Neighborhood Guide

Upper East Side

Occupying the area from East 59th up to 110th Street, from 5th Avenue eastward to the river, the Upper East Side is considered the elite place to live in New York City…and has been such since the late 1800s. Tranquil, charming and rich in architecture, this desirable community is accessible to the magnificent playground Central Park, and known for its glamorous shopping and fine dining. Many executives and celebrities have chosen this as their place of business and their residence, as its address is truly cache. The area also boasts a wealth of quality schools and world-class museums that have attracted families and young professionals to keep an Upper East Sid apartment.

The Upper East Side historically exemplifies prestigious landmark-type apartments, but there’s also something for everyone in terms of studios, one- and two-bedroom co-ops, condos and rentals. It’s even possible to find a no fee apartment on the Upper East Side. Once wetlands, forest and fishing camps occupied by the Lenape, merchant Archibald Gracie built his mansion (Gracie Mansion) on the East River in 1799. From there more estates followed, especially after the New York and Harlem Railroad was established, including President Ulysses S. Grant's house on East 66th Street, and the estates of wealthy families like the Rhinelanders, Schermerhorns and Astors. Andrew Carnegie built his mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street in 1901, lending his name to the area now called Carnegie Hill. In the early 1900s, the railroad was buried under Park Avenue, one of America's most prestigious boulevards. Accessible by the Lexington and Broadway subway lines, local buses, and the future T subway on Second Avenue, the Upper East Side is home to Museum Mile (the Frick, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum) prestigious retailers like Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s, and diverse dining options from Elaine’s to the Park Avenue Café.

Upper East Side Listings

Upper East Side Buildings