Upper East Side Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray

CITY

Upper East Side NYC

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

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

Take a stroll down Museum Mile and you'll find some of the country's most renowned institutions like Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Solomon R. Guggenheim, just to name a couple.

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.

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."

Local Buzz

CelebrityNotes
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

Transportation

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. 

SubwayQ, 4, 5, 6
BusM1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M8, M9, M15, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96 BxM4A, BxM4B and BxM3
NYC FerryThe fare is $2.75
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,198$3,222$5,505$9,357

Public & Charter Schools

The Upper East Side is considered District #2 and has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from. Here are some of the most talked-about:

SchoolInfoNotes
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.

Restaurants

The Upper East Side has established itself as the placein 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

Stop by Two Little Red Hens to get your sweet tooth fill! It's sure not to disappoint!

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