The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, that lies between Central Park and the East River. It is generally accepted to stretch from East 59th St. north to about 96th St., where the railroad tracks of the former New York Central Railroad (and now of the Metro-North Railroad) emerge from beneath Park Avenue to cross Spanish Harlem and Harlem on a massive stone viaduct. Embedded within the Upper East Side are the neighborhoods of Yorkville, centered on 86th St. and Third Avenue, and Carnegie Hill, centered on 91st St. and Park Avenue.
The two square mile (5 kmē) neighborhood, once known as the 'Silk Stocking District', has some of the most expensive real estate in the United States. Until the Park Avenue railroad cut was covered (finished in 1910), the stylish part of the Upper East Side with mansions and townhouses lay on Fifth Avenue, bordering Central Park, while the area to the east was a blue-collar district that included stables and breweries. A long high bluff fronting the river north of Beekman Place was dotted with fine suburban villas in the nineteenth century, the last remaining one being Gracie Mansion, now home of New York's mayors.
The UpperEastSide includes the area from 59th Street to 96th Street and 5th Avenue to the East River - including all of Lenox Hill, Yorkville, Carnegie Hill and areas along Park Avenue, Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue (zip codes 10022, 10021, 10028 and 10128).
The UpperEastSide Scene, maintained by Kristen Depken, is focused on the travels and experiences of a young 20s woman out on the UpperEastSide at bars, restaurants and other local areas of interest.
UpperEastSide Film, maintained by Larry Feldstein, an Upper Eastside resident and film enthusiast, his "30 second reviews" for films playing in the neighborhood are unique and very informative.
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