The Upper East Side of Manhattan has long been synonymous with stuffy, old-timey New York. But in recent years, as the increasing popularity of Brooklyn has caused rents to rise, more and more folks have gravitated to Yorkville, a more low-key, affordable subset of the neighborhood that stretches from E. 79th Street to E. 97th Street and from 3rd Avenue to the East River.
Rent there is cheaper than some Brooklyn neighborhoods. According to StreetEasy’s July 2016 market report, Yorkville’s median asking rent is $2,800, compared to $2,998 in Park Slope, $3,199 in Williamsburg and $4,793 in Dumbo.
Wes Wethington, 30, works in talent acquisition at Foot Locker Inc. in Midtown. He moved a year ago to Yorkville from Park Slope because “it was just as expensive as Brooklyn, and easier for me to get to work,” he says.
He pays $1,000 a month for one room in a two-bedroom at 95th Street and First Avenue.
He mentioned additional draws, such as Uber Pool’s $5 commuter flat rate for all rides during rush hour below 125th Street, that make living there convenient and hassle-free.
Yorkville provides as much in way of things to do as Park Slope, at least bar- and restaurant-wise — Caledonia, an upscale Scottish whisky bar right on Second Avenue, is one of Wethington’s favorite haunts.