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Picture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Park Avenue. Photo :Asim Bharwani Park Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Photo: Asim Bharwani

Of all the beautiful neighborhoods in Manhattan, there are probably none that better captures the spirit of the chic and stylish New York City lifestyle as the Upper East Side. This neighborhood is famous for its classic brownstone buildings, tree-lined streets, world-class museums and restaurants, and of course its affluent inhabitants. Movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and TV series such as Sex and the City have cemented the Upper East Side as an international iconic symbol of luxurious living.

The largely residential neighborhood is one of the most sought after areas to live in New York. In this article we’ll show you what it’s like to stay in the amazing Upper East Side!

Welcome to Manhattan’s Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is a Manhattan neighborhood that’s lodged between Central Park to the west and the East River to the east, 96th Street in the north and 59th Street in the south. Its great popularity has much to do with the ideal location of the neighborhood on the island of Manhattan: it’s right beside the most famous park in New York and close to many of the city’s most beautiful landmarks, including the Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers. The gorgeous houses and apartment buildings of the Upper East Side have been inhabited by the likes of Woody Allen, Michael Bloomberg and Madonna. The neighborhood is simply brimming with celebrated restaurants and high-end stores that all cater to its residents. It’s an ideal neighborhood to stay during a visit to the city, as it’s also well serviced by the metro: the 4,5 & 6 lines run along Lexington Avenue. This makes it easy to commute to school or work, as well as to explore other interesting areas in the city! Read the entire story here…»


Have you ever wondered what it would be like if several of New York City’s best museums decided to get together and throw one big open house? Well, wonder no longer, because it turns out once a year, some of the city’s greatest cultural institutions do just that.

Held every spring, and now in its 26th year, the Museum Mile Festival is an annual bash in which the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 110th Streets is closed to traffic and becomes one big block party. Ten museums lining the Avenue offer free admission, and a variety of fun, interactive educational activities – like chalk drawing, face painting, and a live model drawing class – take place out on the street. Live entertainment options also include bands, clowns, and jugglers, so ideally there’s something for every age group to enjoy.

The MET on Museum Mile at Night The MET on Museum Mile at Night

Some of the best-known museums in New York City participate in Museum Mile, including El Museo del Barrio, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Neue Galerie. First-time visitors should be aware that the Met and the Guggenheim tend to be the most crowded, so it’s a great opportunity to investigate one of the other museums that you might not know as well. (After all, it’s free!) Read the entire story here…»


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Got a yen for far-off lands, but not the budget? Don’t fret. Because for the price of a single museum ticket, you can now immerse yourself in Spain at the time of the Moors, the Middle East of the Thousand and One Nights, and India at the height of the Mughal era—all under one roof.

The museum, in this case, is New York’s mighty Metropolitan Museum of Art, where 15 dazzling new Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia have been a major hit with both the public and the press since they opened last November. Read the entire story here…»


A baseball field in Central Park A baseball field in Central Park

Ready to enjoy the great outdoors in one of New York’s greatest assets? Head over to Central Park. Not only is Central Park one of New York’s largest parks in is centrally located in Manhattan making access from some of New York’s most popular neighborhoods including the Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Harlem a breeze. Today we’ll explore some of the activities available in Central Park year round but that are best enjoyed in the pleasant New York spring.

Running and biking: Central Park is the perfect spot for training for the next marathon or bike race or to take a casually run or bike ride. There is a giant paved loop running the entire length of the park. A single trip around the loop is just over six miles. In addition you can shorten the loop by using some of the mid-park crossovers. There are easily designated 4 and 5 mile loops as well as the full loop. When using the path make sure to stay in the proper lane and pay special attention to the fast moving bikers who whiz by. Read the entire story here…»


When holiday season arrives in New York City, so do hordes of tourists—which sometimes makes going to a big museum show seem like a contact sport. But if you’re looking for a superlative culture fix and an escape from massive crowds at the same time, New York Habitat recommends the Neue Galerie, one of several smaller but still stunning boutique museums that have a loyal following among resident and honorary New Yorkers alike.

