The Upper East Side, or UES, is actually composed of several sub-neighborhoods, including Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, Gracie Point, Lenox Hill and, believe it or not, Roosevelt Island. Many Yorkville apartments are definitely a bit out of the way–it’s a looooong walk from the eastern side of the nabe, to Lexington Ave and the subway–but then, that’s kind of the point.
Tucked away on the quiet, leafy streets of the east 80s and 90s, and extending to York Avenue, Yorkville is a unique Manhattan community that attracts both families who appreciate the relatively uncrowded Carl Schurz Park as well as young professionals attracted by the lower rents that always accompany any sort of distance from the subway. Some might call it the Upper FAR East Side, and that’s just fine with the residents of Yorkville.
Anyway, none of the above is news for New Yorkers–Yorkville has been a firmly established neighborhood for decades–but there was a nice profile of the community in the Daily News, and it reminded me that NYC newcomers and out-of-towners looking for Manhattan rental apartments might not know about the (relatively) low rents and (unquestionably) pretty blocks up (and over) there.
The News piece spends a lot of time on Carl Schurtz Park, and with good reason: the winding, recently refurbished and well-maintained stretch of green space packs a lot of interest and variety into a few blocks worth of park. There are playgrounds and ball courts, grassy lawns for sunning and relaxing, lots of community events (the dog Halloween costume contest; movie nights in the summer) and a wide promenade overlooking the East River.
But there are plenty of other reasons Yorkville apartment have an appeal as well. The historic buildings, especially the townhouses near Gracie Mansion and the Gingerbread homes on Henderson Place, make many of these blocks about as pretty as any in all of New York City.
The nearby Asphalt Green, a terrific not-for-profit sports and fitness complex, provides citizens of all ages and athletic interests and abilities with a huge roster of choices. And as many residents of the area are quick to point out, that long walk from the Lexington Avenue subway, while perhaps not so lovely when it’s freezing, or pouring, is actually a pleasant and affirming way to decompress after a day of the office, providing a nice separation between work and home.
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