Upper East Side
Upper East Side
Location in New York City
|City||New York City|
|• Total||1.76 sq mi (4.6 km2)|
|• Land||1.76 sq mi (4.6 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|• Density||130,504.5/sq mi (50,388.1/km2)|
|2010 figures for Manhattan CB 8|
|• Asian or Pacific Islander||6.2%|
10021, 10028, 10029, 10065, 10075, 10128
|Area code(s)||212, 917, 646|
The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The area incorporates several smaller neighborhoods, including Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, and Yorkville. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, it is now one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Landmarks and cultural institutions
- 5 Post offices
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Education
- 8 In popular culture
- 9 Notable people
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Before the arrival of Europeans, the mouths of streams that eroded gullies in the East River bluffs are conjectured to have been the sites of fishing camps used by the Lenape, whose controlled burns once a generation or so kept the dense canopy of oak–hickory forest open at ground level.
In the 19th century the farmland and market garden district of what was to be the Upper East Side was still traversed by the Boston Post Road and, from 1837, the New York and Harlem Railroad, which brought straggling commercial development around its one station in the neighborhood, at 86th Street, which became the heart of German Yorkville. The area was defined by the attractions of the bluff overlooking the East River, which ran without interruption from James William Beekman's "Mount Pleasant", north of the marshy squalor of Turtle Bay, to Gracie Mansion, north of which the land sloped steeply to the wetlands that separated this area from the suburban village of Harlem. Among the series of villas a Schermerhorn country house overlooked the river at the foot of present-day 73rd Street and another, Peter Schermerhorn's at 66th Street, and the Riker homestead was similarly sited at the foot of 75th Street. By the mid-19th century the farmland had largely been subdivided, with the exception of the 150 acres (61 ha) of Jones's Wood, stretching from 66th to 76th Streets and from the Old Post Road (Third Avenue) to the river and the farmland inherited by James Lenox, who divided it into blocks of houselots in the 1870s, built his Lenox Library on a Fifth Avenue lot at the farm's south-west corner, and donated a full square block for the Presbyterian Hospital, between 70th and 71st Streets, and Madison and Park Avenues. At that time, along the Boston Post Road taverns stood at the mile-markers, Five-Mile House at 72nd Street and Six-Mile House at 97th, a New Yorker recalled in 1893.
The fashionable future of the narrow strip between Central Park and the railroad cut was established at the outset by the nature of its entrance, in the southwest corner, north of the Vanderbilt family's favored stretch of Fifth Avenue from 50th to 59th Streets. A row of handsome townhouses was built on speculation by Mary Mason Jones, who owned the entire block bounded by 57th and 58th Streets and Fifth and Madison. In 1870 she occupied the prominent corner house at 57th and Fifth, though not in the isolation described by her niece, Edith Wharton, whose picture has been uncritically accepted as history, as Christopher Gray has pointed out.
It was her habit to sit in a window of her sitting room on the ground floor, as if watching calmly for life and fashion to flow northward to her solitary door... She was sure that presently the quarries, the wooden greenhouses in ragged gardens, the rocks from which goats surveyed the scene, would vanish before the advance of residences as stately as her own.
Famous residents move in
Before the Park Avenue Tunnel was covered (finished in 1910), fashionable New Yorkers shunned the smoky railroad trench up Fourth Avenue (now Park Avenue), to build stylish mansions and townhouses on the large lots along Fifth Avenue, facing Central Park, and on the adjacent side streets. The latest arrivals were the rich Pittsburghers Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. The classic phase of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue as a stretch of private mansions was not long-lasting: the first apartment house to replace a private mansion on upper Fifth Avenue was 907 Fifth Avenue (1916), at 72nd Street, the neighborhood's grand carriage entrance to Central Park.
Most members of New York's upper-class families have made residences on the Upper East Side, including the oil-rich Rockefellers, political Roosevelts, political dynastic Kennedys, thoroughbred racing moneyed Whitneys, and tobacco and electric power fortuned Dukes.
Construction of the Third Avenue El, opened from 1878 in sections, followed by the Second Avenue El, opened in 1879, linked the Upper East Side's middle class and skilled artisans closely to the heart of the city, and confirmed the modest nature of the area to their east. The ghostly "Hamilton Square", which had appeared as one of the few genteel interruptions of the grid plan on city maps since the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, was intended to straddle what had now become the Harlem Railroad right-of-way between 66th and 69th Streets; it never materialized, though during the Panic of 1857 its unleveled ground was the scene of an open-air mass meeting called in July to agitate for the secession of the city and its neighboring counties from New York State, and the city divided its acreage into house lots and sold them. From the 1880s the neighborhood of Yorkville became a suburb of middle class Germans.
