Beautiful, family-friendly, and considered by many to be the intellectual and cultural center of Manhattan, the Upper West Side has charms galore for its residents.
Located right between Central Park and Riverside Park, it’s one of Manhattan’s greenest areas. Serene but not sleepy, with plenty of dining options – as well as some of the best schools in the city – it draws many families to its cozy, intimate blocks. The pace picks up around Columbus Circle, which offers a plethora of shopping and transit.
Many of New York City’s famed cultural institutions can be found on the Upper West Side – from the American Museum of Natural History to the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, this neighborhood more than lives up to its reputation as an artistic mecca. An abundance of recreational options, nature, and beautiful residences make the Upper West Side a spectacular place to call home.
One of the world’s most preeminent museums; of particular renown are its many dinosaur fossils and the Hayden Planetarium.American Museum of Natural History
Just a few of the hallowed institutions at Lincoln Center include The Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall (home of The New York Philharmonic), The David H. Koch Theater (home of The New York City Ballet), and Jazz at Lincoln Center.Lincoln Center
An exclusive luxury co-op building with a storied past, the Dakota was built between 1880 and 1884. It is best known as the former home of Beatle John Lennon - as well as the site of his murder in 1980 - and features prominently in Roman Polanski’s film “Rosemary’s Baby.”
This century-old quintessential New York City deli is much more than just a spot to pick up some of the finest smoked fish and bagels in the city - it’s also packed with locals and visitors for brunch.Barney Greengrass
Located alongside other high-end bars and restaurants in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se stands alone in terms of prestige and renown. It has been called one of the best restaurants in the world on many a list, and the tasting menu, which changes daily, is the height of gastronomical luxury.Per Se
This four mile stretch of greenery along the Hudson River is one of Manhattan’s most striking waterfront locations. With its lush greenery, running paths, and monuments all set against the sparkling river, Riverside Park is the crown jewel of the Upper West Side.Riverside Park Conservancy