Welcome to the second installment of Neighborhood Tours, a new feature in which Curbed maps out architecturally interesting buildings and sites ripe for an exploratory weekend jaunt. Up next: the Upper East Side. Have other areas you'd like to see covered? Let us know.
Sure the Upper East Side is known for its historic and stately buildings, but in a quick moving-city like New York, it's easy to forgetor never learnthe stories behind the structures that made them significant. Wealthy New Yorkers began moving north from the mansion district of Fifth Avenue in the 50's following the late 1800's encroachment of business in the neighborhood, and the paving-over of the below-grade train that ran to Grand Central Station down Park Avenue. What became the new extension of Millionaire's Row saw the construction of some of the most architecturally significant homes in the city, many of which still stand today. Take a peek at the map, or a stroll if so inclined, and marvel in the histories of just a few of the marvelous mansions that line the streets.
Special thanks to architectural history buff Tom Miller of DaytonianInManhattan for his help and insight, and sharing his extensive knowledge.
· Daytonian In Manhattan [official]
· Take a Walking Tour of Nine Must-See Buildings in Cobble Hill [Curbed]
· Neighborhood Tours archives [Curbed]