Looking in Lenox Hill ?
A bit of history to start.Loosely speaking, Lenox Hill is one of the neighborhoods within the neighborhood of the Upper East Side generally agreed upon to be from 79th street down to 60th street, with an eastern boundary that varies and a western boundary of Fifth Avenue.Some people say Lexington Avenue is an eastern most boundary,others say Second or First Avenues or even out to York Avenue . Lenox Hill was named for a tenant farm in the 1800s of the Scottish immigrant merchant Robert Lenox. Lenox Hill Hospital, curiously, was formerly known as German Hospital and was renamed in 1918-and is actually not on property that would have originally belonged to the Lenox family.
Lenox Library was on 70th and Fifth Avenue, in 1871 and along with John Jacob Astor’s Library was one of the two original cornerstone libraries of the New York Public Library. It was torn down in 1911,and now the Frick Museum & Library stands where the library once was.
What’s in the neighborhood today? Well a whole host of choices, from fine dining, to bagels, to book stores, libraries, shoe stores, grocery stores and gourmet emporiums!
Some places to keep an eye out for:
Barnes & Noble, Zitomer’s,Butterfield Market (they have a great selection of Tate’s baked goods, and Payard pastries as well) ,Crumbs Bake Shop,Corrado Café & Bakery, Eli’s, Citrarella, as for those famous New York Bagels, a bit of a bagel sandwich with H&H Bagels to slightly east and Pick-a-Bagel as you head to the IRT train on Lexington.
A few local yoga studios include New York Yoga & Bikram Yoga, there are also several gyms and fitness centers. Restaurants galore- check out Flex Mussels and Due ,two faves. In the area you also have Gracie’s Market Place, E&J Luncheonette, Bloomingdales, Gracious Home and Kate’s Paperie. Few blocks north brings you to another shopping promenade along 86th street, with retailers such as Best Buy, PC Richard, hopefully soon to be a new Fairway, there’s a Shake Shack and Barnes & Noble. This great neighborhood has many great local shops, such as Delfino, Shoe Box,and Muska Milano.
Have a cocktail at Atlantic Grill,brunch at Le Pain Quotidien. Discover your inner Julia Child at the new Sur La Table.
Does this sound like it could be the neighborhood you call home ? We invite you to consider it-why not start here ? 201 East 77th Street, #10D
Did I miss any of your favorite neighborhood spots ? Let me know !