Explore the History of Murray Hill
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.
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.
Third Avenue opens, replacing the old Eastern Post Road.
The Belmont mansion, the original neighborhood landmark, is destroyed in a fire.
Lexington Avenue opens. It originally stretches from 30th to 42nd streets.
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.
The aftermath of the Civil War creates a high demand for housing in New York City. Real estate prices surge in Murray Hill.
Construction of the 6 train begins on Park Avenue and 33rd street. Murray Hill commuters rejoice for the century to come.
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.