Want more? Okay, you also get the world-famous Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Opera. Let’s add in the New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Beacon Theatre. Residents also enjoy many fine-dining restaurants, romantic bistros, and trendy boutiques. Yes, the Upper West Side has it all, including historic architecture, such as the Beresford in Renaissance style, the San Remo in classical Greek style, and St. Michael’s Church in Romanesque-Byzantine style. The housing includes luxury high-rises, historic row houses, swanky condominiums, and exclusive penthouses.
What to Love
- The incomparable wide open green space of Central Park
- World-class performing arts and cultural venues
- The perfect mix of multicultural food and drink establishments
- A more relaxed bar scene with intimate lounges
- Broadway theaters, art galleries, and museums
- A walkable neighborhood with everything at your fingertips
There’s a cozy feel to this neighborhood, even though it’s in NYC. Locals have as much as they want of theater, opera, orchestras, dance troupes, and museums. A residential atmosphere is permanently stamped here, and everything the locals could need or want is at their fingertips and usually within walking distance. This makes daily use of a car purely optional. The streets somehow manage a semi-suburban feel with mature trees, ivy-covered buildings, and old brownstones. Year-round farmers’ markets offer fresh produce, artisan bread, jams and honey, and arts and crafts.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Everyone loves a NYC bagel, and Absolute Bagels has the very best bagels and spreads the city has to offer. If you adore French cuisine, you will love Per Se for its classic French food on a nine-course tasting menu, and while you’re there, enjoy the view of Central Park. The hallmark Tavern on the Green is located right in Central Park and is definitely an NYC icon. Have some of their Long Island duck breasts, and you’ll understand why.
The Shops at Columbus Circle are stuffed right full of world-famous designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, perfumes, chocolates, and more. Fashionistas will never be bored here. Also, check out the Grand Bazaar, an indoor and outdoor year-round weekly flea market with artists, artisans, designers, antique dealers, and a food court. Discover the world at the American Museum of Natural History with its ever-changing exhibits, planetarium, and old favorites like the T. Rex skeleton.
Things to Do
The world-famous and legendary Carnegie Hall, dating back to 1891, is dedicated to the most extraordinary music in the world, and attending a concert here is something only in the dreams of most people but par for the course for Upper West Side residents. The Lotus Garden is a rooftop oasis maintained by 28 gardeners and volunteers. You can sit and enjoy flowers and fish among the 28 different garden plots.
The Upper West Side is served by the New York City Department of Education and is notable for the following schools.
- PS 9 Sarah Anderson School
- MS 54 Booker T. Washington Middle School
- Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School
- The Abraham Joshua Heschel School
- Fordham University
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