Upper East Side, United States

The Upper East Side (UES for short, dahling) brings to mind elegant post-war apartment blocks with hallowed, doorman-guarded, marble lobbies, groomed socialites modelling staggeringly expensive designer wares; and pearl-clutching ladies who lunch. While the neighbourhood’s Gossip Girl-esque affluence is present and correct, and the park-view apartments are priced for the one per cent, its loosening up its cravat a little as some of the LES’s urban cool creeps in – case in point, cool coffee joints, Birch and Bluestone. Museum Mile is an edifying cultural pilgrimage by the Guggenheim, MoMA and the Asia Society & Museum; buy an extra suitcase for your trips to Bergdorf and Barney’s, and wander through Central Park (take a map, it’s larger than you’d think). Keep up with the Rockefellers at Dicapio Opera Theatre, and discover that those ladies lunch very well, with a stop at Sfoglia and Earl’s Beer and Cheese.

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When to go

Time your trip to the Upper East Side to catch that magical fall feeling, when you're unlikely to get frostbite and the park's trees turn auburn and gold.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    JFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 20 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.
  • Trains

    Penn Station, just 15 minutes away by car, is on 7th Avenue & West 32nd Street, and is served by Amtrak (www.amtrak.com).
  • Automobiles

    With an abundance of taxis and public transportation options available, a car is not necessary. Plus, this neighbourhood has the city's most strut-worthy streets.