The Upper East Side is the Upper East Side, but there's more to Manhattan's most luxurious neighborhood than Park Avenue. East of Lexington Avenue in Yorkville, the Upper East Side feels notably less splashy and unusually welcoming. A wealth of new construction luxury condominiums and post-war and pre-war apartment buildings and co-ops have helped make Yorkville one of Manhattan's fastest-growing neighborhoods for new construction condominiums, while its leafy, townhouse-lined side streets help it retain a distinctly Upper East Side-y quiet.
In Yorkville, the housing stock tends more towards new constructon condos than the pre-war co-ops on Park Avenue, and the neighborhood scene is notably younger-skewing. This means that Yorkville apartment prices are lower than comparable Upper East Side condominiums closer to Central Park, and it means that the social scene -- as in the lively bar scene on Second Avenue in the 70s and 80s -- is more unpretentious. The liveliness of Yorkville's avenues is in contrast to the uncommonly family-friendly feeling that pervades the quiet blocks. Yorkville, which was once home to the city’s largest German and Hungarian populations, still retains a bit of that flair and a few shops and restaurants in which German and Magyar are still spoken. But it's also home to a slew of ethnic restaurants -- from top-tier sushi to modern Turkish cuisine to old-school Italian eateries -- and a surprising number of funky boutiques and unpretentious nightspots. Yorkville, in short, feels like a younger and somewhat less buttoned-down version of the Upper East Side -- a combination that, along with all those elegant new construction condos, has made Yorkville one of the more in-demand sub-neighborhoods in Manhattan real estate.