It's always been a desirable residential neighborhood. Carl Schulz Park, contains the Mayor's Residence at Gracie Mansion and overlooks the East River and several major bridges to the north. Yorkville borders some of the most expensive and prestigious buildings in Manhattan. Prices are lower west of third Avenue.
There are many bars and restaurants along first Avenues. Yorkville is famous for it's coffee houses and pubs. Some of the restaurants and shops are still around from the old neighborhood but the area has boomed in the last 10-15 years with new residential developments and new retail particularly along 86th Street, the hub of the neighborhood. Yorkville is a great neighborhood for all types of lifestyles and financials.
I just listed a Junior 4 (2 BR or Formal Dining Room/Office/Den 1 bath) in a full service building at 86th and First Avenue. 401 east 86th St. # 3-H. I'm having the first showing this Sunday, May 17, from 1pm - 3 pm. It is featured on the web site below. Feel free to call me for more information. Hope to see you Sunday.