Upper East Side Attractions

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  • Lovetolunch
    Plymouth, UK101 contributions
    A great way to see the skyline of NYC from another perspective. Cheap as chips and fun to try a ride in a cable car. Roosevelt island is really pleasant and clean, nice park down the bottom near the river (Fireman’s park?) would do this again for sure
    Written 16 July 2022
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  • wendaroolie
    Philadelphia, PA65 contributions
    This review is for the Frick Madison. Yes, go! Went yesterday in NYC. If you love art, well worth it. The place was deliciously empty for a 1:30 ticket (escape the crowds and heat) and you can wander three floors of treasures at your own pace without crowds or anyone in front of you blocking the way. There is an audio guide as well as a paper guide. No photography allowed. I had a wonderful time and purchased a beautiful tote bag. The staff are kind and attentive, especially at the front desk and gift shop. The security guards are professional and thanked me for coming when I left, which was kind, and a nice personal touch. My favorite displays were the Gainsborough paintings and the enamels. If you love art, this is for you. Plus, it's temporary, so you won't have this chance forever. Well worth it. Oh, also, it's only a ten minute walk from the Met. I did a morning tour of the Met, had lunch on the steps, and then walked over to the Frick. Perfect.
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • susangz
    Chicago, IL103 contributions
    Wonderful paintings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. I haven’t see any other collection outside of Vienna to rival this small gem of a museum.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,437 contributions
    Lots and lots of shops here with 8 levels of shopping you can really explore what they have to offer .

    My other half had to come back here to get a new little brown cosmetics Bag as hers had just broken after she brought one 7 years ago.
    Written 22 July 2022
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  • Brookvt
    33 contributions
    I agree with others, the exhibits are overrated and the cost is steep. Go for the design of the building and works by Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne and Gaugin. Winding up from the later to earlier works of Vasily Kandinsky had us wishing we'd started at the top and worked our way down. I didn't care for the style of Cecilia Vicuña.
    Written 6 July 2022
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  • jeffrey k
    Needham, MA526 contributions
    Have been here many times. The core collection is always of interest. The special exhibits are worth a visit. Key, right now, is devoted to the Efrussi family, based on the book "The Hare with the Amber Eyes" by de Waal. This is a marvelous tale of chance, tragedy, and recent history. Read the book, come to see the exhibits, including the netsuke.
    Written 11 March 2022
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  • Jonathan Chan
    La Jolla, California, USA254 contributions
    Visited this museum during Museum Mile Week - there was a line out the door and around the corner, but the staff moved everyone along quickly. It was definitely a very interesting museum that showcased the broad diversity of design, from epidemiological and medical design during COVID to designing peace between populations and countries.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • Frank Sories
    San Francisco, CA225 contributions
    I can't help but marvel at the people who say they can't stand abstract art or modern art or contemporary art and then assign a poor rating to this museum. I wonder what they expected.

    The $25.00 admission fee would be terribly overpriced if it didn't permit THREE DAYS of entry to not only Met Breuer but also the Met and Met Cloisters. That is a very good deal. Because only two floors of exhibits were open when I visited, the clerk at the desk informed me I could pay what I wished. Fair enough. I enjoyed the two exhibits I did see, "Home Is a Foreign Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context" and "From Géricault to Rockburne: Selections from the Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Collection."

    I find the architecture to be monumental, despite the building's actual size. My only real complaint is the lack of seating. I had a foot problem the day I was there and appreciated the many benches, some padded, where I could sit and rest my foot. The second floor, however had zero benches, which I thought was very poor planning and not very visitor-focused. I think management could easily move at least one of the fifth floor benches to the second. I've never been to a museum without a single bench on an entire floor. I might not have noticed had my foot not been hurting, but I'm certain I'm not the only person who has a mobility impairment and could appreciate a place to perch for a few minutes. Overall, however, I recommend the Met Breuer.
    Written 3 February 2020
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  • PROS
    • World famous iconic street
    • World famous iconic stores
    • World famous iconic buildings
    • World famous iconic stuff
    * Very exclusive residences

    CONS
    * Long long street
    • Can be crowded with people (including tourists)
    • Wide street to cross- could be treacherous

    “I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
    …. as part of my 28+K step and 18.2 kilometer walk through midtown and central Manhattan. I was here around Grand Central terminal and again in the low 90s of cross streets. My main journey was on Fifth Avenue- from 42nd Street to 93rd Street. I passed and visited all the famous stuff- and enjoyed it.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Tom J
    London, UK1,437 contributions
    Dog statue in central park. It is situated in the park but shows up on the street on the map on TripAdvisor which isn't in the right spot.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,731 contributions
    I do not recommend UES if you are a first time visitor or if you want to see the sights of the city. This is were people actually live. However, if you are in the mood for a local place, both pricy and moderately pricy, then you'll find them here. By local, I don't mean the food, but the crowd. For example, one of my friends worked at a restaurant in the 60's and she said that their were a lot of regulars.

    Overall, don't bother with UES unless you have plan. It's not a place for tourists.
    Written 10 March 2022
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  • femaleboxer
    New York City, NY604 contributions
    I had the joy and honor of attending a conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and others in this beautiful temple. I was pretty far back, but I could still hear and see everything clearly. It was a popular enough event that the lines to get in wrapped around the building, but once it got moving, it was pretty fast.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • 819andreay
    Boca Raton, FL144 contributions
    Carl Schurz Park is a nice neighborhood Park on the Upper East Side.

    Hidden along the East River you can find it off of 86th and York. Lots of walkways with views of the river and if you walk up to 88thst you can get a nice view of Gracie Mansion.

    Dog owners love the park as it has 2 nice sized dog runs. Plenty of park benches, so grab a coffee or an ice cream and enjoy the people watching.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Cindy
    1 contribution
    Not to be missed! I've been walking by for years and always intrigued with this lovely house on the hill. Being in the holiday spirit, I went yesterday, and couldn't be more pleased with the experience. I was welcomed by two lovely ladies, Meg and Carol, and felt like I was visiting family. Carol the volunteer, was knowledgeable and you can feel her passion when she takes you back to a wonderful time in N.Y. I learned so much and can't wait to share this great find! I think I'll go back in Spring. Cindy
    Written 15 February 2020
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  • Gayle
    San Jose, CA1 contribution
    I was able to take the virtual tour from California with a group of friends. It was fabulous, The tour guide was Susan and she was so knowledgeable and personable. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend this tour. Can't wait to do it in person!!!
    Written 11 March 2021
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