NYC Neighborhood Guide

Murray Hill

Named after merchant Robert Murray who built a hilltop home and farm here in 1762, Murray Hill is no longer pastoral but remains quieter than other midtown nabes. Tucked away toward the river is Tudor City, an apartment complex built in a revival of Medieval English architecture.

With relatively affordable rentals, Murray Hill is popular with recent college grads who gather at casual bars. There’s less to do here than elsewhere, but Murray Hill isn’t far removed from more happening hoods thanks to a transportation hub like Grand Central.

📉 More affordable than most of Manhattan

🌳 Serene, historic Tudor City

👩‍💻 Popular with young professionals

🤫 Low-key neighborhood

🚈 Near Grand Central at 42 St

⛴ Ferry access at 34 St

 

Murray Hill Real Estate and Trends

Within Murray Hill lies Tudor City, a secluded complex with privately run parks and 11 co-op buildings erected in a distinct Tudor Revival style popular in the late 1920s. Apartments here continue to be a good investment, increasing in value by more than 60% over the past five years.

Outside this historic district, modern towers with in-demand amenities are rising up to satisfy the thirst for skyline and river views. Prices in Murray Hill are lower than in much of Manhattan, a benefit offset by limited public transit with the notable exception of nearby Grand Central. The area is safe and younger residents predominate thanks to Murray Hill’s affordability. The average home here stays on the market for about three months.

Price Trends

Studio $338,000

1 BD $712,000

2 BD $1,199,500

3 BD $1,800,000

Average sales price based on past transactions. Last updated: 2/18/21

 

Traffic bottles up at the entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel on 2 Av at 36 St. Also beware of noise and fumes around tunnel exit streets in the same area.
Robin, Localize real estate advisor

Transportation in Murray Hill

Subway – 42 St-Grand Central is your best bet with 4/5/6/7/S trains and Metro-North in the terminal above. The local 6 train also stops at 33 St and Lex.

Rail – Grand Central Terminal at 42 St and Park is home to Metro-North commuter trains serving the Bronx, Westchester, and upstate counties, as well as Connecticut via the New Haven line. Even if you’re not riding the rails, Grand Central is a destination for fine dining and food shopping at Grand Central Market.

Bus – The SBS M15 travels the eastern, residential part of Murray Hill on its way between East Harlem and South Ferry. It’s one of the most used bus lines in NYC. Pay before boarding this Select Bus Service (SBS) route, which accelerates travel time by up to 20%. For crosstown service, use the M42 or SBS M34A.

Ferry Boats from three NYC Ferry routes dock at the East 34 St Pier, as does Seastreak ferry to Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey. A heliport just south of here suits those who prefer air to sea and have a chopper on standby.

Bike – Cyclists rely on (mostly) protected lanes up 1 Av and down 2 Av. East 39 and 40 Sts are the safest crosstown options. Citi Bikes are available. The East River Greenway at 36 St offers car-free cycling south along the waterfront, but is inaccessible heading north until 59 St. Filling in this missing chunk behind the United Nations has been planned since David Dinkins was mayor and there still is no timeline for completion.

Best Schools in Murray Hill

Aside from a few preschools, Murray Hill has only the excellent PS 281 The River School (PK-5) within its boundaries. Nearby public high school Unity Center for Urban Technologies gets average marks at 33 St and Park. Read about changing enrollment at public schools.

Your Perfect Day: Things to Do in Murray Hill

🦪 Slurp fresh ones from the half shell at Grand Central Oyster Bar, which opened with the terminal itself in 1913; save room for key lime pie or New York cheesecake

🇺🇳 Leave the city—and the country—with a tour of the United Nations, international territory with its own postal service, police, and fire departments, plus no sales tax in the gift shop

📜 Immerse yourself in lavish art, architecture, and literary treasures at The Morgan Library & Museum where individual memberships start at just $75

🍹 Continue the literary theme at La Biblioteca, a library of tequila with some of the city’s best selection and bottle storage lockers for the regulars 

🥢 Zen out over upscale vegetarian cuisine derived from Japanese Buddhist monks; dinner at Kajitsu (“day of celebration”) is a feast for the senses

🎹 Class up the night at The Kitano, a Japanese hotel with jazz lounge featuring top-notch live musicians in a sensuous atmosphere

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