Yorkville, Manhattan

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A section of Yorkville as seen from a high rise on Second Avenue and 87th Street

Yorkville is a neighborhood within the Upper East Side of the borough of Manhattan in the city of New York City. Roughly speaking, it is bound by 81st Street on the south, the East River on the east, 96th Street (i.e., Spanish Harlem) on the north, and Third Avenue on the west.

For much of the twentieth century, Yorkville was inhabited by many people of German and Hungarian descent, with many German and Hungarian restaurants and bakeries. Today there are rare remnants of Yorkville's German origins (the Schaller & Weber grocery shop being one), but it has largely become an upper middle class residential neighborhood. Since the 1990s, Old World merchants such as the Kleine Konditorei bakery and Bremen House market (both German) as well as the Rigo bakery and Mokka restaurant (Hungarian) have closed.

Yorkville includes Gracie Mansion, the official home of the mayor of New York City, and Carl Schurz Park.

Of further note, this city neighborhood is the birthplace of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, in 1903.

And Yorkville is also the birthplace of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, circa 1920, founded by eleven local business men. See http://www.manhattancc.org/

Yorkville was the home of the Marx Brothers at 179 East 93rd street.

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