Upper East Side, Manhattan Places

Part of our Manhattan travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Upper East Side, including Bloomingdale's, Whitney Museum of American Art and American Museum of Natural History.
  • The best place in Upper East Side Manhattan: Bloomingdale's

    Bloomingdale's

    1000 3rd Ave
    An enormous department store that is frequented by the glamorous and the masses alike. A must-visit for any serious shopper.
    Midtown
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    945 Madison Ave
    W-Th,Sa-Su 11AM-6PM, F 1PM-9PM, closed M-Tu. $18 adults (26-61), $12 seniors (62+)/students/young adults (19-25), free for children 18 and under. Pay what you wish on F 6PM-9PM. Founded in 1931, the Whitney Museum is known for displaying contemporary American art even more up-to-date than the Museum of Modern Art. It is most famous for its long-standing tradition of hosting a biennial art show that displays many lesser-known artists new to the American art scene.
    Central Park eat nearby
  • American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    79th St and Central Park West
    Pay-what-you-wish (suggested admission $16 adults, $12 seniors/students, $9 children); special exhibitions cost extra. Holding a remarkably large collection, each of the 5 floors of this massive building has expansive and well-designed exhibits devoted to astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, climatology, and paleontology. You will want to allow a full day if you hope to see the entirety of the museum. Some of the highlights are the Rose Center for Earth and Space on the northeast corner of the building, which contains a seven-story glass cube holding the Hayden Planetarium, a huge sphere suspended above the exhibit halls below and holding a "cosmic pathway" exhibit; the numerous habitat diorama halls on the first, second and third floors, with recreations of African, Asian, North American, and ocean plants and animals, including a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended above the Ocean Life Hall; a Hall of Minerals and Gems, which contains many rare and beautiful specimens, including the largest star sapphire in the world and a chunk of a massive meteorite; extensive anthropology halls on the first, second, and third floors, with exhibits devoted to people of Asia, Africa, Central America, the Pacific, and Native Americans; and the natural history halls on the fourth floor, with one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.
    Central Park restaurants nearby
  • FAO Schwartz

    FAO Schwartz

    767 5th Ave
    One of only two FAO Schwarz stores remaining in the country, this is the Holy Grail of toy stores, with toys and collectibles ranging from the small, cheap, and mainstream to the enormous, expensive, and exotic. Take a walk across the giant piano on the floor to feel like Tom Hanks in 'Big.'
    Midtown
  • Walter Reade Theater

    Walter Reade Theater

    the premier film society in the United States
    The home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the premier film society in the United States. The theater itself is a good place to catch the latest trends in cinema from all over the world with annual showcases from Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, and Asia. The film society organizes the annual New York Film Festival at nearby Alice Tully Hall (at the Time Warner Center in 2007 because of construction at Alice Tully) in late September-early October.
    Central Park eat nearby
  • Central Park

    Central Park

    Central Park Conservancy830 5th Ave
    Central Park is the 843-acre green heart of Manhattan and is maintained by the Central Park Conservancy. It was designed in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as an urban escape for New Yorkers.
    Central Park restaurants nearby
  • Tao

    Tao

    E 58th St
    Trendy Asian cuisine; reservations required. Beautiful decor.
    Midtown
  • 92 St. Y

    92 St
    and Lexington Av.. A full season of concerts, lectures, and other events takes place here. The Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of the premiere concert halls in the city, and its lecture and concert series feature many well-known groups and individuals. Some fans particularly recommend the chamber music concerts featuring members of the New York Philharmonic. The Y also offers classes in various subjects.
    Carnegie Hill eat nearby
  • The Jewish Museum

    1109 5th Ave
    Sa-Tu 11AM-5:45PM, Th 11AM-8PM, F 11AM-4PM, closed W. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 students, free for children under 12. Free admission for all on Saturdays. Containing artifacts spanning 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture, with a collection of 26,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects and broadcast media. The museum also hosts the annual SummerNights concert series and the annual New York Jewish Film Festival [1].
    Carnegie Hill restaurants nearby
  • Frick Collection

    1 E 70th St
    Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. $18 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students, children under 10 prohibited. Pay what you wish on Su 11AM-1PM. The former home of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, this sprawling mansion is filled with Frick's enormous personal art collection, displayed as he left it. It's worth a visit for the house alone, which is explained nicely in the audio tour. The collection is impressive, including works by Whistler, Corot, El Greco, Turner, Renoir, and Rembrandt.
    Central Park food nearby
  • Neue Galerie New York

    1048 5th Ave
    $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, free admission on the first Friday of the month from 6PM-8PM.
    Carnegie Hill eat nearby
  • STOMP

