The Upper West Side (UWS) is one of Manhattan's largest neighborhoods, running the entire length of Central Park (50 blocks in all!). This is one of the city's calmer neighborhoods It's got plenty going on along its avenues, but its leafy side streets tend to be almost entirely residential.
It's also surrounded by two of the city's most scenic green spaces. On the east of the neighborhood you've got the iconic 840 acre Central Park with miles of walking and running paths, an ice rink in winter, concerts in summer, the Central Park Zoo, woodlands and ponds, a public pool, restaurants, and plenty of green space to play Frisbee or just lay in the sun. On the west, bordering the Hudson River, is Riverside Park, which offers 330 acres of biking, walking, and running, a marina, dog runs, sports fields, playgrounds, a skate park, and the Boat Basin Café – a great place to have a beer at sunset.
At the southern edge of the neighborhood is Columbus Circle, a transit hub which also has a mall, restaurants, and hotel in the Time Warner Center. Heading north into the core of the neighborhood, most shopping, restaurants, and bars tend to be located on Amsterdam or Columbus Avenues. You'll find a range of chain stores and unique boutiques for retail options, and laid back diners to celebrity chef spots for dining.
When it comes to the arts, you're close to all the music and performances at Lincoln Center and the mesmerizing American Museum of Natural History.
Everyday conveniences like pharmacies and grocery stores are never far away. There are also dozens of schools for children of all ages.
All of this adds up to a great neighborhood for young professionals and families alike and it's one of Manhattan's most beloved areas.
Wall Street: 7.7 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 2.5 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by foot
Jersey City: 11.5 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
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