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7.9 out of 10

Yorkville

Ranked 10th best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
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Reviews

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

"Yorkville: Pretty With Lots to Do"

Yorkville runs from 72nd Street to 96th Street along the East Side. It's lovely to go up this way and just stroll around. There are lots of doctors offices up here, but a lot of professionals also live here. The apartments are generally large and because the more easterly ones mean more of a walking distance to the train, you can often find good bargains the more east you go.

The buildings here have character though and some areas are spellbinding. There are trees scattered about, a rarity in some parts of the city. Lovely little enclaves of shops can be found. I always recommend however walking the avenues since this is where most of the foot traffic is, and hence, most of the good shops. You just can't go wrong. The well-to-do live here but so do hardworking middle class people who have scraped and saved to live here.

There are lovely buildings with doormen and elevators but many people who live more easterly live in pre-war walkups. These apartments may have more space but they also may require walking up 4 or more sets of stairs! If you have a good heart and don't mind sweating then this may be the place for you to find a place to live.
Pros
  • Cheaper than the UES proper
  • Quiet and peaceful neighborhood
Cons
  • Far from public transportation
  • No real nightlife scene
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"A Rare Nice and Affordable Place To Live"

The funny thing about New York City is that you will often be paying for access rather than an apartment. Many places in the city will offer you a closet sized studio with a shared bathroom for the same price as a nice loft somewhere else. In the case of Yorkville, you can find a nice affordable place so long as you are willing to give up access. Access to public transportation, access to nearby locations, and access to the rest of Manhattan.

Living here isn't bad. It's a nice area with a generally young professional crowd that has to commute on the train to work daily. Only the 4 and the 6 go anywhere up here and they are often packed (but run fairly often). The rents are good but there are also a lot of new much more expensive apartments. The schools are good, the area is quiet, and hopefully you aren't right next to the highway. What you gain in money in your pocket and peace and quiet you lose in proximity to everything that is going on in Manhattan and a lot of public transportation options. There is not a whole lot to do except some food joints and some bars.

Not much to do here for tourists, just your run-of-the-mill residential neighborhood but it is quite lovely.
Pros
  • Good Schools
  • Affordable Rents
  • Quiet and peaceful neighborhood
Cons
  • Far From The Rest of the City
  • Far from public transportation
  • No real nightlife scene
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice part of the Upper East Side"

Yorkville is a neighborhood within the Upper East Side. While I've never lived there, I feel as though I have because I used to sit a friend's dog in this neighborhood, staying at their apartment for extended periods. I'm not entirely sure of the boundaries of this neighborhood, and I doubt they're official. I consider it to run from Third Avenue to the East River from 86th Street to 96th Street. Some people say it runs as far south as 72nd Street, though.

While I'm not that fond of most of the Upper East Side (having lived for 13 years considerably farther south than Yorkville on the UES), I like this area. 86th Street is a main shopping stretch, and there are some great groceries and shops around here. I love Carl Schurz Park on the river. There's a terrific running and biking path, and the mayor's home, Gracie Mansion, is in this park. So, I always felt safe there, even if I walked the dog after dark because there are cops outside the mansion at all times. It's a very pretty area, and there are lots of people walking their dogs. Most people are fairly friendly, too. It's a real neighborhood within the "Yupper" East Side.

It isn't youthful or trendy, though. It's definitely a little bit on the stuffy side, but I found it pretty comfortable and felt safe there. Rents are definitely high but not the absolute highest in the city. There are many very nice buildings with doormen, and you might be able to find a deal if you look hard enough.
Pros
  • Convenient
  • Lots to do but quiet
Cons
  • Only one subway line on Lexington Ave
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Yorkville!! Or as I call it, Little Europe"

Yorkville is a beautiful city that mimics scenery and architecture from countries all over Europe. Having traveled there a few times I like to call Yorkville, Little Europe.

Although Yorkville is mostly residential it does offer some amazing attractions such as restaurants and bars that have been standing for many decades. German bakeries and delicacies are numerous around this part of New York.

It is definitely a place to visit if you want to connect with your German (or European) ancestry. If you want to get away from the large and fast paced crowds that fill other parts of New York City, you will enjoy Yorkville for what it is, a large community with a small town feel.
4/5
2yrs+

"Exactly the quality you'd expect from the Upper East"

This is one of those Manhattan neighborhoods that seems to be slowly melting into its surroundings – a phenomenon that is not unusual in New York. The neighborhood is full of shiny new apartment buildings that were never tenements and so won’t make you feel claustrophobic, and Yorkville is generally peopled with the non-artist young professionals who can afford such places, though there is a bit of a mixed population.
Yorkville is historically a German neighborhood, but all of that real estate development put its identity in the mud. However, if you are looking for a quiet stoop to smoke your cigarettes on, or just a nice quiet, tree-lined street, this is a good place to start.

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