The Upper East Side runs from Central Park East to the East River, from 59th Street to 110th.
The gorgeous tree-lined walkways along the famed Museum Mile lead to some of the country’s most visited cultural attractions – including the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo del Barrio, among others. The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Frick Collection are also in the area.
Upper East Side residents have no shortage of grocers to stock their shelves, including specialty stores Grace’s, Eli’s, Schaller and Weber and Lobel’s. If that’s not the shopping spree you had in mind, luxury shopping abounds closer to 59th Street, especially on Madison Avenue. Barney’s and Bloomingdales can round out any additional purchase needs.
The neighborhood has its own full array of dining options, as well as plenty of local bars, although the Upper East Side can’t be described as cutting-edge by New York standards. The most expensive and well-regarded restaurants are clustered around Madison and Lexington Avenues, while dining on Second Avenue is cheaper and more dressed-down.
Upper Eastsiders, as well as Westsiders, benefit from their proximity to Central Park and can make use of its pleasant and winding roadways year-round. Central Park also features a children’s zoo; the Wollman ice-skating rink, open throughout the winter; and, during the summer, its Delacorte Theater presents summer programs that include a Shakespeare festival and numerous concerts. If the resident is left wanting any other activity, rest assured it can be found at the 92nd St Y. The venerable institution offers many educational, cultural, and recreational activities for all ages, and a health and fitness center that includes a 25-yard pool.