Upper East Side

Plenty of green, lots of landmarks and the Whitney Biennial

Approximate number of trees in Central Park

Individual landmarks on the Upper East Side, including Gracie Mansion, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Central Park

Number of Annuals and Biennials at the Whitney Museum, which began in 1932. The 2014 Biennial starts this month and will be the museum’s last in its current 945 Madison Avenue location.

Sources: Central Park, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Whitney Museum

Qatari apparel

Look out for Qatari fashion label Qela opening up its first U.S. shop at 680 Madison Avenue. The retailer, which sells high-end clothing, leather goods, shoes and jewelry for women, will occupy two floors and will open in the fall.

Elaine’s 2.0

The legendary Elaine’s  —  the longtime haunt for writers and notables that closed in 2011, after 50 years in business  —  has a new lease on life. Restaurateurs Michael and Susy Glick have reopened the 88th Street and Second Avenue space as The Writing Room, an eatery that pays homage to Elaine’s regulars such as Norman Mailer and Gay Talese. The cuisine is American  —  an apple pie for two costs $19  —  and the atmosphere is punctuated with rock and funk music.

Dalton School set to grow

The prestigious Dalton School, which charges $40,000 for annual tuition, will tack on two stories to its East 89th Street digs, thanks to approval by the city Board of Standards and Appeals. The number of students will stay the same, but the 12,164-square-foot expansion will house the school’s science, technology, engineering and math programs. The school’s plan sparked controversy among some neighbors, the community board and local officials over blocking views and light.


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