EXPLORE UPPER EAST SIDE

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The epitome of charm and luxe sophistication, the Upper East Side is a true icon for more than just those who live inside Manhattan. Unrivaled in its wealth of elegant dining, glamorous shopping, world-class museums and highly sought-after addresses, the area is impressive in its convenience and astonishingly affordability thanks to its sheer number of living spaces.

The Upper East Side both captures our uptown imagination with such Old New York names as Carnegie, Astor and Rockefeller, and satisfies our desire for urban beauty with opulent Beaux Arts mansions just steps from the Park.

The neighborhood travels from 59th to 96th Streets, from the East River to Central Park, and is accessible by the Lexington and Broadway subway lines, local buses and the Second Avenue Subway.

HISTORY

The late 1800s saw widespread development, including President Ulysses S. Grant's house on East 66th Street. Mansions lined Fifth Avenue, while country estates for such wealthy families as the Rhinelanders, Schermerhorns and Astors populated the small hamlet now known as Yorkville. In 1880, the regal Park Avenue Armory was established, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art moved to its permanent home in Central Park. Andrew Carnegie built his mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street in 1901, lending his name to the area now known as Carnegie Hill. In the early 1900s, the New York and Harlem Railroad was buried under Park Avenue, creating what would become one of America's most prestigious boulevards.

LANDSCAPE

Museum Mile (once Millionaire's Row) features the Frick, formerly a private limestone mansion, in addition to the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, a modernist spiraling masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. From high-end designer stores like Barneys and Bloomingdale's to four-star restaurants and historic private clubs, to the oasis of Carl Schurz Park and the iconic Central Park, the Upper East Side beckons those who love the finer things in a suburb setting.

Much like the rest of Manhattan at the time of European arrival, the Upper East Side was once wetlands, forest and fishing camps occupied by the Lenape. In 1799, merchant Archibald Gracie built Gracie Mansion on the East River. A few estates followed the Boston Post Road, and more appeared after 1837 when the New York and Harlem Railroad was established.

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