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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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    Champagne/Wine Tasting & Learning -- vendor is out of business (CS 12/2/15)
    Champagne/Wine Tasting & Learning -- vendor is out of business (CS 12/2/15)

    Vino-Versity

    Instead of splurging on shopping along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, you might want to tweak your itinerary because here’s something that will show off more class than any trendy bag or shoes. In this Champagne and Wine tasting class, learn which regions and kinds of wine and Champagnes you enjoy most so when you go to dinner, perhaps also on the Upper East Side?, you will be able to tackle that wine list with confidence.

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    Portrait Photography Workshop - Central Park - Central Park- Poor UX and refused to refund (FMC 8/2/16)
    Portrait Photography Workshop - Central Park - Central Park- Poor UX and refused to refund (FMC 8/2/16)

    Remember Forever

    Walking through the park and enjoying the beautiful scenery can be one relaxing day well spent, but will you remember who you went with and the places you visited in the park? What about the sunset? Did you stay to watch it? This photography class will bring you to picturesque places in the park while teaching you the basics of your camera’s manual settings. Try this fun way of learning how to use that camera you got for your birthday/Christmas/Hanukkah and enjoy looking back at your trip with friends or family in The City’s infamous park.

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    Muay Thai Kickboxing - Central Park (Not a fit-No more free trial KCC 12/6/16)
    Muay Thai Kickboxing - Central Park (Not a fit-No more free trial KCC 12/6/16)

    Boxing For All

    One of the Upper East Side’s greatest perks is without a doubt the enormous greenery known as Central Park. Every day of the week beckons runners, bikers, tourists, dog-walkers (galore), street performers, summer concerts, and of course, workout classes. That’s right, you’ll walk by bootcamps, yoga sessions, mom and stroller groups and martial art classes. You will feel the burn in this free Muay Thai kickboxing class, but without the worry of judgement, seriously, we’ve all been there--and loved it. Treat yourself to a mint lemonade at the Le Pain Quotidien just north of Sheep’s Meadow afterwards, très chic.

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