Gracie Mansion, the last remaining suburban villa overlooking the East River at Carl Schurz Park, became the home of New York's mayor in 1942. The East River Drive, designed by Robert Moses, was extended south from the first section, from 125th Street to 92nd Street, which was completed in 1934 as a boulevard, an arterial highway running at street level; reconstruction designs from 1948 to 1966 converted FDR Drive, as it was renamed after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, into the full limited-access parkway that is in use today.
Demolishing the elevated railways on Third and Second Avenues opened these tenement-lined streets to the construction of high-rise apartment blocks starting in the 1950s. However, it had an adverse effect on transportation, because the IRT Lexington Avenue Line was now the only subway line in the area. The construction of the Second Avenue Subway has brought up the price of houses in the Upper East Side somewhat.
Neighborhood boundaries in New York City are not officially set, but according to the Encyclopedia of New York City, the Upper East Side is bounded by 59th Street in the south, 96th Street on the north, Fifth Avenue to the west and the East River to the east. The AIA Guide to New York City extends the northern boundary to 106th Street near Fifth Avenue.
The area's north-south avenues are Fifth, Madison, Park, Lexington, Third, Second, First, York, and East End Avenues, with the latter running only from East 79th Street to East 90th Street. The major east-west streets are 59th Street, 72nd Street, 79th Street, 86th Street and 96th Street.
Some real estate agents use the term "Upper East Side" instead of "East Harlem" to describe areas that are slightly north of 96th Street and near Fifth Avenue, in order to avoid associating these areas with the negative connotations of the latter, a neighborhood which is generally perceived as less prestigious.
The Upper East Side Historic District is one of New York City's largest districts, as is the neighborhood. This district runs from 59th to 78th Streets along Fifth Avenue, and up to 3rd Avenue at some points. In the decades after the Civil War, the once decrepit district transitioned into a thriving middle class residential neighborhood. At the start of the 20th century, the neighborhood transformed again, but this time into a neighborhood of mansions and townhouses. As the century continued, and living environments altered, a lot of these single-family homes were replaced by lavish apartment buildings.
Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the combined population of the Upper East Side (Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, and Lenox Hill) and Roosevelt Island[a] was 219,920, an increase of 2,857 (1.3%) from the 217,063 counted in 2000. Covering an area of 1,291.51 acres (522.66 ha), the neighborhoods had a population density of 170.3 inhabitants per acre (109,000/sq mi; 42,100/km2). , The racial makeup of the neighborhoods were 79% (173,711) White, 3.2% (7,098) African American, 0.1% (126) Native American, 8.6% (18,847) Asian, 0% (98) Pacific Islander, 0.3% (609) from other races, and 1.8% (3,868) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.1% (15,563) of the population.
As of the 2000 census, twenty-one percent of the population was foreign born; of this, 45.6% came from Europe, 29.5% from Asia, 16.2% from Latin America and 8.7% from other. The female-male ratio was very high with 125 females for 100 males. The Upper East Side contains a large and affluent Jewish population estimated at 56,000. Traditionally, the Upper East Side has been dominated by wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant families.
Given its very high population density and per capita income ($85,081 in 2000), the neighborhood contains the greatest concentration of individual wealth in Manhattan. As of 2011, the median household income for the Upper East Side was $117,903. As of 2011, 60.6% of adults (25+) had earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
The Upper East Side maintains the highest pricing per square foot in the United States. A 2002 report cited the average cost per square meter as $8,856; however, that price has noticed a substantial jump, increasing to almost as much as $11,200 per square meter as of 2006. There are some buildings which cost about $125 per square foot (~$1345/㎡). The only public housing projects for those of low to moderate incomes on the Upper East Side are located just south of the neighborhood's northern limit at 96th Street, the Holmes Towers and Isaacs Houses. It borders East Harlem, which has the highest concentration of public housing in the United States.
The Upper East Side is one of few areas of Manhattan where Republicans constitute more than 20% of the electorate. In the southwestern part of the neighborhood, Republican voters equal Democratic voters (the only such area in Manhattan), whereas in the rest of the neighborhood Republicans make up between 20 and 40% of registered voters.
