UPPER EAST SIDE
The Upper East Side is a notoriously high-end neighborhood, with one of the highest average incomes. Running from 59th Street to 96th Street, the Upper East Side’s art scene consists largely of Old Masters galleries, prestigious contemporary galleries, and antique stores. The area boasts the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Gagosian Gallery, and Sotheby’s auction house. Though certainly a must-visit location for any art lover, the Upper East Side is a difficult market for any upcoming artist to break into.
Though many tourists flock to the Upper East Side to enjoy good art, it is a very difficult market for any up-and-coming artist to break into. You may enjoy drawing inspiration from the plentiful museums of the area, but it is not the right neighborhood to start out in. Most collectors and art appreciators looking to discover the next big something are more likely looking in Chelsea and Brooklyn than the Upper East Side.
The Upper East Side is a great neighborhood for shopping: with many boutiques, cafes, and shops to enjoy. Though there is plenty to do, there are not many classic NYC landmarks in this area, apart from the famous Gracie Mansion , the official mayoral residence of New York City – available to be toured for $7.00. Art lovers will have a full itinerary when visiting the Upper East Side. Noteworthy galleries and museums to visit include:
- The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street
- Park Ave Armory 643 Park Ave
- Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Ave
- The Guggenheim 1071 Fifth Ave
- Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave
- Asia Society & Museum 725 Park Ave
- Sotheby’s Auction House 1334 York Ave
- Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum 2 East 91st Street
- The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave
- Neue Galerie New York 1048 Fifth Ave
Art comes in many shapes and sizes, and film and television lovers will also be pleased to recognize the Upper East Side scenery from many of their favorite movies , including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Metropolitan (1990). Woody Allen has lived in the UES for some time now, and many of his films are shot on location in the neighborhood.