Top Things to Do in Upper East Side

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Top Things to Do in Upper East Side

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  • Wandering_Freee
    Northport, NY990 contributions
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    We waited to get the front seat of the tram. It was so worth it. The views are great. The ride is quick maybe 5 minutes. But we really enjoyed it. The tram held a lot more people then expected.
    Written July 9, 2024
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  • brienanni
    Kita, Mali250 contributions
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    This is an amazing collection, three magnificent Vermeer's kick off the visit, intimately displayed in room of their own. You can visit the whole museum in 1-2 hours, so you don't get overfed with art. I actually enjoyed this more than the big ones.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • TarHeel
    Durham, NC1,122 contributions
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    Of all the museums we visited in NYC, unfortunately this was the most disappointing. Sure the Frank Lloyd Wright design is iconic but the artwork inside was rather sparse and a lot of it just didn't interest us. We thought it would be best to take an elevator up to the top and then walk down the spiral. While that was a good idea, we missed the description of the artist and exhibit since it was down on the lower level. There is a nice room with a lot of recognizable artists (I think it was called the Tannhauser collection) but other than that, we were done a lot quicker than I thought we'd be. We got a little discount by using a CityPass package, and I'm glad we visited but I don't think we'll be back.
    Written July 18, 2024
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  • VeryPickySuburbanMom
    Southborough, MA20 contributions
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    We visited on Sunday for the Klimt Exhibit without a reservation and had a very pleasant experience. We waited in a relatively short line outside. Many visitors were entering the relatively small foyer: those with museum reservations, walk-ins like us and others there to dine at the Cafe. There were security people and other staff to guide the process smoothly. Unlike some of the recent reviewers, everyone we encountered was polite and helpful. We went thru a metal detector and had our bags checked but appreciated the security in this day and age. If you are a fan of Gustav Klimt and unable to go to Vienna, highly recommend the Klimt Exhibit. It was well-organized and fascinating. A security employee did ask that visitors who were finished viewing the art move on to make room for others who were waiting but she was not rude about it; there were people "just hanging out" chatting or looking at their cell phones. We spent about an hour between the Klimt Exhibit on the 3rd floor and the exhibits on the 2nd floor. Just to be able to spend some time with the golden portrait of Adele, with her incredible story, is worth the price of admission to me. But of course, art and the museum experience are subjective so if you are measuring by number of works or square foot per dollar, the Neue may not be for you.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,129 contributions
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    There are some very grand buildings in the Upper East Side of Central Park. It's a nice area to walk around. I liked looking at the architecture but to stay there would be expensive.

    All I kept thinking of was the line from Cruel Intentions said by Sarah Michelle Gellar's character: "I'm the Marcia Brady of the Upper East Side!"

    What goes on behind closed doors...
    Written January 6, 2024
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  • magicmansteve1
    Toms River, NJ1,324 contributions
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    It’s like a complete shopping mall for women in one store. Pocketbooks makeup and clothes. This is a very big store that you could get lost in. Every major brand is here.
    Written April 20, 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK3,129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park Avenue is a road the runs from North to South through Manhattan. In the North the area is known as the Upper East Side and it is a very elite area of the city.

    Walking along Park Avenue there are some very exclusive restaurants and cafes and also shops too.

    Worth checking out if you are in the area.
    Written November 6, 2023
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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ1,425 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is housed in the former home of Andrew Carnegie. It is now an art museum. When we visited, there was an art exhibit/installation by Es Devlin, a British artist and stage designer. We took a guided tour of the exhibit. It was interesting and unusual. We spent a little over an hour, but skipped the other exhibits, which weren’t that interesting in my opinion. I was also a little disappointed that while there were architectural details remaining in this beautiful mansion, there were no personal belongings or furnishings of the Carnegies. There is a lovely walled garden, but on the day we went it looked like a private event had taken place and the garden was closed.
    Written June 20, 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
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    At the upper reaches of Museum Mile is this wonderful offering. Housed in the historic Felix M. Warburg mansion, it has both a permanent collection as well as specialized exhibitions.

    I visited on a rainy Friday morning, as there were three current exhibits I wanted to see. The first was a replica of Frederick Kiesler's modern, innovative home library set up. Next up was a short history of Coney Island and its long-standing Jewish connection, told through photos and two carefully carved carousel horses. Lastly, several of the late Justice Ruth Baser Ginsberg's beautiful legal collars and jabots were shown, side by side with ornate tribal jewelry from all over the world.

    A great spot to begin your museum day, as I did, or round it off. And it's close to a sweeping view of the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park at Engineer's Gate.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • Marian M
    Dublin, Ireland81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent store with some bargains though the exchange rate with euro is not favourable at present. Plenty to see and choose from.
    Written October 22, 2022
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  • Ellie K
    Birmingham, UK432 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a really cute statue that is very effective in commemorating working sled dogs. It’s also in the perfect location as Central Park is so full of wildlife.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Daniel C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always enjoy coming to Sotheby's and checking out the exhibits. This past weekend was a little off-putting, however, because we had a strange interaction with an employee that was working the retail level on the ground floor (the area with all the handbags). My daughter was looking at a carry-on case and barely touched it when a sales woman marched over and barked that we should ask for help (there are no "do not touch" signs anywhere, FYI). This "lady" also was quick to tell us that the price of the bag was $20K; the subtext of course being that she presumed we couldn't afford it. So bizarre and so unlike the other professionals that work at Sotheby's. I guess there's a bad apple in every bunch, so I won't dock Sotheby's for this one unpleasant person. I'm sure she won't last long.
    Written October 7, 2022
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  • ClintPage
    New York City, NY10,043 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've been to Barney's uptown many times, and I always find it a little uppity. I finally got to explore the one downtown this weekend. It was not only really cool, but I found the service chill and relaxed. I didn't feel uncomfortable while browsing. People were really nice. The clothes are really cutting-edge with lots of up and coming designers. It's more downtown and less suits. Pretty cool here. Love the accessories departments.They have a cool basement cosmetics department too. Check it out if you're in Chelsea or the Village
    Written November 8, 2016
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  • JoeNathan9249
    Saint Paul, MN5,950 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning place - Almost 100 years old. One of the largest and most respected Reform Jewish Congregations in the US.
    Written April 6, 2023
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I first discovered this wonderful niche museum when I led a long ago design study trip to NYC.

    This visit, I spent part of a rainy Friday afternoon and itong the latest annual winners whose works are on display.

    There are three floors of illustrations, plus the rooftop bar with a special hall of fame, plus libations including craft cocktails on offer.

    The society was founded in 1901 and continues to support a varied community of illustrators from all over.

    A unique slice of the NYC arts scene. Recommended!
    Written May 21, 2024
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