Woody Allen lives on the UES. Elaine’s, (88th Street & 2nd avenue) a restaurant in Yorkville is one of Woody Allen’s favorites. The venue stands on a block that is typical of this region, being both shabby and genteel in appearance.
Once the UES had a sizable merchant German, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian immigrant population. Echoes of this ethnic and economic past can be found in restaurants and stores such as Heidelberg Restaurant (1648 Second Avenue at 86th Street) and grocery stores such as Shaller & Weber (2nd Avenue & 86th St.) and in the Neo-Grecian, Queen Anne or Romanesque Revival architecture, which were primarily built for the merchant classes.
A few blocks up from Elaine’s is the 92nd Street “Y” or YMHA. In 1899 philanthropist Jacob Schiff, impressed with the social efforts of the YMHA organization, purchased property at 92nd Street and donated it to them. Today the “Y” serves the local community as a gym, an after-school programs facility and a forum for lectures, dance and music.
The UES is also home to some of Manhattan’s finest museums: the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Frick Collection, the Cooper Hewitt and the Jewish Museum. But if you’re simply after a good stroll visit the Carl Schurz Park (East End Avenue 84th - 90th Streets). It has a leafy promenade overlooking the East River, a dog run, a play area and free jazz every Wednesday evening during the summer. Plus Gracie Mansion is a stone’s throw away.
For those interested in the more important things in life such as sugary delights, I recommend a trip to Dylan's Candy Bar (1011 3rd Avenue & 60th Street). It has the awesome reputation of being Manhattan's largest confectionary shop.
Why not celebrate the Upper East Side with a t-shirt?