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Upper East Side

Upper East Side
Living in the Upper East Side

Old world elegance and new world modernity are in perfect harmony in this storied neighborhood. Famed for its 'museum mile,' which includes some of the city's most cultured institutions, the Upper East Side is also home to stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants and some of the city's most celebrated upscale boutiques.

Living in the Upper East Side” style=

Central Park is on the western border of the neighborhood and offers a tranquil retreat from big city living, while the arrival of the second avenue subway means the Upper East Side is even more connected to the rest of Manhattan and the other boroughs.

Upper East Side Real Estate


Real estate in the Upper East Side” style=

It would seem every upper-class family in American history has had a home in the Upper East Side; the Whitneys, the Rockefellers, and the Kennedys to name a few.

However, having the income of a Kennedy is not a prerequisite for living in the neighborhood as there are Upper East Side Apartments for sale and Upper East Side Apartments to rent that hit every price point.

With Georgian, Neo-Classical and Art Deco style buildings mixing with contemporary high rises, walk-ups and luxury condos like those found in Manhattan House, the Upper East side offers a beautiful blend of housing options.

Upper East Side History


History in the Upper East Side” style=

Once known as the silk stocking district, the Upper East Side in the 18th century was a farmland and market garden area. The building of 2nd and 3rd Avenues began to change that as the neighborhood became better connected with the rest of the city.

The arrival of Central Park in 1866 further added to its appeal and soon the wealthy, which had once built homes overlooking the East River began to turn to Fifth Avenue. By the late 19th and early 20th-century, tycoons like Andrew Carnegie were building their Gilded Age mansions along the avenue facing the park.

Many of these mansions didn't last long as a wave of apartment blocks and townhouses began to replace them. This building boom continued right up until the Great Depression. After the war aided the building of what later became known as FDR Drive, the growth continued, and more high-rises and luxury condos sprung up to accommodate the people who wanted to live in the area.

Today the Upper East Side is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Manhattan and attracts the residents from all over the globe.

Upper East Side Attractions


New York has many famous museums and the Upper East Side's Museum Mile is home to quite a number of them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has two million works of art spanning over five thousand years. It now has a second location, The Met Breuer that focuses more on modern and contemporary art.

Housed in a landmark work of 20th-century architecture built by Frank Lloyd Wright is The Guggenheim. Inside this magnificent space are significant retrospectives of major modern artists.

Based in the former home of Andrew Carnegie is The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which is exclusively devoted to showing only historic and contemporary design.

Next, there's the Neue Galerie that focuses on German and Austrian Art including works by the likes of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

In addition, there are smaller galleries like Salon 94, that shows work by major contemporary artists.

Upper East Side shopping


Any place that has not one but two Hermes stores is a place to go for high-end shopping. It's true that just about every luxury brand has a place here. You can find everything from Chloe heels to Louis Vuitton luggage from Roberto Cavalli animal prints to Cartier bracelets.

One of the most iconic shopping destinations on Madison Avenue is Barney's, which has men's and women's designer clothing spanning over nine floors. Should you need to refuel, there are also two in-store options. At Gene's Cafe you can order your coffee, snack or smoothie from a giant touchscreen on your table. Fred's is a modern day bistro serving fresh pasta, pizza, and salads, including the signature Mark's Madison Avenue. Meat, fish and vegan options are also on the menu.

Upper East Side Restaurants


One of New York's most famous chefs Daniel Boulud has two restaurants in the neighborhood. The first, Daniel, is the ultimate fine dining experience with a jacket required to enjoy the French food that has two Michelin stars.

The other, Café Boulud, also has a Michelin star to its name and offers more casual but still elegant dining.

Elsewhere rustic and relaxed, Uva is a wine bar restaurant serving Italian small plates and entrees complemented by an extensive wine list. A back garden open year-round is always a draw.

Another well-regarded fixture of the area is Sushi of Gari, which serves some of the city's freshest sushi.

JG Melon's is home to what many believe is the city's best burger and trendy Toloache offers a modern take on Mexican food with an extensive tequila list.

