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Encyclopedia > Upper East Side, Manhattan

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.

Its north-south avenues are Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Park Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Third, Second and First Avenues, York Avenue, Sutton Place, and East End Avenue.

The area is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue has been dubbed "Museum Mile." Among the cultural institutions on the Upper East Side:

External links

  • Upper East Side map (http://www.newyorkled.com/map_UpperEast_Side01.htm)

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The Upper East Side is home to some of the city's most exclusive shops, boutiques, and salons, located on upper Madison Avenue, and gourmet restaurants are tucked into its tree-lined side streets.
At East End Avenue and 86th Street is Carl Schurz Park, which overlooks the East River and houses Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of New York City.
Upper Fifth Avenue from East 70th Street to East 104th Street is known as the Museum Mile, home to some of the most famous cultural institutions in the world.
Uppereast.com: information on Upper East Side apartments, businesses, events, sales and more! (519 words)
The Upper East Side 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 Upper East Side Scene, maintained by Kristen Depken, is focused on the travels and experiences of a young 20s woman out on the Upper East Side at bars, restaurants and other local areas of interest.
Upper East Side 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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