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1753

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1753

Robert Murray, an Irish immigrant who became one of the most important overseas merchants in the colonial-era United States, moves from Pennsylvania to New York City with his wife Mary Murray.

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1762

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1762

The Murrays purchase Inclenberg, a hilly 29-acre country estate where they build a family mansion known as Belmont. Located on what is now 37th street and Park Avenue, Belmont soon becomes a social hub for members of New York high society, including future president George Washington.

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1776

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As the British threaten to crush the Patriots in the early months of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Manhattan breaks out at Kips Bay. Mary Murray and her daughters distract the Red Coats, including General Sir William Howe, with teatime at Belmont and give the American troops enough time to escape from imminent danger.

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1786

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1786

Robert Murray dies and leaves Inclenberg and Belmont to his daughter Susannah and her husband Captain Willett. A failed business venture will force the Willetts to sell the land and mansion to Robert’s brother, John Murray, in 1800.

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1789

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1789

George Washington lands at Robert Murray's Wharf at the foot of Wall Street to take the Oath as First President of the United States.

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1807

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1807

A state-appointed commission adopts a plan to determine New York’s urban development. The grid plan, which details twelve wide avenues running from the north to the south of the island intersected with 155 cross streets, has since remained the foundation of Manhattan’s geographic structure.

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1808

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1808

During an embargo that closes New York harbor, unemployed dock workers reduce the height of Murray Hill, slicing off between 20 and 40 feet from its summit, which is used for fill.

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1815

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1815

Third Avenue opens, replacing the old Eastern Post Road.

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1834

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1834

The Croton Distributing Reservoir, also known as The Murray Hill Reservoir and the future standing-spot of the New York Public Library, opens. As Manhattan north of 42nd street remains profitable farmland, Murray Hill becomes city limits and is known as “uptown.”

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1835

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1835

The Belmont mansion, the original neighborhood landmark, is destroyed in a fire.

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1843

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1843

Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. is born in a house on the southwest corner of 34th street and 4th- now known as Park Avenue.

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1848

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1848

Lexington Avenue opens. It originally stretches from 30th to 42nd streets.

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1864

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1864

Sniffen Court, one of the only remaining mews in 21st Century Manhattan, is built at 150-156 East 36th Street. 10 Romanesque Revival-style carriage houses form a quaint mid-block mews on the south side of 36th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington. Prominent artists Malvina Hoffman and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth keep studios there.

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1865

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1865

The aftermath of the Civil War creates a high demand for housing in New York City. Real estate prices surge in Murray Hill.

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1871

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1871

Grand Central Terminal opens its doors to the public.

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1880

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1880

J.P. Morgan, a corporate tycoon and an integral figure in Murray Hill’s cultural development, buys a house at 225 Madison Avenue by 36th street. He will live there until his death in 1913.

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1884

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1884

The Murray Hill Hotel is built on the west side of Park avenue between 40th and 41st streets. It will become a meeting place for prominent New Yorkers and visitors from Mark Twain to President Grover Cleveland until it closes its doors in 1947.

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1900

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1900

Construction of the 6 train begins on Park Avenue and 33rd street. Murray Hill commuters rejoice for the century to come.

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1900

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1900

Mary Lincoln Isham, granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, moves into 122 east 38th street.

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1902

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1902

The Delamar mansion is built for Dutch mining mogul Joseph Delamar. The Republic of Poland pays $900,000 for the building in 1973 and now uses it as their Consulate to the United Nations.

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1905

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1905

Future four-term President and First Lady Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt move into their new neighborhood townhouse at 125 east 36th street.

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1930

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1930

The Union League, an exclusive social club developed for the preservation of the Union after the Civil War, opens up a base at 38 east 37th street. Noteworthy members have included Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover and Theodore Roosevelt.

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1931

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1931

A New York landmark like no other, the Empire State building opens its doors at 34th street and 5th Avenue. It will remain the undisputed tallest building in the world for almost forty years.

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1953

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1953

Andy Warhol, the father of pop art and one of the pivotal American artists of the 20th century, sublets an apartment at 242 Lexington Avenue between 34th and 35th streets- now home to The Murray Hill House.

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1953

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1953

Yeshiva University purchases 253 Lexington Avenue for the inaugural class of the Stern College for Women, an institution offering a curriculum based on Orthodox Judaic studies.

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1959

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1959

The Church of Our Savior opens at 59 Park Avenue and the corner of 38th street.

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2000

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2000

The Scandinavia House, a cultural center showcasing Nordic traditions, art and identity, opens its doors at 56 Park Avenue with a ceremony attended by royal dignitaries from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

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