I have been a resident of the upper east side since 1976. I have lived on York Ave. between 72nd and 73rd streets, East 72nd Street and the river, East 60th Street and 1st Ave., and currently on East 62nd Street and 2nd Ave. Without a doubt, the area that is the most difficult to find street parking is in the lower east 60s. The rules in this area are having mostly to do with bridge traffic flow, in addition to the usual street cleaning/opposite side of the street, and holiday parking rules. While you will drive around for a while, it is much easier by comparison to find parking in the east 70s, 80s and 90s.
In case you are not also already aware, if you are looking for an apartment on the upper east side, or anywhere else in Manhattan, just be aware that if you are looking on your own and responding to apartment listings online, in the NY TImes, etc., etc., you are answering ads that were placed by the Sellers' Brokers. Their primary goal is to be loyal to the sellers, and are contractually obligated to market and advertise the properties they represent, in order to get the highest sale price possible. Since it costs you nothing, because sellers pay the entire commission, you should definitely consider having your own Buyer's Agent representing you. It is the goal of a Buyer's Agent to get to know the criteria that is important to the buyer, to understand their likes and dislikes, in order to save buyers time and money.
If you should have any additional Real Estate and upper east side related questions, please feel free to contact me..., I look forward to hearing from you.
Senior Real Estate Sales Associate