You might not think that the neighborhood that was once home to a U.S. president would be a bustling, vibrant and diverse hub of urban life, growing ever-popular with young residents and visitors, but that is the case with Murray Hill.
The midtown Manhattan enclave boasts the title of containing the residence of former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. Blocks of towering brownstones are a testament to the area's record of attracting wealthy residents, dating back to its inception in the 1800s. But in recent decades, Murray Hill has gained a deserved reputation as a more affordable, yet just as attractive, alternative to other high-end Manhattan neighborhoods. Particularly for those looking for extended-stay apartments in Midtown, whether for work or play, Murray Hill is a fitting find. Though it boasts an active nightlife and cultural scene, Murray Hill is a primarily residential neighborhood, so you can settle into your extended-stay apartment and feel right at home.
While guided tours, segues or bike trips are great ways to see much of Manhattan, Murray Hill is best traveled by foot so you don't miss any sights, including these important stops:
International Embassies — The neighborhood is adjacent to the headquarters of the United Nations. As such, it's home to many international embassies and consulates. Head over to 42nd Street and First Avenue to visit the U.N. building and on your way, glimpse the many flags of countries from around the world (and maybe a few dignitaries!).
Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. — The rail and bus station is not just a hub of transportation, but also of history and architecture. The building dates back to 1871, when it became an innovator in the transit industry. The complex has grown significantly since and is now one of the world's most-visited tourist attractions, seeing about 22-million visitors every year.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. — For more than 100 years, this research library and museum has housed the collection of J.P. Morgan, a renowned late 19th-century banker and financier. The collection includes rare manuscripts and documents, such as the scraps of paper on which Bob Dylan penned iconic songs like "It Ain't Me Babe" and "Blowin' in the Wind." There is an extensive artwork collection, as well as objects from ancient Egypt and other historical items. No matter your interests, the library and museum will offer something to both educate and entertain.
Third Avenue — This is where Murray Hill's nightlife is focused. From sports bar The Madhatter to craft-beer champ Albion, Third Avenue keeps the drinks flowing. Food is just as plentiful and diverse, such as at American pub Duke’s, Mexican eatery Blockheads Burritos and Mediterranean-inspired Vago.
So, get out of your extended-stay apartments in Midtown and explore the neighborhood’s interesting history.