Masters of the Upper East Side: Corporate Titans & Their Mansions

New York, NY

  • The Neue Museum stands on the corner of 86th and 5th.
  • The southern garden of the Cooper Hewitt.
  • The northern entrance to the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
  • The Guggenheim Museum.
  • Inside the atrium of the Guggenheim.
  • A tease of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
  • Detail of the ornamental window design and arched top
  • Jackie O heads out for a stroll.
  • The Duke-Semans Mansion, viewed from the stairs up to the MET.
  • Blue skies and fountains at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • The Issac D. Fletcher House, flying the Ukrainian flag.
  • The Isaac D. Fletcher House when it was completed.
  • The French and EU flags fly outside of the Payne Whitney Mansion.
  • "Young Archer" greets visitors in the marble foyer.
  • Ornamentation on the wrought iron fence outside of the Harkness House.
  • The Edward Harkness House
  • The gate and courtyard in front of the Frick.
  • The Henry Clay Frick House under construction.
  • The Roosevelt House.
  • One door.  Two apartments.  Mommy's best idea yet!

2 hours
1.5 mi
Guided by Michael

Vanderbilt. Roosevelt. Frick. Rockefeller. Kennedy. The Upper East Side was the neighborhood of the late 19th century's captains of industry. Today, the "UES" upholds its reputation as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country and remains the home of old money and pedigreed palates. Come on a stroll to hear the stories behind the mansions and stomping grounds of the who's who.

About Your Guide
Kansas born, Ohio raised, New Jersey schooled, and now: New York native. I devour history and non-fiction books, especially anything about Nieuw Amsterdam, Gotham, The Five Boroughs and the Empire City. My dog and I endure four flights of stairs to reach our Upper West Side apartment, but wouldn't change a thing.

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Guide Points
  1. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  2. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  3. Neue Galerie
  4. 1040 5th Ave
  5. Duke-Semans Mansion
  6. Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
  7. Albertine Bookstore / Payne Whitney Mansion
  8. Edward Harkness Mansion
  9. Henry Clay Frick House
  10. The Roosevelt House

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