Upper East Side
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Guide to Upper East Side

Not Just for Traditionalists Anymore

The Upper East Side is a NYC classic. Originally coming of age during the Gilded Age, it has been home to some of America’s wealthiest families over the years, including the Rockefellers and Roosevelts. 

Its closeness to some of the city’s finest museums and quiet neighborhood enclaves like Yorkville and Carnegie Hill make this a great location for families, while a recent influx of great restaurants are tempting young professionals northward for something other than a quiet place to sleep at night. 

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Advantages of living in UES

It’s a family neighborhood, yet it personifies the city that never sleeps. It's an elegant place, rich in cultural history, with a modern, high-rise verve. It’s at the top of many New York City top neighborhood lists. 

Here are some reasons why.

Central Park

Central Park becomes your playground when you live on the Upper East Side. The park borders the Upper East Side all along its western border, from 59th to 96th street. Within these blocks are Central Park Zoo, the Pond with its spectacular vistas of Midtown, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Great Lawn. 

Stroll into Bethesda Terrace. Behold the Bethesda Fountain! Ninety-six feet across, 26 feet high, it stands among the world’s most impressive city fountains. Its bronze Angel of the Waters statue goes way back to Central Park's original design plans.

Schools

Children living in Manhattan and the Upper East Side of New York City have a plethora of educational opportunities at their fingertips. The Upper East Side has public and private schools covering elementary, middle, high school and college levels. Public schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).

Public schools in UES include P.S. 290 - the Manhattan New School, P.S. 6, Junior High School 167, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

Catholic parents will find a number of Catholic private schools, including Loyola School and St. Stephen of Hungary School, that cater to their religious preferences in the region. Other religious groups can choose from a variety of options including Christ Church Methodist Day School, Park Avenue Christian Day School, Episcopal School and Cathedral Day School, an Orthodox school. Jewish students can attend elementary and middle school at Solomon Schechter School and high school at Ramaz School.

Non-religious private schools include the Urban Academy and Manhattan Country School.

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Museum Mile

Upper East Side is home to a row of some of the finest museums in the country, including: 

Guggenheim Museum

The architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright makes this a showstopping Fifth Avenue landmark. Don’t walk on by. In 1943, Solomon R. Guggenheim wrote to Wright with a request for a completely unique building to house Guggenheim’s Mondrian collection and other non-objective art pieces. Wright designed “the best possible atmosphere" to enjoy works of visual arts and music.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

It’s the largest art museum in the country. At 1000 Fifth Avenue, the Met is a great destination for visitors of any age. And last year, visitors who aren't New York residents started having to pay a $25 admission fee. If you live here, you are fortunate.

El Museo del Barrio

Located at 1230 Fifth Avenue, it’s a leading light for New York City’s Latino culture and arts. With permanent and temporary collections, audio-visual events, El Museo is therapy for the imagination.

Museum of the City of New York

You must go at least once. Be transported into the city’s past though hundreds of thousands of photos and artifacts. An audio-visual presentation shows you the way the city evolved from 1600 to the present. Find it at 1220 Fifth Avenue.

The Neue Galerie

The Neue Galerie presented in the William Starr Miller House at 86th Street and Fifth Avenue, features work by Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, and other well-known Austrian and German artists. As those who have visited can assure you, it’s well worth the price of admission to encounter “the woman in gold” – Klimt’s fabulous, glittering portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. The painting has a remarkable history, too. Go, and find out.

Shopping

Catwalk down Madison Ave between 60th and 82nd Streets to visit all of your favorite luxury boutiques. Home to flagship stores of many fashion gurus and legends, Madison Ave. is the perfect place for anyone with the desire to wear off-the-runway looks. 

More than 150 luxury designer boutiques line this mile-and-a-half stretch, including Alexander McQueen, Barney’s, and Dipytque. 

Food

Upper East Side is known for it’s upscale restaurants, cafe’s and brunch spots. Some of the local favorites include:

  • Sushi of Gari - Experience some of the best Sushi in the city. The restaurant emphasizes fresh fish above all else here.

  • Daniel - The darling of culinary champions also happens to be the #1 Upper East Side dining spot in TripAdvisor's rankings. Founded by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, it’s the place for elegant attire, fine wines, and extraordinary service.

  • 2nd Ave. Deli - Jewish deli lovers can still reminisce about the good old days over signature deli sandwiches (pastrami, tongue, roast turkey).

  • JG Melon - Known for its comfy atmosphere, this cash-only pub attracts a laid-back neighborhood crowd for its famed burgers.


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