The Upper East Side (from 57th Street to 110th Street, from the East River to Fifth Avenue) is known for being New York’s—possibly the country's—most elegant residential neighborhood, conveying the hushed ambiance of the privileged and powerful. The majority of apartment buildings here were built between the turn of the century and the 1930s.
Central Park, on the western border of this area, makes a world-class front yard—with its zoo, tennis courts, formal gardens, bridle paths, running tracks and reservoir. Madison Avenue—possibly the world’s most famous retail address and famed center of the advertising industry in the mid-20th century—entices shoppers with boutiques like Chanel, Prada, Tiffany and fashion mecca Barney's New York, and a more commercial strip runs through the southeast corner, anchored by Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street and Lexington/Third Avenues.
Transportation includes a number of buses and subway stations at 77th, 68th and 59th Streets on Lexington Avenue, 60th Street on Fifth Avenue, as well as plentiful taxicab service due to the area's aforementioned hotels.
Fifth Avenue is entirely residential in this area except for the many cultural institutions along its "Museum Mile," home to the City's highest concentration of cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMA, Whitney, and Guggenheim museums, the Frick Collection and many smaller high-quality institutions.
Dozens of fine restaurants line side streets. Dining options for both nourishment and social assemblages on the Upper East Side still include the high-profile Elaine’s, special occasion destinations like Daniel, Park Avenue Café, and Sarabeth’s and E.A.T. for a delicious breakfast, among many others.
Carnegie Hill - a part of the Upper East side - is the City's most coveted neighborhood for families, and Yorkville toward the East River is a popular home to young professionals and singles who enjoy stunning river views.
Upper East Side's most notable residents are Woody Allen, Lady Gaga, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nadonna, Martin Scorsese and Michael Bloomberg.