9.1 out of 10

Lexington Ave, Murray Hill

Ranked 1st best street in Murray Hill
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Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Business socks on a business street"

Lexington runs through Murray Hill from 34th to 42nd street. Lexington is one of the more notable and busy Avenues in the city and its run through Murray Hill is no diversion from the norm. It's a very commercial street in a pretty commercial neighborhood. So, a lot of the buildings are dedicated to business rather than living -- and the residences on Lex are predominantly luxury high rises so even those look like businesses.
Lex comes into Murray Hill at 32nd and the Opus Dei headquarters is right on the corner. The secret offshoot of the Catholic church gained recognition in the book the Da Vinci Code. I don't even think I thought this thing actually existed when I read the book and I'm kind of horrified that one of their headquarters is in New York. What a creepy thing to have to live next to . . .
The next few blocks hold a lot of business buildings mixed in with uninteresting apartment buildings and a little old hotel with a great burger joint on the ground floor. There is one interesting building, however, at 36th. There's a little house. An actual house that looks like it should be in the Village or Sutton Place and it's smack in the middle of all these skyscrapers. I have no idea what's in the house but I love the surprise of it. It's a beautiful house, too, but most of them are in this city.
The remainder of the street through Murray Hill is exactly like the beginning: boring. It's a bunch of bank buildings, corporate headquarters, etc. The only thing that really changes is that the skyscrapers start to get taller, the closer you get to midtown. It's pretty uneventful. And, there's no energy around here. There are no neighborhood joints and, seemingly, no neighbors. It's very much a work street that I wouldn't want to live on at all. It would be such a bummer to have to get into a cab every single time I got hungry.
Cons
  • Few charming/aesthetically pleasing buildings
  • Little to no nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A commercial street with a few charming corners"

Commercial and bustling, Lexington Avenue seems to stand in contrast to much of the staid,

elegant Upper East Side. Whereas on Madison Avenue, the storefronts will inevitably be erfectly

color-coded and subdued, Lexington Avenue's glitz and glare is chaotic, often gleefully so.

From chain stores like Best Buy and Gap to smaller venues like 88th Street's bike store - a

city standby - Lexington Avenue is where you go to get errands done cheaply and conveniently.

That's not to say it doesn't have its charms. Head a bit further south, and in the 70's and

60's you'll get a more charming atmosphere than the cluttered area around 86th Street, complete

with Orsay, one of the city's best low-key French brasseires, at 76th Street, and the New York

branch of artsy bookstore Shakespeare and Company. By and large, the further south you go, the

more "liveable" this area is - but proximity to the Lex-and-86th area can be a great boon to

shoppers.
Pros
  • One of the few places on the UES with a large concentration of chain stores
  • Cheaper than shopping on Madison
  • Some nice restaurants in the 70's and '60s
Cons
  • Noisy and crowded, especially around 86th Street
  • Little to no nightlife
  • Few charming/aesthetically pleasing buildings
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Busy and Dirty"

The area on Lexington near 27th St is one place that you will find a number of businesses. There are little delis and other small stores on the block. The only problem I have found is that the streets and sidewalks are usually dirty. The patrons or owners of the stores leave their trash on the sidewalk and they fail to click the sidewalk when the trashcans break, or when sanitation does not dump all the trash correctly.
Pros
  • Mixed bag
  • Cheaper than shopping on Madison
  • One of the few places on the UES with a large concentration of chain stores
  • Some nice restaurants in the 70's and '60s
  • Well served by buses and trains of the New York Subway network
Cons
  • Few charming/aesthetically pleasing buildings
  • Little to no nightlife
  • Noisy and crowded, especially around 86th Street
  • Always busy and bustling
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"If You Can Get Here, You Can Get Home"

From around Union Square up to 125th St, Lexington is the home of the Green Line. If you live along the 4, 5 or 6 trains and you need to get to a train, you'll find yourself continually coming back to this avenue between Park and 3rd. In midtown Lexington is home to many attractions such as Bloomingdale's, but it's also the surest bet for something affordable to eat in the avenues just below Central Park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The lifeline of the city"

Lexington Avenue which is popularly referred to by New Yorkers as ‘Lex’ is one of main arteries of New York City. This east side avenue extends from east 21st street until east 131st street and is home to several shops, restaurants and various other commercial establishments.
Lexington Avenue hosts one of the most crowded and busy subway lines of the city, the green line which has the local no 6 train and the express 4 and 5 trains. Additionally this one way avenue on which traffic moves from north to south also hosts the M98, M101, M102 and M103 buses which link uptown to downtown.
All along its 5.5 mile length, Lexington Avenue plays host to numerous New York City institutions like the famous community center of the Upper East Side, the 92nd Street Y, the Lenox Hill Hospital, The Bloomingdales department store(59th and Lex), Hunter College ( 68th and Lex ), Hunter College School of Social Work(79th and Lex) and several business hotels like the W New York( 46th and Lex, popular for its Whiskey bar), the Roger Smith and the Radisson Lexington Hotel New York.
Lexington Avenue can be described as a commercial nerve center of New York City and though it also hosts residential buildings it is primarily favored by those folk who value the convenience that it offers over the constant traffic din.
Pros
  • Well served by buses and trains of the New York Subway network
  • Reasonable hotel district located alon the avenue in the 40's
  • Cheaper than shopping on Madison
  • One of the few places on the UES with a large concentration of chain stores
  • Some nice restaurants in the 70's and '60s
Cons
  • Always busy and bustling
  • Few charming/aesthetically pleasing buildings
  • Little to no nightlife
  • Noisy and crowded, especially around 86th Street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Offers just about all you could ask for"

Lexington in the Central Park area is a lot of what you’d expect – expensive apartments, shopping, and hotels. There is also the obscure and unexpected hostel for international student visitors on this street.
The vibe is enough to make you feel like you have enough money to be there, though – the street is beautiful, and worth a look if you’re just in town but don’t have too much money to spend.
4/5
2yrs+

"Making moves further north."

