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Upper East Side: The River (Almost) Runs Through It

January 25, 2016 - In Your Neighborhood



We at Hey Joe Guitar love the Upper East Side and are happy to offer a variety of music lessons to its residents. Whatever instrument you want to learn – guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, trombone, brass, reeds, saxophone, clarinet flute, violin, viola, cello, strings, accordion, ukulele, banjo, recorder, or mandolin – we’ll be happy to teach you. We also offer – in the privacy of your Upper East Side home or office – composition, songwriting, and voice lessons; as a matter of fact, we can give you any type of music lesson you can think of.

A charm of its own

It may not have the same vibe as the Upper West Side, and lack the diversity of Lower Manhattan and the quaintness of Greenwich Village, but the eastside has a quiet and laid-back charm of its own. This area nestled between 59th and 96th Streets, and bounded by the East River and Fifth Avenue, is a haven of relative calm in the midst of one of the world’s busiest cities. In fact, the difference in the energy and decibel levels between the Upper West and East sides is quite perceptible. If you walk from Broadway toward the East River, you will notice how the hectic ambience slowly morphs into a more tranquil environment. By the time you reach First and York Avenues, you will have left much of the hustle and bustle behind. But this is not to say that this calmer part of Manhattan doesn’t have anything exciting to offer. When it comes to art, culture, interesting architecture, and fascinating people, the Upper East Side boasts a proud history of its own. That may be one of the reasons why many famous people chose to live in this pleasant neighborhood. The long list of the area’s distinguished residents includes the quintessential New Yorker Woody Allen, singer Mariah Carey, directors Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese, and even NYC’s mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Walk a Mile

Very few cities can boast as many cultural institutions as the Upper East Side. The stretch of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets is named the “Museum Mile” for a very good reason: some of the world’s finest museums live here. With its richness and artistic diversity, the vast Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street) is arguably one of the world’s finest institutions. It trails only behind the Louvre as the most frequented museum, with a staggering 6 million visits in 2011. Just a few blocks farther uptown, at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, is another cultural landmark. Guggenheim Museum’s claim to fame lies not only in its impressive exhibits of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art, but also in its bold architecture. The cylindrical structure designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright adds a distinctly modern touch to this neighborhood filled with many traditional buildings and mansions, which once housed industrialists like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. The Metropolitan and Guggenheim are only two of 10 museums and cultural centers that make the Museum Mile a “go-to” destination for art lovers from all over the world.

Let there be music!

If you thought that this laid-back neighborhood was not hip enough to have great live music haunts, think again. Here are our Five Music Secrets of the Upper East Side:

  • Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue, between 61st and 62 Streets, is a legendary nightclub where you can catch live performances of jazz, classical music, and cabaret.
  • Two nights a week you can listen to a classical quartet at Great Hall Balcony Bar at Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
near 82nd Street.
  • Session 73, a bar at 1359 First Avenue and 73rd Street has good food and live bands on weekends.
  • Aza bar, a cozy venue that features live music seven nights a week. 1668 Third Avenue between 93rd and 94th Streets.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday are jazz nights at Brasserie Julien, a French bistro at 1422 Third Avenue and 81st Street.

Would you like to play and / or sing like the performers at these venues? We can’t promise you that, but we will give you the best music lessons on the Upper East Side!

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