Carnegie Hill: Manhattan Neighborhood Guide

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Carnegie Hill, Upper East Side, Manhattan

Uptown on the East Side, from 86th Street to 98th Street and from Lexington Avenue to Central Park.

Carnegie Hill Townhouses

The Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan, full of magnificient townhouses that are rarely for sale because their owners tend to hang on to them, has wonderful access to Central Park.

Larger buildings house prewar apartments of six or seven rooms, known as “Classic Sixes” and “Classic Sevens,” but the light in the area is generous as even these magnificient co-ops are usually not too tall.

Park Avenue, UES, Manhattan











The resulting old-world feel, even in modern condos in Carnegie Hill, shows you why steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie picked this quiet, countrified section of Manhattan as the place to build his ultimate family home.

(You can still visit it today on your way to buy or rent an apartment —
it’s now a branch of the Smithsonian known as the Cooper Hewitt museum)

Cooper-Hewitt museum

Even now, Carnegie Hill feels like a grand village tucked away from some of Gotham’s hustle and bustle. Whether you’re walking on Park Avenue with its tulip plantings, past French and Italian renaissance apartment buildings with doorman luxury hidden behind their ornate façades, or along a side street with its well-preserved brownstones, you’ll realize that Carnegie Hill is a truly special section of the city.

Shopping is varied, which makes for gracious uptown living. Madison Avenue offers all kinds of designer duds, even for babies and toddlers. Many of the local shopkeepers have been here for decades — when you move into your new Carnegie Hill home they’ll learn your name.

In keeping with the suburban feel of the area, entertainment is more museum mile than rock’n’roll: Carnegie Hill is home to the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the 92nd Street Y, which offers a variety of arts and cultural programming.

The Coper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the  nation devoted exlusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt is located in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue.


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Comments (14)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful description and tour through this Carnegie neighborhood.  I enjoyed it and the photos are great also. A

Apr 21, 2011 06:28 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mitch, when I lived in New York (46 East 83rd), I always thought of my fifth floor walk up in a wonderful, run down brownstone, as the Park East Poverty Pocket.  This is a wonderful area, and I miss it.

Apr 21, 2011 07:05 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Mitchell ..I do so love it when you describe NYC living ...such eloquence


Apr 21, 2011 08:20 AM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Mitchell... Thanks for the fond memories.  It has been a while since I've been to NYC, let alone the Carnegie Neighborhood.  Hmmm.. Hope to get back soon.

Apr 21, 2011 12:28 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Alexandra, Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have a joyous weekend.

Hannah, Thank you, It's because I Love New York

Pat, 46 East 83rd (some call it Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill, Yorkville or Upper East Side) I like "Park East Poverty Pocket" What's in a name?

46 East 83rd Street

Bring back memories? I bet you didn't pay this much rent.

Recent rental history for 46 East 83rd Street

 3-B 2BD 4/2/1 $3,053 UF 9/2/2010 Rented OLR
    1-B 2BD 4/2/1 $3,267 UF 12/8/2010 Rented OLR
    2-B 2BD 4/2/1 $3,695 UF 7/16/2010 Rented OLR
    B 3BD 5/3/2 $3,995 UF 12/2/2009 Rented OLR
    4-B 4BD 6/4/2 $5,195 UF 6/17/2010 Rented OLR
Apr 21, 2011 12:45 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Valerie, Your welcome, Connecticut is not very far, please come visit soon!

Apr 21, 2011 12:53 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

I have never been to NYC but have always wanted to visit. Someday!

Apr 21, 2011 03:24 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Mitchell, I love Carnegie Hill.  I feel like I have taken a trip to Manhattan and I have not left my computer!  I hope many new clients find you as a result of this terrific post!

Apr 21, 2011 04:55 PM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

David, Thanks,  My personal faves are Harlem and Chelsea (my first ones) Come visit soon. I think Gary is coming in July. It's time for me to visit San Francisco again soon too. 

Rosalie, Thanks for stopping by. Come visit us soon.

Sharon, Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the trip to Carnegie Hill. New clients are always welcome.

Apr 21, 2011 04:59 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mitchell, you make Carnegie Hill sound very inviting. Great localism post!

Apr 22, 2011 02:39 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Thanks Michael, It's a very special neighborhood.

Apr 24, 2011 03:34 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital


Hey, Mitch!

I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites! 



Apr 24, 2011 03:51 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

This is an awesone localism post.  Makes me want to check out the other links you have in the post about other neighborhoods.

Apr 26, 2011 05:11 AM