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Upper East Side New York – Area Info & Accommodation

The Upper East Side is from 59th to 96th streets between Park Avenue and the East River. It is one of the most wealthy areas in the city and is an exclusive and prestigious location to live. It is also considered the most conservative neighborhood with over 40% of the people registered as Republicans.

It is said that the Upper East side has the highest concentration of individual wealth in the world and over 75% of the population has a Bachelors Degree or higher. Early in the city’s history, the Upper East Side was an area used for farming. It was a popular destination for people to go to visit the bluffs overlooking the river and acted as a natural wetland buffer between Harlem and the rest of the city.

The original residents of this area were very wealthy landholders who had large tracts of farmland and homesteads which would be subdivided to create the housing lots and apartment tracts as well as providing locations for the Lenox Library and Presbyterian Hospital two of the first public service buildings to serve the community.

Mixed into the massive estates of the rich, apartment buildings began to emerge with the first one constructed being 907 Fifth Ave built in 1916. Along with the rise in apartments the Third Ave El train line opened which allowed for the transportation of more goods and services to the neighborhood.

The line was demolished in the very early 1950s in favor of the underground subway system and a few high-rise buildings were constructed during the 1950s and 1660s but most of the buildings remain lower than 25 floors with large apartments and high ceilings being characteristic of the neighborhood.

The Upper East Side has the most expensive rate per square foot of property in Manhattan with the cost exceeding $1,200. It is the only area of the city to have no public housing options and is home to almost all of our private schools and museums, such as:

  • The Met
  • The Whitney
  • The Guggenheim
  • The Firck
  • The Cooper Hewitt
  • The Asia Society
  • The Jewish Museum
  • The Morgan
  • The Museum of the City of NY
  • The National Design Academy

And schools:

  • Brearley
  • Spence
  • Buckley
  • Browning
  • Steiner
  • Park East
  • Dalton
  • Loyola
  • Chapin
  • Ramaz
  • Lycee Francais
  • La Scuola d’Italia

There are also many notable Universities such as:

  • Cornell
  • Hunter
  • Mount Sinai
  • Rockefeller University
  • NY Medical College
  • Marymount

The list of famous Upper East Side residents is too long to even begin and many diplomatic missions and Embassies are located there as well in case you have a need for a visa or consular services

If you are into fashion there is nothing like the Shopping to be had on the Upper East Side. Every designer and couture house has a presence along 5th Avenue with the fabulous windows of Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffanys being some of the most visited locations in the city!

There is FAO Schwartz for the little ones if you are traveling with them and if not we suggest a stop in anyway to play on the giant floor piano because it is amazingly fun.

No trip to New York is complete without stopping by the Plaza Hotel after a carriage ride in Central Park. Have a Manhattan in the lobby bar … even though they are overpriced, it is worth it to say you did it once!

When you stop by the hotel if you are traveling with children be sure to ask the doorman or any of the staff if Eloise is in. They will take you to her portrait so the kids can see her if she is not available and you will be sure to leave with a letter from her saying she is sorry she missed you.

Incidentally, the Plaza has some fabulous bathrooms so if you find yourself in the area and need to freshen up they are on the lower level. The Upper East Side is a great place for people who are looking for the classic Manhattan experience. Elegance and romance mixed with art, history, and fashion combine to make it a truly unforgettable destination.

PLACES TO EAT

  • Serendipity 3
  • Daniel
  • Aureole
  • Pembroke Room
  • GOBO
  • Shake Shack
  • Sant Ambroeus
  • Cae Bolud
  • Sarabeths East
  • Fatty Fish
  • Alices Teacup Chapter 2

PLACES TO CHECK OUT

  • Central Park -things to be sure not to miss in the park are
  • The Delacourte Clock,The Carousel,Strawberry Fields,Belvedere Castle
  • Bloomingdales
  • Bergdorfs
  • Gracie Mansion
  • Any and every museum that you possibly can
  • A carriage ride
  • Dangerfields comedy club
  • The Roosevelt Island Tram
  • Sothebys
  • Tiffanys
  • The Trump Building for its waterfall and incredible pink marble (also excellent bathrooms !!)

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