The Upper East Side is notable as a significant location of political fundraising in the United States. Four of the top five ZIP codes in the nation for political contributions are in Manhattan. The top ZIP Code, 10021, is on the Upper East Side and generated the most money for the 2004 presidential campaigns of both George W. Bush and John Kerry.
Landmarks and cultural institutions
The area is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park has been dubbed "Museum Mile", running between 82nd and 105th Streets. It was once named "Millionaire's Row". The following are among the cultural institutions on the Upper East Side:
- 92nd Street Y
- Asia Society
- Colony Club
- Andrew Carnegie Mansion, which houses the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum
- Henry Clay Frick House, which houses the Frick Collection
- Goethe-Institut, New York
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Irish Georgian Society
- Jewish Museum of New York
- Manhattan House, the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed mid-century modernist white brick building at 200 E 66th Street, once home to Grace Kelly and Benny Goodman. Landmarked in 2007
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- El Museo del Barrio
- Museum of the City of New York
- Morgan Library & Museum
- National Academy of Design
- Neue Galerie
- Society of Illustrators
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Acquavella Galleries
- Kraushaar Galleries
- Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery
- Salon 94
- Anita Shapolsky Gallery
Houses of worship
- Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Greek Orthodox Church
- Brick Presbyterian Church
- Central Presbyterian Church
- Church of the Epiphany, Episcopal church
- Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal church
- Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, Modern Orthodox synagogue
- Congregation Or Zarua, Conservative synagogue
- Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, Orthodox Sephardic synagogue
- Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Orthodox synagogue
- Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
- St. Ignatius Loyola, Catholic Church
- Jan Hus Presbyterian Church
- Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (1499 1st Avenue at East 78th Street)
- Park Avenue Christian Church, Disciples of Christ church
- Park Avenue Synagogue, Conservative Jewish synagogue
- Park East Synagogue, Orthodox synagogue
- Redeemer Presbyterian Church
- St. Ann's Church, Catholic Church
- St. John the Martyr's Church, Catholic Church
- Temple Emanu-El of New York, Reform synagogue
- Temple Israel, Reform synagogue
- Temple Shaaray Tefila, Reform synagogue
- Third Church of Christ, Scientist
- Islamic Cultural Center of New York, mosque
Many diplomatic missions are located in former mansions on the Upper East Side:
- The Consulate General of Austria in New York is located at East 69th Street, between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
- The Consulate-General of France in New York is located at 934 Fifth Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street.
- The Consulate-General of Greece in New York is located at 69 East 79th Street, occupying the former George L. Rives residence.
- The Consulate-General of Italy in New York is located at 690 Park Avenue.
- The Consulate-General of India in New York is located at 3 East 64th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
- The Consulate-General of Pakistan in New York is located at 12 East 65th Street.
Other missions to the United Nations in the Upper East Side include:
The United States Postal Service operates post offices at Lenox Hill Station (ZIP code 10021), 221 East 70th Street; Cherokee Station (10075), 1483 York Avenue; Gracie Station (10028), 229 East 85th Street; and Yorkville Station (10128), 1617 Third Avenue. New ZIP codes now include 10065, 10029 and 10075.
The Upper East Side is served by two subway lines, the four-track IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4, 5, 6, and <6> trains) under Lexington Avenue and the two-track Second Avenue Subway (N, Q, and R trains) under Second Avenue. There are also local and limited MTA Regional Bus Operations routes M1, M2, M3, M4, M15, M15 SBS, M31, M98, M101, M102, M103 going uptown and downtown, as well as the crosstown M66, M72, M79 SBS, M86 SBS, and M96.
The Second Avenue Line serves to relieve congestion on the Lexington Avenue Line. The first phase of the line opened on January 1, 2017, consisting of three new stations and a renovated fourth station. The line terminates at 96th Street and connects to the BMT 63rd Street Line at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street station before continuing to 57th Street–Seventh Avenue on the BMT Broadway Line. The planned Second Avenue Line includes three additional phases to be built at a later date, which will extend the line north to 125th Street/Park Avenue in Harlem and south to Hanover Square in the Financial District, and a new T train will run its entire length.
Primary and secondary schools
The New York City Department of Education operates public schools in the city.
