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10 Things To Do And See In Murray Hill

Picture of Henna Choudhary
Updated: 24 April 2017
Murray Hill’s conglomeration of pre-war architecture, nineteenth century townhouses, and post-college co-eds offers a wide range of housing choices for residents. However, Murray Hill isn’t just known for its aesthetics, because the lively nightlife, extensive array of educational and cultural centers, historical landmarks, and delicious diversity brings life to the city streets, as locals and tourists flock towards the district for late-night drinks and weekend day trips.
Chrysler building from 5th Av (New York, USA 2012)
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Chrysler Building

New York City’s infamous Chrysler building happens to be located in Murray Hill and serves as a showcase of the stunning aesthetics of Art Deco–style skyscrapers in the metropolis. This landmark building’s exceptional, panoramic view of Manhattan, historically renovated lobby and elevators, marble floors, and many Art Deco patterns have made this architectural wonder one of the most famous city office towers. After undergoing major renovation in 1996, the Chrysler gleams brighter than ever, with gargoyles representing Chrysler car ornaments and a spire that is modeled on a radiator grille. Tourists and architecture-lovers can view and capture in pictures the building’s exterior from a street-level perspective and visit the lobby to examine the Deco details and beautiful ceiling mural.

Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 682-3070

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The Morgan Library and Museum

Located just a short walk from Penn Station and Grand Central Station, The Morgan Library and Museum offers exhibitions, arts-in-education programs for youths, musical performances, readings, films, and tours throughout the week, for all visitors! For literature lovers, the Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars tribute is a must-see, featuring a selection of the celebrated writer’s early short stories, notebook drafts, and edited manuscripts, while Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts honors Henri Matisse’s stunning book illustration projects with page layouts, lettering, typography, and cover designs crafted by Matisse himself. The Morgan Library and Museum also boasts an extensive collection of literary and historical manuscripts, including music manuscripts, Rembrandt prints, and medieval and Renaissance manuscript images. To top it all off, visitors can attend lectures, discussions, and gallery talks which offer art and literature enthusiasts the chance to share their opinions and broaden their minds after spending an educational evening analyzing the rare collectibles.

The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 685-0008

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Grand Central Station © Don DeBold/Flickr

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal doubles as a major transportation station for New Yorkers, as well as a century-old historical landmark and tourist attraction for all. The terminal houses 68 shops and 35 eateries: Banana Republic, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Kenneth Cole, Apple Store, Dahlia, Swatch, and Papyrus for the shopaholics, and Feng Shui, Junior’s Bakery, Shake Shack, Manhattan Chili Company, Oyster Bar & Restaurant, and Shiro of Japan for the food lovers. This lively piece of New York City history also features iconic architectural and picturesque elements such as a celestial ceiling, secret elevated passageways, and a Whispering Gallery (stand at the end of either Oyster Bar ramp and whisper into the wall, your secret will be heard way across on the other side!)

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 340-2583

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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center’s famous observation deck, offers visitors the most breathtaking, irreplaceable, panoramic view of the Big Apple. Gifted by John D. Rockefeller himself, the three-level observation deck includes two floors of outdoor terraces with transparent safety glasses as well as an upper level with a completely open-air view of New York City’s wonders. Visitors are allowed to enjoy the scenic atmosphere for as long as they wish, and then may head down to Rockefeller Center to grab a gourmet sandwich or cocktails from one of the many cafés, diners, or dessert stops along the way or visit Radio City Music Hall, the skating rink, and the Channel Gardens.

Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 698-2000

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New York Manhattan United Nations © Christopher John SSF/Flickr

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United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations Headquarters Visitor Centre draws an annual total of one million visitors who wish to explore the world’s headquarters for diplomatic ties and international relations. Guided tours are offered for both children over the age of five and adults of the newly renovated General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the renovated Conference Building. Expert tour guides are able to touch on topics such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights, and the Millennium Development Goals. After touring the organization, visitors may analyze exhibitions of photographic and multimedia displays regarding human rights, sustainable development, climate change, and domestic violence. To round off the trip, take a quick spin around the The UN Bookshop and Gift Shop as well as The Visitors Café found within the UN Visitor Centre, which serves a variety of eclectic cuisines, including hand-rolled sushi, flatbread pizzas, paninis, heros, mezze snack plates, and cheese and fruit platters.

