Occupying the blurry line between Gramercy and Midtown East, Kips Bay is a fast-growing residential area lying roughly between 23rd and 34th Streets east of Lexington Avenue. Kips Bay’s quiet and slightly isolated nature appeals to those seeking a respite from what seems to be the never-ending energy that characterizes so much of Manhattan, perhaps explaining why it has become so popular among new and old residents alike. Kips Bay’s best-kept secret, however, is its great East River frontage, from walkways to high-rise residential buildings with views of the river, backed by the expanse of Brooklyn and Queens, a true New York City panorama. One of the earliest Dutch settlements in what is now New York City, Kips Bay has always felt quaint with a rich marine heritage. The neighborhood’s waterside location made it a frequent point of contention during the Revolutionary War, while numerous 19th-century buildings dot Kips Bay, creating an area surprisingly steeped in history.
Nowadays, modern medical facilities, such as Bellevue and parts of New York University School of Medicine, are major activity centers, bringing with them employees, and in many cases their families, all of whom are helping to create a vibrant, if slightly undiscovered, place to live. For those in the medical industry, or who simply desire both a convenient and untapped area of Manhattan in which to live, Kips Bay may just be the perfect fit. With more of a community feel than other Manhattan neighborhoods, while at the same time providing the amenities of city living, Kips Bay balances what in essence most renters and home-buyers seek out of their New York City experience. The best part? Kips Bay will only continue to grow.