Public lower and middle schools
Public high schools
Colleges and universities
- Hunter College
- Marymount Manhattan College
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- New York Medical College
- New York School of Interior Design
- New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
- New York University Institute of Fine Arts
- Rockefeller University
- Weill Cornell Medical College
The New York Public Library operates the 67th Street Branch Library at 328 East 67th Street, near First Avenue, the Yorkville Branch Library, 222 East 79th Street and the 96th Street Branch Library at 112 East 96th Street, near Lexington Avenue.
In popular culture
The Upper East Side has been a setting for many films, television shows, and other media.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
- The Boys in the Band (1970)
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- The Great Gatsby (1974)
- The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
- Manhattan (1979)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- Family Business (1989)
- The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
- Metropolitan (1990)
- Juice (1992)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
- Harriet the Spy (1996)
- Ransom (1996)
- One Fine Day (1996)
- The Devil's Advocate (1997)
- A Perfect Murder (1998)
- Cruel Intentions (1999)
- The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- Autumn in New York (2000)
- American Psycho (2000)
- Cruel Intentions 2 (2001)
- Tart (2001)
- 25th Hour (2002)
- Uptown Girls (2003)
- Igby Goes Down (2002)
- Two Weeks Notice (2002)
- Eloise at the Plaza (2003)
- The Nanny Diaries (2007)
- The Devil Wears Prada (2007)
- Sex and the City (2008)
- Ghost Town (2008)
- Made of Honor (2008)
- The Wackness (2008)
- The Women (2008)
- Bride Wars (2009)
- Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
- The International (2009)
- The Back-up Plan (2010)
- Sex and the City 2 (2010)
- Twelve (2010)
- Remember Me (2010)
- Arbitrage (2012)
- Kourtney and Kim Take New York (2011–2012)
- The City (2008–2010)
- Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
- Ringer (2011–2012)
- The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
- Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
- That Girl (TV series) (1966–1971)
- Family Affair (TV series) (1966–1971)
- The Nanny (1993–1999)
- Sex and the City (1998–2004)
- Will & Grace (1998–2006)
- Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009)
- Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2008)
- Gallery Girls (2012)
- Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
- The Real Housewives of New York City (2008–)
- NYC Prep (2009–2010)
- High Society (1995–1996)
- Yes! PreCure 5 (2007–2008)
- Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! (2008–2009)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
- Succession (2018–present)
- White Collar (2009–2014)
- The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
- Odd Mom Out (2015–), based on Jill Kargman's novel Momzillas
- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
- The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund by Jill Kargman
- The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
- Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J. D. Salinger
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- Gossip Girl (novel series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
- The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
- The A-List (novel series) by Zoey Dean
- Blue Bloods (novel series) by Melissa de la Cruz
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
- The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
- The Manny by Holly Peterson
- Momzillas by Jill Kargman
- Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
- Twelve by Nick McDonell
- Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
- Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
- Death Wish by Brian Garfield
- Heartburn by Nora Ephron
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- The 25th Hour by David Benioff
- Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell
- Wolves In Chic Clothing by Jill Kargman
Fictional places and characters
- Mad Men's Don Draper owned an apartment in a fictional building at 73rd Street and Park Avenue.
- Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude's School for Boys in Gossip Girl
- The Duchesne School in the vampire novels Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
- Percy Jackson, title character of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians pentalogy
- Sherman McCoy – The Bonfire of the Vanities
- Jacqueline White (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
The neighborhood has a long tradition of being home to some of the world's most wealthy, powerful and influential families and individuals. Some of the notable people who have lived here include:
- Roman Abramovich – businessman, investor, and politician
- Woody Allen – film director, writer, and actor
- Herbert Allen Jr. – businessman
- George B. Agnew – politician
- Rand Araskog – businessman
- Elizabeth Arden – businesswoman
- Brooke Astor – philanthropist and widow of Vincent Astor
- Caroline Schermerhorn Astor – socialite
- John Jacob Astor IV – businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War, and a prominent member of the Astor family
- Vincent Astor – businessman, philanthropist, and member of the prominent Astor family
- William Acquavella – art dealer
- Louis Bacon – hedge fund manager
- Jules Bache – banker
- Tallulah Bankhead – actress
- Joseph Baratta investor
- Amzi L. Barber – asphalt tycoon
- Demas Barnes – politician and a United States Representative from New York
- Bernard Baruch – financier
- Robert Bass – businessman and philanthropist
- William Bates – physician
- Stephen Vincent Benét – poet
- Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor
- Edward Julius Berwind – coal mining magnete
- Leon Black – hedge fund manager
- Lloyd Blankfein – banker
- Len Blavatnik – businessman, investor, and philanthropist
- Michael Bloomberg – billionaire philanthropist and former mayor of New York City
- René Bouché – artist and fashion illustrator
- Edgar Bronfman Jr. – businessman
- Matthew Bronfman – businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Arthur William Brown – illustrator
- Catherine Wolfe Bruce -Catherine Wolfe Bruce
- Patricia Buckley – socialite
- William F. Buckley Jr. – author
- Claus von Bülow – socialite
- Tory Burch – fashion designer
- I. Townsend Burden – heir
- James A. Burden II -industrialist
- John T. Cahill – lawyer
- Hervey C. Calkin – U.S. Representative
- Anthony Campagna – real estate developer
- Truman Capote – novelist
- Eli Broad – entrepreneur
- Isaac Vail Brokaw – clothing merchant
- Mariah Carey – singer
- Andrew Carnegie – industrialist
- Phoebe Cates – actress
- Walid Chammah – executive
- James Chanos – investor
- Schuyler Chapin – art patron and general manager of the Metropolitan Opera
- Gustavo Cisneros – businessman
- Huguette Clark – heiress
- James H. Clark – Netscape founder
- William A. Clark – politician and entrepreneur
- Montgomery Clift – actor
- Gifford A. Cochran – entrepreneur and sportsman
- George M. Cohan – entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer
- Charles Cohen – real estate developer
- Michael Cohen – attorney for Donald Trump
- Roy Cohn – lawyer, mentor to Donald Trump
- Chase Coleman III – hedge fund manager
- William Coley – bone surgeon and cancer researcher
- George Condo – artist
- Sean Connery – actor
- Mark Consuelos – actor
- Katie Couric – journalist
- Simon Cowell – television judge and producer
- Gardner Cowles Jr. – publisher
- Jonathan Franzen – National Book Award-winning novelist
- Charles Richard Crane – industrialist, heir, and noted Arabist
- Joan Crawford – actress
- Aimée Crocker (1864–1941) – heiress, princess, author, world traveler
- George Crocker – businessman
- Alexandra Daddario – actress
- Antonio Damasio – neuroscientist
- William Augustus Darling – politician
- Norman Davis (diplomat) – diplomat
- Edward Coleman Delafield – Colonel and banker
- John DeLorean – engineer, inventor and executive in the U.S. automobile industry
- Oleg Deripaska – oligarch and philanthropist
- Joan Didion – author
- C. Douglas Dillon – diplomat and politician
- Jamie Dimon – banker
- Bob Diamond (banker) – former group chief executive of Barclays plc
- James Dinan – hedge fund manager
- Julio Mario Santo Domingo – diplomat
- Plácido Domingo – tenor, conductor and arts administrator
- Marta Domingo – opera soprano, stage director and designer
- Glenn Dubin – hedge fund manager
- James Buchanan Duke – businessman
- Henry J. Duveen – art dealer
- Charles Dyson – businessman
- James Dyson – inventor, industrial design engineer and founder of the Dyson company
- Cheryl Eisen – interior designer
- Robert H. Ellsworth – art dealer
- Israel Englander – hedge fund manager
- Jeffrey Epstein – financier and registered sex offender
- Sherman Fairchild – aviation pioneer
- Philip Falcone – businessman
- José Fanjul – sugar baron
- Mia Farrow – actress
- Barbara Feldon – actress
- Frank Fertitta III – entrepreneur
- Jay S. Fishman – insurance executive
- Marshall Field – entrepreneur
- Stephen Feinberg – investor
- Michael Feinstein – singer
- Edna Ferber – writer
- J. Christopher Flowers – investor
- Karen Finerman – hedge fund manager and television personality
- Jonathan Franzen – National Book Award-winning novelist
- Paul J. Fribourg – businessman
- Henry Clay Frick – industrialist, financier, union-buster, and art patron
- Richard S. Fuld, Jr. – banker
- Lady Gaga – singer
- Gerald Garson – former NY Supreme Court Justice convicted of accepting bribes
- Ina Garten – author
- Bruce Gelb – businessman and diplomat
- Gordon Getty – businessman, investor, philanthropist and classical music composer
- Pia Getty – filmaker
- Sarah Michelle Gellar – actress
- James W. Gerard – lawyer and diplomat
- Ricky Gervais – comedian, actor
- John Giorno – artist
- Rudy Giuliani – politician, attorney, businessman, public speaker, former mayor of New York City, and attorney to President Donald Trump
- Barbara Goldsmith – author, journalist, and philanthropist
- Lawrence E. Golub – entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business executive
- Murray H. Goodman – real estate developer
- Noam Gottesman – hedge fund manager
- Jay Gould – railroad developer
- Ulysses S. Grant- 18th President of the United States, Commanding General of the Army, soldier, international statesman, and author
- Peter Grauer – Chairman Bloomberg L.P.
