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Kips Bay Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

East Side Manhattan
Editors Rating (2.5 stars out of 5)
5.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 4
Public transportation 3
Schools 7
Lifestyle 7
Crime 4

Located on the east side of New York City, this growing neighborhood is sandwiched next to midtown, between Murray Hill (to the North) and Gramercy Park (to the South).

The therapeutic East River views offer a breath of fresh air for those residing in this area of Manhattan.

There are many medical facilities, like Bellevue Hospital facilities and branches of NYU, like NYU College of Dentistry and NYU School of Medicine, in the area.

It makes sense that many students and recent college graduates who typically share apartments and live a busy lifestyle call this place home.

Many businesses are tucked away into brownstones and former tenement buildings.

While most of First Avenue is healthcare dominated with hospitals lining the area, Second Avenue has midcentury brick apartment buildings.

Fun Fact: The Battle of Kip's Bay played a role in the American Revolutionary War in 1776. British forces occupied the area which placed NYC in their hands for the course of the war.

Average Rental and Sales Prices

Kips Bay offers a reasonable price for the amount of convenience it offers.

Post-war high rise apartment buildings and complexes as well as brownstones make up most of this residential neighborhood.

Overall, the rental prices are more affordable compared to other parts of Manhattan.

No-fee apartments are plentiful and amenities usually accompany all rentals.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,447$3,256$4,448$5,544

Public Transportation

One perk of being located on the East River is having access to the NYC Ferry service.

It is located at 34th Street & Midtown Ferry Terminal and makes stops at Wall Street as well as multiple locations in Brooklyn and Queens.

When residents need to get somewhere outside of the hustle bustle of the Midtown area, the area is served by the 6 train.

It has locations at 23rd, 28th and 33rd Street.

Buses

Select Buses run up First Avenue and down Second Avenue for transit to uptown or downtown.

BusLocation
M9E 23rd St/1st & 2nd Ave AND E 29/1st & 2nd
M152nd Av/23rd, 25th, 28th, 31st and 34th St
M34E 34th St/2nd & 3rd Ave AND E 23rd St/1st & 2nd Av

Bikes and Bike Safety

Aggressive cyclists are seemingly everywhere in this neighborhood.

Because of its convenient location near Midtown most residents walk or bike to work.

The bike lanes on First and Second Avenue as well as the greenway along the East River make for an enjoyable commute.

Some of the CitiBike stations can be found at these locations:

  • 2nd Av/ E 25th St
  • 1st Av/ E 27th St
  • 1st Av/E 30th St

Restaurants

Lexington Avenue and 28th Street also goes by nickname Curry Hill and is known for its South Asian restaurants.

To enjoy some of the most authentic Indian flavors in the city, stop by Mughlai or Chote Nawab

Many locals enjoy frequenting Blue Smoke, a BBQ joint that doubles as a basement live jazz venue. As one of NYC's very first BBQ restaurants, Blue Smoke offers city slickers a taste of Southern cooking.

For the ultimate fine-dining experience look no further than The Water Club. Great for anniversaries, special occasions or a nice evening meal, The Water Club is located direct on the East River with panoramic views of Manhattan!

YehCakes is the place to go if you want delicious custom designed cupcakes made for any event even if it's just trying to score points with co-workers. All cupcakes are baked to order and designs are homemade.

Attractions and Nightlife

For daytime fun, pinball lovers will find paradise at Modern Pinball NYC. This high-energy arcade environment offers unlimited play with the purchase of a wristband.

For evening time fun, catch a NY Party Cruise. This experience offers guests the perfect opportunity to drink, dance and party all the while enjoying the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty.

Most bars are located along Third Avenue, especially north of 32nd street.

Here are some of the most popular:

Vanguard Wine Bar- this cozy, romantic spot will pair any wine off its extensive selection with small tasty plates great for sharing. Black and white film screenings are not unusual!

Middle Branch is a high-end classy cocktail bar in a fun atmosphere. It is bi-level with standing room downstairs and table service upstairs.

Cask Bar and Kitchen offers delicious brunch, lunch dinner and dessert options alongside their beer,liquor, wine and cocktails. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 3PM-7PM.

Albion Bar is the place to go if craft beers are your thing, with 30 to choose from! It offers a large back room with fireplace, a back patio, and numerous booths and tables available for reservation.

Public and Charter Schools

Kips Bay is located in District 2 and there are multiple well performing schools in the neighborhood.

Here are some of them:

SchoolInformationNotes
P.S. 116 Mary Lindley MurrayPublic - PK-5 - 648 studentsSeveral after-school programs, Strong reading and writing, unusually thoughtful approach to homework
J.H.S. 104 Simon BaruchPublic - 6-8 - 1,114 studentsFun learning environment, lots of sports, drama and art, strong academics, active PTA
Baruch College Campus High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 446 studentsRigorous academics, students taught to write well and read classical and contemporary texts, high rate of college acceptance.
47 The American Sign Language and English Secondary SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 186 studentsCalm and close-knit environment, hearing and deaf students learn alongside one another in classes staffed with professional sign interpreters
Success Academy Charter High School of the Liberal ArtsCharter - 9-12Advanced liberal arts cirriculum, specialized STEM, program, parents are actively involved

How Safe is the Kips Bay Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 27.9886 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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