East 29th Street North To East 42nd Street. East of 5th Avenue.
Nearby Subways 4, 5, 6, S, 7, R
This quiet and comfortable area on the east side of Manhattan is all
about those mid-high income starter jobs and couples who live in high
rises; those just moving on up from smaller dives in the cheaper areas
of the city or the boroughs. Once considered a ladies-who-lunch-and-shop-B
Altman zone, Murray Hill now attracts affluent young families - and
since apartments here tend to be small, there's been a lot of buying-and-combining.
Locals believe that it was the W hotels on 39th Street that brought
cool chic to the neighborhood that most unquestionably didn't exist
before - but Ian Shrager might argue that Morgans did that years before.
Convenient to everything, experts claim the best values in town are
Murray Hill thumbs its nose to old-school European elitism—indulging
instead in the modern, high-rise variety of building (usually well-equipped
with doormen, laundry facilities, and gyms.) As we’ve emphasized
already, Murray Hill is a great place for younger, up and coming folks
who work in Midtown—on nice days of the year you could walk to
the office, otherwise a cab won’t cost you more than $5 or so
and the bus is always just $1.50. Murray Hill also appeals to the under
30 set for its more lenient policies on noise and partying. Most newer
high rises were built with soundproof walls—although some more
rockin’ parties have been known to break the barrier, for the
most part you can feel comfortable inviting your friends over to enjoy
your lovely pad.
Bottom line on Murray Hill is this: if you crave a location close to
all the action New York City has to offer without having to live in
the midst of it, if you’re more interested in playing it low-key
than fretting over this year’s summer window box or ivy trail,
you will be a comfortable and happy camper here.