How best to describe one of the most famous neighborhoods in the United States? Aside from the extreme concentration of the rich and the famous, their opulent dwellings, and the army of doormen, butlers and chauffeurs who serve them, the Upper East Side is also a showcase for some of America’s finest cultural institutions. Walk along Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, featuring the Cooper Hewitt design museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, and the Jewish museum, in addition to the city’s crown jewel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many special exhibits complement the permanent displays at the Met, yet the collection is so vast that the huge storage areas under Central Park are bursting with pictures, sculptures and other objects d’art. In addition, visit the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as Asia Society Museum, and Frick Collection are nearby.
The official residence of New York City’s mayor, Gracie Mansion, is at the northern end of Carl Schurz Park. From glamorous Fifth and Park Avenues to the fashionable townhouses in the East Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, there are too many noteworthy addresses to list, but a veritable Who’s Who of American society can be found here.