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The Upper East Side of Manhattan is one of the city's wealthiest districts. Spanning the stretch of island between 59th Street to 96th Street east of Central Park, the neighborhoods of Lenox Hill, Yorkville, and Carnegie Hill are full of luxurious townhouses and apartment buildings on some of the most affluent addresses in New York. Madison Avenue holds a multitude of fashionable boutiques and fine restaurants catering to the upscale crowd. While the endless Madison Avenue shops and the lavish hotels near Grand Army Plaza are what have typically this place on the map, the Upper East Side features an endless amount of other authentic, exciting sites for every crowd. Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor; many other historic buildings; superb art museums; and many consulates are part of what makes this neighborhood special. The historic Czech, German, Hungarian, Irish, Polish, and Slavic influences are apparent in this neighborhood through the classical buildings and restaurants mixed in between the modern affluent areas where one can find almost anything they'd want in a small and exciting area.

Neighborhoods[edit]

There are three main sub-neighborhoods within the larger area of the Upper East Side. Each borough has its own historical culture and influence and almost act as an individual neighborhood of their own.

  Carnegie Hill
A mix of historic, rustic landmarks, the endless museums of Museum Mile, and the peaceful Central Park, Carnegie Hill is full of great landmarks for any history-savvy tourist. Named for Andrew Carnegie and his famous mansion in the neighborhood, the area's most known for its brownstones and townhouses along Park Avenue alongside many famous museums such as the Cooper Hewitt and the Guggenheim. Its northern boundary is East 96th Street at the southern tip of East Harlem, while it's bordered to the south by East 86th Street and straddled to the east by Yorkville and 3rd Avenue, and the west by 5th Avenue and Central Park.
  Lenox Hill
Anyone who wants a quick experience of the Upper East Side must travel to Lenox Hill. While to the east it borders the peaceful East River with a relaxing boardwalk for bikes and pedestrians and a glorious view of Queens and Roosevelt Island, its western portion along Park Avenue and northern border of East 79th Street south of Yorkville is full of townhouses and great residential areas, while areas bustling with shops that have something for everyone, whether it's decadent candy or splurging on clothes, can be found nearby along the southern border at East 59th Street. In the heart of the neighborhood is a mix of modern landmarks such as the Frick Collection, many other historical sites can be seen too, dating back to Robert Lenox and his son James who purchased and later partitioned the neighborhood during the 1800s into what it is today.
  Yorkville
While Yorkville is today a bustling neighborhood full of a variety of landmarks, its history still influences the area to this day. Ever since the neighborhoods construction in the 19th century after its use as farmland and a base during the American Revolutionary War, it has been a hotspot for many ethnicities, particularly the Germans, along with Czech, Hungarian, Irish, Lebanese, Polish, and Slovak groups. The influence still lingers on today, with historical sites and countless Central and Eastern European bakeries and restaurants to feast at along with classic, peaceful townhouses just next to the relaxing yet bustling parks along the East River. The less-frequented but equally attractive shops of 3rd Avenue line the west of the neighborhood just east of Carnegie Hill while Spanish Harlem lies just north of the 96th Street border and Lenox Hill to the south of 79th Street.

Understand[edit]

View of Lenox Hill, looking west from 76th Street and 3rd Avenue.

The Upper East Side is one of the richest neighborhoods in New York City. It may seem to the casual observer to contain nothing but expensive restaurants and shops and elaborate museums, but it also has many pretty buildings worth looking at for their own sake, and as you get farther east, especially in the upper 70s and further north, things become a bit less expensive and more informal. 5th Avenue is bordered to the west by Central Park. Toward the west of the neighborhood you can also find a plethora of museums displaying a wide variety of culture ranging from Ancient Egypt to modern-day Asian culture and sites from the very beginnings of the neighborhood. Because of its dense concentration of museums, 5th Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets has been nicknamed the "Museum Mile".

Travel a bit to the east and you'll find a shopper's heaven between Madison Avenue and 3rd Avenue, especially near the UES's southern border at East 59th Street. These stores and galleries sell gooey cakes and candy, women's clothing, jewelry and watches, books, art, etc., virtually all upscale. 2nd Avenue (and to a lesser extent, 3rd Avenue) is known for its bars and restaurants, with everything from authentic Japanese ramen and sushi to New American food and ceviche. The historical influence shines its brightest along 2nd Avenue, with its Central European eateries and stores. The rest of the neighborhood, ranging along Park Avenue and from 2nd Avenue to the bank of the East River, is mostly residential, with historical landmarks and parks. If Central Park is too crowded for you, then Carl Schurz or John Jay Parks are certainly worth going to.

Demographics[edit]

Historically, Yorkville was a German–dominated area (with some rich Anglo–Saxon Protestant families along 5th Avenue), and was, to a lesser extent, also populated by other Central European groups such as Austrians, Czechs, Hungarians and Slovaks, and also Irish. Although many of these folks have departed since the 1960s and 70s, their influence can be seen in the architecture, food, and cultural institutions lining 5th Avenue, and to some extent in the eastern reaches of 86th Street and environs, the core of Yorkville, which until the 1970s or so was utterly dominated by a Central European vibe. You'll likely walk on 86th Street if you visit this neighborhood, as that's the main east-west commercial street on the Upper East Side.

Park Avenue throughout the neighborhood is known as the elegant abode of old money, particularly white Anglo-Saxon old money, and this largely applies to residential buildings on 5th Avenue and side streets between 5th and Madison as well. Many of these buildings are early 20th-century luxury high rises with beautiful exteriors and interiors.

Side streets in the 60s and 70s are full of beautiful brownstones; quite a few of them are occupied by consulates and tony social clubs, while some others are owned in full by wealthy families.

History[edit]

It's likely that the beginning of the Upper East Side's history was as fishing camps for the Lenape Native Americans who inhabited the New York City area from 1000 BCE, with a fairly open oak–hickory forest area to make space for food. The area was developed in the 1800s as a farming and market district, and the area of German Yorkville grew around the New York and Harlem Railroad's purchased area around its now-demolished 86th Street station. Many rich men began purchasing farmland here, and in the 1870s, James Lenox (for whom Lenox Hill was named for) began major economic development in the area, constructing Lenox Library on 5th Avenue and donating the block between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue from 70th to 71st Streets for Presbyterian Hospital. The stretch along 5th Avenue became a hotspot for stylish townhouses and even some mansions during the early 20th century, most notably those of Andrew Carnegie and his assistant, Henry Clay Frick. Later, numerous rich individuals continued to reside up here, including members of the politically active Kennedy, Roosevelt and Rockefeller families.

Alongside the high-rise development of the 1950s came the demolition of the Third and Second Avenue Els (elevated lines), leaving the IRT Lexington Avenue Line with the  4  5  6  trains as the only form of transportation in the neighborhood aside from the crowded bus network. This had an adverse effect on the entire East Side, but especially the Upper East Side. The newest advancement, however, came with the construction in the 2010s of the Second Avenue Subway, served by the  Q  train with three stations at 72nd Street, 86th Street, and 96th Street, along with the newly renovated Lexington Avenue–63rd Street station. This raised real estate prices in the area even further.

