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800.ELLIMAN

7.6 out of 10

Upper East Side

Ranked 11th best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.7708238844615 -73.9593921005254
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
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  • Trendy & Stylish
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice ammenities"

After I sold my apartment in Morningside Heights and previously living in the UWS I was eager for a radical change and I was pleasantly surprised about the Yorkville area of the UES. It is quite yet lots of restaurants and shopping available .Clean, green , and safe streets. I found that some cooperative apartments are more affordable than other areas in NYC. The new subway on second avenue scheduled to open in December 2016 adds more convenience to the area. I am crossing my fingers and waiting to be approved by the board on the apartment I just signed contract.Great neighbourhood .
Pros
  • Good schooling options both private and public
  • Gorgeous apartments
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Safe - most buildings have doormen
  • The park
Cons
  • Second ave subway coming soon.
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Great hood for young professionals without massive budgets"

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice but sterile neighborhood"

I lived on the Upper East Side for 13 years. It starts at 59th Street and goes all the way up to 96th Street from Fifth Avenue all the way east. I lived on the very southern end of the neighborhood which was on the border with midtown. It's a very old school, yuppie-laden, posh neighborhood with expensive restaurants. In fact, 10022, which is one of the "Yupper" East Side's zip codes is the wealthiest in the city and one of the wealthiest in the country.

It's a relatively friendly neighborhood in the less commercial, more residential areas. The rents had gone down in the 90s when I moved in. Because it isn't trendy like the Upper West Side, the rents have not skyrocketed as much as other neighborhoods. That said, you'll have to search for deals because this is still in the middle of Manhattan where there's no such thing as cheap.

The shopping is great in this neighborhood, and if you live off the park, of course, you're lucky and probably not reading this right now. Restaurants tend to be expensive, but the shops aren't all posh because other people do travel to shop here. You'll find Bloomingdale's in this neighborhood, for example. My feeling about a lot of the Upper East Side is that it's largely without character, but there are some less sterile areas, especially in the East 70s.
Pros
  • Relatively clean
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Expensive restaurants
  • Primarily older yuppie inhabitants
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"inconvenient and sterile"

Given the other places to live in Manhattan, I have trouble understanding how the Upper East Side carries any appeal. It's like living in a bank--sterile, boring, and full of other people's money.

The Second Avenue subway line construction has been endless and has somehow encouraged more and more construction in the area, making this generally low-noise area loud and obnoxious--much like the nannies pushing strollers.

It's not all bad, not at all. The 4, 5 is a great subway line and there's a healthy offering of excellent restaurants (though rarely does anyone travel to the upper east side JUST for a restaurant) and there are some great places to shop. However, that's true of nearly everywhere in Manhattan. What's special about the Upper East Side?

There's nothing wrong with it, which in New York can be a selling point. Crime is low, it's not very crowded, and while the architecture is mostly uninspired there are a few old gems that have withstood the massive construction projects of the 70s.

The Guggenheim is nothing to sneeze at (...the Metropolitan Museum of Art sort of is). The East River has almost no romance, and the parks nearby feel awkward and poorly planned.

It's a chore for me to visit my friends on the upper east side...both getting to them and spending time with them.
Pros
  • Luxurious shopping
  • Good schooling options both private and public
Cons
  • Dead at night
  • Stuffy
  • Needs better subway connections with the rest of the city
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Very nice, just a little boring"

Yes, yes, yes, the Upper East Side. It’s very expensive. VERY expensive. It’s also lovely, with huge mansions and amazing views. It’s a safe place to live, with amazing schools and great childcare. There are more nannies than mommies pushing strollers around.

So if you live there, it’s wonderful. The most annoying part is how crowded the green line subway gets carrying everyone, from Manhattan and the Bronx, that needs to traverse the east side of the city. But when the 2nd Avenue line is finished, things should ease up a bit.

For a renter like myself, I was surprised to find that while studios and one bedrooms aren’t exactly cheap, they are much more reasonable than I had expected. Keep in mind that these are TINY units, though. Really small. Like a kitchen and a bed. But, if you’re willing to pay for the neighborhood, they aren’t a bad idea. Plus you are almost guaranteed to get a super who is wiling to fix a leaky ceiling or a jammed window, which isn’t always the case in New York.

There is decent shopping here, if you have the money. The museums are wonderful and a great way to spend a weekday. Or to get out of the summer heat when you realize you can’t afford your overpriced rent and air conditioning at the same time.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"A Quiet Residential Area in The City That Never Sleeps"

The Upper East Side of Manhattan is the area that stretches from 59th street to roughly 96th street between 5th Avenue and FDR Drive. It is one of the most residential area in the city and is known to be home to the "elite." It's full of fancy brown stones and high rises and has most recently been made famous in the television series "Gossip Girl." As a resident, however I am sad to say that is only a small percent of the neighborhoods population in reality. But there are many benefits to living on the Upper East Side. It is in very close proximity to New York City's Central Park which is a very good place to go for a quick jog or a nice stroll during a day of good weather.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Amazing neighborhood NYC"

I absolutely love living in this neighborhood. It is extremely safe. Although, I have not seen very many celebrities. The Upper East Side is known for its high profile residents. I love the fact that I am within walking distance to Central Park. When people come to visit Central Park is the first place I take them. It is a great neighborhood to take a leisurely walk through. There are so many restaurants to choose from in all price ranges. You would be surprised that not all the restaurants are extremely expensive. You can find a 5 star restaurant on the same block as a $2.00 a slice pizza shop. I find the area diverse in that way. The transportation is great because cabs frequent the area and public transportation is easily accessible.

Unranked Streets in Upper East Side

2 Ave

2.5/5
"East 55th Street"
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East 54 St

3.5/5
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East 57th St

3.5/5
"Beautiful . . but, it'll cost ya. "
40.7595550210487 -73.9658771697371

East 59 St

3.5/5
"Upper East Siding on a Sunday Afternoon"
40.7618797908148 -73.9673594716549

East 60 St

3.5/5
"East 60th St"
40.7621287468935 -73.9660050032016

East 73 St

3.5/5
40.7691481480171 -73.9570736686978
"A border between two neighborhoods"
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