Upper East Side
The Upper East Side, once known as the Silk Stocking District, is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City, containing the greatest concentration of individual wealth in Manhattan. It is located between Central Park and the East River.
Once farmland, the fashionable future of the Upper East Side was established by a row of handsome townhouses built on speculation by Mary Mason Jones in the 1850s. Upper crust New Yorkers, including Andrew Carnegie, the oil-rich Rockefellers, the Roosevelts, and the political dynastic Kennedys, built stylish mansions and townhouses in the neighborhood. Many former mansions on the Upper East Side are now occupied by diplomatic missions.
The Upper East Side maintains the highest pricing per square foot in the United States. Upper East Side real estate includes some of the most luxurious properties in the world, boasting stunning architecture and elegant historic and prewar homes, with landmarked brownstones lining the prime residential streets. The neighborhood offers magnificent, spacious condominium properties with spectacular Central Park and cityscape views.
The Upper East Side is the place to go for world class shopping. The famous Madison Avenue is home to many couture and designer shops, and the window shopping is extraordinary. Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Dominique Levy, Devi Kroell, Etro, Hermes and Jimmy Choo are just a sampling of the many designer shops the neighborhood has to offer. If couture clothing isn’t enough, luxurious sparkling diamond accessories can be found at Fred Leighton and Ivanka Trump. Department stores in the Upper East Side include the legendary Barneys and Bloomingdale’s.
New Yorkers love fine food, and the Upper East Side offers some of the best dining in the city. The most discriminating sushi aficionado will be delighted by the sublime Sushi Seki, Sasabune and Sushi of Gari. Renowned chef Daniel Boulud creates magical French cuisine in luxurious, stylish locations at Daniel and the Café Boulud. Erminia features fabulous home style Italian cuisine in a cozy, candle-lit atmosphere.
While places like Greenwich Village and Times Square are synonymous with New York nightlife, the Upper East Side has long been a popular night spot for New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike. For a span of about 20 blocks along 1st and 2nd Avenues, an endless string of bars, nightclubs and live music establishments bring revelers to the neighborhood. The golden age of New York cabaret comes alive each night at Café Carlyle, known for headlining incredible talents. Finnegan’s Wake is an authentic Irish pub with good comfort food and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. For something a little edgier, check out Avra, the hottest new Greek Restaurant and hang out at 60th and Madison. If it’s laughs you’re looking for, Dangerfield’s, established by the famous comedian Rodney Dangerfield, presents comedy shows every night of the week. Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey and Jerry Seinfeld are just some of the A-listers who have performed there.
The Upper East Side is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park has been dubbed “Museum Mile,” and includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum of New York.
The neighborhood has been a setting for many films, television shows and books as well. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was filmed in the Upper East Side in 1961.
The IRT Broadway – Lexington Avenue Line (4, 5 6 trains) and local MTA bus routes (M31, M15, M101, 102 and 103, M57, M72, M79, M86, M96 and M106) serve the Upper East side, and the Second Avenue Subway, a rapid transit subway line, is currently under construction.