Get in[edit]

Map of Manhattan/Upper East Side

By bus[edit]

Every avenue from 5th to York except for Park Avenue has at least one bus route. Madison Avenue (northbound) and 5th Avenue (southbound) are served by local M1, M2, M3, and M4 and limited M1, M2, and M4 buses (limited buses stop only at major intersections, such as transfer points for crosstown buses). 3rd Avenue (northbound) and Lexington Avenue (southbound) are served by the local M101, M102, and M103 buses and, during rush hours only, limited M98 and M101 buses. 2nd Avenue (southbound) and 1st Avenue (northbound) are served by the local M15 and the express M15 Select Bus Service, the latter of which instead has ticket machines at the bus stop rather than requiring payment on the bus itself, and runs along exclusive bus lanes.

In addition, a crosstown bus serves each major street. Along 57th Street, the M57 runs the length of the line, along with the M31 which doubles as the York Avenue bus. 66th and 68th Streets are served by the M66, 72nd Street by the M72, 79th Street by the M79, 86th Street by the M86 Select Bus Service (with identical features to the M15 Select Bus Service), and 96th Street by the M96.

Fares for all these buses are $2.75 and are purchased by inserting the MetroCard at the front of the bus when boarding, except in the case of Select Bus Services (including the M15, M79, and M86), which require that you purchase a bus ticket from the ticket machines at the stop before you board your bus. Makes sure to keep your ticket, as cops periodically board Select buses to check for fare-beaters, and if you are caught without a ticket, you will be fined $100.

Some express buses from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens serve this area during rush hours. Unlike regular buses, they are not useful for getting around the neighborhood but serve residents of the outer boroughs, and they are useful for getting into the neighborhood from far-flung areas of the city. These include the BxM1, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, and BxM10 along 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue. These buses cost $6.50 rather than the typical citywide transportation cost of $2.75.

 Q  arriving at the 86th Street station on the new 2nd Avenue Line.

By subway[edit]

The primary subway service to the Upper East Side is via the  4  5  express lines and  6  local line, which run under Lexington Avenue. All three lines stop at 59th Street and 86th Street, with the 6 also stopping at 68th Street–Hunter College, 77th Street, and 96th Street. 5th Avenue is only three blocks west of Lexington Avenue. These trains can get very crowded during rush hour, as this is the only north-south line running the full length of Manhattan on the east side. Another option is the newly-built  Q  line, which runs under 2nd Avenue and has stops at 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street, and Lexington Avenue–63rd Street.

Serving the very southern end of the neighborhood is the  F  line, which stops at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street, and the  N  R  W  lines, which run along 59th Street, stopping at 5th Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Both Lexington Avenue stations have a free transfer to the  4  5  6  lines at the 59th Street station (the  F  Q  station is a free out-of-system transfer, meaning you have to walk 4 blocks south to 59th Street from 63rd Street). You can access the subway with a MetroCard. Each entry costs $2.75.

The Soundview Ferry offers picturesque views of the East River and the city's distinct skyline on its way to the Upper East Side.

By ferry[edit]

Limited ferry service is available at the Yorkville NYC Ferry stop at East 90th Street and York Avenue within Carl Schurz Park. The Soundview ferry provides service every 30 to 35 minutes during rush hours, every hour during middays and evenings, and every hour and a 40 minutes on weekends. The Soundview ferry runs from Soundview in the Bronx, a riverside residential neighborhood, and travels down the East River, providing service to Yorkville along with service at the East 34th Street Ferry Landing in Gramercy and Pier 11 at Wall Street in the Financial District, where you can connect to a variety of other ferry services throughout the city.

An adult one-way ticket on the ferry costs $2.75, while a 30-day adult pass costs $121. Bringing a bike, which is certainly an option with the extenesive bike paths in the neighborhood, brings a $1.00 surcharge (or a $141 price with a 30-day pass). Children under 44 inches (112 centimeters) can ride for free and reduced fares are available for the elderly and those with disabilities. Tickets can be purchased on the NYC Ferry app, the ticket machines at the landings, or a ticket agent (present only at Pier 11/Wall Street).

On foot or by bicycle[edit]

From the Upper West Side, a walk or bike ride to the Upper East Side through Central Park is very pleasant in good weather. Exclusive bicycle lanes are featured on 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue, while Carl Schurz Park features multiple beautiful pedestrian paths and bike lanes, some of which extend up and down the FDR Drive.

There are multiple, public CitiBike stations all around the neighborhood that have a $3 per trip single ride, a $12 day pass with unlimited 30-minute rides, or a $169 annual pass with unlimited 45-minute rides. One can easily take out a bike for a quick ride through the quaint streets or to visit some of the neighborhood's famed destinations.

See[edit]

The stretch of Fifth Avenue alongside Central Park in the Upper East Side is commonly referred to as "Museum Mile" between 82nd Street to 105th Street, though museums and galleries are also to be found off this particular beaten track. Note that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the primary museum in this area, is covered under the Central Park page. Additionally, the El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York are on Fifth Avenue just to the north in Spanish Harlem.

