As a neighborhood within Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Yorkville maintains the area’s standard of calmness and refinement as evident in its green spaces and architecture. Yorkville is bound by 79th Street and 96th Street, and runs from Third Avenue on its western side to its eastern border, the East River. With the addition of new subway infrastructure along Second Avenue, residents in this neighborhood have easier access to the rest of the city.
Yorkville’s history dates back to the early 19th century, apparent even now by the sedate purlieu of its pre-war buildings. Originally, this area was a haven for European immigrants who sought a new start. Now, traveling its streets, it’s discernible that Yorkville retains its Old World influences. Much of the neighborhood maintains its classic architecture, perhaps the most prominent example of which is the Gracie Mansion, which sits on the land of Carl Schurz Park. East 86th Street is considered the heart of Yorkville; it was home to many social clubs during the pre-war era, but nevertheless remains an important corridor. Notably, this neighborhood hosts the annual Steuben Parade.