Located between Fifth Avenue and the East River and 34th and 42nd Streets, Murray Hill gets its name from the Murray family, Quaker merchants who lived on the land in the 1700s. The 1900s brought the Astors and the Morgans and their mansions. The area’s current popularity can be linked to its central location and diverse living options. The population does trend towards a younger demographic, and the bars on Third Avenue certainly cater to this pack; however, there is more to the neighborhood than just the post-collegiate crowd.
Each year the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association hosts a street fair, there are several foreign consulates in the area and families love PS 116, a highly rated local gem. Like the population, older mixes with newer as luxury high-rise conversions from commercial buildings blend with a combination of beautiful townhouses, elevator low-rises and brownstone apartments offering residents a variety of homes.
Neighborhood notables include the nearby United Nations, first rate libraries like the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, Scandinavia House, schools like the CUNY Graduate Center, Stern College for Women, the Oxford University Press, and the Beaux Arts building.
Subway options are a bit slim towards the East River but the 4, 5, 6 run through the district and the 7 and S are accessible at Grand Central.