Murray Hill, New York City Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray


Murray Hill

While it may not be the hippest area in the city to live, this pleasant east midtown neighborhood with streets aligned with Nineteenth-century pre-war buildings is certainly cheaper than its surrounding counterparts.

Despite the high number of bars and restaurants attracting people to the area, the energy is subdued to a comfortable level, unlike many other noisy Manhattan neighborhoods.

A lot of young professionals in corporate finance and NYC transplants inhabit this area making it a coveted hot spot for Irish pubs, sports bars, and reasonably priced cuisine.

Commonly used boundaries for Murray Hill are East 34th Street to East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue to the East River.

Some may even claim the best part of Murray Hill is not so much the neighborhood itself but its proximity to midtown Manhattan. 

FUN FACT:The hill in “Murray Hill” was deliberately flattened as part of a work relief program designed to keep dockers employed during the 1808 embargo that closed New York harbor. Between 20 and 30 feet were taken off the summit and used for fill, all shoveled by hand.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Murray Hill neighborhood:

Stone PhillipsTV reporter and correspondent

Public Transportation

Just a 10-minute walk from Grand Central, Murray Hill's convenient location makes it easy for residents to commute just about anywhere in the city (or New Jersey) with ease.

BusM60, B67, ERS (East River Midtown Shuttle)
FerryEast River Ferry at the East River & 34th Street

Average Rent Prices

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms

Public and Charter Schools

Murray Hill is definitely an ideal family-friendly neighborhood thanks to the plethora of schools to choose from.

Ps 116 Mary Lindley MurrayPublic - PK-5 - 694 studentsPlaces a high value on independence, choice and project-based learning.
NYC Lab Ms for Collaborative StudiesPublic - 6-8 - 557 studentsAbove state average test scores. Most students perform at or above grade level.
Jhs 104 Simon BaruchPublic - 6-8 - 1,073 studentNeighborhood middle school with strong academics and a well-rounded number of extracurricular activities.
NYC Lab High School for Collaborative StudiesPublic - 9-12 - 589 studentsTest scores for college readiness and advanced courses are above the state average.


Although Murray Hill may not be known as the culinary hotspot of the city, it's still New York City and the area is filled with a diverse range of affordable restaurants.

In particular, a subsection boasts a various assortment of Indian cuisine affording it the nickname “Curry Hill”. 

Some local favorites include Spoon Table & Bar, Momosan Ramen & Sake, Dhaba and Tanner Smiths.

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