife in Murray Hill is just as diverse as the neighborhood. Whether your taste is for a spectacular view at rooftop bars such as Henry’s, and RARE View; or live music at a locale like P&W. There’s a great lounge vibe at Raines Law Room, or you can even indulge your love of Cabaret at Paradise Club. Murray Hill has something for everyone.

Of course, most residents of this tucked away spot will tell you they chose it for its convenience to the rest of the city. Just west of these homey streets you’ll find the pulse points of Madison and Fifth Avenues as well as the major cross-streets at 42nd and 34th. Many Murray Hill dwellers love that they can walk to work just as easily as to their favorite restaurant or bar.

Finally, this neighborhood provides something many New Yorkers need — a respite from their city. Not only does it offer the outbound trains of Grand Central, Murray Hill also has one of the few Ferry ports in the city, offering quick water trips to other New York City boroughs and even to the beach.

With so much to experience in this unique neighborhood, you’ll look forward to getting lost in Murray Hill.

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