Back in 2001, the NY Times published an article on the changes occurring in Murray Hill – a Midtown Manhattan neighborhood known for its brownstones and low-rise residential community. Families such as the Tiffanys, the Morgans, the Rhinelanders and the Roosevelts once called Murray Hill home.
In 1905, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lived close by Franklin’s mother, Sara Roosevelt, in the Murray Hill neighborhood. Murray Hill was concerned that their comfortable historic parish would be destroyed with the progress of high-rises being built.
In 2003, the Murray Hill Historic District was listed on the National Register, documenting a period of history from 1853 to 1953. At that time the district boundaries were selected to correspond to those properties that met the fifty year requirement for eligibility and listing, resulting in a smaller boundary within the greater Murray Hill neighborhood. In light of the passage of time and the now eligible stock of buildings from the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Murray Hill Historic District (Boundary Expansion) provides the opportunity to establish a boundary that unifies much of the neighborhood’s historic resources from a period of significance from 1853 to 1961.
Today, Murray Hill has a whole new look while still sustaining the historical legacy of this timeless neighborhood. Just imagine President Roosevelt coming back to his home today to see the house still there but it is now Hunter College’s Public Policy Institute and the skyline filled with new, high-rise structures surrounding his once community.
One of the fore-mentioned high-rises President Roosevelt would see today is House 39, located at 225 East 39th Street. House 39 offers top notch amenities including a concierge, a roof deck with cabanas and BBQ stations, an outdoor movie screen, a fireplace, bocce ball, shuffle board, a photo booth, a live-in superintendent, a children’s playroom, a curved swimming pool, a library, a fitness center, a driveway, a plaza, and courtyard garden.
The luxury apartments are probably the most comfortable residences in Manhattan. The exterior structure looks like it entered a pinball wizard contest with its many vertical façade strips that interrupt its very smooth, reflective façades.