The Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood located on the East Side of Manhattan from 34th Street to 42nd Street between Park Avenue and the East River derives its name from the Murray family, 18th-century Quaker merchants mainly concerned with shipping and overseas trade. Robert Murray, the family chieftain quickly established himself as a merchant and about 1762 rented land from the city for a great house and farm. The total area was just over 29 acres. In today\'s terms, the farm began a few feet south of Thirty-Third Street and extended north to the middle of the block between Thirty-Eighth and Thirty-Ninth Streets. At the southern end, the plot was rather narrow but at the northern end it went from approximately Lexington Avenue to a location between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue. The great house was built on a since-leveled hill at what is today Park Avenue and Thirty-Sixth Street.
It was the location of many of the wealthiest New Yorkers\' summer homes before the 20th century. Now many of these buildings are consulates and residences for United Nations missions.
Murray Hill is a quiet residential area filled with modern high-rises, beautiful brownstones, and townhouses, with the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building as its tallest. Residents are a mix of young professionals.