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The Upper East Side small business community is located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between Central Park and Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The Upper East Side neighborhood is bordered by Midtown, Roosevelt Island, Harlem, Midtown East, and East Harlem. In the 19th century, the farmland and market garden district of the Upper East Side was traversed by the Boston Post Road. The New York and Harlem Railroad brought some commercial development to the Upper East Side community, around its one station in the neighborhood, at 86th Street. By the mid-19th century, the farmland had been divided. A row of handsome townhouses was built on speculation by Mary Mason Jones, who owned the entire block bounded by 57th and 58th Streets and Fifth and Madison. In the decades after the Civil War, a once struggling district transitioned into a thriving middle-class residential neighborhood. At the start of the 20th century, the neighborhood transformed again, but this time into a neighborhood of mansions and townhouses. In 1870, Mary Mason Jones occupied the corner house at 57th and Fifth, and her purported isolation was described by her niece, novelist Edith Wharton. Fashionable New Yorkers built stylish mansions and townhouses on the large lots along Fifth Avenue, facing Central Park, and on the adjacent side streets. Most members of New York's upper-class families have made residences on the Upper East Side, including the Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Kennedys and the Whitneys. As the century continued, and living environments altered, many of these homes were replaced by lavish apartment buildings. As of the 2000 census, there were 207,543 people residing in the Upper East Side. Twenty-one percent of the population was foreign born. The Upper East Side contains a large and affluent Jewish population estimated at 56,000. The Upper East Side neighborhood is host to some of the most famous museums in the world. The string of museums along Fifth Avenue fronting Central Park has been dubbed "Museum Mile", and includes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Gallerie, and Whitney Museum of American Art. The Upper East Side’s small business community is in close proximity to Central Park, and many green spaces, attracting thousands of visitors every day. The Upper East Side small business community includes tons of restaurants, shops and small businesses. Although the Upper East Side’s small business community is probably best known for its designer boutiques, its wealth of playgrounds, community centers and schools have attracted many families to the community, and young adults and recent New York transplants love the karaoke lounges and Irish pubs on the Second Avenue small business community.

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