Upper West Side

Many of its residents have a passion for embracing all the cultural riches that New York offers.

Welcome to Upper West Side

Get to know the Upper West Side

Although geographically it sits between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side is arguably an attitude as much as it is a place. Many of its residents have a passion for embracing all the cultural riches that New York offers, and it’s been a favorite neighborhood of people who produce much of that culture — actors, writers, professors, musicians, and others. Much of the bookish quality of the Upper West Side is due to some of the institutions that call it home (or sit on its edges) — Columbia and Barnard (just north, in Morningside Heights), Fordham Law School, Juilliard, and other smaller schools.

Nearby Neighborhoods:

Harlem, Morningside Heights, Clinton, Midtown West, Central Park South

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History & Culture

While the first mansions were built on the Upper East Side a few years after the opening of Central Park in 1858, it took the Upper West Side longer to get going. (This was due largely to the fact that elevated train service wasn’t inaugurated until 1879.) When construction on the Dakota began in 1880, so the story goes, the developer embraced the ribbing that, given its remote location, it might as well be in the Dakota Territory. A construction boom followed, and the neighborhood today consists mostly of apartment buildings (on Broadway and the avenues) and rowhouses (on side streets) from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with some recent additions. Columbia University provides much of the vitality of the neighborhood’s northern reaches, while Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History are the leading cultural institutions farther south.

Schools and Transportation

  • Manhattan Country School
    150 WEST 85TH STREET
    0.10 MILES
  • Success Academy Upper West
    145 WEST 84TH STREET
    0.13 MILES
  • Ps 811 Mickey Mantle School
    0.14 MILES
  • Metropolitan Montessori School
    325 W 85TH ST
    0.20 MILES
  • Ps 9 Sarah Anderson
    100 WEST 84TH STREET
    0.16 MILES
  • The Calhoun School
    433 W END AVE
    0.20 MILES
  • Calhoun School
    433 W END AVE
    0.22 MILES
  • Rodeph Sholom
    168 W 79TH ST
    0.27 MILES
  • Ps 166 The Richard Rogers School Of The Arts And S
    132 WEST 89TH STREET
    0.28 MILES
  • Ps 87 William Sherman
    160 WEST 78TH STREET
    0.32 MILES
  • Stephen Gaynor School
    148 WEST 90TH STREET
    0.32 MILES
  • Rodeph Sholom School
    0.32 MILES
  • St. Gregory the Great School
    138 W 90TH ST
    0.33 MILES
  • Collegiate School
    260 WEST 78TH STREET
    0.33 MILES
  • Beit Rabban
    15 WEST 86TH ST
    0.34 MILES
  • Yeshiva Ketana Of Manhattan
    346 WEST 89TH STREET
    0.37 MILES
  • The Anderson School
    100 WEST 77TH STREET
    0.38 MILES
  • Trinity School
    139 WEST 91ST STREET
    0.40 MILES
  • The Ideal School of Manhattan
    314 WEST 91ST STREET
    0.41 MILES
  • Trevor Day School
    0.42 MILES
    • Dine & Shop

      Given that the neighborhood is roughly 50 blocks long and four blocks wide, you’ll be able to find almost any culinary or shopping experience you may want. At the neighborhood’s southern end, the Shops at Columbus Circle includes several restaurants (including the legendary Per Se), Whole Foods, and three dozen other stores, mostly luxury brands. Broadway is the main commercial strip, cutting its way diagonally across the Upper West Side. You’ll find stores selling all the necessities of daily life along its length, from Home Depot to a Fairway that is almost a neighborhood institution. Head to Columbus and Amsterdam avenues if you are more interested in local, independent alternatives, with plenty of neighborhood restaurants waiting when you need a shopping break. Book Culture, Frank Stella (menswear), Magpie (handcrafted and sustainable gifts), and West Side Kids are a few favorites when you want to dispose of some disposable income.

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