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Murray Hill Neighborhood Guide


The boundaries of Murray Hill are East 40th Street to the North, East 34th Street to the South, East River to the East, and Madison Avenue to the West. It is squeezed between Midtown and Kips Bay.


Once the home of the city’s most affluent citizens during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, today Murray Hill attracts post-college age young people who mingle with long-time residents and small business owners. This is a constantly changing neighborhood close to some iconic attractions (like Grand Central Station) yet still somewhat out of the way without great public transportation. The nightlife is just what you would expect for young professionals, vibrant and plentiful. The neighborhood of Kips Bay is directly to the east and the two blend together.


Stay in Murray Hill if:

  • You’d like to get away from the crush of Times Square while still being in Midtown.
  • You plan to use your own car, bus, or taxi/app rides.
  • You like diverse and affordable dining.
  • You enjoy tree-lined streets and a down-to-earth vibe.
  • You’re looking for a quiet hotel (some of the top ‘quiet rated’ hotels are located here).



Murray Hill Attractions

  • Grand Central Terminal – NW corner of Murray Hill. Come for the architecture, stay for the dining concourse.
  • St. Vartan Park – Shady park with beautiful old trees and playground.
  • Morgan Library and Museum – Not just a library, but a campus and National Historic Landmark.
  • Scandinavia House, The Nordic Center in America – Galleries, special events, a garden terrace, restaurant, huge windows overlooking Park Avenue, and a Children’s Center.
  • Sniffen Court Historic District – Check out the beautiful mew – side street or alley that used to host stables and carriage houses.
  • Amateur Comedy Club – on Sniffen Court
  • Modern Pinball NYC, in Kips Bay - Good Old-fashioned fun for the whole family
  • East River Promenade, Kips Bay – Walk along the river, see across to Brooklyn.
  • Empire State Building – Close enough to walk but a couple blocks west of Murray Hill