The epitome of charm and luxe sophistication, the Upper East Side (UES) is a true icon. Unrivaled in its wealth of elegant dining, glamorous shopping, world-class museums and highly sought-after addresses, the UES is impressive in its convenience and astonishingly affordable thanks to its sheer number of living spaces. The UES 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."
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. 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.
The Upper East Side 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 future T subway on Second Avenue. Beaux Arts and Queen Anne-style row houses from the 1870s live amongst early 20th Century neoclassical and neo-Federal homes, and post-war luxury high-rises. 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 is the center those who love the finer things.