Get to know Gracie | East End Avenue
East End Avenue feels local, thanks to the secluded nature of Gracie Mansion and Carl Shurz Park unobstructed by the heart of the city and a best-kept-secret charm to those who live nearby. Squeezed between York and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, from 79th to 92nd Street, the East End area is laden with co-ops, many dating to the postwar period. Among them are 75 East End, a 20-story full-block monolith from 1963 with red brick and green panels, and the 1970s-era 60 East End, with 43 stories, set back on a curving driveway. Basement garages abound, and residents frequently drive to work via the southbound F.D.R. entrance at 79th. Gracie Mansion stands in Carl Schurz Park above Hell Gate, a roaring stretch of water where the Harlem River, East River, and Long Island Sound meet. This 18th century house is now the official residence of the Mayor of New York City.
Just outside the neighborhood, on York Avenue at 78th Street, is Public School 158, the Bayard Taylor School.
Also nearby, the East Side Middle School is on 91st Street.
Eleanor Roosevelt High School closeby is on East 76th Street.
Other private schools in the immediate neighborhood include two for girls: Brearley, on 83rd, and Chapin, on East End at 84th.
Dine & Shop
Given the notoriety of the East End Avenue, it is perhaps not surprising that the area includes restaurants that are regularly included among New York’s very best and stores that are destinations in themselves. The neighborhood includes two parallel and different commercial hearts. A brisk walk to Madison Avenue is the place to shop for fine watches; jewelry; and fashions from international and domestic designers and brands. Second and Third avenues are where you’ll find businesses providing the necessities of daily life, from wine stores to pharmacies. While the Yorkville section has some white-tablecloth options, it caters to a broad array of diners. You’ll also find casual pizzerias and diners along with restaurants serving