- Kenneth C. Griffin – hedge fund manager
- Bob Guccione – photographer
- Daphne Guinness – heiress, socialite, fashion designer, art collector, model, musician, film producer and actor
- Meyer Guggenheim -patriarch of the Guggenheim family
- Simon Guggenheim – politician
- Randolph Guggenheimer – lawyer
- Thomas Guinzburg – publisher
- John Gutfreund – investment banker
- J. Hooker Hamersley – heir, lawyer and poet
- W. Averell Harriman – governor of New York
- Joshua Harris – investor
- Kitty Carlisle Hart – singer, advocate for the arts and historic preservation
- Henry Osborne Havemeyer – industrialist
- Millicent Hearst – wife of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst
- Drue Heinz – patron of the literary arts, actress, philanthropist and socialite
- Ariel Helwani – mixed martial arts writer
- Jim Henson – puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, and filmmaker
- Leon Hess – Founder and President of Hess Corporation and one-time owner of the New York Jets
- Tommy Hilfiger – fashion designer
- J. Tomilson Hill – investor
- Henry Hilton – jurist and businessman
- Dennis Hoey – actor
- Lena Horne – singer
- Vladimir Horowitz – pianist and composer
I & J
- Bob Iger – CEO
- Michael Jackson – singer
- Jeremy Jacobs, Sr. – owner of the Boston Bruins
- Hamilton E. James – businessman
- Morton L. Janklow – literary agent
- Jasper Johns – artist
- Woody Johnson – businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat
- Star Jones – lawyer, television personality
- Harry Kargman – CEO of Kargo
- Jill Kargman – author, writer and actress
- Herbert Kasper – fashion designer
- George S. Kaufman – playwright
- Slim Keith – socialite
- Caroline Kennedy – author, United States Ambassador (2013–2017) to Japan, and daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
- James Powell Kernochan – businessman and clubman
- Kevin Kline – actor
- Stephen King – author 
- Richard Kirshenbaum – ad executive
- Sante Kimes – criminal
- David H. Koch – businessman, philanthropist, conservative political activist
- Doron Kochavi – businessman, lawyer, philanthropist
- Pannonica de Koenigswarter – jazz patron and write
- Jeff Koons – artist
- Jerzy Kosiński – novelist
- Bruce Kovner – hedge fund manager
- Dennis Kozlowski – former CEO of Tyco International
- Peter S. Kraus -businessman, philanthropist and art collector
- Henry Kravis – investor
- Jared Kushner – investor, real-estate developer, newspaper publisher, senior advisor to President Donald Trump
- Thomas W. Lamont – banker
- Marc Lasry – hedge fund manager
- Aerin Lauder – businesswomen
- Jane Lauder – businesswomen
- Leonard Lauder – businessman, art collector and humanitarian
- William Lauder -businessman, and executive chairman of The Estée Lauder Companie
- Matt Lauer – news anchor
- Charles Lazarus – founder of Toys R Us
- Lewis Cass Ledyard – lawyer
- Harper Lee – author
- Spike Lee – film director and producer
- William B. Leeds – businessman
- Louise Linton -actress
- Robert Bass – businesswoman who is the widow of TLC Beatrice founder and CEO Reginald Lewis
- Robert I. Lipp – businessman
- John Langeloth Loeb Jr. – businessman, philanthropist, former United States Ambassador to Denmark, and former Delegate to the United Nations
- John J. Mack – banker
- Julie Macklowe – beauty entrepreneur and businesswoman
- Stewart and Cyril Marcus – gynecologists
- Soong Mei-ling – Former First Lady of the Republic of China, known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang
- Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland – Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland
- Bernard Madoff – ex-hedge fund manager convicted of running a Ponzi scheme
- Madonna – entertainer; purchased $40 million mansion on East 81st Street at Lexington Avenue in 2009