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Located uptown at 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street) the Neue Galerie sits just a few blocks from better-known institutions like the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan, but tends to be far less crowded than those tourist magnets. This pocket-sized gem is housed in a stunning brick-and-limestone 1914 mansion designed by the same architects responsible for the New York Public Library. Its permanent collection consists almost entirely of late-19th- and early-20th-century German and Austrian art, and reputedly boasts the highest number of works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele anywhere outside of Vienna. Read the entire story here…»


The Metropolitan Museum of Art on New York's Museum Mile The Metropolitan Museum of Art on New York's Museum Mile

For the past 31 years the city of New York has been shutting down a massive portion of 5th Avenue, known the world over as the Museum Mile, to throw the city’s biggest block party. The Museum Mile festival is one of New York’s great treasures, an event that is as welcoming to locals as it is to tourists, and an event that celebrates art and entertainment in all its forms. New York Habitat has been entrenched in the local scene for long enough to know that, year-after-year, this event is not worth missing.

The Museum Mile Festival revolves around the 9 major museum’s sharing a 5th Avenue address (El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, The National Design Museum, The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, the Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York, the Goethe-Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art). The museums on the Mile represent the diverse arts and cultures found throughout the city and the festival is a wonderful occasion to discover what makes New York so special. For three hours on June 8th access will be completely free to all museums along the mile, 23 city blocks will be completely shut down to vehicular traffic, live bands and entertainment will conduct performances and organized art activities for children will set up shop. It is estimated that over 50,000 people attend the festival annually, and if part of the mile gets to crowded  you can always walk into Central Park; not too shabby. Read the entire story here…»


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Though it may be smaller than the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the most impressive collections of European art on this side of the Atlantic. Housed in the illustrious former residence of steel titan Henry Clay Frick, the eponymous collection brims with personality. The Frick allows visitors to immerse themselves in the lavish lifestyle of the Gilded Age and experience art in the most intimate of settings.

The mansion-turned-museum occupies one full city block along 5th Avenue. Every detail of the exquisite space comes alive with Henry Clay Frick’s curated vision – an El Greco masterpiece looming over the fireplace, two powerful Titians flanking the library wall, a large Renoir in the South Hall, and more. Read the entire story here…»


The Upper East Side features some of New York’s most sought-after residential real estate. The reasons are myriad. This particular one-bedroom triplex has a fantastic location in this famed neighborhood. Just to the south of the Upper East Side furnished apartment are midtown offices and tourist attractions, a couple of blocks to the west is Central Park, and to the east is the rejuvenated Roosevelt Island and its one-of-a-kind tramway. In between are countless boutiques, cafes, restaurants, subway stations, magazine stands, department stores and just about everything else one can imagine. Smack dab in the middle of all this is this one-bedroom triplex on the Upper East Side (NY-12219).

This apartment, like the neighborhood it sits in, is classy, sophisticated and inviting. On the first floor are the spacious living room and kitchen. The living room features lots of light, thanks to a two-story window, and a minimalist design touch. There is a dining table big enough to seat six, a futon sofa and two comfy chairs. The bedroom also gets plenty of light (thanks again to a two-story window!) and features a railing open to the living room below. The private terrace on the third floor of the apartment is a big draw for this one-bedroom accommodation. This is a real rarity in New York. There is plenty of room to eat meals, hang out or entertain guests. Read the entire story here…»


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The Upper East Side of Manhattan is known for being one of the most posh neighborhoods in the world. In addition to its wealth residents, the Upper East side, which is located between Central Park and the East River and stretches from 59th Street in Midtown West to about 96th Street in Harlem, is the home of numerous museums, historical monuments, luxury boutiques and high-end dining and entertainment venues.

About the Upper East Side:

As first home to the kings of industry during the 19th Century, the Upper East Side has a rich and prominent history of catering to the upper echelons of elite high society. The quaint tree-lined streets nestled together with the pre-war brownstone townhouses that radiate a unique sophistication and chic appeal of the area. Strolling within the various districts of the Upper East Side will take you to the quintessential New York City streets that have been made famous in movies and songs including Park Avenue, Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Read the entire story here…»