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UPPER EAST SIDE

Known for
  • 92nd Street Y
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Gossip Girl film locations
  • Madison Avenue Shopping
  • World-Famous Museum Mile

Northeastern Manhattan from 57th Street to 110th Street and the East River to Fifth Avenue. Neighborhoods include Sutton Place, Lenox Hill, Yorkville and Carnegie Hill. 

 

The Upper East Side’s reputation as a bastion of wealth, power and privilege dates back some 150 years, when the Vanderbilts, Mellons and Carnegies first built their stately mansions here. But oil barons and philanthropists are far from the only folks who enjoy what this lovely area has to offer. In addition to its more relaxed pace and abundance of shops and restaurants ranging from homey to haute, the Upper East Side is also home to a score of world-class museums and equally world-class medical facilities, superb public and private schools and a cozy patch of greenery known as Central Park.

 

Iconic Architecture

The variety of residential building styles here depend upon the neighborhood and its provenance. Soaring glass towers in Lenox Hill take advantage of spectacular Central Park and East River views, while in prestigious enclaves like Carnegie Hill and Sutton Place, historic pre-war townhomes, Beaux Arts carriage houses and limestone mansions fill the tree-lined blocks. Yorkville offers a range of surprisingly affordable co-ops and rental apartments, many with family-friendly amenities.

 

Historic Highlights

  • Until the 1870’s, when shipping magnate Effingham B. Sutton purchased the land overlooking the East River that now bears his name, elite Sutton Place was an industrial area filled with breweries and cigar factories.
  • Yorkville was the birthplace of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, actor James Cagney and the Marx Brothers, who frequently got into trouble by stealing apples from a neighbor’s tree.
  • Before Gracie Mansion became the official mayoral residence in 1942, the Federal-style estate contained an ice cream concession and public restrooms.

Neighborhood Favorites

Going Modern Thai Dining

The Corner Bookstore

E.A.T. Gifts

San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar

Pizza Beach

Cascabel Taqueria

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

Alice’s Tea Cup

Paola’s Restaurant

Bemelmans Bar, Carlyle Hotel

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Conservatory Gardens