North of 59th Street and east of Central Park is some of the city's most expensive residential real estate.
This is New York at its most gentrified: Walk along Fifth and Park avenues, especially between 60th and 80th streets, and you're sure to encounter some of the wizened WASPs and Chanel-suited socialites that make up the most rarefied of the city's population.
Madison Avenue to 79th Street is the monied crowd's main shopping strip, recently vaunting ahead of Hong Kong's Causeway Bay to become the most expensive retail real estate in the world--so bring your platinum card.
You can also use it to stay at one of the
neighborhood's remarkably luxurious hotels, such as the The Carlyle, or to dine at four-star wonders like Le Cirque 2000 and Daniel.
A second subway line is in the works, but it's still no more than an architect's blueprint.