Yoga Studios in your own Home

There are a number of yoga studios on the upper east side. Pure Yoga is the most notable with its exterior grass wall on 86th street. Others like Bikram Yoga NYC and Earth Yoga have good followings.

But what if you want to practice yoga at 11pm when you finally get home from work? Or just don't feel like leaving the apartment? The latest way to do yoga from home is through video chat with a yoga instructor. You see the instructor demonstrate the poses and they can see you and give feedback. NowLesson has a long list of yoga instructors available through webcam video sessions.

It is perfect for the hectic weeks when your schedule keeps you too busy to go to the local yoga studio or in the too cold NY winters and too hot NYC summers when you just don't want to leave the apartment building.


All natural soft serve

If you like keeping your food all natural, check out The Soft Serve Fruit Company.

This dessert place takes soft serve back to basics. It is all made with just fruit, water and sugar. That makes it dairy free and fat free.

The result is a very sweet treat. I felt it needed a glass of water to go with it. But if you want a treat without the guilt of fat and dairy, it hits the spot.


What rent are your Upper East Side neighbors paying?

There are a couple sites out there that will give you very general averages for rent in Manhattan. They'll tell you what the average rent is for a non-doorman UES studio, for example. But what if you want to know how much you should be paying for you third-floor walk-up studio in the East 80's three blocks from the subway?

ApartmentHero can answer just that question. Enter the details for your apartment, and it will show you how it compares. It takes into account what floor you live on, building features, and your exact neighborhood.

The average rent data is calculated from a database of what New Yorkers are currently actually paying for rent -- not what vacant apartments are listing for.


DTUT replaced by wine bar Cafe Notte

They mystery over the space formerly occupied by DTUT has been solved. And it's opening Monday.

Cafe Notte is set to continue the free wifi hangout, but a bit more upscale. Expect a greater emphasis on the wine and food.


A restaurant in the middle

Today, more information on the building that Georgica, the cantilevered condo building, surrounds. The owner of Baraonda, Per Lei, and Bella Blue is opening a new restaurant named Ciabella.

The restaurateur said he hopes that Ciaobella's d├ęcor will attract young Yorkville residents; a red mosaic bar, dark wood floors, and a red crocodile-patterned ceiling adorn the new space.


UES Cantilever Bldg Has a Name: Georgica?

It is by far one of our least favorite names for a new condo development. According to the banners hung around 305 E 85th st, the cantilevered building The Ascend Group is developing will be called "Georgica".

The website is quite vague at this point

Based on the page's HTML description it seems they are looking to target families.
The new luxury Upper East Side development. This is Georgica. Residential couture. Contoured to the modern family. Spacious, expansive, multidimensional. The new Upper East Side.


Is DT-UT coming back? Applies for wine license

DTUT closed its doors months ago when their lease doubled to $20,000 a month. But they've now applied to renew their wine license.

Could they be staging a comeback?
Did they apply for the renewal before shutting down?
Another explanation


Absolut Second Avenue

The ad on this bus stop caught our eye. It's on a bus stop at 2nd ave and 86th st. Really quite clever. The tag line says "In an Absolut world" and there is a photo of a subway entrance. Look closely though and you'll see that its an entrance to the T line and the street sign says "2 Av".

True indeed. We're eagerly awaiting the second avenue subway.

Just around the corner from the bus stop, is the intersection where they took the photo in the ad. So, it truly is a photo of 2nd avenue.

A very clever ad with some local flair. Will the campaign work? Unfortunatlely, we've walked by the bus stop a couple times and never seen anyone else look twice at it. Nobody seems to notice.


UES Construction Porn: Brompton and Lucida

A little bit of construction porn for all the UES real estate fans out there. The Brompton and The Lucida are competing to be the new condo diva of 86th st. These two lux condos are going up only one block apart from eachother. We checked in on them to see how they are shaping up.

The Lucida

They've dug deep for the foundation of The Lucida. Counting the layers of scalfolding in the pit, it seems to be about 7-stories down. Room for underground parking perhaps?

The Brompton

Based on construction progress alone, The Brompton has a clear lead in this race. Crews are finishing up the 6th floor of concrete.


DTUT Closing. NYC's Fave Coffee Shop Loses Lease

Say it ain't so! The latest case of a Manhattan favorite losing its lease is DTUT in Yorkville. The coffee shop on 85th and 2nd seems to always be full despite the large space. Folks come for the great coffee, good beer selection and fun desserts, but mostly because its a great place to lounge around and work or chat.

Now DTUT is closing its doors. Signs around the coffee shop announce that this Sunday, June 24th, is their last day open. They seem to have lost their lease.

Hopefuly, the nearby M Rohrs coffee shop on 86th (between 2nd and 1st) survives. While not a perfect substitute for the beloved DTUT, Rohrs also offers a comfortable coffee shop with an indy vibe.