    Orpheum Theatre on 2nd Ave
    unique musical theatre of choreographed percussion, movement and physical comedy, with shows worldwide created by Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas of Yes/No Productions, UK
    Upper East Side restaurants nearby
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

    between West 62nd and 66th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
    NB: Rose Hall venues are in the Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St). The world's largest cultural complex, where you can see theater, symphonies, ballet, opera, movies, art exhibits or just wander the architecturally beautiful buildings. The buildings are modern, and even have modern chandeliers. There are two opera companies, and the famous Juilliard School of Music is also here. Also part of the complex is the New York Public Library's Library for the Performing Arts, containing circulating and non-circulating collections in music, drama, and dance, as well as special collections of priceless documents that scholars from around the world come to look at. Metropolitan Opera . Confusingly referred to simply as "the Met" (together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art), the premier opera company in New York has been housed at Lincoln Center since 1966, behind five soaring glass arches in the east facade, and within a vast white travertine-clad building. Two Marc Chagall murals grace the foyer. The hall has wonderful acoustics, and its ceiling is lined with gold leaf and chandeliers.Walter Reade Theater . The home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the premier film society in the United States. The theater itself is a good place to catch the latest trends in cinema from all over the world with annual showcases from Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, and Asia. The film society organizes the annual New York Film Festival at nearby Alice Tully Hall (at the Time Warner Center in 2007 because of construction at Alice Tully) in late September-early October.David H. Koch Theater. The home of the New York City Ballet [2]. The Nutcracker staged by the Ballet every December is a holiday classic, popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike.
    Central Park food nearby
  • Dylan's Candy Bar

    1011 Third Ave
    An upscale candy store started by Ralph Lauren's daughter, Dylan.
    Midtown
  • Guggenheim Museum

    1071 5th Ave
    Su-W,F 10AM-5:45PM, Sa 10AM-7:45PM, closed Th. $18 adults, $15 seniors/students, free for children under 12. Pay what you wish on Sa 5:45PM-7:45PM. Probably the most famous of the Guggenheim foundations (others found in Bilbao, Venice, Berlin and Las Vegas), which hold avant-garde modern art by artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian, the New York branch is housed in a unique and famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building rendered in a rounded, organic form and completed in 1959. Be sure to take the elevator to the top floor, then follow the spiral viewing floors downwards to the street level.
    Carnegie Hill restaurants nearby
  • Central Park Zoo

    5th Avenue and 64th Street
    Nov-Mar: Daily 10AM-4:30PM, Apr-Oct: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su, holidays 10AM-5:30PM. $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children, children under 3 free. Small and gem-like, New York's "oldest, newest zoo" opened in its current guise as recently as 1988, although animals in various zoo incarnations have resided here since the 1860s. This zoo is fairly small and doesn't have as many large animals as you might expect, but this zoo does include sea lions, penguins, polar bears, monkeys, red pandas, and exotic birds in pleasant exhibits. Next door is a children's zoo, covered in the cost of admission, which has a barnyard animals you can pet, a duck pond, and lots of play areas for kids.
    Central Park food nearby
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

    2 E 91st St
    M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, free for children under 12. A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, the Cooper-Hewitt is devoted to historic and contemporary design, with changing exhibits.
    Carnegie Hill eat nearby
  • Barnard College

    across Broadway to the west
  • SONY Wonder Technology Lab

    550 Madison Ave
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM, Closed Monday and major holidays. Interactive hands-on exhibits of cutting edge technology, sponsored by Sony. Reservations are highly recommended.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Serendipity 3

    Serendipity 3

    225 E 60th St
    ser•en•dip•i•ty (n) the art of making happy discoveries, or finding the unexpectedly pleasant by chance or sagacity
    Midtown
  • Tao

    Tao

    42 E 58th St
    Find us on twitter: @TaoNY
    Midtown
  • Hayden Planetarium

    Hayden Planetarium

    175 Central Park W
    The Hayden Planetarium is a public planetarium, part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, currently directed by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    Central Park food nearby
  • Asia Society and Museum

    Asia Society and Museum

    725 Park Ave
    The Asia Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating the world about Asia. It has several centers in the United States and around the world Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Melbourne. All of these centers are overseen by the Society’s headquarters in New York, which includes a museum that exhibits the Rockefeller collection of Asian art and rotating exhibits with pieces from many Asian countries including China, Japan, India, and Korea.
    Central Park eat nearby
  • The Lombardy Hotel

    The Lombardy Hotel

    111 E 56th St
    The Lombardy Hotel located at 111 East 56th Street (between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue in New York City. The building was turned into a co-op in 1957. Built in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for his mistress, silent film star Marion Davies, The Lombardy has been the New York residence of film stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Currently, the building still feels like a grand New York apartment house. The apartments are individually owned and decorated co-ops, mostly by wealthy non-US citizens.
    Midtown
  • Seagram Building

    Seagram Building

    375 Park Ave
    The Seagram Building is a skyscraper, located at 375 Park Avenue, between 52nd Street and 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Philip Johnson. Severud Associates were the structural engineering consultants. The building stands 515 feet tall with 38 stories, and was completed in 1958. It stands as one of the finest examples of the functionalist aesthetic and a masterpiece of corporate modernism. It was designed as the headquarters for the Canadian distillers Joseph E. Seagram's & Sons with the active interest of Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of Samuel Bronfman, Seagram's CEO.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space

    Rose Center for Earth and Space

    Central Park W at 79th St
    The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a part of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Center's complete name is The Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. The main entrance is located on the northern side of the museum on 81st Street near Central Park West. Neil deGrasse Tyson is its first and current director.
    Central Park eat nearby
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