  • 1 American Irish Historical Society, 991 5th Avenue (At East 80th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-288-2263. M-F 10AM-5PM. Yet another unique but rich treat on 5th Avenue, the AIHS is a non-profit organization that educates visitors on Irish American culture and history. Immersive and traditional events are held often along with exhibits showcasing the array of unique art and music. If performing and visual arts aren't your thing, you can visit the library instead with over 10,000 books, newsletters, newspapers, and pieces of literature dating back to the 1700s that feature a wide variety of otherwise unknown topics that are great for anyone interested in European culture and history. Free. American Irish Historical Society (Q4744202) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Irish_Historical_Society on Wikipedia
  • 2 Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Avenue (At 70th Street; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M102, M103, and M104 to 3rd Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 70th Street (southbound) or M1, M2, M3, M4, and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 69th Street (southbound)), +1 212-288-6400. Tuesday to Su 11AM-6PM; F 11AM-9PM; closed Monday. The Asia Society is a unique educational organization like no other in the area promoting relationships and understanding among and of leaders, people, and organizations of Asia. It features a vast array of Asian art including art, business, culture, and education, promoting collaboration and a new, progressive understanding of Asian relations. The opportunities for discovery here are endless, with lessons about art, calligraphy, language, literature, politics, and religion. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students with ID; free for children under 16, members, visitors with disabilites and people accompanying them, and seniors on Tu 11AM-2PM.. Asia Society (Q842828) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Society on Wikipedia
  • 3 Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (at 5th Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound), M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & Madison Avenue, or M96 to East 97th Street & 5th Avenue), +1-212-849-8400. Su-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-9PM. A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper Hewitt is devoted to over 240 years of contemporary and historic design, with changing exhibits. $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 students, free for age 18 and under; discount if tickets purchased online. Pay what you wish on Sa 6PM-9PM. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (Q1129820) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Hewitt%2C_Smithsonian_Design_Museum on Wikipedia
    Andrew Carnegie Mansion, home of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • 4 Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street (At 5th Avenue; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 71st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 72nd Street (southbound)), +1-212-288-0700. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM (until 9PM first Friday of the month, except January), Su 11AM-5PM. The former home of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, this sprawling mansion is filled with Frick's enormous personal art collection, displayed as he left it. It's worth a visit for the house alone, which is explained nicely in the audio tour. The collection is impressive, including works by Whistler, Corot, El Greco, Turner, Renoir, and Rembrandt. $22 adults, $17 seniors, $12 students, children under 10 prohibited. Pay what you wish on Su 11AM-1PM, free admission on first Friday of the month (except January) from 6PM-9PM. Reference library open M-F 10AM-5PM and Sep-May: Sa 9:30AM-1PM. The Frick Collection (Q682827) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frick_Collection on Wikipedia
  • 5 Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue (at 92nd Street; Subway:  6  to 96th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound) or M96 and M106 to East 96th Street & 5th Avenue), +1-212-423-3200. Sa-Tu 11AM to 5:45PM; Th 11AM-8PM; F 11AM-4PM; closed Wednesday. Containing artifacts spanning 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture, with a collection of 26,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects and broadcast media. The museum also hosts the annual SummerNights concert series and the annual New York Jewish Film Festival. $15 adults, $12 seniors, $7.50 students, free for children 18 and under. Free admission for all on Saturdays and pay what you wish Thursdays, 5-8PM. Jewish Museum (Q592116) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Museum_(Manhattan) on Wikipedia
  • 6 Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue (At 75th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 74th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 75th Street (southbound) or M72 to East 72nd Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212 731-1675. Tu-Th 10AM-5:30PM, F Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-5:30PM. The Met Breuer is a quaint contemporary and modern art museum only a few minutes way from Central Park and the actual Met. Opening recently, it was designed by Marcel Breuer and is a major part of the encyclopedic character of the Met, and holds so much to offer. Unfortunately, it's set to be vacated in 2020, so be sure to visit soon! $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. Free for children under 12, Members, and Patrons. Tickets include exhibitions and are valid for 3 days. The Met Breuer (Q23011166) on Wikidata Met Breuer on Wikipedia
  • 7 Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street (At York Avenue; Subway:  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 57th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 57th Street (southbound), M31 at York Avenue & East 60th Street, or M57 at East 60th Street & York Avenue), +1 212-838-6878, fax: +1 212-838-7390, . Tu-Su 11AM-4PM. Hidden in the small pocket of the very southeast Upper East Side, this rustic site dates back to 1799 as a carriage house, and was converted into a hotel in 1826. Sitting on land historically owned by Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams, it is home to beautiful historic gardens, halls, and taverns. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students with ID. Free for children under 12, Museum Members, and with the Cool Culture Pass.. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (Q6924383) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vernon_Hotel_Museum on Wikipedia
  • 8 Neue Galerie New York (Museum for German and Austrian Art), 1048 5th Avenue (at 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 87th Street (southbound), or M86 Select Bus Service to East 84 Street & 5th Avenue (eastbound) or East 86th Street & 5th Avenue (westbound)), +1-212-628-6200. Th-M 11AM-6PM. A vast collection of early-20th century Austrian and German art and design including famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh alongside less-well known, equally fascinating decorative and fine artists. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students and educators, free admission on the first Friday of the month from 6PM to 8PM. Children under 12 are prohibited and children 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Neue Galerie (Q59468) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Galerie_New_York on Wikipedia
    The Neue Galerie
  • 9 Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue (At 66th Street; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M102, M103, and M104 to 3rd Avenue & East 67th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 68th Street (southbound), M1, M2, M3, M4 to Madison Avenue & East 66th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 66th Street (southbound), or M66 and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 65th Street (eastbound) or 5th Avenue & East 67th Street (westbound)), +1 212-616-3930, . There are no specific opening and closing hours. Instead, the Armory is open at any time of Armory programming, so check the website to see program dates.. The Park Avenue Armory is, again, a site not to be missed. The Armory's specialty is through unconventional performing and visual arts with a vast array of unique storytelling methods and programs. Pricing also differs depending on the program. However, you can become an Armory subscriber and save 20% off on 4 or more events.. Park Avenue Armory (Q7137618) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Avenue_Armory on Wikipedia
  • 10 Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (At Lexington Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 59th Street or  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue–59th Street with free transfer to  F  Q  at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 63rd Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 64th Street (southbound)), +1 212-838-2560, fax: +1 212-838-2561, . Tu 10AM-8PM; W-F 10AM-5PM, Sa noon-4PM, closed Monday and most holidays. The Society of Illustrators is one of the many off the beaten path museums in New York City, and while it may not have as many visitors, it certainly isn't a place to miss. Certainly don't miss the art of illustration featured here, with countless historical galleries since the museum's opening in 1901. It's even the origin of the famous "I Want You For U.S. Army" poster of World War I and II. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. Free for children under 10, members, members' guests, and people with disabilites.. Society of Illustrators (Q2296922) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Illustrators on Wikipedia
    Interior of the Guggenheim Museum
  • 11 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 89th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 90th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 5th Avenue), +1-212-423-3500. Su-W F 10AM-5:45PM, Sa 10AM-7:45PM, closed Thursday. Probably the most famous of the Guggenheim foundations (others found in Bilbao and Venice), which hold avant-garde modern art by artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, the New York branch is housed in a unique and famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building rendered in a rounded, organic form and completed in 1959. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the spiral viewing floors downwards to the street level. One of eight buildings by Wright to be listed as a world heritage site. $25 adults, $18 seniors/students, free for children under 12. Pay what you wish on Sa 5:45PM-7:45PM. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Q201469) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_R._Guggenheim_Museum on Wikipedia
  • 12 Temple Emanu-El of New York, 1 East 65th Street (at 5th Avenue; Subway:  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street or  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 66th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 65th street (southbound) or M66 and M72 to East 65th Street & 5th Avenue)), +1-212-744-1400. Visitors are welcome Su-Th 10AM-4:30PM — except in the occurrence of a holiday or funeral service (call ahead to make sure the temple is open when you plan on going). You can also visit the temple to pray, such as on the Sabbath, if you so choose. This temple traces its lineage to the founding of the Reform Jewish community in New York in 1845, although this building itself dates from 1929. The building is an important and impressive landmark, and the congregation numbers among its members many of the pillars of the Jewish community in New York, including major philanthropists, businesspeople, and politicians. If you don't arrange to visit the interior, it's worth just walking past the building and looking at the decorations on its exterior. No charge for self-guided or guided visits (for groups of 10 or more) is mentioned on the website. Congregation Emanu-El of New York (Q897202) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregation_Emanu-El_of_New_York on Wikipedia
  • 13 Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street (At 5th Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-288-8660, . Tu-Su noon-6PM. If you want to get away from the bustling historical galleries along 5th Avenue, then be sure not to miss this gem hidden in plain sight. The Ukrainian Institute has a plethora of history on the culture-ridden Eastern European country of Ukraine, promoting the variety of art, music, and literature from the past centuries. In fact, you can not only be educated on but learn the Ukrainian language here. Art exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, literature readings, poetry, and even educational programs for both adults and children all contribute to the education of this fascinating yet too often forgotten culture. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students with ID, and free for children under 12 and Ukrainian Institute Members. Membership is $1000 for life with extra benefits or $100 per year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_F._Sinclair_House#Ukrainian_Institute_of_America on Wikipedia
    The bimah (altar) of Temple Emanu-El


The American Irish Historical Society is unique with Irish culture and literature dating back to the late 18th century.


Do[edit]

The Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum and are among the many venues in the neighborhood that host concert series.

