Carnegie Hill is a neighborhood within the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Roughly speaking, it is bounded by 86th St. on the south, Third Avenue on the east, 98th St. (i.e., Spanish Harlem) on the north, and Fifth Avenue (i.e., Central Park) on the west.
The neighborhood is named for the mansion that Andrew Carnegie built at Fifth Avenue and 91st St. in 1901. The mansion is today the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution
One of New York's most prestigious and expensive neighborhoods, most of the neighborhood's opulent townhouses, built in the early twentieth century, are protected as part of the Carnegie Hill Historic District. Many of the townhouses are single family residences, although some have been converted to apartments.
Known for it's "suburban" feel, Carnegie Hill boasts several fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, and gourmet food stores. Following New York City's tradition of similar stores residing next to one another, the stretch of Madison Avenue that runs through Carnegie Hill is known for it's numerous children's clothing boutiques.
Well known residents of Carnegie Hill include "Today Show" host Katie Couric, actor Paul Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward, actor Kevin Kline, and, until recently, actor and director Woody Allen, who sold his Carnegie Hill townhouse in 2004 for well over $20,000,000.
Also within Carnegie Hill is the Jewish Museum, at 1109 Fifth Avenue, and the 92nd Street Y, a Jewish cultural institution.
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (http://ndm.si.edu/)