Situated just east of some of the city’s oldest, most valuable co-ops and mansions, Yorkville is characterized by its eclectic mix of brownstones, tenements and newer luxury high-rise apartment buildings. Bounded by 79th and 96th streets, Yorkville runs from the east side of the Third Avenue to the East River.
First settled by Germans and Czechs in the 1840s, Yorkville still retains some of its ethnic flavor, notably the German meat market Schaller Weber, the Heidelberg Restaurant and the Hungarian Meat Market — businesses that blend seamlessly with the neighborhood’s newer and more prevalent mom-and-pop establishments, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and big-brand chains lining 86th Street.
Popular among young families, professionals and recent college graduates, Yorkville offers a casual and quiet lifestyle, an affordable alternative to higher-profile neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. This may change, though, as construction nears completion on the Second Avenue subway line, making the area more easily accessible.
For most of its history, the neighborhood’s prestigious high-end apartment buildings have been clustered in the area south of 86th Street closest to the park. These include 10 Gracie Square, a 15-floor coop overlooking Carl Schurz Park, and 120 East End Avenue, a limestone palazzo building erected by Vincent Astor.
In recent years, high-end newcomers have risen in the northern portion of Yorkville, including the Azure, a 33-story condominium at 331 E. 91st Street, and the Metropolitan, a 32-story apartment building at 181 E. 90th Street, designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson.
For dining, Yorkville is known for its predominately casual, neighborhood restaurants on Second and Third avenues. In contrast, 86th Street near Lexington and Third avenues serves as a major commercial hub, with stores such as Barnes & Noble and Best Buy, as well as a movie theater and national chain restaurants.