Welcome to Upper West Side
A natural, community-minded neighborhood.
Nestled on the western side of Manhattan, the Upper West Side is a natural, community-oriented neighborhood that’s full of intellectual residents who love to learn and create. It’s a great spot for families and hard-working professionals since it’s set away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s buzziest venues, yet still in the heart of the city. It’s extremely close to the city’s trendiest restaurants, bars, and event spaces and is located adjacent to the lush Central Park.
In The City That Never Sleeps, it’s essential to find a home that will provide both the privacy and quiet you need. That’s why the Upper West Side is such a spectacular place to live — brownstones occupy the streets and trees line the sidewalks for an extra layer of serenity. Escape the compact feel of stacked apartments and enjoy the brownstones’ spacious floorplans, where you’ll be able to grow as a family and still be close to all the city’s hottest spots.
What to Love
- Brimming with trendy restaurants, bars, and cafes
- Close proximity to Central Park
- Excellent school districts and strong community ties
- Beautiful brownstones and vibrant tree-lined streets
The Upper West Side offers residents a dense urban atmosphere filled with go-getting neighbors who love building community bonds, scouting out the trendiest new cafes and restaurants, and living in homes that are both spacious and central. It’s the ideal location for families who want to be close to the action, yet far enough away to escape the usual buzz of the city. It’s also a great walkable spot for retirees to settle down — here they’ll be able to wander through the magnificent Central Park and make long-lasting community connections.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Get your fix of Italian cuisine all day long at the sensational Tarallucci e Vino, where you’ll enjoy robust coffee and delicious pastries in the morning and full-bodied wine and savory treats in the evening. If you’re looking for a hotspot where you can meet up with friends, The Empire Hotel has a fabulous rooftop bar overlooking the Lincoln Center, complete with comfy couches and specialty cocktails.
The Shops at Columbus Circle is one of the Upper West Side’s most frequented locations — it has everything from high-end fashion boutiques to chic new eateries. Located across from the southwestern side of Central Park, this shopping mall is easily accessible to people from all over the city who want to spend the day shopping the latest fashion trends and dine on delicious food. There are also tons of nightlife options in the area, ensuring you’ll always have something to do.
Things to Do
The Lincoln Centre of the Performing Arts brings people from all over the world to attend world-class performances put on by some of New York’s most popular artistic groups, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. It’s where talent and art harmoniously blend to produce a show that residents will be dreaming about for weeks. The American Museum of Natural History is another fantastic can’t-miss venue where you’ll be transported back hundreds of years in time and learn about how our world came to be.
For a real holiday treat, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market pops up in the blustery seasons. Here vendors sell their finest crafts, produce, and art to residents from all over the city. The market brings holiday cheer to the Upper West Side — your kids can grab a cup of hot chocolate and you can buy a bottle of wine for that holiday hostess gift. The Grand Bazaar NYC is another exciting neighborhood market, but this one’s around all year long! Every Sunday, you can wind through multiple vendor tents to find vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, and freshly baked goods.
The Upper West Side is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: