Upper West Side

Welcome to Upper West Side

The neighborhood of culture, sophistication, and luxury
If you’re the type of person who loves to mix it up, to have a little of this and a little of that and maybe a whole bunch of that other thing, then you’ll love the Upper West Side. You get the best of everything here: arts and culture, luxury, iconic architecture, and precious, treasured greenspace. This is a highly desirable neighborhood in New York City. Residents expect culture, art, and luxury living, and they are not disappointed. Add in the incomparable Central Park with its 843 acres of green paradise, and you’ll know why many artists, musicians, dancers, and bohemians have flocked to this beautiful area.
Let’s add some more fun, though. How about the world-famous Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Opera? Now add the New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Beacon Theatre. No wonder it’s such a bustling area! Yet the vibe is residential, creative, and relaxed. This is truly a mix of the finest in New York. Meanwhile, the historic architecture includes the Beresford in Renaissance style, the San Remo in classical Greek style, and St. Michael’s Church in Romanesque-Byzantine style. The housing comprises upscale high-rises, historic row houses, luxury condominiums, and exclusive penthouses.

What to Love 

  • The beautiful Central Park and the Hudson River Park
  • World-class performing arts and cultural venues
  • A relaxed bar scene and intimate bistros
  • Broadway theaters, art galleries, and museums
  • A walkable neighborhood with everything at your fingertips
  • Many fine-dining restaurants, cafes, delis, and boutiques

Local Lifestyle

Residents of the Upper West Side have the best choices of theater, opera, orchestras, dance troupes, and museums in a neighborhood with a very residential feel. Everything needed or wanted is at their fingertips and usually within walking distance. This makes daily use of a car purely optional. The streets have a semi-suburban feel, with their old brownstones, mature trees, and ivy-covered buildings. Year-round farmer's markets offer fresh produce as well as artisan bread and crafts.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

French food lovers will appreciate Per Se for its classic French cuisine and nine-course tasting menu, all while enjoying views of Central Park. The hallmark Tavern on the Green is in Central Park and has long been a New York City icon. Try their Long Island duck breast, and you’ll understand why. Zabar’s can best be described as a Broadway food adventure not to be missed. Known as a “gourmet epicurean emporium,” if it’s out there, it’s at Zabar’s.
It’s a shopper’s mecca at The Shops at Columbus Circle with world-famous designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, perfumes, chocolates, and more. The Lincoln Center has unmatched performant arts with dance, film, theater, and music in dazzling new succession and annual favorites such as The Nutcracker. You can discover the world at the American Museum of Natural History with its ever-changing exhibits, planetarium, and old favorites like the T. Rex skeleton.

Things to Do

Central Park is gorgeous in the spring in the area known as Strawberry Fields. Make a day of it among the blossoms.  Wander around and just take in the incredible architecture of The Dakota, The Apthorp, which was modeled after Florence's Pitti Palace, The Langham, San Remo, Ansonia, and the Dorilton.


The Upper West Side is served by the New York City Department of Education and is notable for the following schools:

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