Once known as the ‘Silk Stocking District’, the Upper East Side still retains its position as the most affluent area of New York City. No matter where you go, mention this neighborhood and it usually arouses images of luxury and extravagance. It’s convenience to Central Park, multi-cultural museums & every high-end designer in a stones throw makes this area very desirable.
Museum Mile is the name for a section of Fifth Avenue running from 82nd to 104th streets in a neighborhood known as Carnegie Hill. The “mile” contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums occupy the length of this section of Fifth Avenue, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection, The Jewish museum, Goethe-Institut, Neue Galerie New York, Guggenheim, National Academy Museum, Museum for African Art, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
An eleventh museum, the Museum for African Art, joined the ensemble in 2009 at 110th Street, the first new museum constructed on the Mile since the Guggenheim in 1959. In addition to other programming, the museums collaborate for the annual Museum Mile Festival, held each year in June, to promote the museums and increase visitation.
In the shopping mood? You will not become bored with the array of shops in this stunning neighborhood. Baccarat, Barney’s New York, La Perla, Versace, D&G, Prada, Moschino, Armani, Fred Leighton, Valentino & YSL are just a few names that call the Upper East Side home.
Nestled between these shops are great cafes and restaurants for the taking. A favorite for mother’s and the children is Alice’s Tea Cup-a whimsical tea room with a health conscious menu and very kid-friendly. The perfect location for a party or a family to take some time out of their busy day and relax in a comforting setting. Other notable eateries include Fig & Olive, The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges, Café d’Alsace, Beyoglu, Fishtail by David Burke, Parlor Steakhouse and Nica Trattoria.
Perfect for any age or family size, Central Park runs along the Upper East Side, giving residents things to do all year round! Whether it’s ice-skating in the winter, checking out the Summer Concert Series in the summer, or taking a run in the morning, there is always something to do to keep you busy. A favorite of locals is to be able to see the changing colors in the early Fall & the blooming of flowers in the Spring-the perfect scenery in your ‘backyard’.
If you are looking to move into this luxurious neighborhood, some developments that you should have in your radar include 1510 Lexington Avenue, The Camargue, The Croyon, The Blake and 420 East 80th Street. For a full list of apartment buildings to help your search, visit our Upper East Side Apartments section!