Kips Bay

Peaceful quietude permeates this neighborhood just minutes away from the wild side of Manhattan.

Kips Bay is rich in red brick apartment complexes and corporate comforts like Starbucks. You’ll never stray far from familiarity in this manageable and convenient neighborhood. Kips Bay feels stunningly residential, even against the backdrop of New York City streets. Pet-friendly, people-friendly, and surprisingly wallet-friendly in an infamously expensive city, Kips Bay keeps quiet and lets its neighbors (like Murray Hill) do the talking.

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On the Map

Kips Bay is within Manhattan and bordered by Midtown, Flatiron District, Murray Hill, East Village, Alphabet City, Midtown East, and Gramercy Park

JFK Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 24 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 24 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Simplicity in the City

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Conveniently located and strikingly calm, Kips Bay is a laid-back neighborhood well-suited for cool days and calm nights.

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You can still find serenity in Kips Bay, despite its location in NYC's midtown metropolis.

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Whether you're a biped or a quadruped, Kips Bay feels friendly.

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Walk this way.

Peace Along the East River

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Dunk, wonder, walk, or ride.

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Kips Bay's location on the East River offers serene reprieves from the city's clamor.

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And familiar pleasures like sweet lattes.

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Neighborhood Nights

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Kips Bay might be quieter than nearby Murray Hill, but this neighborhood still knows how to be nocturnal.

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Casual bars, clubs, music venues, and movie theaters infuse Kips Bay with evening energy.

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Shine bright, big city.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.