A History of Kips Bay

Located on the east side of Manhattan, Kip’s Bay is the site where approximately 4,000 British soldiers landed during the Revolutionary War to defeat American soldiers as a larger campaign to occupy New York City. It is named for an early settler, Jacobus Hendrickson Kip, who operated a farm in the area in the 17th Century.  An apartment near Kips Bay will put you close to shopping and entertainment, yet make it easy enough for you to walk to work in Chelsea or the East Village.

Neighborhood Demographics

Kips Bay contains a wide variety of housing, ranging from town houses to high rise apartment complexes. A number of wooden clapboard houses from the 18th and 19th Centuries remain intact, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This neighborhood is known for being one of the most affordable places to live in Manhattan, yet is also much quieter than other nearby areas. The quiet atmosphere coupled with its proximity to attractions and easy accessibility makes it highly sought after by everyone from retirees to college students.

Location and Attractions

Kips Bay extends from East 34th Street to the north, East 23rd Street to the south, the East River to the east, and Lexington Avenue to the West. Its location near the East River provides you with ample opportunities for boating, yachting, or simply taking a scenic walk or bike ride. Kips Bay is easily accessible by taxi or bus, and construction of a subway underneath park of the neighborhood is underway as well.

Other nearby neighborhoods include Murray Hill, Rose Hill and Turtle Bay. These neighborhoods contain New York City landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, Citigroup Center and the United Nations Headquarters building.

Things to Do

One of the things that makes renting an apartment near Kips Bay attractive is the fact that this neighborhood contains businesses that most people feel are essential for everyday life. Examples are drug stores, grocery stores, medical clinics, tailors and dry cleaners. As such, you’ll find it easy to conduct routine business, yet won’t be bothered by excessive noise or traffic.

Kips Bay Plaza is one of the biggest shopping centers, containing a number of big box retailers and a movie theater. A grocery store spanning more than 40,000 feet lies beneath Second Avenue, and has its own butcher shop, fresh seafood counter and a hot lunch bar. A branch of the New York Public Library is found within Kips Bay as well.

There’s no lack of outdoor recreation in Kips Bay. A river walk along Stuyvesant Cove Park contains a bike path, outdoor stage, and several picnic areas. Renting an apartment near Kips Cove will also put you close to Gramercy Park, a private park known for its well-kept grounds, historic buildings, and statue of Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth. Private and public boat charters are available along the East River, weather permitting.

Living in Kips Bay

Kips Bay is not only a family-friendly neighborhood, but it is also very pet friendly. When it comes to pet friendly apartments in NYC, you can’t beat Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town. These scenic apartments surround a beautiful park, and span more than 80 acres of green space that is perfect for walking your canine companion. Spacious apartments ranging from one to five bedrooms are available, and come complete with amenities such as concierge services and a fitness center. To find a no-fee apartment near Kips Bay that’s right for you, contact us today at 877-774-1849.




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