Upper East Side

Things to do in Upper East Side

If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore, which has inspired neighborhood loyalty since 1978.

Members show up regularly for continuing-ed classes or workouts in the 80,000-sq-ft gym, but this is hardly your average community center.

On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry, and painted pottery.

This 22,000-square-foot self-proclaimed "day resort" on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is stocked with decadent touches, like cashmere throws and butlers serving champagne in the relaxation room; a mini-boutique displays designer bags and accessories alongside

Pittsburgh-born, 19th-century robber baron Henry Clay Frick spent his coal-and-steel millions filling his opulent Fifth Avenue limestone home with this staggeringly well-chosen collection of old masters (kudos to controversial art wrangler Joseph Duveen).

If Auntie Mame had a store, it would be this vibrant Upper East Side boutique, which designer Freymann fills with women's and children's clothing, accessories, and gifts gathered on her world travels.

Magazine editors pull jewelry for shoots, and buyers from stores around the world discover new designers at this specialist in the latest adornments.

Actress Phoebe Cates has created a cozy two-floor space with a signature blue exterior and stocked it with original gifts, jewelry, children's toys, and clothing culled from around the globe.