From “Museum Row” to FDR Drive, Upper East Manhattan is the area between Central Park and the East River, running from 59th Street to 96th Street, covering seven area codes and encompassing five neighborhoods.
To the west, the Upper East ischaracterized by luxurious homes and a high standard of living. This area gained its reputation as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in NYC in the mid-1800s, when the country’s wealthiest, including the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Rockefellers and Roosevelts, moved into the neighborhood. Stylish mansions and townhouses were erected along Fifth Avenue, eventually being replaced by apartments with some of the highest pricing per square foot in the United States.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on “Museum Row,” an area with a high concentration of museums, rounding out the elegance and grandeur that characterizes the western side of the Upper East. High-rises tower over tenements and the diversity of architecture dwindles. Nevertheless, the Upper East makes up for these shortcomings with its relaxed atmosphere, charm and history.