Lexington Avenue offers great shopping and great convenience for people who can afford it. Closer to Harlem residential buildings become more affordable and the area is going through a revitalization with new stores moving in all the time. It's a great street to settle on further north,but further south and towards midtown it's an amazing place to visit. Couture and posh restaurants are common place and visitors can always find something of interest.
5/5
2yrs+

"5.5 miles of shopping bliss"

Lexington Avenue stretches down Manhattan for 5.5 miles and is home to some of the most famous shops, stores and residential buildings. Lexington Ave, in and around Harlem, was largely seen as a less upscale area with delis and other convenience stores common, but in recent years retailers have seen the potential of the area and moved in. Edit, a clothing shop, came to Lex and 91st street in 2007 after several retailers had already moved in. Towards the Upper East Side and Midtown the more prestigious stores have held shop for sometime. Some extremely exclusive and expensive real estate is located on Lexington in the Upper East Side neighborhood, but a bit further north more reasonable accommodations can be found. Don't be fooled, "reasonable" still carries a steep price tag because of the Avenues name, but it's not an impossible dream. Overall the vibe is wonderful and the convenience can not be beat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"On Fabulous Lex"

Lexington Avenue is one of the most famous streets in New York City. This street which runs along the East Side is filled with restaurants, shopping, beautiful apartments, and the hustle and bustle that is the city. Really this street depends on the intersection. This street at any given place is convenient and also in the midtown area tends to be home of some of the most prestigious businesses. I really like the feel of the East Side and think that this is a good place to live if you're thinking of moving to the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Lexington Avenue and 42st Street"

Grand Central Station is the hallmark of this street as well as many other buildings known for their great architecture. This is the best street to get to the Chrysler Building, a beautiful piece of the New York Skyline. If you go early, you'll be right in the crux of the midtown rush to the office, as this area is filled with offices, various business, and people on a 9-5. I like being amongst the hustle and bustle in the morning, so I go early and try to get a picture of the Chrysler Building as the sun was still in it's morning position. Then, after many mornings of my walk to work, the sun reflects beautifully off of the decadent top. This street also has GREAT restaurants to pick up a casual lunch, and would also be a wonderful street to live on.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"The place where work gets done!"

This one busy street, the commercial buildings lining both side of the avenue have the lower floors filled with business offices, So a lot of firms work out of Lex. Along with all the business activity comes the traffic and the noise. It has a whole line of eating places a lot of them being Indian.

A whole passel of business hotels are prominent on this avenue. This is the place you want to be in case you want to get you work in NY done.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Lex - Running to stay at the same place"

Lexington Avenue is a hectic place to be is the last place you would want to come to for a little RnR.
Lexington Avenue carries most of the southbound one-way traffic from East 131st Street to Gramercy Park at East 21st Street it is about 5.5 miles long... and buzzing with a life. The Lex has numerous hotels and is very business oriented not a place to stand and stare. Lex is in New York's "Little India" is lined with kosher Indian restaurants. These have Indian names "Dosa Hut" or the "Madras Mahal", "Udupi Palace" and so on.

A great place to be if you are an Indian...a home away from home.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Always New & Inspiring"

Whenever i visit Lexington, theres always something new for me to know about. I dont why this happens but it seems that there are so many things i still have to discover.
Lexington has a typical NY style.Lex is great for South Asian Cuisine and Indian Resturants. They have typical Asian Touch in them . Lex is such a beautiful place and if u r coming to NY and not been to this place then u r really missing it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Like Indian Culture Take a Trip to Manhattan's Curry"

Long known as Murrauy Hill the resect influx of Indian Dining Establishments has this street renamed "Curry Hill". This area is roughly designated as Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets. Most resturants in the Curry Hill area serve their food from steam tables with makes service very quick. In addition, customers can view their dish before purchase. Curry Hill is not only resturants a variety of Indian shop are located here. Curry hill is a busy place thats both interesting and full of life.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Murray Hill

1

Lexington Ave

4.5/5
"Offers just about all you could ask for"
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2

East 27 St

3/5
"Nice Place to Settle "
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3

Madison Ave

3/5
"Long, wear good shoes."
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4

East 37th St

3/5
"Actually pretty which is surprising for this area"
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5

East 40th St

3/5
"Ritzy Shops Near Park Ave."
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"Lively, but a bit dark"
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East 38th St

3/5
"Some gorgeous homes"
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8

East 39 St

2.5/5
"Big Buildings and little else"
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East 30 St

2.5/5
"The Opposite of Lacking"
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East 28th St

2/5
"The Copper Chimney"
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