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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published April 30th 2012

There are so many different places to see and things to do in New York City that you may despair of being able to see it all. The best thing to do is to make sure you hit the "high points" of each place. Start out on the Upper East Side, which encompasses the area between 59th Street and 96th Street and from the East River to Fifth Avenue-Central Park. This very affluent neighborhood offers some of the best restaurants, art galleries, and other attractions in New York City. Five of them are listed below.

Enjoy fine Italian Dining at Mezza Luna Restaurant.

Located at 1295 3rd Avenue, Mezza Luna Restaurant offers some of the best Italian food in all of New York City. The atmosphere isn't stuffy, though; rather, it's a fun, family-oriented restaurant. Enjoy your dinner, then take home a bottle of the house olive oil to use in your kitchen.

Tour East Side Mansions.

The Edward S. Harkness House, the Pratt Mansions, and the James B. Duke Mansions all currently house different businesses and schools, but are still open for touring. You'll see spiral staircases, entire rooms whose only purpose was to house clothing and linens, and some of the most beautiful architectural designs to be found anywhere in the world.

Depending on the type of business or school that currently occupies these regal old homes' spaces, you may have to content yourself with just a few public rooms, but that's all right. You'll still get an idea of how the elite one lived (and some still do) in New York City.

Stroll down Museum Mile.

Just walking down this part of 5th Avenue, which is home to eight different museums, is a treat in itself, as you are traveling along one side of Central Park. If you decide to go into any one of the eight museums, you'll see different works of arts, different cultural centers, and others that will give you a glimpse into New York City's past and present.

Visit Central Park.

Central Park encompasses numerous acres, so some of it borders the Upper East Side. In Central Park, you can walk, job, bicycle, or roller skate on the cement pathways, enjoy the animals in the Central Park Zoo, or just sit on a bench and people watch. There's no telling who you might see. Speaking of people-watching…

Try to find 623 East 68th Street.

"I Love Lucy" fans will immediately recognize this as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's home address. The actual street address does not exist, as 68th Street only goes up to 600, but, you'll still be close to one of the most famous "addresses" in television history.
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Why? Because the Upper East Side is a gorgeous neighborhood of Manhattan to visit.
When: Whenever you want
Where: Upper East Side, Manhattan
Cost: Free
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