Kips Bay

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

Kips Bay is rich in red brick flat complexes and corporate comforts like Starbucks. You’ll never stray far from familiarity in this manageable and convenient neighbourhood. 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 neighbours (like Murray Hill) do the talking.

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On the Map

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

Walk to Gramercy Park and Union Square, stroll down Fifth Avenue for some shopping or enjoy the bars and jazz clubs of Greenwich village...Everything is so close and you will save a lot of money in taxis and transportation."

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 clamour.

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And familiar pleasures like sweet lattes.

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Truly great location for exploring the city! 5-20 minute walk to Empire State Building, Gramercy Park, Herald Square/Macy's, Chrysler Building, United Nations, Union Square/East Village, 5th Avenue sights including (Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue) and Times Square / Broadway Theatre District."

Neighbourhood Nights

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

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

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Shine bright, big city.

I love the neighbourhood, it is safe and convenient."


Visited in 2013


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods 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 specialises in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.