- Anne Windfohr Marion - rancher, horse breeder, business executive, philanthropist, and art collector
- Barbara Margolis – prisoners' rights advocate, official greeter of New York City
- Howard Marks – investor
- Paul Marks (scientist) – medical doctor, researcher and administrator
- Malachi Martin – – author
- Wednesday Martin – author
- J. Ezra Merkin – hedge fund manager
- Rachel Lambert Mellon – horticulturalist, gardener, philanthropist, and art collector
- Charles E. Merrill – philanthropist, stockbroker, and co-founder of Merrill Lynch
- Howard Michaels – founder of the real estate investment advisory firm the Carlton Group
- Bette Midler – singer
- George W. Miller (politician) – politician
- Steven Mnuchin- investment banker, film producer, hedge fund manager, and Secretary of the US Treasury 
- Mary Tyler Moore – actress
- Sonja Morgan
- Robert Moses – city planner, public official, referred to as the "master builder" of New York
- Levi P. Morton – 22nd Vice President of the United States, Ambassador, and former governor of New York
- Charles Murphy (hedge fund manager) – hedge fund manager
- James Murdoch – businessman
- Rupert Murdoch – media mogul
- Wendi Deng Murdoch – businesswoman, and movie producer
- Arthur Murray – dancer
N & O
- Spyros Niarchos – shipping magenete
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – former First Lady of the United States
- Stanley O'Neal – banker
- Chris Noth – actor
- Frederick Osborn – philanthropist, military leader, and eugenicist
- Katharina Otto-Bernstein filmmaker
- Ashraf Pahlavi – Twin sister of the deposed Shah
- William S. Paley – executive
- Vikram Pandit – banker
- Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor – businessman
- Joan Whitney Payson – heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and art collector, and a member of the prominent Whitney family.
- Sister Parish – interior decorator and socialite
- Pope Francis – ex officio leader of the Roman Catholic Churc
- Generoso Pope – Italian-American businessman and newspaper publisher, lived at 1040 Fifth Avenue
- Zac Posen – fashion designer
- John Paulson – hedge fund manager
- Nelson Peltz – investor
- Holly Peterson – producer, journalist and novelist
- Peter George Peterson – investment banker and United States Secretary of Commerce
- Milton Petrie – retail investor
- Ronald Perelman – investor
- Peter O. Price – Media proprietor
- Harold Prince – theatrical producer and director
- Joseph Pulitzer – newspaper publisher
- Lee Radziwill – princess, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- Lynn Pressman Raymond – toy and game innovator, president of the Pressman Toy Corporation
- Stewart Rahr – pharmaceuticals magenta
- Steven M. Rales – businessman
- Robert Redford – actor
- Ira Rennert – investor and businessman
- Kelly Ripa – talk show host
- Joan Rivers – comedian
- David Rockefeller – banker
- John D. Rockefeller Jr. – financier and philanthropist
- Laurance Rockefeller – philanthropist, businessman, financier, and major conservationist
- Felix Rohatyn – investment banker
- Julia Restoin Roitfeld – art director and model
- Eleanor Roosevelt – political figure, diplomat and activist
- Elihu Root – Former Secretary of State
- Steve Ross – CEO of Time Warner
- Aby Rosen – real estate developer
- Alexander Rovt – real estate investor
- Marc Rowan- investor
- Helena Rubinstein – businesswoman, art collector, and philanthropist
- Serge Rubinstein – stock and currency manipulator and murder victim
- Jacob Ruppert – brewer
- Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – Saudi royal
- Lily Safra – philanthropist and socialite
- Walter J. Salmon Sr. – real estate developer
- Nassef Sawiris – CEO
- Jacob Schiff – banker
- Martin Scorsese – film director and producer
- Stephen Schwarzman – businessman
- Arthur Hawley Scribner – president of Charles Scribner's Sons.
