Upper East Side

Three words come to mind: Luxury, culture, and tradition. This is classic NYC of old-time fame. Expect gentry, old-world sophistication, culture, and social roots. Think uniformed door attendants in stately old buildings, a sense of heritage, and quiet, tree-lined streets. Feel the old-world sophistication, splash on a healthy dose of a newer and younger vibe, and you have the perfect neighborhood. It’s no surprise that some of the wealthiest NYC residents live here, especially between Park and Fifth Avenues. With Museum Mile adding an artistic feel along with trendy pubs and restaurants on Second Avenue, you’ve found your forever home.
This is the epitome of luxury, with prestigious addresses and coveted NYC apartments. The Upper East Side has been home to many famous people, including the Rockefellers, Carnegies, Kennedys, Roosevelts, and Vanderbilts. Residents are spoiled with exclusive shopping on 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, the wide-open green space of Central Park, and views of the East River. The neighborhood is awash with fine-dining restaurants, romantic bistros, trendy boutiques, and museums and art galleries. The housing includes luxury townhouses, opulent condominiums, historic row houses, and chic penthouses. 

What to Love

 
  • The natural beauty and wide open greenspace of Central Park
  • Many fine-dining restaurants, cafes, delis, and boutiques
  • A vibrant nightlife with dozens of bars, lounges, and pubs
  • Many museums and art galleries, including the MET
  • Old-world feel with tree-lined streets and historic architecture
  • Excellent schools and public transportation 

Local Lifestyle

 
This is where the Gilded Age of NYC (1870 – 1900) continues unabated. On the Upper East Side, residents continue to feel as if they are in an old European town but with the sophistication of Paris. The streets remain beautiful and tree-lined with historic architecture and fountains. Pretty flowerbeds pop out around door fronts, and libraries, museums, and art galleries are within walking distance. Daily use of a car is purely optional.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
For excellent European cuisine and an outstanding wine list, go to Restaurant Daniel with its impressive Neo-Classic main dining room, and make sure you try the Maine halibut. If authentic Italian cuisine eaten on a farmhouse table in a room with exposed brick walls lit by a chandelier sounds like your cup of tea, check out Sfoglia. Try the veal Milanese because you only live once. Everybody needs a relaxed neighborhood hangout, and The Alvin Public House fills the bill. They have some great American food there with an “Irish twist.” You’ll be hard-pressed to beat their traditional fish & chips and make sure to add some Guinness on tap.
 
Fashionistas love the famous Bloomingdale’s for their exclusive designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. It’s a fashionista’s mecca. For four stories of French luxury clothing, handbags, accessories, fragrance, fine china, and an art gallery, make a beeline for the legendary Hermès. It doesn’t get any better than that, although Bergdorf Goodman might argue with their vast selection of the most exclusive designers in the world.  

Things to Do

 
Central Park is 843 acres of pure green heaven offering various tours and birding basics, weekly walks in different gardens, tennis courts, picnic areas, and chess games. The smaller 14.9-acre Carl Schurz Park is a bit more secretive and sometimes overlooked due to the grandness of Central Park, but don’t miss its waterfront promenade, walking paths, dog parks, playground, and flower gardens.

Schools

The Upper East Side is served by the New York City Department of Education and is notable for the following schools.
 
  • PS 6
  • East Side Middle School
  • Robert Louis Stevenson School
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  • The Rockefeller University

 Pros and Cons of living in the Upper East Side

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Overview for Upper East Side, NY

210,062 people live in Upper East Side, where the median age is 44 and the average individual income is $133,158. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

210,062

Total Population

44 years

Median Age

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$133,158

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Upper East Side, NY

Upper East Side has 107,529 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Upper East Side do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 210,062 people call Upper East Side home. The population density is 143,281.476 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Median Age

44.04 / 55.96%

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Schools in Upper East Side, NY

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The following schools are within or nearby Upper East Side. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Brick Church School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
The Spence School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Ps 77 Lower Lab School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Islamic Cultural Center School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Nightingale-Bamford School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Life Sciences Secondary School
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
1/5
Ps 198 Isador E Ida Straus
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Judith S Kaye High School (The)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
La Scuola D'Italia
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Talent Unlimited High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Ella Baker School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
East Side Elementray School-Ps 267
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Yorkville East Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Ps 169 Robert F Kennedy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
The Hewitt School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Loyola High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
The Brearley School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
The Geneva School Of Manhattan
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ps 290 Manhattan New School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Ps 183 Robert L Stevenson
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Yorkville Community School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Lyce Franais De New York
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Manhattan High School For Girls
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Gillen Brewer School
PRIVATE
PreK - PreK
No rating available
Dominican Academy
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Manhattan International High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Ps 158 Bayard Taylor
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Junior High School 167 Robert F Wagner
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
East Side Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
The Allen-Stevenson School
PRIVATE
K - 9th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Marymount School Of Ny
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
The Buckley School
PRIVATE
K - 9th
No rating available
St Stephen Of Hungary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
The Brearley School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
The Children's Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Birch Wathen Lenox School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Ps 6 Lillie D Blake
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Urban Academy Laboratory High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Ps 527 East Side School For Social Action
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Ramaz Upper School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Ignatius Loyola School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
St Jean Baptiste High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
The Caedmon School
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
St Vincent Ferrer High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
The Chapin School Ltd
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available

Around Upper East Side, NY

There's plenty to do around Upper East Side, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
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Very Bikeable
Bike Score
100
Rider's Paradise
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Shuya, Café Joyeux, and Camellia Milk Tea.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.18 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.3 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.4 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.7 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.11 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.63 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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