For a neighborhood with a reputation as one of the most youthful and lively places to live in Manhattan, Murray Hill has a lot of history behind it. From the J.P. Morgan Library -- once the private library of the famed industrialist and now a museum showcasing his art collection -- to the historic carriage houses and brownstones that line Murray Hill’s tree-lined streets, Murray Hill’s past as Manhattan’s first “uptown” neighborhood is palpable on every block. But what draws young professionals and families to Murray Hill today has everything to do with the present. The neighborhood just south of Grand Central Terminal is home to plenty of historic homes and a burgeoning crop of new construction condominiums for sale, but it’s better known as home to one of Manhattan’s liveliest nightlife scenes.
To a certain degree, Murray Hill’s reputation as a nightlife hub has led to the neighborhood being saddled with a party-time reputation it does not (always) deserve. As college-town crazy as a Saturday night on Murray Hill’s Third Avenue bar scene can get, Murray Hill is almost sleepy further east, and the beloved Indian enclave known as Curry Hill is more about food -- some of the best and most affordable Indian food in Manhattan, to be exact -- than it is about rounds of drinks. The elegant 19th-century brownstone homes, understated new construction condominiums and pre-war condo conversions of Murray Hill are as gracious as any apartments for sale in Manhattan. And even though Murray Hill apartments quintupled in value during the 1990s, Murray Hill homes are still more affordable than those in surrounding neighborhoods, making Murray Hill apartments popular NYC starter homes -- and ensuring that this most historic of Manhattan neighborhoods remains plenty youthful.