  • 1 92nd Street Y (92Y), 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street; Subway:  6  to 96th Street or  Q  to 96th Street; Bus: M96 to East 96th Street & Lexington Avenue or M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound)), +1 212-415-5500. May Center: M-Th 5:30AM-10:30PM; F 5:30AM-9PM, Sa Su 7:30AM-8PM. Resident Office: M W 9AM-7PM, Tu Th 9AM-8:30PM, F 9AM-5PM, Sa noon-8:30PM, Su 10AM-6PM. A full season of concerts, lectures, and other events takes place here. The Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of the premiere concert halls in the city, and its lecture and concert series feature many well-known groups and individuals. Some fans particularly recommend the chamber music concerts featuring members of the New York Philharmonic. The Y also offers classes in various subjects through art, culture, and entertainment. Judaism is also a major part of the community here as well, being a Jewish-based organization with a variety of classes based on religion. 92nd Street Y (Q4645852) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/92nd_Street_Y on Wikipedia
  • 2 Asphalt Green Upper East Side Campus (Asphalt Green), 555 East 90th Street (Between York Avenue and East End Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or 96th Street or  Q  to 86th Street or 96th Street; Bus: M31 and M86 Select Bus Service to York Avenue & East 88th Street; Ferry: Soundview to East 90th Street), +1 212-369-8890. M-F 5:30AM-10PM, Sa Su 8AM-8PM. With a massive fitness and pool center in the area's signature arches, there's an endless array of activities here, including baseball, flag football, gymnastics, lifeguard training, martial arts, soccer, swimming, tennis, and yoga. On the western half of the block is a turf field that provides a vast playing field for games, playing around, and relaxing. There is a playground just north of the fitness center. Free admission at all times. Asphalt Green (Q34803492) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_Asphalt_Plant on Wikipedia
  • 3 Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue between East 84th Street & East 90th Street (Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound), M31 to York Avenue & East 86th Street, or M86 Select Bus Service to York Avenue & East 87th Street; Ferry: Soundview to East 90th Street), +1 212 459 4455, . Daily 6AM-midnight. Home of Gracie Mansion, the Official Residence of the Mayor of New York, Carl Schurz Park also boasts wonderful views of Hell Gate and the East River. Compared to other New York parks, Carl Schurz is extremely quiet, given that the surrounding area is almost exclusively residential. The park features two bustling dog parks, two playgrounds, a sports court, multiple fields of grass to rest in on a peaceful spring day, and a boardwalk with beautiful views of Roosevelt Island, this is a great destination for any visitor sick of the overwhelming crowds elsewhere in the city. Free. Carl Schurz Park (Q5040790) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Schurz_Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 CrossFit (CrossFit Upper East Side & EVF Performance), 1623 York Avenue (At East 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M31 and M86 Select Bus Service to York Avenue & East 86th Street), +1 212-288-8045. M W F 5AM-9:30PM; Tu Th 5:30AM-9:30AM; Sa Su 8AM-2PM. CrossFit offers a wide array of physical education and intense exercises. Prices vary depending on the class. CrossFit (Q2072840) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossFit on Wikipedia
  • 5 John Jay Park, Cherokee Place between East 78th Street and East 76th Street (Cherokee Place between East 78th Street and East 76th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M31 to York Avenue & East 77th Street or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & York Avenue). Daily 7AM-10PM. Not many know of the peaceful nature of the area of Manhattan just by the East River, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any special gems nearby. Just along the bustling FDR Drive is the peaceful yet impressive John Jay Park, which doesn't only include traditional benches and playgrounds for a quick rest but an outdoor pool in the summer that makes this area great for anyone looking for water sports in the otherwise desolate area of New York City. Free. John Jay Park (Q6241723) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jay_Park on Wikipedia
  • 6 St. Catherine's Park, 1245 1st Avenue (between East 67th Street and East 68th Street; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 67th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 68th Street (southbound) or M66 at East 68th Street & 1st Avenue (eastbound) or East 67th Street & 1st Avenue (westbound)). Daily 7AM-6PM. A hidden gem that's been a hotspot for Upper East Side recreation since 1996. While the area may seem like any park welcoming screaming children from nearby areas and plenty of areas to exercise such as basketball courts and the running track, this park is so much more. Such a small park is so rich in history, mimicing Rome's Santa Maria Sopra Minerva church and including many Roman-influenced details few and far between. If you're in this area, be sure to pay the park a visit. Free. New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (Q1894232) on Wikidata New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on Wikipedia

Buy[edit]

Madison Avenue is the center of New York's haute couture, full of small shops selling fabulously expensive clothes, accessories, and housewares to people who can afford not to look at the price tag. Even if it's out of your price range, it's worth a visit just to gawk. Dozens of shops selling a variety of different items are present around the neighborhood as well.

  • 1 Anthropologie, 1230 3rd Avenue (At East 71st Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M72 to East 72nd Street & 3rd Avenue or M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 73rd Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 72nd Street (southbound)), +1 212-288-1940. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. A small store selling boho-chic accessories, home decor, and womenswear. Anthropologie (Q4773903) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropologie on Wikipedia
  • 2 Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (At 60th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to Lexington Ave-59th Street,  N  R  W  to 5th Avenue-59th Street, or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 at Madison Avenue & East 60th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 59th Street (southbound) or Q32 at East 59th Street & 5th Avenue (eastbound) or East 60th Street & Madison Avenue (westbound)), +1 888-222-7639, . M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Anyone who hopes to make it into New York's high society makes regular trips to Barney's, where the clothes and accessories are priced to empty all but the fattest wallets. This club-like store is nothing short of elegant with countless designer brands, dresses, jewelry, lingerie, makeup, and suits that will make your jaw drop in awe. Barneys New York (Q59465) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barneys_New_York on Wikipedia
  • 3 Bloomingdale's 59th Street, 1000 3rd Avenue (between East 59th Street and East 60th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue-59th Street or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 at 3rd Avenue & East 61st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 62nd Street (southbound) or Q32 at East 59th Street & Lexington Avenue (eastbound) or East 60th Street & Lexington Avenue (westbound)), +1-212-705-2000. M 9AM to 9:30PM, Tu 8AM-6PM, Th 8AM-9:30PM, F Sa 10AM-9:30PM, Su 10AM-9PM, closed W. An enormous department store that is frequented by the glamorous and the masses. A must-visit for any serious shopper, with 9 floors filled to the brim with designer clothes, dresses, handbags, shoes, and tuxedos. Bloomingdale's (Q283383) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomingdale%27s on Wikipedia
    Bloomingdale's has now expanded coast-to-coast, but the Lexington Avenue New York store remains the "original"
  • 4 Dylan's Candy Bar, 1011 3rd Avenue (At 60th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue-59th Street or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 at 3rd Avenue & East 61st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 62nd Street (southbound) or Q32 at East 59th Street & Lexington Avenue (eastbound) or East 60th Street & Lexington Avenue (westbound)), +1 646-735-0078, . M-Th Su 10AM-9PM, F Sa 10AM-11PM. An upscale candy store started by Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan. Anyone with a sweet tooth must visit. Dylan's Candy Bar (Q5318687) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan%27s_Candy_Bar on Wikipedia
  • 5 J.Crew - The Men's Shop, 1040 Madison Avenue (At East 79th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 81st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & West 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-453-2677, . Su noon-6PM, M Th F 10AM-7PM, Tu 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM; closed Wednesday. J.Crew features classic men's and women's apparel and a small but quality collection. J.Crew (Q5370765) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.Crew on Wikipedia

