If you are lucky enough to live in one of the few luxury buildings on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, you know how close you are to the cultural centre of New York City. In fact, the area lives and breathes in the culture of its surroundings. How could it not. It is home to what is commonly referred to as the Museum Mile.
What Is the Museum Mile?
The Museum mile is a term that refers to a specific section of the Upper East Side. It fronts Central Park on Fifth Avenue and run for about a mile. The area is also in close proximity to museums in the same area on Park Avenue as well as Lexington and Madison Avenues.
What Are the Most Famous Museums?
While the Museum Mile may host several well-known museums, a few are world-famous and sought avidly by those who live in or visit the Upper East Side. Among them are:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: Know fondly as the Met, this museum ranks as the largest in the nation and among the top 10 in the world. Its exhibits are inclusive, featuring the best of both ancient and modern art and artifacts
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: A New York landmark, this Frank Lloyd design is a wealth of modern and contemporary art from around the world. It features work from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
- El Museo del Barrio: This museum explores the cultural expressions of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists
- Jewish Museum: A museum that explores and displays the cultural values, history and traditions of the Judaic people using artifacts and art, this happens to be the largest of its kind outside of Israel. A permanent exhibit is called “The Jewish Journey.”
- Museum of the City of New York: If you want to find out how New York got from there to here, this is the museum to visit.
- Neue Galerie New York: This museum in a small but elegant Georgian-style mansion focuses solely on 20th century art from Germany and Austria.
It is easy to see why living in luxury buildings on the Upper East Side may prove attractive to museum and gallery lovers. From the Asia Society to the Whitney Museum, the area offers so much in the way of cultural indulgence. The Museum Mile is but one of the many attractions drawing people to invest in the residences nearby such as Manhattan House.
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