Location: The Upper East Side covers a large area - from 59th to 96th street, east of Fifth Avenue. Over the past decade, the blocks between East 96th and East 98th west of Third Avenue have gentrified enough to warrant their formal addition to the neighborhood. (Note that East 96th street remains the administrative border between two "Community Districts" of Manhattan, the 8th and the 11th).
Sub-divisions: The north-western corner of the neighborhood is often called Carnegie Hill, the north-eastern one Yorkville and the south-eastern - Lenox Hill. You may also hear the name "Upper Carnegie Hill" to describe buildings lining Fifth Avenue on blocks that are technically part of East Harlem.
Character: Usually associated with old money, the Upper East Side is a picturesque area of stunning architecture, bountiful cafés, museums and designer boutiques. Don’t let the expensive shops and bevy of tiny dogs intimidate you. In recent years the area has become a little less uptight. The “ladies that lunch” have been joined by young professionals, couples and students and other areas in Manhattan have become “hot spots”. Enjoy a walk in Central Park or a visit to one of New York’s finest museums–the Upper East Side still firmly hangs onto the tradition of classy old New York. Overall, the vibe of the neighborhood is more preppy and conservative than that of other parts of Manhattan.
Apartments & Real Estate
Upper East Side apartments are generally either gorgeous and generously laid out pre-war homes or doorman-guarded new apartment buildings, although the typical New York 5-story apartment buildings dating from around 1900 are also present. Many buildings (particularly in the Easternmost section) are high-rises built after 1970.
Rental prices in the eastern portion of the Upper East Side are slightly lower than those of other areas in Manhattan due to the lack of subway service in the area. Bargain hunters should look around York Avenue.
The main avenues like Park, Madison and Avenues 1, 2 and 3 are generally the luxury apartment building variety, while the number streets have more historic homes which have been divided into apartments.
Park Avenue may be the stereotype for the classiest residences, but the real impressive townhouses can be found on side streets in the East 70s.
Selected Rental Buildings
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Condo & Co-op Buildings
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