Living in New York City is an experience paralleled by few other cities on the planet. Culturally and ethnically diverse, the cosmopolitan city offers world-class restaurants, museums, shopping, and performances within minutes of any location. NYC also consistently ranks in the top ten safest large cities in the US.
The Cornell Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The neighborhood is very safe and affords its residents proximity to Central Park, the Museum Mile, and countless shopping and dining options. Although living in NYC can be pricey, the Upper East Side has plenty to offer for free or on the cheap.
For starters, Central Park is always free and is always an amazing location no matter what the season. Year round, all can enjoy street performances, biking, strolling, and running. Summer brings sunbathing on the grass, boating on the lake, and free outdoor concerts. In addition, the Metropolitan Opera sponsors free vocal performances, and the Philharmonic performance with fireworks on the Great Lawn is a popular event. Autumn brings colorful foliage-lined walks, and cooler weather to enjoy some sports in the park. Winter is your chance to go ice skating, cross country skiing, sledding, or simply lob snow balls at your friends. Festivals and markets are not in short supply even when temperatures are colder. Spring brings fragrant blossoms, a place to get rid of your cabin fever, and for many is a favorite time of year to enjoy the park as well as the entire city.
Don't let all the activities in Central Park wear you out, because just steps away from hospital housing is the opportunity to stroll, run, bike or walk your dog along the East River on the East River Esplanade. Heading North on the Esplanade you'll reach Carl Schurz Park and the Mayoral Home, Gracie Mansion. Take your bike with you, and you can continue north up the riding path and over the bike and pedestrian bridge to Randall's Island (there is also a ferry that takes you here if biking is not your thing.) Randall's island is home to more green space, but unlike Central Park, here you can barbecue. There are numerous sports fields and nature walks to enjoy, and there is a driving range, batting cages, and mini golf course here.
Tired of Nature? The Upper East Side is also home to the Museum Mile, with some of the world’s most famous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim. Just across the park, and easily accessible by bus, is Lincoln Center where in the Summer, the Mostly Mozart Festival and Ballet performances predominate, and in the Winter, the Opera season and Philharmonic Performances are in full swing. Not keen on spending too much money? Since Lincoln Center is also the location of the Juilliard School, there are often free recitals and performances.
Looking to shop 'til you drop? World famous shopping on Madison Avenue is very close, and the 6 subway train is your connection to all other shopping meccas the city has to offer, including Chinatown, SoHo, and Chelsea market, to name just a few.
A gourmand? Restaurants of all cuisine types abound in the Upper East Side. From the establishments of world-class chefs, to the much more modest and affordable eateries, you will never go hungry in NYC.
All of this barely scrapes the surface of all of the wonderful things to see, do, taste and experience in NYC, and the Upper East side is a great location from which to do it all!