- Charles R. Schwab – investor, financial executive, and philanthropist
- Ryan Seacrest – radio personality, television host, and producer
- Terry Semel – Yahoo! CEO
- Leonard Sillman – broadway producer
- David Simon – t CEO of Simon Malls
- Ramona Singer – TV personality
- Al Smith – former governor of New York
- George Soros – hedge fund manager
- Andy Spade – fashion designer
- Kate Spade – fashion designer
- Jerry Speyer – real estate developer
- Carl Spielvogel – ambassador to the Slovak Republic
- Eliot Spitzer – former Governor of New York
- John Steinbeck – author
- Saul Steinberg – businessman
- Benjamin Steinbruch – CEO
- Gloria Steinem – journalist
- Michael Steinhardt – financier
- George Stephanopoulos – journalist, political commentator and former Democratic adviso
- Danielle Steel – writer
- Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes – architect
- Willard Dickerman Straight – Investment banker, publisher, reporter, Army Reserve officer, diplomat and by marriage, a member of the Whitney family
- Jesse I. Straus – ambassador to France
- Roger Williams Straus Jr. – entrepreneur
- Igor Stravinsky – composer
- Margaret Rockefeller Strong – activist
- Robert L. Stuart – industrialist
- Sy Syms – Founder and owner of Syms Corporation discount clothing retailer and benefactor of Yeshiva University's Syms School of Business
- Elie Tahari – fashion designer
- A. Alfred Taubman – businessman, investor, and philanthropist
- Margaretta Taylor – media heiress
- John Thain – banker
- Chloe Temtchine – singer-songwriter
- Jonathan Tisch – Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co.
- Wilma Tisch- socialite
- Ronn Torossian – public relations executive
- Donald Trump Jr. – businessman and former reality television personality
- Ivana Trump – former model and businesswoman, who was the first wife of Donald Trump
- Ivanka Trump – American businesswoman, fashion designer, author, reality television personality, daughter of Donald Trump
- Vanessa Trump – socialite, actress and former model
U & V
- James Ramsey Ullman – writer and mountaineer
- Roberto Mangabeira Unger – philosopher and politician
- Louis Untermeyer – Author, anthologist, editor, poet
- Alice Claypoole Vanderbilt – wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt II
- Anne Harriman Vanderbilt – heiress
- Gloria Vanderbilt – artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite
- William Kissam Vanderbilt II – motor racing enthusiast and yachtsman
- Gary Vaynerchuk – entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality
- Leila and Massimo Vignelli – designers
- Vincent Viola businessman
- Mike Wallace – journalist
- Andy Warhol – artist
- Elie Wiesel – Holocaust survivor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986
- Vera Wang – fashion designer
- Felix M. Warburg – banker
- James Warburg – banker
- Paul Warburg – banker
- Bruce Wasserstein – investment banker
- Claude Wasserstein – investor, producer and philanthropist
- Franz Waxman – composer
- Susan Weber (historian)
- Michel David-Weill – banker
- Les Wexner – businessman
- Boaz Weinstein – hedge fund manager
- Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney – sculptor, art patron, collector, and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art
- Lawrence Grant White – architect
- Mary Jo White – Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- William Collins Whitney – political leader and financier
- Alec N. Wildenstein – businessman, art dealer, racehorse owner, and breeder.
- Jocelyn Wildenstein – socialite
- Robert B. Willumstad – CEO of AIG
- Tom Wolfe – novelist, founder of New Journalism
- Jayne Wrightsman – philanthropist
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- Noted at East 53rd, 62nd, 74th Streets (the Saw Kill, dammed to form the Lake in Central Park) and 80th Street (Eric W. Sanderson, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, 2009, p. 261`"Lenape sites and place-names").
- A reconstructed map of the patchwork ecologies of Manhattan island before Europeanization is presented in Sanderson 2009; map p. 139.
- The history of the Upper East Side, in the broader citywide context, is repeatedly noted in Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (1999).
- The original ecology of Manhattan Island and its evolution is now thoroughly explored in Eric W. Sanderson, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (New York: Abrams, 2009), based in part on a British army map detailing the island's natural terrain at the time of the American Revolution.
- In 1818, with a purchase to the south, Peter Schermerhorn enlarged the property given him by his father-in-law, John Jones ("History of the Schermerhorn family", The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,, 36 (July 1905:204)), now the site of Rockefeller University (Rockefeller University: history).
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- When the library was consolidated with Astor and Tilden trusts to form the New York Public Library, a unique block-long stretch of Fifth Avenue frontage was liberated for the latecomer Henry Clay Frick to build his grand residence, now the Frick Collection.
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- Upper East Side Journal: "Awaiting a Glimpse of Their 'Gossip Girl' Kin" by Eric Konigsberg, The New York Times, December 1, 2007
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