Upper East Side

Living in the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side was once home to some of Manhattan’s most prominent families, like the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and the Kennedys. When you walk around the Upper East Side, it’s easy to see why this area attracted so many heavy-hitters. The neighborhood has gorgeous buildings in a wide variety of architectural styles—there’s everything from Art Deco building to lovely brownstones. While the Upper East Side may have a reputation for being on the pricier side, pre-war walk-ups near the East River can actually be quite affordable. These buildings often attract younger professionals.

Before 2017, the Upper East Side could only be reached by the 4/5/6 train on Lexington Avenue, making it tough for professionals commuting downtown. But now, with the addition of the Q train on 2nd Avenue, the Upper East Side is more accessible than ever before, making commuting to and from this genteel neighborhood a breeze.

Upper East Side Attractions

When you’re living in the Upper East Side, you’ll be just a short walk away from the famed Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. The Museum Mile is home to the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art, filled with everything from Medieval art to Egyptian temples to paintings from contemporary masters. The Museum Mile also has some less well-known but still stunning museums, like the Frick, which is housed in Henry Clay Frick’s mansion. There’s also the Neue Galerie, which has works from German and Austrian artists, and the Guggenheim, famous for its unique spiral shape.

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You can also head to Madison Avenue to see the “Gold Coast” of shopping. This street got its nickname because of its wide array of luxury shops. Many major luxury designers have shops on this street, from Valentino to Chanel to Prada. For even more designer shopping, head to the famous Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street.

Upper East Side residents also take advantage of their prime location next to Central Park. On sunny days, go for long walks through the park’s winding paths, or spend the day in the park’s famous zoo. If you’re looking for a quieter park, head to Carl Shurz Park in the eastern part of the neighborhood. This park is right on the East River, and it has dog runs that are perfect for the UES’s many furry residents.

Upper East Side Restaurants and Bars

The Upper East Side’s dining and nightlife scene is diverse, with everything from high-end spots that cater to the Park Avenue crowd to small neighborhood restaurants that have been around for years. If you’re planning a special night out, check out Sushi Seki. This sushi spot serves sushi rolls and sashimi until the early hours of the morning. They’re best known for their delicious spicy scallop hand roll. If you’re looking for something more casual, try Pizza Beach. This eclectic and bright pizzeria has pizzas with healthy toppings, and they also have a large seafood menu.

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For drinks, you can’t go wrong with Bondurants. This neighborhood bar has over 130 whiskey bottles available to try, and they serve craft beers from locally breweries. If you’re looking more for creative cocktails, try Seamstress. This bar has a lengthy menu of original and classic cocktails, and they also offer seasonal drinks. If you like oysters, be sure to hit Seamstress’s happy hour from 5:30 PM to 7 PM—during this time, oysters are just a buck each.

 

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Cielo

The Cielo, located at 450 East 83rd Street on the Upper East Side, is a dramatic 307-foot tall new build condominium. Only one block away from the attractive Carl Shurz Park, The Cielo offers a range of attractive, contemporary residences in one of Manhattan’s hottest up-and-coming areas. 

995 Fifth Avenue

Given its superior location, 995 Fifth Avenue is one of the most exclusive apartment buildings in all of Manhattan. Set across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, the former Stanhope Hotel - or the old Park Hyatt Hotel, as you may remember it - has been totally restored and re-configured as 26 elegant and pristine half- and full-floor pre-war residences updated with a modern infrastructure.

The Mark

The Mark, one of New York’s most prestigious hotels, is now offering a wide range of luxurious condominiums for sale- all of which have full access to its range of five-star services in the UES. Located just a block away from Central Park at 25 East 77th Street, it presents a unique opportunity to benefit from all the luxury of one of the world’s most exclusive hotels within the privacy of your own residence.

The Plaza NYC Residences

The Plaza Residences, located in the prime Midtown location of 1 Central Park South, offer an opportunity to live in one of Manhattan’s most majestic buildings. Its glorious pre-war aesthetics have been cleverly combined with the best in modern design to provide a unique residential opportunity.

Park Laurel

The Park Laurel, located at 15 West 63 Street, was designed by Beyer Blinder Belle and Costas Kondylis. It was built in 2000 and sits atop the Mc Burney school. The school’s limestone land-mark façade is incorporated into the building elevation. Park Laurel is a 40 story asymmetrical tower that has 53 condominium apartments ranging in size from two to four bedrooms.

The Carlton House

Extell Development Company presents The Carlton House, 21 East 61 Street. The Carlton House is being transformed into 68 exceptional 2-6BR residences. Reinterpreted and transformed to the highest standards of the 21st century, these luxury homes will set a new standard of excellence for premier developments in Manhattan.

The Laureate

The Laureate is located on the corner of 76th Street and Broadway in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The 20-story luxury condominium infuses the essence of pre-war mastery with all contemporary possibilities, ensuring a gracious living environment for generations.

The Lucida

The Lucida, is the the Upper East Side  first LEED-certified condominium, was designed by Cook+Fox and boasts a stunning glass facade that makes every unit in the building delightfully sun-drenched. With only 110 units in the 20-floor high-rise, the building is exceedingly private and the units, which range in size from two to five bedrooms, are wonderfully spacious.

Baccarat Hotel NY and Residences

High atop the new five star flagship Baccarat Hotel is an exclusive collection of 59 brilliant residences now available for occupancy, with all the privacy and security of a condominium and the services and privileges of hotel living. The 50-story building at 5th Avenue and 53rd Street, directly across from the Museum of Modern Art, is an instant icon.

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