Midtown, on the East Side, from 34th Street to 40th Street, the East River to Madison Avenue.
Murray Hill is a townhouse paradise — of 100 townhouses listed in the area in the 1892 Social Register, 60 are still
standing. Yet those single-family Murray Hill homes, many of three and four stories and some renovated with elevators
and gyms to match their double Dacor ovens, rub elbows with high-rise condo towers. In Murray Hill, the former
business corridors of Madison and Fifth Avenues are being converted into gorgeous new loft-like apartments.
The area of Murray Hill is itself named after the Quaker merchant who built his farm there in the eighteenth century
when the area was green countryside — Robert Murray’s land extended from 33rd Street to nearly 39th Street! The
area of Kips Bay, which has many dining options and a movie theater, is either to the east of, or the Eastern section
of Murray Hill, depending on who you talk to. Kips Bay Towers, two high-rise post-war condos which share a large
common garden, is one of the first apartment complexes designed by noted architect I.M. Pei. Cultural attractions
abound in Murray Hill; the recently renovated Morgan Library is a historic gem. The original building, showcase to a
famous banker’s collection, is a breathtaking, landmark Italian-style mansion. Not to mention Morgan Library’s Murray
Hill collection includes Mozart symphonies, Gutenberg bibles, and carved Babylonian seals and amulets.