Murray Hill in the News

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 16, 2015, New York Times, “An Oasis of Tranquillity, in Grand Central Terminal” by David W. Dunlap. The Oyster Bar ramp hall at Grand Central Terminal [is] among the most imposing, dignified and humanistic public spaces in New York City. Metro-North understood its role as the steward of a landmark. As a result, Midtown Manhattan has an oasis of tranquility where there is no sign of marketing or promotion.

June 7, 2015, New York Times, Real Estate Section: Nowhere is this loss of historic architecture felt more acutely than in Midtown Manhattan, where billions of dollars are driving development in an area with virtually no vacant land left From Hudson Yards to the rising Billionaires’ Row along 57th Street to the hotels going up north of Madison Square Park, construction is seemingly everywhere in Midtown.

June 15, 2015, Curbed NY website: “Midtown East’s New Rezoning Plan Finally Makes Progress,” by Hana R. Alberts,


Libraries—Murray Hill Has Four NYPL Branches

July 2, 2015, email from Mayor de Blasio: Together with our partners in the City Council, we have worked to reach a balanced budget agreement that includes $46 million in new operating funds for our libraries, bringing the total to $358 mil- lion for FY 2016. This will allow for universal six-day service, extended hours in many locations, and create nearly 500 new jobs. Combined with an increase by another $78 million in capital funding – after adding $300 million earlier this year—that brings total capital funding to $980 million, the adopted budget represents the largest increase in both operating and capital funding for libraries in our city’s history.

June 15, 2015, email from activist organization, Save NYPL, sharing an article about the cost to the New York Public Library (NYPL) of storing the books in the research collection in NJ. This group would like to move the NYPL research stacks back to NYPL’s main branch on 5th Avenue.


June 26, 2015, email from Council Member Dan Garodnick:
$1 million designated to further improve our soon-to-be open park on 38th Street and the East River.

July 2, 2015, email from Third & 33rd activist group: The group is circulating a petition addressed to Mayor de Blasio to clean up the streets near the homeless shelter and take-in facility located in and near Murray Hill.

June 18, 2015, Crain’s: French chocolate maker Michel Cluizel will replace the Complete Traveller storefront at 199 Madison Ave.

June 1, 2015, New York Times: Crane accident on Madison Avenue between 38th and 39th Street. A heating and air-conditioning unit weighing several tons came untethered from a crane and fell 30 stories to the ground in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday, leaving seven people scraped, bruised and shaken up, officials said.

Real Estate and Development
posted by Anoop Punjabi on NextDoor Murray Hill, a social media site.

July 15, 2015, BY REID WILSON: JDS Development’s 41- and 48-story residential towers planned at 626 First Avenue [between 36th and 37th Street], on the East River in Murray Hill, are now rising quickly...Construction began nearly a year ago, and completion of the 800-rental-unit development is expected in 2017. SHoP Architects is designing, and façade installation has also begun closer to street level. A 38,000 square-foot park is planned to surround the base of the project.

July 8, 2015, Brause Realty is placing its 10-story Midtown office building at 10 East 34th Street on the market.

June 3, 2015, The Real Deal, New York Real Estate News website: Sherwood Equities and JPMorgan Chase have placed their Midtown office building at 370 Lexington Avenue on the market. 370 Lexington is at 41st Street.

June 1, 2015, YIMBY, “281 Fifth Avenue, 52-Story NoMad Condo Tower” by Nikolai Fedak, A 52-story condominium tower will soon begin construction on the southeast corner of 30th Street and Fifth Avenue, and completion is likely by 2018.

May 27, 2015, YIMBY, ”126 Madison Avenue, Aka 15 East 30th Street, 730-Foot Condomium Tower” by Nikolai Fedak, 126 Madison Avenue, a 47-story residential tower which is being developed by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun Property, and JD Carlisle at the northern edge of NoMad, on the east side of 30th Street and Fifth Avenue. The building will be one of the tallest residential structures in Manhattan.

May 26, 2015, NY Post, “A Big Step Toward a Midtown Boom”, by Carl Weisbrod: Article about Midtown East rezoning and One Vanderbilt Place plans.

May 12, 2015, The Real Deal, “Kahen Properties plans 21-story NoMad building” by Rey Mashayekhi: Project at 145 Madison, between East 31st and East 32nd Street, to include 71 apartments and a 2,500 sf retail space.

April 25, 2015, Bryan Pace for the New York Daily News: A new 41-story skyscraper at 303 E. 44th St., will feature six 16-foot-high gaps in the façade — each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower. There will also be a private full-floor roof garden for residents of the penthouse. They plan to start construction in September, and to complete the building by late 2017.


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