About Upper East Side
Manhattan's fashionable Upper East Side, which extends north from 59th to 96th Street and east from Central Park to the banks of the East River, has long been synonymous with high society, old money, and exclusive clubs, restaurants, and residences. Indeed, the area's famed main drags – Fifth, Madison, Park, and Lexington Avenues – are synonymous with wealth and excess. This is the neighborhood that served as the setting for much of "Bonfire of the Vanities," Thomas Wolfe's classic tale of pride and loss, as well as the stomping grounds of a veritable "who's who" of American pop culture and history, from Woody Allen, Greta Garbo, and Andy Warhol to William Randolph Hearst, Richard Nixon, and Nelson Rockefeller. Take a stroll along Millionaires' Row, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that runs adjacent to Central Park, and you'll see block after block of magnificent brownstone homes, world-class hotels, posh boutiques, and elite department stores. When your head stops spinning, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, or the Frick Collection. If it's nice out, you'll want to visit Central Park's Conservatory Garden, one of the cities most idyllic backdrops.