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Murray Hill/Kips Bay

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Always full of delightful Manhattan bustle, Murray Hill bubbles over with professionals working hard throughout the day and playing hard at night. After the offices close and its residents return home, Murray Hill boasts an extremely vibrant nightlife scene and is constantly sprouting new outstanding fine dining establishments. From the sleepy prewar brownstones of the East 30s to the glass high rises at the river’s edge, Murray Hill offers the full range of lifestyles and home styles to its eclectic residents.


Landscape

Bounded by 42nd Street to the north, 34th Street to the south, Madison Avenue to the west, and the East River, majestic Murray Hill exists in a peaceful middle ground between the daytime hustle of midtown and the nighttime bustle of downtown Manhattan. Owing to the particularly dense underlying soil terrain of the Manhattan schist in this area, Murray Hill and neighboring Midtown are particularly well-suited for massive building projects, as evidenced in the iconic skyscrapers and residential spires throughout this neighborhood.


History

“Murray Hill” was the popular nickname for Incleberg, the tremendous mansion built in the 1760s by Robert Murray, a Quaker merchant who leased his farmland on a large hill at what is today 36th Street and Park Avenue. Murray’s 29-acre farm, which ranged approximately from 33rd Street to 39th Street, and Lexington Avenue to Fifth Avenue, did not serve to grow anything in particular but rather functioned as a theatre of refinement and a place of entertainment for the Murray family’s illustrious social guests. In the early 1800s, around 40 feet of earth was sliced off the top of Murray Hill and used for landfill, thereby leveling the land to the more even topography of today. As more New Yorkers migrated upwards into the farmland of Murray Hill and beyond, this area became a desirable residential address for Manhattan professionals, and it continues to be so to this day.