The Upper East Side extends from 59th to 96th Street between 5th Avenue and the East River.
Polished, chic and classic New York, the Upper East Side is one of the most affluent – and elegant – neighborhoods in the city. In the majority of the buildings on the Upper East – or UES, as the locals call it – marble foyers greet passers-by and genteel doormen receive visitors for some of the wealthiest patrons of the city, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bounded by 59th to 96th streets and the East River to Fifth Ave and Central Park, the Silk Stocking District was a farmland and market garden quarter traversed by the New York and Harlem Railroad until the early 20th century when the railroad magnate Vanderbilt family, oil-rich Rockefellers and land-owning Roosevelts built their stately manors along Fifth Avenue, then Park. John F. Kennedy Junior may have shunned the Upper East for trendy Tribeca in the 1990s, but many members of the Kennedy clan still live in the area’s immaculate brownstones today.
Though the Upper East Side still maintains some of the highest pricing per square foot ($1,495) in the United States, it also boasts some of the city’s finest boutiques, most elite schools and fastest subway lines. Barneys New York is the place discriminating tastes can find Nina Ricci, Christian Louboutin and Isabel Marant. The children of the well-heeled can attend Dalton, Friends Seminary and The Beekman School. Finally, though the Upper East Side is served by one subway line – the four-track Lexington Avenue Line (4,5,6 trains), the MTA is building a new subway line, the Second Avenue Subway, whose first phase in planned to open in 2016.