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Living In: Murray Hill

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For years now, Murray Hill has attracted young professionals and families looking for starter NY apartments. Murray Hill is a safe, convenient, and pretty place to live. The boundaries of the neighborhood are 42nd Street to the north and 34th Street to the south, and, most agree, from Fifth Avenue to Third Avenue. Residents of Murray Hill apartments enjoy easy access to Midtown Manhattan, as well as Gramercy, Union Square, and the Flatiron to the south. This area has easy access to several major NYC subway and bus lines. Apartments here have traditionally been considered good values because the neighborhood has always felt like a place to pass through on the way to somewhere else. That is, until you actually live there, and fall for the quiet, tree-lined streets, and the energy of the area's cafes, inexpensive restaurants and local bars. The area is named for an actual person (18th-century shipping tycoon Robert Murray) and an actual hill (on Park Avenue and 36th Street, long since leveled). Murray Hill apartments can be found within the nice mix of pre-war brownstones and townhouses, elegant 19th- and early 20th-century mansions, and modern residential towers. Among Murray Hill's most notable landmarks is the beautiful Morgan Library, founded in 1906 to house J.P. Morgan's private library, opened to the public in 1924 by his son, and re-opened after a spectacular renovation in 2006 designed by the acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The Scandinavia House is another neighborhood landmark, with it's marvelous showcase of the Scandinavian region's talent for stunning contemporary design. Sniffen Court is a hidden alley of ten brick carriage houses, all built in the 1850s and meticulously preserved (though renovated inside) to hold onto a tiny piece of New York City history. Of course, two of New York City's most recognizable buildings are right at the Murray Hill "border" to the north: The New York Public Library (with the great Bryant Park), and the majestic Grand Central Terminal. If you live in a Murray Hill, you're never far away from a decent meal at a fair price. The many options include 'inoteca, with its great small plates and impressive wine-by-the-glass list; the designy Latin-fusion spot Asia de Cuba at Morgans Hotel; Artisanal, home of New York City's best cheese fondue (and in the running for best grilled cheese); the party/barbecue joint Brother Jimmy's; the party/Mexican joint Caliente Cab Co.; the classic Irish pub the Ginger Man; and the seafood palace Wild Edibles.

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