Those with a sweet tooth should head for local favorite Two Little Red Hens, an American bakery known for cupcakes and custom-made cakes.

Upper East Side Parks


At the beating heart of uptown Manhattan is Central Park. A model for many of the city parks throughout the world, it is 843 acres of space filled with numerous attractions. There's a boating lake, an ice rink, baseball diamonds and a host of concerts featuring stars from the world of pop opera and classical.

On the east side of the park is Central Park Zoo, home to three exhibition spaces that replicate the climates of temperate, tropical and polar zones. Here you can see grizzly bears, sea lions and a snow leopard among many other animals.

If that doesn't interest you, you can take advantage of the miles of green space by walking or bicycling around the park.

One of the city's best-kept secrets, Carl Schurz Park, overlooks the East River and contains Gracie Mansion-the official residence of the New York City Mayor. It also has two dog runs making it one of the most dog-friendly in the city.

John Jay Park is the smallest of the three parks. In addition to basketball courts, it has an outdoor pool that's a great place to come to in the summer for a swim or to sunbathe.

Upper East Side Nightlife


Comic Strip Live is an excellent place to catch up and coming comedians along with the odd big name star trying out a new routine.

If it's a drink you're after, Upper East Side bars are many and various. For example, next to the Carlyle Hotel is the timeless Bemelmans, a piano bar that has attracted socialites and movie stars over the years.

With its décor of reclaimed wood and old-school wallpaper, The Penrose is a great place for cocktails, beer, and whiskey. It also doubles as a great restaurant.

Focusing on beers brewed in local distilleries, handcrafted cocktails, and small-batch spirits, Bondurants is a great neighborhood bar worth checking out.

By day Jeffrey's is a coffee bar serving great espresso, but from the afternoon onwards it morphs into a craft beer and cocktail destination offering creative gastro-bites.

By contrast, The Infirmary offers you a taste of the South with Cajun-Creole food to accompany their drinks.

Finally, Seamstress is a hangout with a warm vibe and creative small plates served with their extensive list of cocktails.

Living in the Upper East Side
Old world elegance and new world modernity are in perfect harmony in this storied neighborhood. Famed for its 'museum mile,' which includes some of the city's most cultured institutions, the Upper East Side is also home to stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants and some of the city's most celebrated upscale boutiques.

Living in the Upper East Side” style=

Central Park is on the western border of the neighborhood and offers a tranquil retreat from big city living, while the arrival of the second avenue subway means the Upper East Side is even more connected to the rest of Manhattan and the other boroughs.

Upper East Side Real Estate


Real estate in the Upper East Side” style=

It would seem every upper-class family in American history has had a home in the Upper East Side; the Whitneys, the Rockefellers, and the Kennedys to name a few.

However, having the income of a Kennedy is not a prerequisite for living in the neighborhood as there are Upper East Side Apartments for sale and Upper East Side Apartments to rent that hit every price point.

With Georgian, Neo-Classical and Art Deco style buildings mixing with contemporary high rises, walk-ups and luxury condos like those found in Manhattan House, the Upper East side offers a beautiful blend of housing options.

Upper East Side History


History in the Upper East Side” style=

Once known as the silk stocking district, the Upper East Side in the 18th century was a farmland and market garden area. The building of 2nd and 3rd Avenues began to change that as the neighborhood became better connected with the rest of the city.

The arrival of Central Park in 1866 further added to its appeal and soon the wealthy, which had once built homes overlooking the East River began to turn to Fifth Avenue. By the late 19th and early 20th-century, tycoons like Andrew Carnegie were building their Gilded Age mansions along the avenue facing the park.

Many of these mansions didn't last long as a wave of apartment blocks and townhouses began to replace them. This building boom continued right up until the Great Depression. After the war aided the building of what later became known as FDR Drive, the growth continued, and more high-rises and luxury condos sprung up to accommodate the people who wanted to live in the area.

Today the Upper East Side is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Manhattan and attracts the residents from all over the globe.