Leave a comment if this saddens you as much as it does me.


Caught on tape: Rats at 82nd st Pinkberry

I don't like the sour taste of their frozen yogurt, but now there is another reason not to like Pinkberry. Eyewitness News caught mice red handed running aroung the shop's 82nd st location



Movie Filming outside Heidelberg

Heidelberg, the German bar on 2nd ave and 86th, seems to have quite a film crew outside it today.

Anybody know the scoop on what they may be filming?


Community Board Discusses 2nd Ave Subway

The Second Ave subway is perhaps the single most important project on the Upper East Side right now. It will shape the character of the neighborhoring businesses, the value of real estate and residents' overall quality of life. And unlike many transportation projects, this one seems to be right on schedule -- occasionaly early even.

Tonight (March 27) at 7pm the local community board has another meeting to discuss plans for the new line. They will be covering:
- A general project update
- 63rd st Station
- The contractor
- Impact to neighboring businesses.
More details


Restaurant, Bar and Entertainment Highlights

After much extremely scientific analysis, here's what we've decided are the top spots in Yorkville. What do you think are the best places in the neighborhood? Your comments are always welcome.


  • Comic Strip Live [1568 Second Ave]

  • City Cinemas [210 E. 86th St]

  • AMC Loews Orpheum [1538 Third Ave]

  • UA East [1629 First Ave]


  • Pio Pio [1746 1ST Ave]

  • Poke [305 E 85TH St]

  • Zocalo [174 E 82nd St]

  • Beyoglu [1431 3rd Ave]

  • DTUT (Actualy, it's a coffe shop) [1626 2nd Ave]


  • Brandy's Piano Bar [235 East 84th Street]

  • Heidelberg [1648 2nd Ave]

  • The Auction House [300 E 89th St]

  • Uptown Lounge [1576 3rd Ave ]


Inside Edition: Rats at Papaya King

Yuck! Inside Edition went patrolling the streets of New York looking for rats in city restaurants. According to Gothamist.com, the cameras found them at a bunch of restaurants including Papaya King, the popular Upper East Side hotdog joint on 86th and 3rd.


Papaya King's President, Daniel Horan, told INSIDE EDITION that mice are a
citywide problem that restaurants grapple with everyday. He adds, "During
seventy-five years in business, we have continuously maintained and exceeded all
city health requirements," and says "food is kept in secure storage facilities
that is safe and sealed from all contamination. To this end, we stand by the
quality and safety of our restaurants."


Is this really just a common problem we should all just accept?


Extell's "The Lucida" condo gets a website

The Lucida, Excell Development Company's new building on 151 E 85th st now has a website: www.thelucida.com. "A new vision for modern living on the Upper East Side"

The site doesn't give any new details. Just a registration form.



NYPD puts up SkyWatch tower in UES

Just noticed this morning that the NYPD's creepiest crime fighting tool has hit the streets of the Upper East Side. There's a police Sky Watch now looking over the corner of 86th and 2nd. Is there more crime in the area than we are aware of?


NY Post offers up the state of the UES construction

The New York Post has a story with a nice overview of all the recent construction in the neighborhood. They paint the landscape of all the buildings going up in the Yorkville area. Here's our bullet pointed version...

First, the ones we have posted about already:
  • Lucida on 86th and Lexington. Built by Extell.
  • The Brompton on 86th and 3rd. Built by Related.
  • Cantilevered L-shaped property on 85th and 2nd. Sold by Eastern Consolidated.

And the ones we haven't yet discussed here (but should):

There's definitely a lot going on. The real question we have is how the new construction plus the existing landscape will add up into some sort of neighborhood character. Will the area be defined by simply having shiney new buildings with big box retailers underneath? Or is there a way to incorporate something uniquely Yorkville into all this? Perhaps some sort of hint of the nabe's Eastern European roots.



Second Avenue Subway Breaking Ground Soon

Take that naysayers. The T line is coming soon.

AM NY is reporting that the MTA is expected to sign the first contstruction contract for the new 2nd ave subway line on March 29th. And work is going to start immediately after that. Huzzah!

Yorkville residents, however, better brace themselves for major construction disruptions.

Two lanes of traffic on Second Avenue between 96th Street and 92rd Street will be closed to vehicles while workers relocate utility pipes and cables, according to Mysore Nagaraja, president of MTA Capital Construction.

Then six to eight months later at 93rd Street, workers will dig a massive hole to lower a tunnel boring machine 70 feet down. All the while, trucks will be delivering supplies such as steel, timber and cement while hauling away tons and tons of dirt and rock.

Aboveground work is authorized between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. while tunneling will continue 24-7 below ground.


We're expecting the T line to have a real positive impact for real estate prizes east of 2nd avenue.


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