Upper East Side Real Estate, rentals and sales
Three hundred years ago this area was farmland. Now it is home to some of the most sought-after residences on the planet. Whether it is Fifth Avenue, with its grand mansions and magnificent museums, Madison Avenue, with its chicest of chic fashion boutiques, or Park Avenue, with its genteel apartment blocks entirely free of neighboring commercial outlets. Bounded by 59th Street to 96th Street and the East River to Fifth Avenue and Central Park, the Upper East Side is one of New York City’s most affluent neighborhoods the Upper East Side is the epitome for status and sophistication.
From the outset, the area seemed destined for a fashionable future. Just north of the Fifth Avenue residence of the Vanderbilt's, the thin strip of land sandwiched between Central Park and the then railroad blossomed with a row of handsome townhouses. Each and every one was owned by Mary Mason Jones and built upon speculation. Mary Mason Jones owned the entire block, from 57th to 58th between Fifth and Madison, and her speculation proved apt. Wealthy families began to move into the area and it soon became the haven of fashion and high society that it is today. Famous upper-class New York families who own or have owned residences in the neighborhood include such illustrious names as Duke, Whitney, Rockefeller, Roosevelt and Kennedy.
Yet it is not only comfort and prestige that attracts both singles and families to this area, it is convenient too. The Upper East Side is not far from New York's best midtown shopping, has excellent private and public schools, and perhaps best of all is a short stroll away from Central Park, the magnificently planned gardens which are the size of Monaco. Shops such as Dylan's Candy Bar, the Windsor Florist, Serendipity and Bloomingdales grace the area, providing a rich retail experience (aside from mention of the famous stretch of shops within easy walking distance).
The Upper East Side (UES) is home to many prize attractions but many consider Museum Mile to be its main draw. From the grand Metropolitan, through to the spiral Guggenheim, the innovative Whitney, the quietly elegant Neue Gallerie and the vast mansions-turned-museums, such as the Frick and the Cooper-Hewitt, mean this area has the greatest concentration of artistic treasures anywhere on earth. Every June, the UES plays host to the Museum Mile Festival, Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and turns into one huge block party with free museum admission, musical entertainment and various artist demonstrations that draws a crowd of over 50,000. The Upper East Side has been portrayed in numerous films and television shows including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and the television show Gossip Girl.
Cafe Sabarsky, Aureole, Serefina Fabulous Grill, Orsay and the Park Avenue Cafe number among the many restaurant options for fine dining in the neighborhood. For cocktails and elegant lounge atmosphere, there are many hotel bars, such as The Library, and other hot nightspots like the Terrace Bar and the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop Garden Bar.
It’s no secret that the Upper East Side has some of the world’s most expensive homes. This coveted zip code and some of its prewar co-ops on Fifth and Park Avenues, and beautiful townhouses between Fifth and Madison are homes to some of the wealthiest New Yorkers. Notable buildings in the area include: Solow rental towers, The Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street, Bristol Plaza at 210 East 65th Street, 740 Park Avenue, 834 Fifth Avenue, The conversion of Mark Hotel at 25 East 76th Street, The Brompton on 86th Street, Trump Plaza and Trump Palace and many more.
And while the Upper East Side is the number one choice for New York's high society, there are also some more affordable streets close by too. For more temporary stays of residence, the area boasts hotels such as the Carlyle, Hotel Wales, Hotel 57 and Helmsley Carlton House.
Among the excellent private and public schools in the area are: The Convent of the Sacred Heart; The Hewitt School; Manhattan High School for Girls; Dominican Academy; Marymount School; The Spence School; Allen-Stevenson School; The Nightingale-Bamford School; The Browning School; The Buckley School; St. Bernard's School; St. David's School; Regis High School; Birch Wathen Lenox School; Dalton School; Loyola School; Lycée Français de New York; La Scuola d'Italia Guglielmo Marconi; Rudolph Steiner School; Trevor Day School; Ramaz School; Robert Louis Stevenson School (PS183);PS 77 The Lower Lab school; East Side Middle School; Lillie Devereux Blake School (PS6); East Side Middle School (PS158); Senator Robert F. Wagner Middle School (JHS 167); Talent Unlimited High School; Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Hunter College High School; Urban Academy Laboratory High School; Cornell University Medical School; Hunter College; Marymount Manhattan College; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Rockefeller University; Metropolitan Hospital (NY Medical College).
The area has always had access to the 4, 5 & 6 trains on Lexington Avenue but the recent addition of the 2nd Avenue Q train, which goes up to 96th St., has made the Upper East Side more accessible than ever before. Additionally, commuters also have access to MTA bus routes as well as taxis and private cars.