Welcome to the Upper East Side
Old-world strength, new-world flexibility
When people think of classic New York City, it’s the Upper East Side that comes to mind. “Established” is the perfect word. This is the part of New York City that has social roots. Expect gentry, culture, and old-world sophistication, but blend it with a newer and younger vibe. Add to it the beloved Central Park, quiet tree-lined streets, and a sense of heritage and belonging. Picture ever-ready door attendants in stately old buildings mixed with the artistic feel of Museum Mile, and you’ll have a good understanding of life on the Upper East Side. Combine it with trendy pubs and restaurants on Second Avenue, and you’ve got a vibrant neighborhood.
If you’re looking for prestigious addresses and residences that are refined and upscale, look no further. Some of the wealthiest NYC residents live between Park and Fifth Avenues. This area has been home to many famous people, including 18th President Ulysses S. Grant and the Kennedys, Rockefellers, Carnegies, Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts. They shared a love of cosmopolitan living and exclusive shopping on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, balanced with the vast green space of Central Park and views of the East River. Residences include luxury townhouses, opulent condominiums, old row houses, and posh penthouses.
What to Love
- Peppered with multicultural food and drink establishments
- Everything for luxury living within walking distance
- Many museums and art galleries
- Vibrant nightlife with dozens of bars, lounges, and pubs
- Open greenspace with Central Park and Carl Schurz Park
- A slower pace of living and excellent schools
The Upper East Side is where the Gilded Age of New York City took place, that classic time portrayed in countless movies and history books. To an extent, that still remains true. This neighborhood seems like a part of old-world Europe with the sophisticated feel of Paris. The streets remain beautiful and tree-lined with historic architecture and fountains. Residents enjoy many coffee shops, markets, delis, fine-dining restaurants, libraries, museums, art galleries, and good schools.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Sarabeth’s is known for its contemporary American food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do try the skillet cinnamon bun for a delicious breakfast treat. If European cuisine and an impressive wine list are what you long for, Restaurant Daniel, with its Neo-Classic main dining room, awaits, and the Maine halibut is delicious.
Italian cuisine eaten on a farmhouse table in a room with exposed brick walls lit by a chandelier is what you can expect at Sfoglia. While there, make sure you order the veal Milanese. For those who like to keep it simple, The Alvin Public House is a wonderful neighborhood hangout where they serve “classic American pub fare with an Irish influence.” Try the traditional fish chips with Guinness on tap.
Fashionistas love the famous Bloomingdale’s and their exclusive designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Bergdorf Goodman has a vast selection of the most exclusive designers in the world.
Things to Do
If you love neighborhood outdoor performing arts festivals, the SummerStage has concerts throughout the summer. Sit among the trees and watch a legend be born. If sports and fitness is your passion, you will appreciate Asphalt Green, a “nonprofit organization that provides high-quality sports, swim, and fitness instruction and programs to New York City children and adults.”
Central Park is 843 acres of green paradise, offering various tours and birding basics, weekly walks in different gardens, tennis courts, picnic areas, and chess games. Not as famous but just as beautiful, the 14.9-acre Carl Schurz Park has a waterfront promenade, walking paths, dog parks, playgrounds, and flower gardens.
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