Upper East Side
Stretching from 59th to 96th Streets, between Central Park
and the East River, the Upper East Side is home to some of the city's wealthiest residents: the residents of the "Gold Coast" (in real estate parlance), or the mansions and prewar brownstones on and near Fifth and Park Avenues in the Sixties and Seventies. Home to the "Museum Mile," the UES is arguably the high-culture center of the city: the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, the Whitney Museum of American Art
, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
, the Frick Collection
, the Neue Galerie
, the Museum of the City of New York
and the 92nd Street Y
are only a few of the cultural hotspots located here. For fans of the young-adult book series and hit TV show "Gossip Girl," the UES is also famous for its elite private schools.
While the Fifth-Park-Madison Avenue Upper East Side is full of fancy boutiques and expensive restaurants catering (as you may imagine) to an older, more conservative crowd, further east you'll find more modest real estate and younger, livelier patrons at the restaurants and bars along Lexington, Third, and Second Avenues.