The Upper East side of Manhattan has some of the most expensive and sought after properties in all of Manhattan. This results from it's proximity to Central park, 5th avenue shopping, Grand Central station and of course the famous museums: The Guggenheim, the Whitney, The Grand Metropolitan, The Frick, and The Cooper-Hewitt.
Park Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue have always been posh addresses in NYC. Whether in the gilded manors of yesterday, like Gracie Mansion in Schurz Park, or the area's high-rise modern apartments, old money and high society have long made their home here. Consequently, shops to serve them line Madison Avenue. Baby Gap coexists with art galleries and antique shops. Further east, new money has overtaken the old Yorkville slum.
The Upper East Side is home to many of the wealthiest New Yorkers, as well as Museum Mile and world class shopping. It is a convenient location for exploring Central Park, as well as the many museums along Museum Mile. The famous Madison Avenue is home to many couture and designer shops, and even if you can't afford to buy anything, the window shopping is extraordinary. Park Avenue is lined with gorgeous pre-war apartment buildings and the gardening down the median making it a lovely place to stroll. The Upper East Side is also home to many of Manhattan's Luxury Hotels.