The Upper West Side

Today’s Upper West Side remains a distinguished residential district with a rich historic character that persists in its brownstones and landmarks, while contemporary icons such as the Museum of Arts and Design and the Lincoln Center campus signal a modern neighborhood alive with creativity and commerce.

New Yorkers are beckoned to live on the Upper West Side by the allure of a refined life full of intellectual and artistic pursuits. Academic institutions such as Columbia University, and cultural venues like the Beacon Theater and the New-York Historical Society, offer unrivaled access to inspiration and edification for the neighborhood’s cosmopolitan residents. The Metropolitan Opera and Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, provide nightly front-row access to world-class performing arts. Brunch at Good Enough to Eat, an amble in Central Park, gourmet grocery shopping at Zabar’s, and an evening performance of La Traviata—these are the rituals that make the Upper West Side feel like home.

Flanked by two of Manhattan’s largest parks, and bordered by the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers unparalleled access to outdoor life. In the warmer months, Central Park beckons with opportunities for picnicking, outdoor concerts, and world-class theater. Year round, enjoy running, cycling, and walking along the water’s edge on Riverside Park’s Greenway. Both parks are home to numerous playgrounds and dog-friendly areas, as well as a full calendar of outdoor events. The 79th Street Boat Basin is just blocks away, where kayaks, canoes, and sailboats can be launched into the Hudson and stored during the off-season.

Rediscovering the romance of New York is one of the great pleasures of life on the Upper West Side. As one walks along its side streets, the neighborhood reveals its secret charms: a quaint French bakery cached inside a Beaux Arts apartment building; a secret park between two nearby brownstones; and the fairytale houses of a Tudor village hidden in the middle of a residential block.