We knew that life was good on Manhattan’s East Side. We now know that it is long, as well. And it’s not just Iris Apfel (pictured above), our indestructible, 95-year-old fashion icon. The city Department of Health just released data showing that residents of the Upper East Side and Murray Hill have the highest life expectancy in the city.
As a gentleman of three score plus years I came late to the frequent wearing of formal attire. The fact is there is a lot to like about tuxedo events. The inherent order and defined rules are comforting considering the contrast between the chaos outside and the order inside where mysterious canapés are being served on silver trays by cyborgs. This is from a guy whose choice of pants in the morning is dictated by the pair that already has the belt on.
For a long while preservationists kept their gaze mostly west of Lexington Avenue, but with development pressures rocking Second Avenue, they are making up for lost time. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, a steward of Upper East Side preservation for over thirty years, is moving its mission to Yorkville.
Our slice of Manhattan is icon central, from the Chrysler Building to Grand Central’s clock to Iris Apfel. And so it was no surprise — but gratifying nonetheless — to learn that the James Beard Foundation has just given an East Side restaurant, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, its Design Icon Award for 2017.
(Photo above is of the Oyster Bar and its famous tiled ceiling.)