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To the east of Central Park, the manors of the great philanthropists as well as the great robber barons of the 19th century characterize the grandeur of the Upper East Side nicknamed the “Silk Stocking District”. Blocks of elegant mansions and townhouses, maintained in pristine condition,

Upper East Side
79th Street
New York, NY 10021
To the east of Central Park, the manors of the great philanthropists as well as the great robber barons of the 19th century characterize the grandeur of the Upper East Side nicknamed the “Silk Stocking District”. Blocks of elegant mansions and townhouses, maintained in pristine condition, grace the Upper East Side streets, especially along the prestigious avenues: Park, Madison and Fifth. Some of the old and yet very elaborate carriage houses still exist along 63rd & 64th Streets. Stretching from the Plaza Hotel at Central Park South to the end of Fifth Avenue’s “Museum Mile” to the north is Manhattan’s Gold Coast with some of the highest real estate prices in the city. The stretch includes world-class museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, The Frick Collection, El Museo del Barrio, Asia Society & Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Further east, not much remains of the old German and Hungarian immigrant communities that once filled the streets with delicatessens, beer halls and restaurants in an area that is now known as Yorkville, a small neighborhood that ranges from 86th Street to 96th Street between Lexington and East End Avenues. One remnant of the olden days is the 62 year-old Heidelberg, where dirndl-wearing waitresses served steins of Spaten and sausages from the wurst-meisters at a nearby butcher shop. Henderson Place Historic District, which lies one block from Gracie Mansion (the official mayoral residence), consists of several beautiful Queen Anne row houses, which were commissioned by a local real estate developer, John C. Henderson. Twenty-four out of the thirty-two original houses still remain with the original turrets, double stoops and slate roofs. Some of the highlights of this neighborhood are Sotheby’s, one of the most famous auction houses, and the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, which is now open to the public for the first time in 60 years. Advanced reservations are required.

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