History & Culture
Before it was renamed, Carnegie Hill was known as Prospect Hill, and while it was home to a number of handsome rowhouses, Andrew Carnegie’s decision to move there made the area a coveted address. In the decades after the completion of his house in 1902, other leading figures in the business world followed, building their own mansions in a mix of styles. A number of them have been converted to other uses over time — Carnegie’s home now houses Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian’s design museum), while Felix Warburg’s mansion (completed in 1908) is now the Jewish Museum. Those aren’t the only cultural institutions of note: The Guggenheim Museum and the 92nd Street Y, with its celebrated speaker series, are also Carnegie Hill institutions. Finally, the neighborhood is home to a number of New York’s most selective private schools: Dalton, Nightingale-Bamford, and Spence.