Murray Hill is where college grads go to hang out with other college grads and party like they're still in college – picture lots of sports bars with cheap drink specials packed with people in their 20s on a Saturday night. Okay, okay, it's not exactly like that and there are certainly exceptions, but you get the idea.
Modern, high-rise condos tend to dominate the housing scene here, although there are brick walk-ups and on some of the quieter side streets you'll find single-family brownstones. Murray Hill is relatively more affordable than some of the surrounding neighborhoods in Manhattan (relative being the key term since everything in Manhattan is expensive).
There are a lot of nightlife options here catering to its young population. Most of the aforementioned sports bars are clustered around Third Avenue. You'll also find more low key pubs and a few lounges. Restaurant-wise there are plenty of affordable options and some higher end places. Murray Hill is known for its concentration of ethnic restaurants, including enough Indian eateries to earn the moniker 'Curry Hill'.
There are three stellar hospitals within the neighborhoods borders, several small parks, and a running path along the river. Since it's close to the United Nations headquarters you'll also find a mix of foreign consulates.
What Murray Hill perhaps lacks in charm, it makes up for with convenience – you can easily get to the business areas of Midtown or the Financial District or to some of the more interesting neighborhoods around for shopping and nightlife.
Wall Street: 4.5 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 1 mile / 5-15 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by foot
Jersey City: 9 miles / 30-65 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
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