The United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 963-4475

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Baby Bo’s Cantina

Mexican food lovers will delight in Baby Bo’s Cantina which is a small, local eatery with the finest selection of authentic platters located right in the heart of Murray Hill’s hustle and bustle. All dishes are made to order from scratch, with complimentary tortilla chips and mouthwatering homemade salsa served at every table. Appetizers such as mini tacos, guacamole, Smokey black bean soup, Yucatán chicken fingers, and pumpkin spice soup are the ideal warm-up for your taste buds before you bite into the flawless quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, and fajitas, served with rice, fried beans, and tangy sauces. Classic Mexican desserts such as vanilla rum flan, sopapillas (fried flour tortillas coated in honey and cinnamon), banana chimis (sautéed bananas served in fried flour tortillas with a topping of marscapone whipped crème), and brownies will satisfy any sweet tooth at Baby Bo’s. The surrounding décor transports diners to Mexico City, with its colorful fairy lights, lantern lights hanging from the ceiling, wooden masks and crosses adorning the wall, and painted murals depicting skeletons and suns.

Baby Bo’s Cantina, 627 2nd Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 779-2656

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Fish Tacos, Zocalos © Ray Bouknight/Flickr

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The Ginger Man

This craft beer pub has a seemingly endless selection of cask-conditioned beers, 70 drafts, and over 150 bottles. Hard cider, Doc’s Pumpkin Cider, Free Will Key Lime Sour, Kingfisher Premium Lager, and Allagash White are just a few selections on the menu. When you’re out for a night of hardcore drinking you’ll need a substantial meal, too, and The Ginger Man caters to hungry drinkers with starters such as soft pretzels (cinnamon sugar, parmesan garlic, and specialty side sauces), salads, sandwiches, platters, hot dogs, sliders, and homemade desserts. This Irish bar is decked out in wooden furnishings, and framed pictures line the wall, providing a cozy environment for a wide-ranging clientele.

The Ginger Man, 11 E 36th St, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 532-3740

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The Bar Downstairs

Andaz Fifth Avenue’s The Bar Downstairs, located in the basement of the Andaz Hotel, offers diners the perfect combination of premium cocktails and upscale dishes in a chic dining space. The spacious, dimly lit room offers a choice of comfortable lounge seating, cozy booths, or communal tables at which to enjoy lunch or dinner before capping off the night with some drinks. The menu features exotic plates such as Asparagus Montadito, House Made Muesli and Battenkill Milk, Tuna Montadito, Rock Shrimp al Ajillo, and cured meats like Lomo Iberico and Iberico de Bellota. Aside from the tapas and fine wines, beers, and cocktails, the friendly and attentive service as well as the appealing ambiance of The Bar Downstairs are an added bonus!

The Bar Downstairs, Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, 485 5th Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 601-1234

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Glasses © walknboston/Flickr

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Scandinavia House

This cultural center explores the essence of a lesser known region through art and history exhibits and events. Scandinavia House: The Leading Nordic Center in America offers a wide range of programs and galleries which allow visitors to discover the rich culture and history of the beautiful nations of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The institution also boasts a well-rounded display of exhibitions, film series, concerts, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and interactive children’s activities. Exhibitions showcase works such as masterpieces by the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, while family activities vary from Saturday morning storytelling with Hans Christian Andersen, Scandinavian sing-alongs, puppet playtime, and Wednesday workshops, featuring creative, Nordic-inspired group projects.

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 779-3587

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Jazz Standards Moments © Malojavio El Saucejo/Flickr

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Jazz Standard

One of the city’s largest jazz clubs, Jazz Standard serves as a stage for both new up-and-coming jazz musicians and established artists while also being an award-winning Southern eatery. The program includes a wide range of activities from Mingus Mondays – a celebration of Charles Mingus, one of the most reputable American jazz artists – to The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra offered for children on Sunday afternoons, which is a performance program which grants talented and interested young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform weekly in the jazz club alongside guest artists from the New York scene. The Jazz Standard undoubtedly represents the best of jazz by showcasing music with a deep emotional connection, rhythmic pulse, and catchy harmonies and melodies.

Jazz Standard, 116 E 27th St, New York, NY, USA + 1 (212) 576-2232

By Henna Choudhary

Henna Choudhary is a New York City born senior at Baruch College pursuing a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. Her interests include fashion and beauty, discovering new eclectic ethnic cuisine spots throughout the city, visiting museums, attending theater performances, and reading culturally enriching novels.