Eat[edit]

The Upper East Side is a very expensive neighborhood — though less so east of Lexington Avenue — and this is reflected in the categorization of a restaurant that serves a $32 goulash as "mid-range." However, if you're willing to pay up, there's a wide selection available, from delicious French pastries to steaming Korean comfort food.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Boqueria, 1460 2nd Avenue (At East 76th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 79th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-343-2227, . Modern, Barcelona-style tapas are served in a warm environment alongside many other meat and seafood dishes with fresh, Spanish ingredients and authentic meals. Fairly modest prices. Charcuteries are usually $20 to $35, while lunch dishes are in the $10 to $20 range, and tapas cost $35 per person. Most other items such as seafood don't cost more than $20.
  • 2 Lex Restaurant, 1370 Lexington Avenue (At East 91st Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & Lexington Avenue or M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound)), +1 212 860-5903, . Daily noon-11PM. Restaurant with an array of classic, cozy Italian-American cuisine. Classic dishes such as French onion soup, penne alla vodka, seafood risotto and spinach and ricotta ravioli, are all delicious at this restaurant. While some dishes here can be a bit expensive, with pasta and special salads reaching up to $20.95, there are also hearty yet cheap dishes such as crab cakes, salads, and soups for $16 at most.
  • 3 Hometown Dumpling, 1619 York Avenue (At East 85th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M31 or M86 Select Bus Service to York Avenue & East 86th Street), +1 917-388-3824, . Cozy Korean comfort food is sold at Hometown Dumplings, in the eastern pocket of Yorkville. Simple grilled meat and dumplings are served here that make for a delicious and quick meal. Cheap, great meals. $6 to $10 for appetizers, $10 to $12 for noodles and soup, $13 to $20 for grilled meat and vegetables, and $10 to $15 for signature dumplings.
  • 4 Mokja, 1663 1st Avenue (at East 87th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound)), +1 646-707-0991. M-F noon to 4PM, 5-10PM; Sa Su noon-10PM. Counter-served Korean cheap comfort food, featuring an array of dishes including bibimbap, kimchi rice, and noodles in a contemporary, quaint setting. Various options of customization are featured which makes the dishes even more full of Korean flavor. Prices here are very cheap, so expect to be filled up for only a few bucks. The bibimbap which consists of eggs, meat, rice, and vegetables, costs only $15 ($18 with ahi tuna) while box meals cost $17 to $24, and most sides such as dumplings and jab-chae noodles only $8 to $16.
  • 5 Papaya King, 179 East 86th Street (At 3rd Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 3rd Avenue or M98, M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound)), +1 212-369-0648. Su 9AM to midnight, M-Sa 8AM-midnight. One of the best hot dog joints in the city, Papaya King was also the originator of the papaya drink/hot dog combination, which has inspired similar chains around Manhattan. A classical counter-service restaurant, it's great for any traveler on a budget. If hot dogs aren't your thing, then they still have a wide variety of other classic items such as frankfurters and onion rings. The Original, consisting of 2 hot dogs with any toppings and a 16-ounce drink, is only $6.50 yet is a full and delicious meal. Most other combos are around $8 to $10, and almost all other dishes (chicken, crown jewels, franks) cost $4 to $6. Papaya King (Q7132533) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaya_King on Wikipedia
  • 6 PQR, 1631 2nd Avenue (Between East 85th Street and East 84th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 646-449-0889. Daily 11AM-11PM. Delicious Roman pizzeria with light dough and square pizza and a variety of toppings, ranging from the classic margarita to extravagant toppings. Even the simplest of slices are garnished with care and fresh ingredients. If pizza isn't your thing, then you can even order rice balls. One slice costs $6.50.
  • 7 Williamsburg Pizza, 1617 2nd Avenue (At East 84th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 646-876-1061, . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-4AM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Fresh, classic New York pizza slices.
  • 8 Two Little Red Hens, 1652 2nd Avenue (between East 85th Street and East 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-452-0476. M-Th 7:30AM-9PM, F 7:30AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 8AM-8PM. A great bakery specializing in American pastries and cakes. They make one of the best cheesecakes in New York; but don't pass up their other offerings, such as the various squares (lemon, lime, Linzer, etc.) along with many custom cakes. Not exactly an eat-in cafe, but they have a few small tables, so you can have a snack there. 6-inch classic cakes can serve 8 people for $38, while 8-inch cakes can serve 16 for $52 and 10-inch large cakes serve 25 for $119. Prices like these are usually consistent with their other cakes, and cupcakes are fairly cheap as well – they're usually around $15 to $25.
  • 9 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, 1625 2nd Avenue (Between East 85th Street and East 84th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 917-472-7531. Su-Th noon-midnight, F Sa noon-1AM. Upper East Side branch of this increasingly large New York chain of ice cream shops, albeit pretty good ones that have vegan flavors as well as regular soft-serve. They also sell coffee. Fairly expensive compared to other ice cream shops.
  • 10 Xi'an Famous Foods, 328 East 76th Street (Between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 79th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 79th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-786-2068. Sunday to Th 11:30AM-9PM; F Sa 11:30AM to 9:30 PM. Local branch of an increasingly large New York chain of authentic Xi'an-style noodle shops, using recipes by a Xi'an native. The name of this place certainly doesn't lie – even Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, praised this restaurant, and for good reason. They make a variety of rich, hearty noodle dishes topped with carefully picked spices. Prices are very cheap here, especially for the amount of incredibly filling food that's served. Xi'an Famous Foods (Q8044020) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi'an_Famous_Foods on Wikipedia

Mid-range[edit]

