Upper East Side
On the Upper East Side, there is plenty of room for both Old World elegance and the new and the fresh. Between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue from 59th Street to 79th Street, the impeccably maintained mansions and highly selective, beautiful pre-war co-ops, the world-class boutiques, and the white table-clothed restaurants, all trumpet the area’s opulence. Further afield to the north and east, the vibe is more casual and easy-going.
To Do and To Dally
All along Lexington, 3rd, and 2nd Avenues are shops, restaurants and bars that appeal to the many families and young professionals that have found good value in the mostly post-war buildings and brick walk-ups of the eastern section of the neighborhood. Trendy retailer Warby Parker, as well as craft beer bars The Jeffrey and The Pony Bar are among the businesses heralding the arrival of cool to the Upper East Side.
Bookended by phenomenal Central Park on the west and equally beautiful Charles Schurz Park overlooking the East River, the Upper East Side offers many opportunities for outdoor activities including horseback riding, ice skating, boating, swimming, biking, handball, incredible playgrounds, and more. Outdoor concerts, films, and theater enliven the parks all summer long.
A Cultural Cornucopia
The Upper East Side is also home to Museum Mile, the stretch of 5th Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street. Among its nine museums are some of the most renowned in the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. As one of the city’s most important cultural centers, the 92nd St. Y hosts performances, lectures, and workshops by such leaders in their fields as Mikhail Gorbachev, Yo-Yo Ma, and Steve Martin. Many of the city’s elite private schools can also be found here.
The 4, 5, 6 line runs along Lexington Ave. and the Q line runs along 2nd Ave. to 96th St. The F, N, W, and R subway lines run through the southern end of the neighborhood.