Lenox Hill is the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. In the 60’s and 70’s, it formed the lower portion of the Upper East Side — east of Park Avenue.
The Upper East Side Historic District was designated in 1981 and expanded in 2010, by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The neighborhood is part of the Manhattan Community Committee 8.
Based on its original location on a farm spanning today’s 68th Street to 74th Street, east of Fifth Avenue, New York City’s Encyclopedia defines the neighborhood as the area between 60th Street and 77th Street, from Fifth Avenue on the west to Lexington Avenue on the east. However, neighborhood boundaries can be shifted and most residents see modern boundaries differently, and so on.
The neighborhood is named after the hill that “stood on what had become 70th Street and Park Avenue.” The name “Lenox” is that of the immigrant Scottish merchant Robert Lenox (1759-1839), who owned approximately 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land “on a 5-mile (8 km) stone” from Fifth to Fourth (now Park) Avenues and from East 74th to 68th Street.
The Lenox Hill Hospital, the former German Hospital, is located in the East 77th Street area. Luxury residences built in the 1910s and 1920s are now very expensive. Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue both pass through Lenox Hill. The area boasts many luxury boutiques, supermarkets, art galleries, mostly along Madison and Lexington Avenues. There is a Carlyle Hotel for fine dining, which also houses a rare bookshop, Cafe Carlyle, and Bemelman’s Bar, Terre Mare, and Il riccio.
The Frick Collection, located on 70th Street just off Fifth Avenue, includes some of the most famous paintings by the greatest European artists, major sculpture works, oriental rugs, and beautiful 18th century French furniture and porcelain. The Whitney Museum, located on 75th Street and Madison Avenue, is dedicated to the art of the United States and presents a wide range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a particular focus on the work of living artists.
There are more than 18,000 pieces in the collection. The Asia Society, located on Park Avenue between 70th and 71st Street, is America’s leading art institution in the Asian and Pacific regions. The Asia Society presents a wide range of programs including art exhibitions, performance conferences and lectures.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Central Park runs along Fifth Avenue and is a great place for all kinds of outdoor activities, from concerts, to baseball, to sunbathing. If you have a pooch (or two) the park also allows you to break off-leash and play from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM. It’s seven days a week.