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Ever since Central Park was first opened, the Upper East Side has been one of the most coveted neighborhoods in which to live. It is notable for its palatial buildings facing the park, its stretch of Museum Mile, and some of the city's better private schools. Bill Gates not withstanding, it also comprises the highest concentration of wealth in the entire United States.

A fitting spot to illustrate this density of riches is at the Grand Army Plaza in the very southeastern portion of Central Park. Here you'll find a miniature block devoted entirely to the Pulitzer Fountain, which was donated by noted publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Facing the fountain is a statue of William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War General made famous by his march through the South.

On the west side of the fountain is the legendary Plaza Hotel. This historical landmark has appeared in a variety of films, from North by Northwest through Home Alone 2. Luminaries who have stayed here range from the Beatles to Eloise, the children's-book character whose portrait hangs on the first floor. The Presidential Suite simply defies description.

The block east of the fountain contains the General Motors Building. Kids, however, will be more intrigued by what's housed on the first floor-F.A.O. Schwarz. If the toy is on the market, chances are you'll find it somewhere here. Be warned, however, that getting yourself to leave is a lot harder than going in!

Follow Central Park north along Park Avenue and you'll soon arrive at Temple Emanu-El on 65th Street. The Temple can seat up to 2,500 people, making it the largest Reformed Jewish synagogue in the world. The limestone building is especially noted for its outside ornamentation, which combines both Art Deco and Moorish designs.

Further up the Park Avenue lies the undisputed crown jewel of Museum Mile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Western Hemisphere's largest museum boasts an amazing 1- million square feet of exhibition space. Its constantly changing exhibits range from the present day all the way to prehistoric times.

It is literally impossible to see all of the Met in one day, unless you plan on running through each room without stopping to look. One item you will want to see, however, is the Temple of Dendur. This gift of the Egyptian government dates back to Roman times, and is displayed in a room that could easily fit a house.

For those looking for more modern accoutrements, Madison Avenue is highly recommended. The area between 59th and 79th Streets is now considered Manhattan's Fashion District. Here you'll find all sorts of tiny shops and unique boutiques filled with the latest runway trends. Of particular note is the beautiful Ralph Lauren store on 72nd Street.

Although many families in this area prefer to send their children to private schools, the public schools in this district are also exemplary. P.S. 6, on Madison and 81st Street, is highly regarded for its art and computer curriculum. Despite the fact that their K through 5 students consistently score high on standardized tests, there is still plenty of room for parents looking to enroll their children.

With doormen buildings facing Central Park, exceptional schools, and some of the best high-end shopping in the city, it really is no surprise that the Upper East Side is one of the New York's most coveted spots.

Please use Tungsten Property's Upper East Side Building Directory below to find out more about these timeless and luxury apartment buildings with units for sale and for rent.

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