Carnegie Hill

Manhattan

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Carnegie Hill is an area in Manhattan’s Upper East Side extending from 86th to 96th Streets, south to north and flanked by Fifth and Third Avenues, west to east. Named for the industrial magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who built himself an uptown mansion there, Carnegie Hill is indeed hilly, unique and somewhat remote from the noise and frantic pace of the rest of the island. Carnegie Hill divides in character and texture at Lexington Avenue. Moving west along the cool, placid streets lush with shady foliage, you enter a world of timeless privilege and incalculable wealth. Filled with brownstones, townhouses and the occasional mansion-- some blocks are so full of character and grace that they seem like movie sets. The reverie, occasionally interrupted by a discreet high-rise, continues right up to the Fifth Avenue border on Central Park, which is an extension of Museum Mile. Here you’ll find national treasures like the Guggenheim, Cooper-Hewitt, and the Jewish Museum mingling with elegant apartment buildings, new-world palaces, and some lovely gardens. As you move east toward Lexington the atmosphere becomes less rarified. The 92nd Street Y, a hub of classes, cultural events and social activities, dominates Lexington Avenue between 91 and 92 Streets. The pedestrian traffic, replete with families and their strollers increases, as does the number of shops, grocery markets, restaurants and boutiques, more upscale on Madison and more practical on Lexington and Third Avenues. The buildings get bigger and the traffic a bit louder, but it’s still relatively quiet and serene with that distinctive UES vibe. Carnegie Hill is refreshingly free of commercial interruption, and the distinctly residential feel of the neighborhood is preserved right up to 97th Street, where the busier, grittier uptown looms in the distance, following the lines of the railroad tracks from the overpass. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

4
5
6
5

Buses:

M1
M3
M4
M86
M98
M101
M102
M103

Rental Prices:

$2,300 ― $8,400

Sales Prices:

$550,000 ― $2,000,000

Landmarks:

Museum Mile (Guggenheim, Museum of American Art and Design, Whitney Museum of American Art, etc.)

School Districts:

2

Police Precincts:

19

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