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Upper East Side

Despite the storied mansions and outrageous per-capita income, the Upper East Side isn't just liveried door staff guarding marble lobbies in Park Ave condominiums – professional twentysomethings and young families share high-rise rentals east of commercial Lexington Ave, while middle-class seniors hang on to their highly coveted rent-stabilized apartments. High-end boutiques line Madison Ave, while architecturally magnificent Fifth Ave, which runs parallel to the leafy realms of Central Park, is home to the so-called Museum Mile – one of the most cultured strips in New York (and possibly the world).

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Upper East Side.