Cultural Immigrant Initiative


Welcome to the online version of BEYOND THE BRICKS - a project that highlights the Upper East Side's vibrant small business culture, neighborhood history, and talented local artists. For the launch event on November 16th, local pub Ryan's Daughter will be transformed into a gallery space featuring the stories of small business owners, original photography, and historical insights. Paired with work by local artists, these elements come together to spark conversations about what makes a community "beyond the bricks."

This project is a collaboration between FRIENDS OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN SIDEWAYS, and ART ON THE AVE.

Following the launch, original art will be on display in businesses around the neighborhood. The exhibit will continue at 966 Lexington Avenue, by appointment, until mid-January.

Soon, stories of many small businesses which serve the neighborhood, and the histories of their buildings, will appear below in the interactive map for your own exploration.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



These locations have business profiles and business histories.

These locations have business profiles, business histories, as well as original art.

These locations have original art only.


FRIENDS of the Upper East Side 2020