A leafy haven known for its venerable museums, high-end boutiques, and close proximity to Central Park, the Upper East Side has a reputation for being one of Manhattan’s most charming — and, admittedly, staid — neighborhoods. Recently, however, the entire city seems to be heading uptown. With the opening of the first phase of the long-awaited Second Avenue subway line earlier this year, an influx of new establishments with a downtown sensibility is turning this sleepy enclave into the city’s hottest place to be.

The restaurants, residences, hotels, and museums that are defining the new Upper East Side include 180 East 88th, The Surrey, The Kent, The Lowell, The Met Breuer, Ziggy’s, The Mark, Sugar East, The Carlyle, and 200 East 62nd Street.

180 East 88th

For its first uptown project, national real estate developer, designer, builder and property manager DDG picked a quiet stretch of East 88th Street in the historic Carnegie Hill neighborhood. “While we’ve had a strong presence in Lower Manhattan, San Francisco, and now Brooklyn and Palm Beach, we’ve always had our eye on the Upper East Side, which offers a blend of traditional and new that few other neighborhoods can match,” explains Joe McMillan, Chairman and CEO of DDG.

Inspired by Manhattan’s building boom of the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, the new 180 East 88th Street residential building mixes a modern aesthetic with nods to traditional artisan masonry and craftsmanship. Look for touches like handmade Petersen Tegl bricks from Denmark, wood flooring imported from a Benedictine monastery in Austria, and custom kitchens by Molteni&C Dada. Ranging from lofts to five-bedroom apartments, and including triplex and full-floor units, the building’s 48 condos boast extra-high ceilings (up to an incredible 28 feet 8 inches in some), and 9-foot-tall tilt-turn windows that frame sweeping views.

Shared facilities include a soccer pitch, partial basketball court, game room, residential lounge, wine room, and private fitness and yoga studios, as well as a children’s playroom created in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts.