Murray Hill in the News

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Neighborhood

The October 2015 edition of The Cooperator, the Co-op and Condo Monthly, highlights Murray Hill in the article “Midtown’s Murray Hill,” by Debra A. Estock. It begins with a history of the neighborhood and expands on its goal of preservation, stating that “One of the mainstays of the neighborhood over the years has been an interest in the historical and architectural heritage of Murray Hill. It highlights the growing value of the real estate and the neighborhood’s appeal to multiple generations, from recent college graduates to young families to seniors. Best of all, it mentions The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association’s Architectural Preservation Awards Event on October 29, organized by our Preservation & Design Committee.

September 28, 2015,, “Interactive Map Shows What The NYC Area Looked Like Back In The 1600s” by Jen Carlson in Arts & Entertainment. The newly unveiled Welikia Project allows the user to see how New York City looked in 1609, in its primeval state

September 10, 2015,, “Map Shows Where NYers Complain About Homeless The Most,” by Rebecca Fishbein. Calls to 311 to complain about homelessness increased 200% in the area that includes Murray Hill comparing the period from January 1st to August 31st in both 2014 and 2015.

September 5, 2015,, ‘Bryant Park Management Trying To Determine Cause Of Fallen Tree.” By Ben Yakas. Five people were injured when a tree snapped in half and fell in the middle of Bryant Park.

August 14, 2015. Peggy Gavan’s website, The Hatching Cat, which explores the history of New York City through animal stories. Her story takes place at Mrs. Carolyn Morgan's residence at 70 Park Avenue, where a jewel theft in 1908 gave police the opportunity to purchase a few police dogs from Belgium. The article also mentions many events in the history of Murray Hill.

September 2, 2015, DNA Info NY, “Patrols Added at 30th Street Shelter as Homeless Complaints Rise” by Noah Hurowitz. KIPS BAY — New peace officers and extra lighting are coming to the 30th Street men’s homeless shelter in response to increased complaints of lawlessness in the neighborhood. The addition of six new officers at the 850-bed shelter comes after neighbors told of nasty encounters with aggressive panhandlers, open-air drug use and the occasional flasher. Concerns became particularly acute in the spring when a resident of the shelter allegedly raped a woman in the bathroom of Turnmill Bar on E. 27th Street between Park and Lexington avenues.


Restaurants & Businesses

October 1, 2015,, “Here Are NYC's 2016 Michelin Star Winners” by Rebecca Fishbein. Congratulations to Murray Hill Restaurants on the list: Cafe China, Juni, Kaijitsu.

September 24, 2015, Murray Hill, a social media site, (unconfirmed) Trader Joe's opening in the Food Emporium location 32nd Street & 3rd Avenue by Fall 2016.

September 24, 2015,, “Michelin Announces NYC's Bib Gourmand Awardees” by Nell Casey. The French tire company announced their selections for the Bib Gourmand distinction today. Contenders for the list must offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less before tax and gratuity, with 133 restaurants making the cut this year. Several Murray Hill (or near Murray Hill) restaurants are listed: El Parador, Wild Edibles, Mapo Tofu, Phoenix Garden, Turkish Kitchen, Bread & Tulips, Hangawi, Momokawa, Pippali, Cho Dang Gol, Szechuan Gourmet.

September 21, 2015,, “The 8 Best Jewish Delis In NYC,” by Brian Hoffman. Two Murray Hill delis made the cut: 2nd Avenue Deli and Sarge’s.

September 4, 2015, New York Daily News, “Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Murray Hill” by Glenn Blain.

August 25, 2015,, "A Food & Drink Guide To Murray Hill" by Lauren Evans.

July 17, 2015, Time Out NYC, "Opening of new restaurant in Murray Hill, Sushi Roxx"



September 13, 2015, Articles about the opening of the 7 line subway extension. You can pick up this line at Grand Central Station It stops at 5th Avenue/Bryant Park, Times Square and 34th Street/Hudson Yards (11th Avenue). Subway information for the 7 line. CBS News, “34th Street-Hudson Yards No. 7 Subway Station Opens Sunday.” New York Post, “The 7 train extension is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier,” by Steve Cuozzo.

August 27, 2015, AM NewYork, ”Long-awaited 7 train extension opening date announced by MTA”, by Rebecca Harshbarger. The long-awaited extension of the No. 7 train to the far West Side of Manhattan will open the afternoon of Sunday, September 13. The 7 train’s route goes from Flushing-Main Street in Queens, through Grand Central, 5th Avenue-Bryant Park, Times Square, and the extension takes it to 34th Street and 11th Avenue. The project is the first subway extension funded by the City in more than 60 Years.

August 27, 2015, NY1 News TV segment “Big Apple Among Top 5 Most Gridlocked Cities, Study Finds”. A new study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveals New York taking the number four spot as one of the top five cities in America with the worst congestion.


Real Estate & Landmark Law

September 30, 2015, Murray Hill, “2 more buildings sold in Murray Hill,” posted by Anoop Punjabi. 31 East 31st Street - a rental building with 93 apartments sold for $82.4 million; 312 East 30th Street - a rental building with 67 apartments sold for $51 million. Both were purchased by the same LLC.

September 18, 2015, brought to our attention by a MHNA member (not confirmed). 218 Madison Avenue has been sold. The property also includes 36 Street Cleaners and Barbe's Restaurant located just behind the newly restored brick (I believe in the Philadelphia-style) building. The previous owner did the restoration; it's very well done, at least on the outside. The new owner is planning to tear the buildings down. They are trying to get the rental businesses out. So far the locksmith and Sabrina nail salon have left. Remaining are a hair bar, a small cell phone store, a glass frame store plus the cleaners and restaurant.

September 18, 2015, The New York Times, By The Editorial Board, "Speed Up New York's Landmark Process." This editorial states the case that improvements are needed to the process, but some flexibility should be given to the LPC.

September 8, 2015,, “Permits Filed: One Vanderbilt Avenue, 67-Story Office Tower”, by Rebecdca Baird-Remba.

September 2, 2015, Gothamist Gazette, "Bill Puts City Landmarks Law At Serious Risk," by Andrew Berman.

September 1, 2015,, “Applications Now Open For Affordable Prefab Micro-Apartments In Kips Bay,” by Emma Whitford.

August 31, 2015, NextDoor Murray Hill social media site, "Sheldon Solow Files Plans for 42-Story Tower on 39th St / 1st Ave", by Rowley Amato, shared by Anoop Punjabi. Sheldon Solow may have sold off part of the giant First Avenue Mud Pit, but now, at long last, he's finally building on a site located right across the street. According to The Real Deal, the billionaire developer behind the most expensive offices filed plans with the city on Friday to construct a 42-story tower at 685 First Avenue. The 700,000-square-foot mixed-use building will have 550-units, plus 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 56,000 square feet reserved for manufacturing. The site—a parking lot, was once part of Solow's $4 billion redevelopment plan for the East River waterfront, which disintegrated in recent years. Since then, he's been selling off portions of his properties, including a huge section to JDS Development, who's in the process of building two wacky, curved rental towers on the lot.

July 31, 2015 New York Times, Real Estate Section, C. J. Hughes, “Madison Avenue Condo in an Office District”, at 172 Madison Avenue, at 33rd Street.

July 28, 2015, Crains NY, “City Council members want to curb super tall buildings south of Central Park.”



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