Upper East Side Attractions


New York has many famous museums and the Upper East Side's Museum Mile is home to quite a number of them.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has two million works of art spanning over five thousand years. It now has a second location, The Met Breuer that focuses more on modern and contemporary art.

Housed in a landmark work of 20th-century architecture built by Frank Lloyd Wright is The Guggenheim. Inside this magnificent space are significant retrospectives of major modern artists.

Based in the former home of Andrew Carnegie is The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which is exclusively devoted to showing only historic and contemporary design.

Next, there's the Neue Galerie that focuses on German and Austrian Art including works by the likes of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

In addition, there are smaller galleries like Salon 94, that shows work by major contemporary artists.

Upper East Side shopping


Any place that has not one but two Hermes stores is a place to go for high-end shopping. It's true that just about every luxury brand has a place here. You can find everything from Chloe heels to Louis Vuitton luggage from Roberto Cavalli animal prints to Cartier bracelets.

One of the most iconic shopping destinations on Madison Avenue is Barney's, which has men's and women's designer clothing spanning over nine floors. Should you need to refuel, there are also two in-store options. At Gene's Cafe you can order your coffee, snack or smoothie from a giant touchscreen on your table. Fred's is a modern day bistro serving fresh pasta, pizza, and salads, including the signature Mark's Madison Avenue. Meat, fish and vegan options are also on the menu.

Upper East Side Restaurants


One of New York's most famous chefs Daniel Boulud has two restaurants in the neighborhood. The first, Daniel, is the ultimate fine dining experience with a jacket required to enjoy the French food that has two Michelin stars.

The other, Café Boulud, also has a Michelin star to its name and offers more casual but still elegant dining.

Elsewhere rustic and relaxed, Uva is a wine bar restaurant serving Italian small plates and entrees complemented by an extensive wine list. A back garden open year-round is always a draw.

Another well-regarded fixture of the area is Sushi of Gari, which serves some of the city's freshest sushi.

JG Melon's is home to what many believe is the city's best burger and trendy Toloache offers a modern take on Mexican food with an extensive tequila list.

Those with a sweet tooth should head for local favorite Two Little Red Hens, an American bakery known for cupcakes and custom-made cakes.

Upper East Side Parks


At the beating heart of uptown Manhattan is Central Park. A model for many of the city parks throughout the world, it is 843 acres of space filled with numerous attractions. There's a boating lake, an ice rink, baseball diamonds and a host of concerts featuring stars from the world of pop opera and classical.

On the east side of the park is Central Park Zoo, home to three exhibition spaces that replicate the climates of temperate, tropical and polar zones. Here you can see grizzly bears, sea lions and a snow leopard among many other animals.

If that doesn't interest you, you can take advantage of the miles of green space by walking or bicycling around the park.

One of the city's best-kept secrets, Carl Schurz Park, overlooks the East River and contains Gracie Mansion-the official residence of the New York City Mayor. It also has two dog runs making it one of the most dog-friendly in the city.

John Jay Park is the smallest of the three parks. In addition to basketball courts, it has an outdoor pool that's a great place to come to in the summer for a swim or to sunbathe.

Upper East Side Nightlife


Comic Strip Live is an excellent place to catch up and coming comedians along with the odd big name star trying out a new routine.

If it's a drink you're after, Upper East Side bars are many and various. For example, next to the Carlyle Hotel is the timeless Bemelmans, a piano bar that has attracted socialites and movie stars over the years.

With its décor of reclaimed wood and old-school wallpaper, The Penrose is a great place for cocktails, beer, and whiskey. It also doubles as a great restaurant.

Focusing on beers brewed in local distilleries, handcrafted cocktails, and small-batch spirits, Bondurants is a great neighborhood bar worth checking out.

By day Jeffrey's is a coffee bar serving great espresso, but from the afternoon onwards it morphs into a craft beer and cocktail destination offering creative gastro-bites.

By contrast, The Infirmary offers you a taste of the South with Cajun-Creole food to accompany their drinks.

Finally, Seamstress is a hangout with a warm vibe and creative small plates served with their extensive list of cocktails.

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