The Upper East Side spans from Central Park to the west, the East River to the east, 59th Street to the south, and 110th Street to the north. Its estimated population is slightly over 207,000. Though the list of movies filmed in the Upper East Side is infinite, perhaps no other director has painted his brush as broadly across the streets and avenues of the neighborhood as Woody Allen.
His 1986 classic, Hannah and Her Sisters, features a scene that unfolds at the corner of 76th Street and Madison Avenue, just outside The Carlyle Hotel. While outside the Hotel, Micky (Allen) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) part ways in less than favorable terms; inside, Bobby Short was just in the midst of holding court at the Café Carlyle, enthusiastically singing: “Why am I just as happy as a child? Why am I like a racehorse running wild?”
Though the evening between Micky and Holly doesn’t go so well, the answer that Short gives to his own questions is pretty clear, “[he’s] in love again, and the spring is comin’ / [he’s] in love again, and [he] love, love, love[s] it.”
While there are neighborhoods in Manhattan that may have more skyscrapers and tourist attractions, it’s clear that there’s plenty to be in love, love, love with in the Upper East Side.
To start with, it’s a neighborhood that features many of the Island’s most affordable rents south of 110th Street, and also a few of the most expensive apartments and townhouses within the entire city. It’s a neighborhood that’s on the brink of receiving a public transportation upgrade via the Second Avenue Subway Line (take the 6 train downtown Monday through Friday at 8:15am and you’ll see how valuable the Second Avenue Line will be); with a sprawling outdoor mall that’s better known as Madison Avenue; as well as a set of world-class art and museum spaces that line Fifth Avenue, conveniently tagged as Museum Mile.
In addition to the open and sprawling Great Lawn of Central Park, the Upper East Side also features its own green space. Tucked away just east of East End Avenue, between 90th Street and 82nd Street, you’ll find the gem that’s commonly known as Carl Shurz Park. Gracie Mansion, where our mayor resides, rests quietly at the north end of the Park.
The neighborhood of the Upper East Side carries a number of neighborhoods beneath its umbrella. These include the tree-lined streets and classic townhouses of Lennox Hill, the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, and the multiple condominium towers that are finding their way toward the skies over Yorkville.
Over the next few months, Curlew New York will be taking a walk through the Upper East Side, recording our findings, and sharing them with our readers. Like any new venture, we’re not sure what we’ll find, what we’ll describe, or what we’ll take away; however, we trust that The Upper East Side will provide its own gems, surprises, and stories.
Like any good tour, we’ll go block by block, covering the neighborhood gradually, and giving adequate time to cover the various sounds and sites within the neighborhood. As we began planning the neighborhood tour, we thought it would be best to move avenue by avenue, beginning at Fifth Avenue, then moving east toward East End Avenue. Because there’s a lot that changes from East 59th Street to East 110th Street, we decided that it would be best to cover each avenue in three installments (give or take seventeen blocks at a time).
As we move through the neighborhood, we’ll include featured apartment listings; dining and drink reviews and recommendations; as well as anything else that may catch our eye.
Above all, we hope you’ll join us, and look forward to sharing and experiencing the Upper East Side with you.