Murray Hill is probably best known to its close proximity to the Empire State Building. Aside from the historical landmark, the area is also a center of business, and the site of many clubs, churches, hi-rise apartment buildings, brownstone mansions and restaurants.
Murray Hill is a neighborhood where time has changed old carriage houses into charming homes. The brownstones here are unpretentious turn-of-the-century buildings that are elegant and fashionable.
This popular area is made more attractive by the vitality of its early evening street life. There are doctors, nurses and other young professionals employed by the University and Bellevue Hospitals and related New York University medical facilities.
Casual, inviting shops and restaurants crowd Second and Third Avenues and play to a youthful audience. Points of interest include the Empire State Building and Pierpont Morgan Library.
The neighborhood of Murray Hill derives its name from an 18th century Quaker family concerned with overseas trade and international shipping. The family, which originated from Pennsylvania, owned just over 29 acres in the heart of what is now New
York's most prominent area.
Spanning the area from 33rd Street to just between 38th and 39th Streets and
Lexington Avenue to just past Madison Avenue, the Murray estate became a prominent feature of the local landscape. As stunning as the estate was, the Murray family quickly outshined it with their lively legacies.
The eldest child, Lindley was sent into exile after the American Revolution as a loyalist. He would later earn himself fame as a school textbook author.
Mary Lindley Murray is probably the best known of the
Murray's thanks to here legendary role in General
Washington's retreat from New York in 1776.
As the story goes, feminine wiles succeeded in delaying William Howes troops long enough to allow a safe retreat on American fronts. Although evidence exists suggesting that the delay at Murray
Argosy Book Store: This esteemed shop has lots of old books, prints, autographs,
and maps you won't find anywhere else.
116 E. 59th St.; 212-753-4455 or argosybooks.com
Bloomingdale's: There are hundreds of brands to browse through in this one-stop
shop for everything from cosmetics and clothing to luggage and furniture.
1000 Third Ave. at 59th St.; 212-705-2000 or bloomingdales.com
Bridge Kitchenware: The Manhattan restaurant business might grind to a halt
without this store.
214 E. 52nd St.; 212-688-4220 or bridgekitchenware.com
Conran Shop: British design guru Sir Terence Conran’s home-furnishings emporium,
nestled under the 59th Street Bridge, is loaded with deliciously colorful,
streamlined upholstered sofas, chairs, tables, and endless fidget-friendly
407 E. 59th St.; 212-755-9079
Saks Fifth Avenue: Saks is the least high-and-mighty of the top-end department
stores -- salespeople are helpful, and there is stuff for all budgets.
611 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-4000 or saksfifthavenue.com
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