New York City NYC

UPPER WEST SIDE

Known for
  • Beacon Theater
  • Columbia University
  • Lincoln Center
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Riverside and Central Parks
  • The Seinfeld diner (Tom's Restaurant)

Between Central Park and the Hudson River, from West 59th Street to West 116th Street

 

A short subway ride from the hustle-bustle of Times Square, the Upper West Side is a dignified residential neighborhood with many layers. It’s a cultural epicenter close to Columbia University and home to some of the world’s most influential museums and stages. It’s a green space, sandwiched between Central Park and Riverside Park, a winding network of sports courts and bike paths along the Hudson River. The Upper West Side is also one of the city’s best family neighborhoods, thanks to its abundance of playgrounds, schools and kid-oriented shows, exhibits and restaurants. The streets here are at their liveliest on weekends, when residents shop for artisanal cheese and fresh ground coffee at gourmet emporiums like Zabar’s and Fairway Market, head for a run around the Central Park reservoir or linger over brunch at one of the many sidewalk cafes along Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

 

Iconic Architecture

Built in the 1920’s and 30’s, grand apartment buildings along Central Park West such as the San Remo, the Eldorado and the Beresford remain some of the most exclusive addresses in the city. Stately pre-war buildings, brownstones and Beaux-Arts landmarks line Broadway, Riverside Drive and West End Avenue. This long-established neighborhood also features a modern, global component, thanks to the addition of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and Donald Trump’s Riverside South condominium complex.

 

Historic Highlights

    • Dutch immigrants settled a part of the Upper West Side known as Bloomingdale in the 17th century, where they grew tobacco until the 1800’s.

 

    • When New York’s subway system—the first in the country—opened in 1904, it set off a building boom on the Upper West Side, urbanizing the once rural West End.

 

  • The Upper West Side is home to some of the world’s greatest performing arts institutions, among them Lincoln Center, which includes The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. Several blocks north, the landmark Beacon Theatre, which opened its doors in 1929, has hosted such stars as Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.

Neighborhood Favorites

Playground Pups

Little Shop of Crafts

Down & Quilt Shop

The Mermaid Inn

Pizza Sirenetta

Osteria Cotta

Margot Patisserie

Edgar’s Cafe

Dead Poet

Broadway Dive

New York Historical Society

Museum of Natural History

Beacon Theater