New York’s Upper East Side is a neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan. The boundaries of the neighborhood are Central Park in the East, The East River in the West, and Fifty-Ninth and Ninety-Sixth Streets. Contrary to popular belief, the Upper East Side does not exactly mirror the Upper West Side on the other side of the Park. The UES, as it is sometimes abbreviated, covers several of New York’s more affluent neighborhoods.
Traditionally the area has been home to New York’s business and commercial elite. Famous industrialists and political families who have built homes and lived on the Upper East Side include Andrew Carnegie, the Rockefellers, and the Roosevelts, among others. The main north-south thoroughfares in the area include Fifth Avenue, Lexington Ave, Park Ave, and East End Avenue. The major east-west streets include Seventy-second, Eighty-sixth, and Ninety-sixth. Originally an area of fish camps prior to settlement by Europeans, the Upper East Side once contained an oak and hickory forest. Thanks to real estate development in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression, the Upper East Side quickly became an elite neighborhood, and many of the nation’s richest people built mansions along Fifth Avenue. These mansions have been largely replaced with high-rise luxury apartment buildings these days, and the area is still a great place to look for a new home, condo, or apartment.
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