Why Live in NYC’s Upper East Side
There’s a reason — actually, there are many reasons — that the Upper East Side makes lists of NYC’s most livable neighborhoods time and time again. Below, we share what makes this enclave such a great spot for extended stays.
Some of the city’s loveliest attractions reside between East 59th and 96th Streets. Here, you’ll find the proud Beaux-Arts façade of the Metropolitan Museum, as well as glamorous Madison Avenue boutiques, riverview Carl Schurz Park, and the eastern edge of leafy Central Park. Countless nineteenth-century townhomes are scattered around the tree-lined streets, including the mayor’s home Gracie Mansion.
It’s Rich in Culture
Heard of Museum Mile — encompassing museums like the Neue Galerie, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, and the Met (America’s largest art museum)? That’s located almost entirely on the Upper East Side, as are the Frick, the Met Breuer, and the Society of Illustrators. Performing-arts venues also abound, like 92Y, whose concerts often feature jazz legends and Broadway stars, and the dining scene includes Michelin-starred restaurants, charming Parisian bistros, and other destination-worthy eateries.
If you’ve read or watched period books or films such as The Age of Innocence, you probably already know that the Upper East Side is often associated with the Gilded Age. In fact, the majority of the neighborhood is designated as a historic district, featuring not just the well-known 1870-1900 architecture, but buildings dating back to the Civil War.
Given that the area is mostly residential, it’s known as calmer and more tranquil than the rest of the city. A study by data scientists at RentHop even revealed that U.E.S. is the quietest neighborhood in Manhattan and one of the quietest in all of New York City.
You could easily spend your entire extended stay just exploring this neighborhood, but if you should happen to visit another one, the rest of the city is within easy reach. The Upper West Side is less than ten minutes away via bus, while the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Brooklyn are accessible by subway.
Plan Your Trip
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