FALL ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR: UPPER EAST SIDE

Welcome to the Upper East Side!

We’re sure you’re already familiar with this neighborhood as it is now: home to the New York Junior League’s Astor House; several museums including The Met, The Frick, The Guggenheim, and The Museum of the City of New York. It’s flanked by Central Park and the East River, a destination for luxury hotels like The Pierre; The Surrey; The Mark; and The Lowell.  It is the backdrop for many a film and television series, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to “Sex and the City” to “Gossip Girl,” and the place of residence to plenty of wealthy New Yorkers.

What you may not know about the UES is its history. Almost every residence and commercial building in the Upper East Side Historic District has a long and storied history. That includes its renowned architects, famous residents, and unforgettable stories. Some, may have a not-so-great reputation. Others, inspire awe.

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1. Champagne Stop at J McLaughlin 14. The Street of Millionaires: Bunny Mellon
2. Andy Warhol’s Studio 15. The Street of Millionaires: Woody Allen
3. Andy Warhol’s Townhouse 16. The Most Exclusive Residence
4. Astor House 17. Gloria Vanderbilt’s Childhood Home
5. “Sex and the City” Charlotte York’s Home 18. The Frick Museum
6. Bloomberg’s Compound 19. Fred Leighton Building
7. Upper East Side Tastemakers 20. Edward Durell Stone House
8. The Heir to Standard Oil 21. Morgan Family House
9. Pulitzer House 22. The Barbizon
10. Champagne Stop at Gracious Home 23. Halston House
11. School of Interior Design 24. Lunch at August
12. The Street of Millionaires:
John D. Rockefeller
25. Champagne Stop at Ethan Allen
13. The Street of Millionaires: Norman House

 




1.  Champagne Stop: J.McLaughlin
1311 Madison Avenue
Between 92nd & 93rd Streets

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2. Andy Warhol’s Studio
159 East 87th Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues
The pop art icon once rented a studio here for a mere $100 per month. The lease was worth so much more.

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3.  Andy Warhol’s Townhouse
1342 Lexington Ave
At 89th Street
The artist lived here as his fame grew even larger in the 1970s.

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4.  Astor House
130 East 80th Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
You likely know this one well. The Astor House is home of the NYJL.

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5. “Sex and the City” Charlotte York’s Home
930 Park Ave
Between 80th & 81st street
Break out the Cosmos! Everyone’s favorite “Sex and the City” uptown girl lived (fictionally) in this Renaissance Revival pre-war.

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6.  Michael Bloomberg’s Compound
17 East 79th Street
Between 5th & Madison Avenues
Mayor Bloomberg has long lived in this massive townhouse—and he’s buying the one next door.

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7.  Upper East Side Tastemakers
129 East 73rd Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
Spotted! A famed filming location, this property showed up in the “Devil Wears Prada” and “Gossip Girl.”

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8. The Heir to Standard Oil
161 East 73rd Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues
Edward Harkness’s carriage house included a squash court, locker room, and garage—but he didn’t live there.

[ Please listen to Audio #7]

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9. Pulitzer House
166 East 73rd Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues
Powerhouse duo: Publisher Joseph Pulitzer owned this property, designed by Robert Morris Hunt of the MET fame.

[ Please listen to Audio #7]

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10. Champagne Stop at Gracious Home 
1210 3rd Avenue
Between 70th & 71st Streets
10% shopping discount for NYJL tour attendees

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11.  School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues
The headquarters of the private college was once a carriage house for rich Upper East Siders.

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12.  The Street of Millionaires: John D. Rockefeller
163 East 70th Street
Between Lexington & 3rd Avenues
Long before 57th Street became Billionaire’s Row, wealthy New Yorkers descended here.

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13.  The Street of Millionaires: Norman House
124 East 70th Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
Long before 57th Street became Billionaire’s Row, wealthy New Yorkers descended here.

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14.  The Street of Millionaires: Bunny Mellon
125 East 70th Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
Long before 57th Street became Billionaire’s Row, wealthy New Yorkers descended here.

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15.  The Street of Millionaires: Woody Allen
118 East 70th Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
Long before 57th Street became Billionaire’s Row, wealthy New Yorkers descended here.

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16.  Most Exclusive Residence
740 Park Avenue
Between 71st & 72nd Streets
This infamous co-op has long housed some of the wealthiest New Yorkers—and rejected plenty of others.

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17.  Gloria Vanderbilt’s Childhood Home
39 East 72nd St
Between Park & Madison Avenues
The former Vanderbilt residence was recently reimagined into three separate, sprawling duplexes.

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18.  Frick Museum
1 East 70th St
Now a major art museum, the Frick was once a private residence and one of the few remaining Gilded Mansions.

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19.  Fred Leighton Building
45 East 66th Street
Between Park & Madison Avenues
The well-known jeweler occupies the ground floor of this Gothic-style building, an uncommon look for the UES.

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20. Edward Durell Stone House
130 East 64th Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
How does a UES architect live? Here is a prime example, the home of architect Edward Durell Stone himself.

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21. Morgan Family House
162 East 63rd Street
Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues
RHONY fans! This is the home of Sonja Morgan, who talks of its history on the show.

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22. The Barbizon
140 East 63rd Street
Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues
This famous female residence once housed Grace Kelly, Sylvia Plath, and Nancy Reagan.

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23.  Halston House
101 East 63rd St Street
Between Lexington & Park Avenues
This is the modern home of the famed fashion designer, Halston who threw lavish parties here after nights out at Studio 54.

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24.  Lunch at August
791 Lexington Avenue
Between 61st & 62nd Streets
10% off food or drink purchases for NYJL tour attendees
(Please show map or NYJL Tour webpage on phone)

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25.  Champagne Stop at Ethan Allen
1010 3rd Avenue
Between 59th & 60th Streets
10% off floor sample items for NYJL tour attendees

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