  • 11 Café Fledermaus & Café Sabarsky, in the Neue Galerie, 1048 5th Avenue (at East 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 87th Street (southbound), or M86 Select Bus Service to East 84 Street & 5th Avenue (eastbound) or East 86th Street & 5th Avenue (westbound)), +1 212-288-0665. M W 9AM-6PM, Th-Su 9AM-9PM, closed Tu. Café Sabarsky is in a beautiful room with wood furnishings on the ground floor, across from Central Park, and Café Fledermaus has tiled floors and is inspired by the Cabaret Fledermaus in Vienna but is in the basement and has no view; however, the two cafes have the same lunch/dinner menus. These cafes are not cheap, and part of what you're paying for is the location and the decor/atmosphere, but you also get value, in the form of genuine Viennese cuisine and pastries. These cafes are a good option if you're visiting the Metropolitan Museum and prefer to eat something nearby that's better than the merely OK food at the Met's Snack Bar. You may have a significant wait for a table at peak hours, but it's worth a try. Breakfast (9-11AM) : $3-20 for single dishes; $28 for a prix fixe menu, $38 with a glass of Sekt; Cold beverages: $5-13; Viennese coffee specialties: $6-8; Savory dishes (11AM to closing): $16-32 (less expensive ones are soups); Sausages: $14-20; Hot beverages: $8-12; Desserts: $7-13; Salads: $18-28; Sandwiches: $19.
  • 12 Churutto, 1534 3rd Avenue (At East 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 3rd Avenue or M98, M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound)), +1 212-828-8809. Su 11:30AM-10PM; Monday to Thursday, 11:30AM-10:30PM, Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM. Low-key space with traditional Japanese art installations features a variety of dumpling, poke, ramen, and sushi dishes in an authentic yet comfortable environment with an endless array of customization. The food is fresh and is accompanied by authentic drinks and choices of sides such as fried chicken and takoyaki. Typical Churutto ramen costs about $13 to $17, while the poke bowls cost $12.50 and other sides, such as dumplings and hand rolls, cost no more than $6.
  • 13 Felice 83, 1593 1st Avenue (At East 83rd Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-249-4080, . Daily 11:30AM-11PM. Felice 83 isn't just another Italian restaurant, but instead provides delicious and rustic Tuscan cuisine with fresh dishes, particularly carbonaras and omelettes, and a bounty of wine. Be sure to get there early as it's a favorite among locals, and for good reason, with the classicly romantic atmosphere Felice 83 has cheap costs for such a classical and romantic space – prices usually don't go above $20 for food and drinks, so you can expect great food here for modest prices, especially for NYC..
  • 14 Heidelberg Restaurant, 1648 2nd Avenue (at East 86th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-628-2332, . M-Th Su 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM. German-style schnitzel and beer at an authentic 1936 beer garden in Yorkville, the historically German neighborhood of Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gulasch, sauerbrauten, sausage, schnitzel, and schweinebraten can be found here. You can expect Heidelberg to be on the higher end in terms of pricing. Starters are around $10 to $15 but can get up to $23, while entrees and the signature Schnitzel are absolutely delicious but pricey ($19 to $40). Sides come at $7.75 and one can also order sausage platters for massive parties that can reach from $25 to a whopping $162.
  • 15 Levain Bakery, 1484 3rd Avenue (At East 84th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 917-464-5578. M-Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 8AM-9PM. Levain is chock full of classic desserts such as double chocolate cookies and banana bread with chocolate chips. However, don't expect your average bakery here, as specialty yet finger-licking items are sold for fairly moderate prices here. While the prices might seem expensive, the food here can easily fill you up with just a few bucks. Cookies cost only $4 each, while entire cookie boxes are sold from $27, while the loafs and other pastries cost $10 to $20.
  • 16 Maison Kayser, 1535 3rd Avenue (At East 87th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 3rd Avenue or M98, M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound)), +1 212-348-8400, . Daily 7AM-9PM. A branch of a fairly large city-wide chain of French pastry shops. The bakery here is full of elegant breads, cookies, pastries, and take-out pasta and salad dishes. The pastries here are elegant and garnished with care. Meanwhile, the restaurant next door features classics like french toasts and omelettes. You can buy petite pastries here for around $10 and larger, party-size equivalents for around $20 to $30, and most other products at the bakery cost from $10 to $20. As for the restaurant, almost everything, from eggs to french toast to salmon, is within the $10 to $25 range. Eric Kayser (Q5386866) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89ric_Kayser#Maison_Kayser on Wikipedia
  • 17 Uva Winebar, 1486 2nd Avenue (between East 77th Street and East 78th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 79th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 79th Street (southbound or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-472-4552. M 4PM-1AM, Tu-F 4PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM; Su 11AM-1AM. An Italian winebar that has excellent Italian food including house made pastas. The special wines are worth a try and the wait for the table. Also well worth going to for special Meatball Mondays and delicious, fresh pasta dishes on other days with all sorts of meats, noodles, sauces, and rich desserts. Fairly cheap prices and decadent food. You can expect brunch and dinner items such as chicken, eggs, pancakes, and salad to be only $7 to $15, while entrees can get up to $27 with intricate pasta dishes. Dessert is also a comfortable $9 with $4 or $5 coffee.

Splurge[edit]

  • 18 Barbaresco, 843 Lexington Avenue (At East 64th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue-59th Street or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 at 3rd Avenue & East 61st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 62nd Street (southbound)), +1 212-517-2288, . Daily noon-11PM. Classic, elegant Italian restaurant that lures locals and tourists alike with brick-lined walls and delicious Italian pasta dishes. Prices here are expensive and on par with similar Italian restaurants. Most pastas cost $15 to $24, while risotto costs $26, and many sides such as antipasto and lentil soup cost $8 to $15. Pietanze costs at the minimum $19 but usually up to $25.
  • 19 The Carlyle Restaurant, 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue inside The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-744-1600, . Breakfast: M-Sa 7AM-10:30AM, Su 8AM-10:30AM; brunch: Su noon to 2PM; lunch: daily noon to 2PM; dinner: daily 6-10PM. Restaurant located in a classy, boutique hotel, with elegant dishes made with care and precision from very fresh ingredients. Serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus. This restaurant seems to be exclusive to those with the fattest wallets – even starters like salad and soup cost $20 to $40, while main courses aren't afraid of costing up to $70. Some caviar and multiple-person specials can even soar up to $80 to $130, so stuff your wallet before coming here. Carlyle Restaurant (Q5043145) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlyle_Restaurant on Wikipedia
  • 20 Lady M Cake Boutique, 41 East 78th Street (At Madison Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-452-2222, . M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. It's a very refined (bordering on pretentious) bakery, but the deserts are exceptional, with excellent cheesecake, and decadent crêpe cakes and eclairs to give this bakery its own flare. If sweets aren't your style either, then you can certainly try the flavorful salads and sandwiches, of which there are many choices to choose from. Prices here are some of the most expensive you'll find in the neighborhood. Crêpe cakes here are usually $50 to $60 but can soar up to $95, while salads and sandwiches are usually $10 to $20, so be sure to come prepared with money.
  • 21 Maya, 1191 1st Avenue (at East 65th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue-59th Street or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 67th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 68th Street (southbound)), +1 212-585-1818. Brunch: Sa Su 11:30AM-4:30PM; dinner: M-W 5-10PM, Th F 5-11PM, Sa 5-11PM, Su 5:30-10PM; bar and lounge: daily 3PM-midnight. Fine Mexican, creative, seafood-laden menu, turning classic Mexican dishes into elegant, vibrant dishes full of meat and spices. Expect expensive prices here, but not for no reason. Even small sides and starters like antojitos, bacon, and guacamole are $15 to $18, while main dishes like enchiladas and tacos can reach up from $20 to $30..
  • 22 Orsay, 1057 Lexington Avenue (at East 75th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Lexington Avenue or M101, M102, M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 75th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 77th Street (southbound)), +1 212-517-6400. Brunch: Sa Su 11AM-3:30PM; lunch: M-F noon-3PM; dinner: M-Sa 5:30-10:30PM; Su 5:30-9:30PM. Classic French restaurant with elegant beef and fish dishes garnished with fresh ingredients and sauces. Prices are similar to most other elegant restaurants throughout the neighborhood. Sides and starters are $10 to $20 while mains, consisting mostly of chicken, fish, and red meat, ranges from $20 to $45..
  • 23 Sel et Poivre, 853 Lexington Avenue (At East 65th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue-59th Street or  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 at 3rd Avenue & East 61st Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 62nd Street (southbound)), +1 212-517-5780. Su-Th noon-10:30PM, F Sa noon-11PM. A French restaurant with Spanish waiters serves international food. The bar has a good choice of wines alongside a unique mix between classic choices such as mashed potatoes and beef with new, modern takes meaning this restaurant is an ideal choice for any diner who likes to splurge a little. Prices are similar to most other elegant restaurants throughout the neighborhood. Sides and starters are $10 to $20 while mains, consisting mostly of chicken, fish, and red meat, range from $20 to $45.

