The posh residential Upper East Side is known for its wealthy denizens and designer shops along Madison Avenue. The area has a mix of classic brownstones and upscale high-rises. Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue next to Central Park, draws crowds to cultural institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, and Frick Collection. On January 2017, the Q train was extended from 57th Street-Seventh Avenue to 96th Street and Second Avenue, serving new stations at 72nd Street, 86th Street, and 96th Street.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art
The Upper East Side contains a large and affluent Jewish community. Traditionally, the area has been dominated by wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant families, and the German and Eastern European communities are found between 80th Street and 90th Street. Central Park and Carl Schurz Park both offer beautiful walking trails along the East River. In recent years, East of the area became popular because of relatively cheaper rent and the due to the subway extension on Second Avenue which opened in 2017.
86th Street Station
86th Street Station
86th Street Station Art work by Chuck Close
There are many prestigious private schools in this neighborhood which is known to have a good school district. Especially the public school, PS6, has a good reputation for its excellent academic environment. A large number of affluent senior citizens live west of the area which makes that part of the neighborhood feel cozy and relaxed near the classic townhouses. A lot of high-end commercial retailers on Madison Avenue give the sense of class and luxury.
The cityscape of historical buildings, beautiful townhouses, and famous museums along Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue are prime examples that give the Upper East Side an intellectual and classical ambience. Central Park is a large public park that is like an oasis in the middle of the City where people spend their weekends jogging, picnicking, doing outdoor yoga and walking their dogs. The easy access to Central Park contributes to New Yorkers’ healthy lifestyles.
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
There are many world famous museums in this area, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the top three largest art museums in the world, as well as the Guggenheim Museum which has a unique architecture style described as the "Nautilus Shell.” Residents of the Upper East Side can easily access Central Park and Madison Avenue to enjoy seasonal scenes and luxury shopping. The area is also famous for being the stage for famous movies and dramas, such as "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" and "Sex and the City".
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
The Upper East Side is rich in dining options, ranging from romantic restaurants to old-school diners and cafés. At 59th Street, Katagiri is the first Japanese grocery store opened in the U.S. The unique cafe restaurant, Serendipity 3 became a stage for the movie, "Serendipity" and is a popular cafe for many celebrities and couples. Ladurée is a French luxury bakery famous for their sweets, macaroons, and elegant afternoon tea.
The 4, 5, and 6 trains run north and south in the Upper East Side. Each new stations on the Q line including 72nd street, 86th street and 96th street, each offer different artist’s artworks on display. The mosaic art by the artist, Chuck Close, at the 86th street station especially draws many people’s attention.
Subway: 4,5,6 to 59th St.-Lexington Ave. | N,R,W to 59th St.-Lexington Ave. | N,R,W to Fifth Ave.-59th St. | F,Q to 63rd St.-Lexington Ave. | 6 to 68th St. | 6 to 77th St. | 4,5,6 to 86th St | 6 to 96th St. | Q to 72nd St. | Q to 86th St. | Q to 96th St.
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