Welcome to Upper West Side
Access to city life with green space and gorgeous views
The Upper West Side often referred to as the UWS, is a neighborhood in Manhattan. It’s surrounded by Central Park, Riverside Park, and the Hudson River, giving every angle of the neighborhood a beautiful and picturesque view. UWS’s prime location makes commuting to the city’s hub easy. This residential area is the perfect combination of history, relaxed lifestyle, and entertaining dining.
The Dutch brought agriculture and farm life to the Upper West Side in the 1700s, and the area slowly began to develop as small villages were created and filled. As the neighborhood began to embody a metropolitan feel, apartment buildings started to pop up rapidly, contributing to the successful development of the Upper West Side. Here, you’ll find tree-lined streets, pre-war brownstones, and everything from bistros to underground bars.
What to Love
- Home to the notable American Museum of Natural History
- One of Manhattan’s greenest areas, tucked between Riverside and Central Parks
- Local boutiques, unique dining, and a lively night scene
The Upper West Side is a highly-coveted community, renowned for its arts and history. With quick access to Lower Manhattan, residents can go just about anywhere. However, retreating to their neighborhood gives them access to green space that you just don’t get in Lower Manhattan. Whether enjoying a program at the Metropolitan Opera House or relaxing at Riverside Park, the UWS has it all.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The dining and shopping scene in the Upper West Side is lively and far from the modern names you see on every corner in Times Square. In this neighborhood, you can experience a little of everything, sometimes with an added spice of history!
The 77th/79th Street Greenmarket
combines shopping and dining with their sustainable farmer’s market. Farmers from around the State sell their locally grown and baked specialties such as baked goods, meats, poultry, eggs, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, preserves, plants, flowers, and more. The farmers market is open every Sunday, year-round, for a great way to stock up your pantry and support your neighbors.
The Upper West Side is home to several bakeries. You might recognize the most famous café in NYC, Café Lalo
, as it was featured in the 1998 film, “You’ve Got Mail.” Another historic bakery in the area is the Levain Bakery
. This beloved and baked fresh daily bakery opened in 1995 and is still serving the community their world-famous cookies. The Upper West Side sure is a sweet place to call home.
Things to Do
Manhattan’s Upper West Side is packed with history. Filled with famous museums, parks, and theaters, there’s always something new to see or explore when living in this neighborhood.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
and the Beacon Theatre
keep the neighborhood always changing. Lincoln Center is a complex of buildings in the area, enabling families and communities to experience the arts. The Beacon Theatre is a historic theater that hosts legendary shows and performances.
The world-famous Central Park
is at UWS residents’ fingertips. Amid an urban lifestyle, Central Park is an escape to nature. This NYC landmark welcomes over 43 million visitors a year and is still one of the most popular destinations in the city. Whether you’re visiting the park for some green space, gorgeous views, unique art that lines the walking trails, or planning a picnic, you’re guaranteed to have a peaceful time in Central Park.