Upper West Side Neighborhood Guide


The Upper West Side of Manhattan stretches from 59th Street to the South all the way to 110th Street to the North. The Western most boundary is the Hudson River and to the East is Central Park West.


The Upper West Side may be best known for its leafy green residential neighborhoods often seen on TV. This is where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan lived in You’ve Got Mail, Jerry in Seinfeld (and in real life,) and Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. Luxury apartment buildings overlook Central Park and are occupied by many celebrities. It’s a great location to use as a springboard for exploring Central Park and has a broad mix of culture and relaxed bistros.


Stay in the Upper West Side if:

  • You’re taking your family and want a stroller-friendly area.
  • You like green space – Central Park on one side and Riverside Park on the other
  • You want to be near views of the water – Riverside Park is a scenic, waterfront park.
  • Safety is of utmost importance.
  • You do NOT want to be “in the middle of it all.”



Upper West Side Attractions

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Lincoln Center – NY City Ballet, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • Central Park
  • New-York Historical Society
  • The Cloisters
  • Riverside Park
  • Metropolitan Opera House
  • Hayden Planetarium

Upper West Side Highlights

  • Entertainment scene is centered around relaxed restaurants and bars.
  • Brownstones, brick apartment buildings and leafy streets offer a friendly vibe.
  • Zabars- Gourmet Emporium and kitchen goods
  • Sugar and Plumm Candy Store – feels like a Parisian Cafe
  • Pier 1 – Great views up and down the Hudson River
  • Smoke Jazz and Supper Club – warm, intimate atmosphere hosts some of best musicians
  • Barney Greengrass – Can’t miss this place with its giant ‘50s era sign leading into Art-Deco and formica interior. Eat bagels and lox.
  • Seek out famous spots from rock ‘n roll history and television sitcoms.