One of the most famous destinations in the world, New York attracts millions of visitors every year, who flock to the city for business or tourism. Known for its close proximity to Central Park, as well as its easy access to Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side is an increasingly popular NYC neighbourhood, and with a whole host of luxury accommodation options on offer, is it any wonder that many people choose extended stays over short-term residential visits?
Serviced apartments from TheSqua.re are the perfect way of exploring New York at a guest’s own pace. Combining the convenience of corporate housing with the comfort of a furnished rental, these Upper East Side Luxury Apartments can easily accommodate any number of guests, whether travelling solo or with the whole family. Offering clean and spacious bathrooms, air conditioning throughout and a fully fitted, fully equipped kitchen (allowing for home-cooked meals), these apartments constitute the ideal home away from home in the Upper East Side. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi allows guests to connect online in no time at all while enjoying the modern surroundings in chic, stylish lounge areas.
Upper East Side NYC retains to this day an atmosphere of bygone ages, an exciting, energetic ambience that has consistently drawn in all sorts of beats, skaters, punks and artists. In times past, residents could see The Ramones play for the price of a pizza slice, or else hear Patti Smith read poetry in a local church. A perfect destination for professionals looking to get away from the corporate hustle and bustle of city life, Upper East Side Apartments also boasts plenty to keep tourists and casual travellers entertained, no matter the length of stay.
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Yorkville, Carnegie Hill and Lenox Hill are all contained within this thriving, well-connected neighbourhood. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, Upper East Side is now one of the most affluent areas in New York City.
Guests who want to make regular trips to Central Park will find Carnegie Hill to be their ideal neighbourhood. Straddling Park Avenue between the 86 and 96 Street Subway stations, Carnegie Hill is also the site of The Jewish Museum, the Smithsonian Museum and the Neue Galerie, all of which are located on the park’s edge. It’s also just a short walk to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, with its collection of classic and contemporary works.
Furnished apartments in Yorkville, on the other hand, can benefit from spectacular views across the East River to Brooklyn and Roosevelt Island, as well as the serene green space of Carl Schurz Park, home of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy. And for those who prefer a taste of NY nightlife, there are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants to keep visitors entertained late into the night.
Originally a confluence of several streams into the East River, Upper East Side developed around the farmlands and market gardens with the arrival of the Boston Post Road, in the early 19th century, and the New York and Harlem Railroad in 1837. Becoming a prime piece of New York real estate due to the hub of commerce it became, many wealthy families in America congregated to the area to establish themselves and benefit from the newfound opportunities. This moneyed history can still be felt today, with local residences owned by such names as the Rockefellers, Roosevelts and Kennedys.
Upper East Side is now an epicentre of art and culture in NYC, with a host of museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions located within its boundaries. In addition, the neighbourhood is also furnished with many excellent schools, making rental apartments here some of the most sought-after in The Big Apple, if not America.
Take it from Jimmy Webb, manager of long-standing, and infamous vintage shop Trash and Vaudeville, the spirit of Upper East Side is still alive, and it’s still rock and roll! Webb arrived in 1975 and never left, becoming a local celebrity due to his connections with the likes of Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop. Today the area is still as popular with those artists on short stay apartments in New York than ever before: Skrillex and Lil' Wayne have been known to shop here, and the neighbourhood is home to a number of second-hand designer and vintage stores, meaning that even visitors not rolling in the Benjamins can still live that rock n’ roll lifestyle.
For general shopping, visitors can lose themselves for hours in any of Upper East Side’s various malls and outlets, including Bloomingdale’s, Argosy Books (an old classic book store) and Dylan’s Candy Bar (if you want to feel like a kid again). Food and supplies can be easily bought to help stock up that furnished apartment, and many of the larger centres feature their own exclusive cafes, so shoppers can wine and dine after a hard day browsing the aisles.
Upper East Side contains a collection of stylish restaurants, chic bars and local delis from which residents can sample a range of cuisine. The Big Apple is particularly famous for its pizza, and guests are encouraged to grab at least one slice before leaving.
Manhattan is particularly famous for its thriving nightlife scene, with several late-opens bars and clubs located within Upper East Side. It’s also a short journey by subway to Lower Manhattan, where the party really gets started!
No matter, if it’s short term, stays in Upper East Side or extended residential trips, the one thing that is vitally important for any city break is transport. Thankfully, New York provides excellent transport routes for professional commuters and family crowds. The NYC Subway is famous the world over, and there’s nothing more American than jumping into the back of an iconic yellow taxi, although bear in mind this might not be the fastest way of getting around during rush hour.
For regular travellers, Upper East Side offers swift and easy access to all of New York City’s major airports, ensuring that international travel is not onerous. For local trips, the island of Manhattan is served by excellent bus services, and Grand Central Terminal is also easily accessible for train journeys to the wider country. Wherever guests choose to wander, the city’s excellent amenities ensure they will never be too far from home.
Like many cities in the west, New York’s weather varies from season to season. New York’s average temperature varies throughout the year, with the months of April to September generally being the warmest months. But, in the city during the peak of summer can get very hot, so guests need to be sure to stay hydrated.
New York weather in the winter can be very cold, with temperatures frequently reaching below zero Celsius. Staying wrapped up is a better option, but there are seldom more picturesque sites than Central Park in the snow.
The average temperature in New York in the Summer is around 27°. In winter, the average temperature is 5°, while the average temperatures in Spring and Autumn are 7° and 12° respectively.