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Named for Robert Lenox, a Scottish merchant who owned roughly 30 acres of land at the core of the neighborhood, Lenox Hill sits at the southeastern section of the Upper East Side, bounded by East 60th Street, East 77th Street, Lexington Avenue and the East River.
Until recently, Lenox Hill offered a far more subdued lifestyle as compared to other Upper East Side neighborhoods. This was largely due to the presence of an elevated train, which ran along Third Avenue until it was demolished in the 1950s. As a result, the area is characterized by a mix of smaller tenement buildings coupled with larger post-war luxury condominiums such as Trump Palace, the Upper East Side's tallest building.
Lenox Hill is known for its upscale shops and restaurants. With Bloomingdale's as a centerpiece of the shopping district, Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue feature many notable boutiques and restaurants such as Serendipity 3, the iconic restaurant known for its signature desserts.
One of the neighborhood's most important landmarks is Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652-bed teaching hospital founded in 1905 as the German Hospital. Situated on an entire city block between 77th and 76th streets and Park and Lexington avenues, Lenox Hill Hospital has long been at the forefront of medical achievement -- from its earliest days as one of the first hospitals to use x-ray machines to its more recent pioneering of minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery.
Lenox Hill is accessible by both subway and crosstown bus service, with the 4, 5, and 6 trains stopping at 59th Street (which also provides access to the N/R), 68th Street and 77th Street. A subway station at 63rd and Lexington Avenue provides further access to the F train. In addition, an aerial tramway at 60th Street and Second Avenue shuttles passengers 250 feet in the air across the East River to Roosevelt Island.