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.
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.