Once known as the Silk Stocking District, The Upper East Side is an affluent and lively neighborhood on the north east of Manhattan. Featuring modern high-class high rises, plus plenty of centuries-old brick buildings, this neighborhood is one of the most highly sought after in the entire city. The Upper East Side’s many sub-neighborhoods like Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, and Spanish Harlem (commonly known as El Barrio or East Harlem) each bring their own architectural and cultural styles. Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other white collar professionals often host their offices in the Upper East Side, where there are many 2nd floor, 3rd floor, and more upper-level commercial spaces in pre-war buildings. Retail is another huge draw of the Upper East Side, so much so, that having a retail store in the UES is something of a badge of honor for a brand. The Upper East Side has long been known as one of the most affluent NYC hoods, but nowadays it’s where New Yorkers move to get more space, where there’s still pockets of affordable living intermingled with designer shops and luxury retailers.
Known for its Museum Mile, iconic 5th Avenue shopping, historic brownstones, public parks and proximity to central park the Upper East Side is a Manhattan neighborhood like no other. With an Irish pub on every corner and tons of mainstay eateries, including JG Melon and Elio’s, the UES still maintains much of its decades-old charm. Make a day of shopping on 5th Avenue, perusing luxury brownstones, and enjoying Central Park views. There’s no shortage of arts or culture in this neighborhood. You can find some of the world's most famous museums, including The Met and Guggenheim, each having phenomenal art collections. The Jewish Museum is another favorite for the art-minded, as is the Neue Gallery. The UES is a more luxurious version of its laid back Upper West Side counterpart, just across the park. Looking for nature? Try the Central Park Zoo, or if you’re east of the UES, head to Carl Schurz Park and be sure to visit Gracie’s Mansion. The newly minted 2nd Avenue Subway in addition to the 6 train make getting around the Upper East Side a breeze. If you’re driving into Manhattan, the FDR Drive can take you all up and down the Upper East Side quickly.