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5 Reasons to visit the Upper East Side

5 Reasons to visit the Upper East Side

The Upper East Side, home of the rich and famous, is one of the most exclusive residential areas in the world, let alone New York City. It was here that Gossip Girl was born and continues to characterize the neighborhood’s trendy residents to most of the world. Moving beyond that, the Upper East Side, which covers over 30 blocks north and south and spans the east half of the island from the park to river, has much more to offer than just mismatched designer clothing-clad senior citizens and exclusive private schools.

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    Introductory Workshop to Custom Perfumery
    Introductory Workshop to Custom Perfumery

    Scenterprises

    Leave it to the Upper East Side to have a class run by the woman who created Tiffany & Co.’s first iconic perfume. Sue Phillips has made it big and if you are at all serious about how you smell, then this is a workshop that you want to take advantage of. Her resources are boundless and will help shape your own unique fragrance. You can walk out onto the streets of the Upper East Side feeling like a Blake Lively... or Leighton Meester, whoever you prefer.

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    The Cocktail Lab: Mixology 101 - Manhattan
    The Cocktail Lab: Mixology 101 - Manhattan

    The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts

    Have you already gone to the Met, the Guggenheim and the Whitney three or four times? Here's something new, equally artful and infinitely more useful to try. You should grab yourself a drink. I’m not talking about hitting up the bar scene on the Upper East Side, I mean make yourself a drink in this mixology class. A New Yorker always knows what drink he or she wants, whether it’s a cosmopolitan or Vieux Carré, but the ones who can recreate their choice of poison at home are on a different playing field entirely.

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    The Sensational Park and Soul Bike Tour - Central Park & Harlem
    The Sensational Park and Soul Bike Tour - Central Park & Harlem

    Bike the Big Apple

    Get a whole new view of Manhattan with the help of two wheels and a set of handlebars (and a helmet!). During this all-day bike tour, you?ll get an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at the rich past of present of Manhattan?s Upper East Side and Harlem -- two truly unique and fascinating neighborhoods. Following a knowledgeable and local guide, you?ll begin your ride in the heart of Central Park where you?ll catch views of sights like Strawberry Fields and the only ?beach? in Manhattan as well as the extravagant brownstones just across the street.

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    Central Park Photo Tour
    Central Park Photo Tour

    Citifari

    What do you get when you cross a backdrop of skyscrapers with nature seen only in gardens and forests? Obviously, it?s Central Park. But what do you get when you cross a photography enthusiast with Central Park? The answer is you! With Citifari, photography enthusiasts and amateurs alike adventure through NYC?s storied park with a camera, capturing its beauty. Along the way, you?ll learn the essentials like composition, camera settings, and angles to create the best picture.

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    Vegan Tour (Upper East Side)
    Vegan Tour (Upper East Side)

    Too Chic for Meat

    Attractions include The Plaza Hotel, the Tiffany & Co. Flagship store, 5th Ave, and Madison Ave. You?ll have time to stop by a few of the many stores in the area, such as Henri Bendel and Lush Cosmetics. Your friendly, chic tour guide will be sure to point out cruelty-free stores! In addition, your guide will also take you to vegan restaurants, such as V-Note and Green Bean Cafe. Your tour wouldn?t be complete without a stop in Central Park, where you can take a relaxing stroll through the greenery.

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