The unique neighborhoods of any city provide a flavor that makes it unique from all other cities. In New York, one of the neighborhoods bringing a sense of flair is the Upper East Side. This neighborhood is a combination of the artistic and the political.
Historically, this neighborhood was built upon a trading middle class. Yet there were also plenty of wealthy historical families, including the Roosevelts, Kennedys, Rockefellers and Whitneys. These were just a few of the famous names that made the Upper East Side their home. As farmland was turned into house lots, a large German middle class and a significant Jewish population added their own cultural touches to the neighborhood. Families have always played a large part in the social and cultural aspects of the Upper East Side and they continue to do so.
A neighborhood with tons of artistic elements
The artistic element of the Upper East Side includes a variety of art galleries and museums. A section of the Upper East Side is actually dubbed the Museum Mile, because it is home to so many amazing museums. Included in that number are the Andrew Carnegie Mansion, which houses the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
For the art lovers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the MET. Visitors and city dwellers can wander through this amazing collection of art for hours without being able to observe everything. Plus, the MET regularly alternates their exhibits, so every visit is a new experience.
Many democratic missions are housed in the mansions of the Upper East Side, making it home to many ambassadors from a variety of countries, including Bulgaria, Iraq and Poland.
Upper East Side is also famous for politicians
The Upper East Side is also famous for being the place where leaders in the art, political and business worlds live. Movies, television shows and books have all used the Upper East Side as the background and sometimes an intricate part of their stories. Some of the most famous include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Devil Wears Prada and the Great Gatsby.
As a result, the real estate in the Upper East Side tends to be pricier than other areas of the city. In fact, one of the greatest concentrations of individual wealth within the city of Manhattan is located in the Upper East Side. While there is a high concentration of earning power in this historical neighborhood, it is also generally seen as a quieter area of Manhattan. The neighborhood tends to be defined by its lack of late night entertainment, with its distance from Broadway, Times Square and other tourist attractions. The quiet atmosphere, plus its close proximity to Central Park, makes this neighborhood very popular with families.
Historically, this neighborhood has only been served by one subway line and minimal bus routes. The increased traffic over the years has finally prompted the building of a second line. The first phase of this line is expected to be completed in December 2016. The whole line is anticipated to be completed by 2029 and is expected to serve over 500,000 riders on a daily basis.
While it might be easy to define the Upper East Side by the arts and its wealth, this is a neighborhood that continues to evolve from the mansions of its past to celebrate the families and rich culture that make up its present.