by Paul Biscegli If you live in Yorkville, don’t be surprised if you see Tara Kelly or one of her volunteers standing on the street, notepad in hand, staring at your building. “As soon as people know you aren’t a developer, they usually don’t mind,” Kelly said. “I tell them I’m from Friends, and they say, ‘Oh, I love Friends!’” Kelly is the executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, a
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Upper East Side Historic District: A Walking Tour Sunday, November 11th at 1:00pm Tour meets on the NW corner of Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street $10 members, $15 non-members ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIRED One of the city’s largest historic districts, this area contains some of the finest examples of urban residential architecture in America. Splendid townhouses, opulent mansions, and imposing apartment buildings are set among the institutions, clubs, and businesses that cater to this storied community.
Following the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1880, the adjacent area along Fifth Avenue quickly became New York City’s most fashionable neighborhood, where prominent families constructed magnificent residences.