The Upper East Side covers a large area - from 59th to 96th street, east of Fifth Avenue. As it is often the case with large neighborhoods, there are different sections representing different segments of society. Everything here is measured on the east-west scale with things getting progressively more democratic in the eastern direction. Fifth Avenue, aside from housing some of New York's most impressive museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and of course, the Central Park Zoo) holds some of New York's most expensive real estate, thus earning it's pseudonym, "The Gold Coast." Madison Avenue, lined mostly with designer boutiques and flagship stores has some of the worlds best and most expensive shopping. One block to the east is Park Avenue, which again is lined with Manhattan's most expensive and most exclusive cooperative buildings. An area with outstanding restaurants, living accommodations and some of the best private schools in the country, there's no wonder why the Upper East Side is the neighborhood of choice for the Manhattan elite wanting to raise a family. Recently, 2nd Avenue has seen an influx of young proffessionals seeking affordable rents. The area is developing an active night-life and, with the construction of a new subway line underway, this trend is likely to continue. Subways: Take the green line (4,5 express and 6 local) along Lexington stopping anywhere between 59th Street and 96th Street.