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City Living: Upper East Side in the 70s
The Upper East Side from 70th to 79th streets, has quaint tree-lined blocks, historic townhouses and a plethora of restaurants and bars.
Added to its appeal is its relative affordability compared to downtown.
“When people think of Upper East Side they think the 70s; they want to live in the 70s. It’s scenic, pristine and convenient,” said Lindsay Krantz, a real estate agent with Citi Habitats. “And people probably think the Upper East Side has the wealthiest people but there’s a lot of people who can’t afford downtown that are moving uptown, here. It’s becoming younger and more trendy.”
Though a younger crowd is moving in, the area is family-oriented.
“It was and still is highly desirable for people in their 40s, 30s, and those wanting to start families because it’s neighborhood-y,” Krantz explained. “This is where people want to send their children to school.”
This portion of the Upper East Side is home to schools like the Hewitt School, P.S. 158, P.S. 267, Eleanor Roosevelt High School along with Marymount Manhattan College and the Allen-Stevenson School.
This September, a new middle school, M.S. 177 will be co-located in P.S. 158 on York Avenue and will eventually have 250 to 300 students.
Matthew Chook, co-president of District 2 Schools President's Council and community affairs representative at P.S. 267, who has a third grader and a kindergartener at P.S. 267, said that there is room for more school kids in the area.
"The demand from people to move to that section of the Upper East Side and the Upper East Side in general to go to those schools is high," he said. "The high quality of education at schools like P.S.158 is definitely among other reasons why people want to live in the neighborhood."
Krantz said the turnaround in rentals and sales is extremely quick in the neighborhood. Apartments that are desirably priced go in days. Townhouses, she said, go for $5 million east of Second Avenue and $10-12 million and up west of Second Avenue.
She noted that there is a mix of doorman and non-doorman co-ops in the area, though there aren’t many rental buildings.
Those looking for affordable rentals should look in corridors like York Avenue and East End Avenue, she said.
Much of the old architecture in this part of the Upper East Side is Neo-Renaissance and French neoclassical. Historic, luxurious mansions like the Henry T. Sloane House at 9 E. 72nd St. and the Edward C. Converse Mansion at 3 E. 78th St.
The Henry Clay Frick mansion at 1 E. 70th St. now serves as a museum displaying Frick’s art collection.
Embedded in the area is Lenox Hill, a sub-neighborhood that runs from East 59th to East 79th Street between Second and York avenues.
It also has the Upper East Side Historic District, which stretches from 59th to 78th Street along Fifth Avenue.
The area is also saturated with art galleries and high-end retail stores along Madison Avenue. William Poll at 1051 Lexington Ave., a gourmet grocer and caterer circa 1921, is still in business here, as is J.G. Melon, at 1291 Third Ave. and established in 1972, is known for some of the best burgers in New York City.
Krantz also noted that in recent years many new restaurants have opened along Second, Third and Lexington avenues.
Many of them are preparing for the Second Avenue subway line which will shuttle more people to the neighborhood.
--Lisa Fraser, Special to amNewYork
The Second Avenue subway is scheduled to be completed in December 2016. More »
124 E. 79th St. Two-bedroom, 2 ½ baths; 1,256 square feet: $9,500 per month; 40 E. 75th St. Two-bedroom, two-baths; 1,562 square feet: $8,800 per month. More »
520 E. 76th St. #1D. One-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op; 750 square feet: $399,000; 325 E. 77th St. #1G. Two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op; 850 square feet: $725,000. More »
Q&A with Alberto Cretara, owner of Farinella Bakery. More »
This portion of the Upper East Side runs from 70th Street up to 79th Street. Fifth Avenue marks its western boundary and the FDR Drive and the East River are to the east. More »
The Upper East Side 70s streets are covered by the 19th Precinct located just outside the southern boundary at 153 E. 67th St. Grand larcenies, or major thefts, are the most reported crimes at the precinct. In the week of April 28 through May 4 there were 19 grand larcenies reported by the precinct, however that was down from 26 in the same week in 2013. Overall crime that week was down 20% from 2013. More »
Trains: 6 to 68th Street and 77th Street stations; Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4, M15, M31, M72, M79, M98, M101, M102, M103, Q32, BxM6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 More »
NYPL Yorkville, 222 E. 79th St. More »
USPS, 1483 York Ave.; USPS, 217 E. 70th St. More »
Farm-to-table vegan dishes are served here.
Great food, creative cocktails and an intimate atmosphere are found at this hotspot.
On a warm night Lusardi’s comes alive with chattering diners catching up over authentic Italian dishes and wine.
Carefully concocted cocktails are the drink of choice at this small, trendy gastropub which also serves up bar food and entrees.
This local staple is known for its burgers.
Lexington Bar and Books
If you have a penchant for cigars and scotch or cognac, check out this dimly lit, refined bar known to attract celebrities like Robert De Niro and John Mayer.
Olive and Bette’s
A colorful boutique of classic and trending styles awaits customers who seek looks from Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore and 525 America.
The Italian designer’s dapper flagship boutique offers classic menswear as well as styles for women along with cologne, perfume and accessories.
Housing Works Upper East Thrift Shop
Find anything from clothing to books, art, furniture and toys at this slightly tucked away shop.
Traditional and contemporary art from China, India, Nepal, Japan and Pakistan along with works from Asian American artists are featured at this nonprofit museum.
This contemporary art gallery showcases and sells work from American artists like Jeff Koons and Richard Prince along with New York City-centric exhibits.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Catch the Whitney Biennial running through May 25 or “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe” through June 29. “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” is also set to run from June through October.