Upper West Side
A family and intellectual hub with easy access to transportation and beautiful parks
Holding on to its traditional architecture and family charm, the Upper West Side (UWS) is full of high rise apartment buildings, restaurants, and shopping. Considered the intellectual hub of the city with Columbia University at its north and Lincoln Center at its south end, UWS has remained a popular residential area. The area is constantly being used for the filming of movies and TV shows making this neighborhood the standard for what much of Manhattan is perceived to be. With a mix of different cultures and New York attitude, not much fazes the UWS.
The Upper West Side is bounded by 59th Street to 110th Street and Central Park West to Riverside Drive. This large neighborhood is bordered by Clinton and Hell’s Kitchen to the south and Morningside Heights to the north. With Central Park to the east, there is ample green space nearby and with Hudson River on the west there are lots of great views to be found. With two subway lines running the length of the neighborhood, travel downtown is easy with numerous stops in Midtown to change lines.
Earning its name from a small park nearby, Lincoln Center is a smaller pocket neighborhood in the Upper West Side. Known as the home of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, world-renowned schools such as Julliard and the School of American Ballet call this neighborhood home. More than just Manhattan’s center for the arts, this smaller neighborhood has the feeling of an old-world neighborhood with small shops lining the streets as well a new development renewing the area. This small neighborhood is bounded by 59th Street to 72nd Street and Central Park West to West Side Hwy.
Restaurants of all types have popped up all over this large neighborhood making it almost impossible to try them all!
The UWS is full of both small boutiques with great finds in bookstores and clothing shops, but is also home to bigger stores like Fairway Market.
With so many residents of all kinds living in the UWS, movies are a favorite past time. With two large theaters in the area, you may even get the chance to see yourself in the background of one of the many movies filmed in the area!
Sports & Outdoors:
No one can ever say that residents of the UWS lack green space. With Central Park running along the neighborhoods eastern border and Riverside Park on its west, there is always somewhere to go for a run or a bike ride with beautiful views of the city.
Arts & Culture:
Along with great museums sprinkled all over the neighborhood, the UWS is also home to Lincoln Center and Claire Tow Theater one of the nations foremost names in the arts for dance and music.
For a fun-filled family afternoon, take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for hands on activities.