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Upper West Side Neighborhood Guide

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American Museum of Natural History in New York City

Upper West Side Overview

Upscale and primarily residential, the Upper West Side has much to offer with shopping, museums and access to Central Park. The neighborhood is famous for lovely tree-lined streets and brownstone buildings, many of which are landmarks.

Upper West Side Boundaries

The Upper West Side extends East-West from Central Park to The Hudson, and North-South from 58th Street to 110th Street.

Upper West Side Transportation

Subway:
  • 1 to 66th St.-Lincoln Center
  • 1,2,3 to 72nd St.
  • B, C to 72nd St.
  • 1 to 79th St.
  • B, C to 81st St.
  • 1 to 86th St.
  • B, C to 86th St.
  • 1,2,3 to 96th St.
  • B,C to 96th St.
  • B,C to 103rd St.
  • 1 to 103rd St.
  • 1 to 110th St.
  • B,C to 110th St.
Bus:
  • M5 to 72nd Street on Riverside Drive
  • M104 up and down Broadway
  • M7 & M11 north on Amsterdam Avenue and south on Columbus Avenue
  • M10 up and down Central Park West

Upper West Side Apartments and Real Estate

Living quarters in this area are mostly luxury and upscale brownstones and high rise condos and co-ops.
  • To Rent: Studio/1-Bedroom, $2000-$3000+. 2-Bedroom, $5000-$8500+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $8500-$25,500+
  • To Buy: Studio/1-Bedroom, $390K-$640K+. 2-Bedroom, $1.5-$2.5M+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $3M-$10M+.

Upper West Side Schools

The area has several exclusive high schools, including Trinity, Beacon, Calhoun, and Mannes. Area public school students are zoned to PS 334, 77th Street and Columbus Avenue, 212-595-7193.

Upper West Side Essentials

  • 24-Hour ATMs:
    • Citibank, 2350 Broadway
    • Bank Of America, 2380 Broadway
    • TD Bank, 535 Columbus Ave
  • Post Office: 700 Columbus Avenue, (212) 866-1981
  • Police Precinct: 20th Precinct, 120 West 82nd Street, (212) 580-6411
  • 24-Hour Pharmacies: Duane Reade, 2407 Broadway, (212) 874-0238
  • Supermarkets:
    • Fairway, 2127 Broadway
    • Gristede’s, 504 Columbus Avenue

Upper West Side Restaurants

The restaurant offerings in the area are plentiful, if somewhat pricey, especially on Amsterdam Avenue, but there’s plenty to offer that isn’t exorbitant. For some of the city’s best brunch (with the longest line) try Sarabeth’s for original twists on breakfast fare, but do try to avoid the Sunday rush.

The Mermaid Inn has an Upper West outpost, serving the usual New England seafood shack dishes with a lovely upscale bent, what might be the city’s best Happy Hour, and a can’t-miss raw bar. Cafe Luxembourg is a seemingly run-of-the-mill city bistro, but has earned such a faultless reputation for great food and service at reasonable prices that it has become an area mainstay.

Upper West Side Nightlife

The Upper West Side has eclectic nightlife offerings to choose from, ranging from swingy jazz clubs like Cleopatra’s Needle, to swank spots like Stone Rose Lounge, all the way down to Columbia student magnet Dive Bar (that’s dive as in scuba).

Upper West Side Landmarks and History

Most of the Upper West Side as we know it was developed as part of a late 1960s urban renewal project, but many of the buildings are one hundred years old or older. The Dakota, most recently made famous by John Lennon, was once the only building standing in the area when it was erected in 1890.

The majestic American Museum of Natural History actually consists of several of the original buildings that once made up the now massive square, and the original entrance can still be seen at 77th Street. Many of the brownstones on West End avenue are designated landmarks, and really many (if not all) of the small residential buildings are worthy of a look if you’re walking in the area.

Upper West Side By The Numbers

  • Zip Code: 10023, 10024, 10025
  • Population: 222,100
  • Median Age: 39
  • Average Household Income: $87,081

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