Drink[edit]

The Upper East Side is primarily a land of sports bars and Irish pubs, though a few exceptions can be found. Generally, 2nd Avenue contains the highest concentrations of bars and restaurants in this part of the city.

  • 1 Bondurants, 303 East 85th Street (At 2nd Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 929-279-1884. M-Th 4PM-2AM, F 3PM-4AM, Sa 11AM-4AM; Su 11AM-2AM. Delicious, rustic brunch spot by day and unique cocktails draft beers by night, this spot is ideal for everyone. The food here is based on classical dishes such as steak and eggs but is specialized with delicious garnishes that make this place unique and a great spot for anyone looking for either a relaxing place to rest during the day or a crazy party at midnight. Expect delicious food here for a cheap price. Sides and snacks are usually around $5 and don't cost above $12, while specials and mains range from $9 to $15 at the very most. Specialized cocktails are $11 to $13.
  • 2 Ethyl's Alcohol and Food, 1629 2nd Avenue (At East 85th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 86th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 86th Street (southbound) or M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-300-4132, . M-W 5PM-2AM, Th 5PM-4AM, F Sa 4PM-4AM, Su 4PM-2AM. A 1970s-themed bar with specialty drinks and quick yet delicious bites, Ethyl's certainly isn't a place to miss if you're into funky dancers, live music, and DJs. Fairly cheap prices here. Happy Hour until 7PM everyday features $5 food and $5 drinks, and at other times, prices still remain somewhat low.

Sleep[edit]

Looking north on 1st Avenue from the Roosevelt Island Tram at 60th Street

As the Upper East Side is the legendary location of the Park Avenue duplexes of the super-rich, the expensive boutiques of Madison Avenue, and the gorgeous doorman buildings of 5th Avenue, you would figure to be hard-pressed to find inexpensive accommodations there, unless you have a friend you can stay with. If you want to try your luck with apartment-rental websites, you are more likely to find relatively cheaper accommodation east of Lexington Avenue than further west. Otherwise, fortunately, the Lexington Avenue subway line is generally quite good, though crowded, and will speed your way downtown from Harlem and the Bronx or uptown from areas further south if you would like to take an afternoon trip to this neighborhood.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 1 Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Upper East Side, 410 East 92nd Street (At 1st Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street or  Q  to 86th Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 97th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 96th Street (southbound) or M31 and M86 Select Bus Service to East 92nd Street & York Avenue), +1 212-410-6777, toll-free: +1 800-321-2211, fax: +1 212-423-1236. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Free high-speed Internet & large work desk in each room, along with an exercise room open 24/7 with a wide range of equipment and services for everyone. A steam room is also present. The hotel is in walking distance of many close-by vibrant destinations along with quaint spots for any tourist. Member rate $117 per night; regular rate $119 per night.
  • 2 Hotel Wales, 1295 Madison Avenue (At East 92nd Street; Subway:  6  to 96th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound) or M96 to East 96th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-876-6000, toll-free: +1 866-925-3746, . Check-in: 3PM-midnight, check-out: 11AM-noon. European style boutique hotel with numerous accommodations, free WiFi, paid parking, and elegant rooms with careful designs even for the cheapest traveler. Hotel Wales also prides itself on being an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel and has historically contributed to the movement. 1 adult: Classic Rooms: $230 to $250; Junior Suite: $270; Suite: $270 to $300.

Splurge[edit]

  • 3 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, 35 East 76th Street (At Madison Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 77th Street (southbound)), +1 212-744-1600, toll-free: +1 888-767-3966, . Check-in: 3PM-midnight, check-out: noon. A luxury boutique hotel, the Carlyle offers rooms and suites for extended stays, and luxury apartments and rentals. Art and music are historical landmarks of this hotel, with many murals and historic musical performances taking place at this elegant hotel. 1 adult: lower rates range from $400 to $720 per night, while Premier and Superior rooms can soar up to $4,500 per night.. Carlyle Hotel (Q3378613) on Wikidata https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlyle_Hotel on Wikipedia
  • 4 The Sherry-Netherland, 781 5th Avenue (Between East 59th Street and East 60th Street; Subway:  4  5  6  to 59th Street,  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street, or  N  R  W  to 5th Avenue–59th Street), +1 212-355-2800, toll-free: +1 877-743-7710, fax: +1 212-319-4306. Check-in: 3PM-midnight, check-out: noon. Full concierge assistance, elevator attendants, and beautifully furnished rooms are all present at this fairly small but decadent hotel that has beautiful views and is within walking distance of both many bustling destinations along with Central Park. Amazing for visitors who have a bit more cash to spend. Interior rooms are generally cheaper; around $700 per night for a room and $1,400 to $1,500 per night for a suite. City View rooms are more costly, costing around $800 per night for rooms and over $1,500 for suites..

Connect[edit]

Free wireless hotspots are available all over the city, but especially in the Upper East Side, with hotspots such as the LinkNYC machines spread all throughout the city that have advertisements, emergency services, special facts about New York City, updates on things such as New York City Subway service and the weather, and USB charging ports. These machines are quite common and can help any lost traveler get back on track within minutes. Many establishments, such as cafes and restaurants, also have free WiFi so you can pop in and get a snack while also having ample access to the Internet. Many restaurants and stores also have charging ports for electronics.

Stay safe[edit]

While most of New York City remains fairly safe, the Upper East Side is one of the safest neighborhoods in the entire city, and potentially the whole region. It's patrolled by the NYPD 19th Precinct which is ranked 14th safest out of 69 precincts throughout the area for per-capita crime, and the incarceration rate of 71 per 100,000 people is the lowest in the entire city. Many areas, especially subway stations and more crowded areas, have a high police presence, and be sure not to forget about LinkNYC, which has quick emergency access, a USB charging port, secure WiFi, updates on subway service and other events, and factual New York City tidbits. To ensure your safety, however, don't walk in dimly lit areas alone at night, including most minor streets east of 2nd Avenue and especially in Carl Schurz Park. Abide by the typical rules of safety: be aware of your bags and don't let go of them at anytime in public, leave your valuables in a secure place (preferably at your hotel), and don't flaunt expensive clothing, items, or jewelry. However, don't be anxious, as this part of the city is known as one of the safest.

Three New York City Fire Department (FDNY) stations serve the Upper East Side: Engine Co. 39/Ladder Co. 16 at 157 East 67th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue, Engine Co. 44 at 221 East 75th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, and Engine Co. 22/Ladder Co. 13/Battalion 10 at 159 East 85th Street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Alongside LinkNYC, fire services more than blanket the entire neighborhood.

