The Upper West Side is a cultural mecca in New York City due to its vast artistic outlets and peaceful residential sidewalks. The Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center are just two of the many points of interest that can be enjoyed in this part of Manhattan. The eastern and western borders of the Upper West are Central Park West and the Hudson River, respectively, while it stretches from 110th street to 59th street.
Accessibility: Transit in the UWS is plentiful. You have access to the A, B, and C lines running up the west side of Central Park and the 1, 2, and 3 lines for service up and down Broadway. For service on the western most edge of the neighborhood, the M5 bus which runs on Riverside Drive from 135th street to 72nd; to continue southbound past 72nd street, take the M57 to get you to the end of the UWS (59th st) and beyond.
Lifestyle: This neighborhood is where you want to live if you like quiet living with a slightly suburban feel. While the streets may be quieter, the atmosphere around the UWS is never boring. You still have the accessibility of NYC but with quiet bars, quaint eateries, and tree-lined streets. The closer to Columbus Circle and Amsterdam Ave you are, the busier it will be as far as nightlife and traffic go. On a regular day, you’ll see New Yorkers casually strolling through the many quiet streets, as children run around. They will eventually arrive at the gorgeous Central Park to walk next to its many bodies of water, to lay down at its various green grass spaces, or to just enjoy a nice bike ride through the park.
Restaurants and Shops: You truly have it all on the Upper West Side. If you want the shopping mall experience, go to the Shops at Columbus Circle. Located in the Time Warner Center, this high-end building includes designers like Michael Kors and Burberry as well as top notch restaurants like Per Se and Porterhouse. Further north in the UWS you will find smaller, independent shops and restaurants for more of a Main Street, USA feel. In general, casual and artistic restaurants and shopping outlets will pop up more on Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Circle. Strolling through Amsterdam Avenue will bring you to fantastic eateries such as The Meatball Shop and amazing bakeries such as Kirsh Bakery (their dark chocolate brioche is as big as two fists and it’s delicious. We tried it.)
Cost of living: If you are looking to buy in UWS, the median sale price as of 2016 is $1.35 million, which is higher than the median sale price in Manhattan as a whole. The average rent price in the UWS is $4,100/month compared to the Manhattan average of $3,100/month.
The Upper West Side has everything you need for a quiet and cultural experience in NYC. Whether you’re a young professional or a family of four, you will have no trouble making UWS your home.