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Upper East Side Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Discover what makes the Upper East Side a great place to live. Find out information on schools, transportation, restaurants, and must more in the area.
Upper East Side NYC
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.6 Overall
Average Rent Prices 3
Public transportation 8
Schools 8
Lifestyle 8
Crime 6

Those looking to experience the finer, more elegant things in life belong in the Upper East Side.

In this Manhattan Upper East Side neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Whether you are interested in museum culture, fine dining or high-end shopping, there's a little bit of everything in this neighborhood.

Take a stroll down Museum Mile (Fifth Avenue between 72nd and 104th Street) and you will find some of the country's most renowned institutions like Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Solomon R. Guggenheim, just to name a couple.

Museum Mile was once named Millionaire's Row. Take a look at the mansions surrounding you and it will make better sense.

Head over to Madison Avenue and you're in shopping mecca, with some of the world's biggest names in haute couture.

High-end department stores like Barney's, Valentino and Christian Louboutin carry all classic designs and have held a strong presence at the forefront of fashion.

This homey neighborhood is filled with mostly upper class residents, especially along Park and Madison Avenue.

Mostly brownstones line these blocks.

Further East toward the East River, you will find many young professionals who are probably in training for a career that will earn them a place on Park or Madison.

Here is where you will find more of a selection of affordable apartments.

Fun Fact: The Upper East Side's Fifth Avenue was so full of mansions in the 1800's that it was dubbed "Millionaire's Row."

What Celebrities Live in Upper East Side

While not considered a trendy area of Manhattan, the Upper East Side does have some luxurious areas, amazing views of the park, and Billionaire's Row, so it's not surprising that so many celebrities would call it home.

Celebrity Residents
Ricky MartinSinger, Actor, Author
MadonnaSinger, Songwriter, Actress, Businesswoman
Tom BrokawTV Journalist, Author, Anchor
Samuel L. JacksonProducer, Actor
Woody AllenWrite, Actor, Comedian, Musician
Debra MessingActress
Drew BarrymoreActress, Author, Director, Model, Producer
Bill MurrayActor, Comedian, Writer
Spike LeeFilm Director, Producer, Writer, Actor


It wasn't until recently that the Upper East Side decided to improve its transportation options.

Ever since the installment of the Second Avenue subway, real estate prices in the area have been steadily increasing.

Not only do residents of the UES now have viable subway options, but there is also now a protected bike lane on Second Avenue between East 68th and 125th streets.

Also, the newly launched NYC Ferry will be making it to the shores of the UES this year. The East River Ferry is no longer in service and has transitioned to the new, expanded NYC Ferry Service featuring new boats, onboard concessions, and lower fares.

Bus and Ferry Lines
BusM1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M8, M9, M15, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96 BxM4A, BxM4B and BxM3
NYC FerryThe fare is $2.75

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 4 5 6 6

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line

  • F

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • N Q R W

    BMT Broadway Line

Renting in the Upper East Side

Much housing on the Upper East Side is going to apartment buildings. Most townhouses are going to luxury townhouses.

If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the Manhattan Upper East Side neighborhood:

Average Rent Prices in Upper East Side
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Upper East Side

Public & Charter Schools

The Upper East Side is considered District #2.

This neighborhood has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from.

Here are some of the most talked-about:

Local Schools
P.S. 006 - Lillie D BlakePublic - PreK-5 - 694 studentsTop-ranked school includes a rooftop garden and eco-center for the children to grow vegetables. Student writing is above average, with a strong focus on spelling, grammar, cursive writing, and phonics.
Regis High SchoolPrivate - 9-12 - 529 studentsRanked #4 best private school in New York, this elite, private, all-boys Catholic school with an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and a 100% go on to attend a four-year college.
East Side Middle SchoolPublic - 6-8 - 443 studentsNo auditorium, lockers or instrumental music program, but offers students a very interdisciplinary curriculum.


Fine dining at its best can be found in this neighborhood.

The Upper East Side has established itself as the place in the city to find the best fresh fish, particularly sushi.

Some of these above-average sushi gems include Sasabune, Sushi Seki, and Sushi Ishikawa.

Aside from the posh sushi spots strategically placed throughout the UES, residents can also enjoy some of the city's best diners like 2nd Ave Deli and Madison Restaurant.

How Safe is the Upper East Side Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 5 out of 10
Approximately 13.4832 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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