The Upper East Side is also one of the healthiest neighborhoods in the city, too. Lenox Hill Hospital is at 100 East 77th Street between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue, next to the 77th Street  6  station. The New York Presbyterian Hospital, the best in the state and 5th best in the country, is at 425 East 61st Street between 1st Avenue and York Avenue, and is one of the largest hospitals in the world with a plethora of medical and scientific research. Weill Cornell Medical Center, an Ivy League medical school and part of New York Presbyterian, is close by at 525 East 68th Street next to York Avenue. Other hospitals in the Upper East Side include Hospital for Special Surgery Main Hospital and Rockefeller University Hospital Memorial next to Weill Cornell, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Outpatient Center at 205 East 64th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, and the Urgent Care Center at 425 East 67th Street between 1st Avenue and York Avenue. Health throughout individual Upper East Side residents is great, with a far lower amount of preterm births, smokers, teenage births, uninsured residents and those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity than the rest of the city, and the eating choices here are generally very healthy. The air quality isn't the best here, with 0.0083 milligrams of fine particulate matter per cubic meter, higher than the city average.

New York City has its share of odd and uncomfortable people, and the Upper East Side is a hotspot for these ones. Whether it's advertisers, the homeless, the mentally ill, pan-handlers, religious preachers, don't feel pressured or threatened by these people. Most New Yorkers simply breeze by or apologize and walk off, so don't feel guilty for doing the same, especially when these people are potential pickpocketers.

Since the Upper East Side is fairly close to the main United Nations Headquarters at East 42nd Street in Murray Hill, many diplomatic missions are present here, especially in the 50s and 60s. Virtually every country on Earth has a diplomatic mission here, and these missions often double as consulates.

Consulates[edit]

Due to the Upper East Side's proximity to the United Nations Headquarters at 1st Avenue & East 42nd Street along the East River, there are many consulates in and around the neighborhood acting as diplomatic missions to the UN, even if those countries do not have diplomatic relations with the United States. Consulates or embassies are always closed on holidays in the United States and holidays in the respective country of the consulate or embassy. There are 117 diplomatic missions in the city, and there are 9 that act as the official embassy to the USA. If you are a foreign citizen of one of the many countries that have consulates here, they can be help you especially in health emergencies, legal situations, or violence.

Albania Albania, 320 East 79th Street (between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 79th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 79th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-255-7381. M-F 9AM-3PM; closed Sa Su.
Austria Austria, 31 East 69th Street (between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M102, M103, and M104 to 3rd Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 70th Street (southbound) or M1, M2, M3, M4, and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 69th Street (southbound)), +1 212-737-6400, fax: +1 212-772-8926, . M-F 9AM to noon, closed Sa Su.
Bulgaria Bulgaria, 121 East 62nd Street (between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 59th Street or  N  R  W  to Lexington Avenue–59th Street with free transfer to  F  Q  at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street; Bus: M101, M102, and M103 to 3rd Avenue & East 63rd Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 64th Street (southbound)), +1 212-935-4646, fax: +1 212-319-5955, . M-F 9:30AM-12:30PM, closed Sa Su.
Czech Republic Czechia, 321 East 73rd Street (between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 67th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 68th Street (southbound) or M72 to East 72nd Street & 1st Avenue), +1 646-422-3344, fax: +1 646-422-3311, . M Th F 9:30AM-12:30PM; Tu 9:30AM-12:30PM and 2-5PM, closed Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
France France, 934 5th Avenue (at East 75th Street; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 74th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 75th Street (southbound) or M72 to East 72nd Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-606-3600, fax: +1 212-606-3620, . Unscheduled service: M-F 9AM-12:30PM; phone reception: M-F 9AM-1PM and 2:30-5PM, closed Sa Su.
Greece Greece, 69 East 79th Street (between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 77th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 78th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-988-5500, fax: +1 212-734-8492, . M-F 9AM-2:30PM; closed Sa Su.
India India, 3 East 64th Street (at 5th Avenue; Subway:  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street or  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 66th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 65th street (southbound) or M66 and M72 to East 65th Street & 5th Avenue)), +1 347-721-9243, . Consulate: M-F 9AM-5:30PM; submission of documents: M-F 9:15AM-11:15AM; delivery of documents: M-F 11AM-1PM; closed Sa Su.
Indonesia Indonesia, 5 East 68th Street (between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 71st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 72nd Street (southbound)), +1 212-879-0601, fax: +1 212-570-6206, . M-Th 9:30AM-1PM and 2-5PM; F 9:30AM-noon, 3-5PM, closed Sa Su.
Italy Italy, 690 Park Avenue (at East 69th Street; Subway:  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M102, M103, and M104 to 3rd Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or Lexington Avenue & East 70th Street (southbound) or M1, M2, M3, M4, and M72 to Madison Avenue & East 69th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 69th Street (southbound)), +1 212-737-9100, fax: +1 212-249-4945. M-F 9AM-12:30PM, closed Sa Su.
Lebanon Lebanon, 9 East 76th Street (between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 74th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 75th Street (southbound) or M72 to East 72nd Street & Madison Avenue), +1 212-744-7905, fax: +1 212-794-1510, . M-F 9AM-3PM, closed Sa Su.
Pakistan Pakistan, 12 East 65th Street (between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue; Subway:  F  Q  to Lexington Avenue–63rd Street or  6  to 68th Street–Hunter College; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 66th Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 65th street (southbound) or M66 and M72 to East 65th Street & 5th Avenue)), +1 212-879-5800, fax: +1 212-517-6987, . M-Th 9AM-1PM, 3-5PM; F 9AM-12:30PM, 3-5PM; closed Sa Su.
Russia Russia, 9 East 91st Street (between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue; Subway:  4  5  6  to 86th Street; Bus: M1, M2, M3, and M4 to Madison Avenue & East 91st Street (northbound) or 5th Avenue & East 92nd Street (southbound), M86 Select Bus Service to East 86th Street & Madison Avenue, or M96 to East 97th Street & 5th Avenue), +1 212-534-3782, fax: +1 212-831-9162. M-Th 9AM-1PM and 2-4PM, F 9AM-1PM and 2-3:30PM, closed Sa Su.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis, 414 East 75th Street (at 1st Avenue; Subway:  6  to 77th Street or  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 or M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 79th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 79th Street (southbound) or M79 Select Bus Service to East 79th Street & 2nd Avenue), +1 212-535-1234, fax: +1 212-535-6854, .
Somalia Somalia, 425 East 61st Street #702 (at York Avenue; Subway:  Q  to 72nd Street; Bus: M15 and M15 Select Bus Service to 1st Avenue & East 57th Street (northbound) or 2nd Avenue & East 57th Street (southbound), M31 at York Avenue & East 60th Street, or M57 at East 60th Street & York Avenue), +1 212-688-9410, fax: +1 212-759-0651, . M-F 9AM-5PM.

Go next[edit]

The most obvious place to go next is Central Park. The Upper West Side is on the other side of the park, accessible by walking, bike riding, taking a crosstown bus at 96th, 86th, 79th, or 66th Streets or using a taxi or private car. Also, Midtown and the bright lights and ritzy department stores of 5th Avenue in the 40s and 50s are just south of the Upper East Side. East (Spanish) Harlem is a lively neighborhood that starts just north of 96th Street, though the Upper East Side has increasingly been bleeding into the southern reaches of the Barrio. Roosevelt Island and Queens are on the other side of the East River.

Routes through Upper East Side
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