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Upper West Side

A view of Columbus Circle from Jazz at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Classic Residential Architecture and Beloved Proximity to the Park

Start at Columbus Circle, then go north on Broadway, and you'll be in the heart of the Upper West Side, a picturesque neighborhood with grand apartment buildings like the Dakota and culinary institutions like Zabar's and Barney Greengrass.

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At a Glance

  • School days: Fame was based on Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, now located near Lincoln Center.
  • Water views: Tom Hanks's character in You've Got Mail lived at the 79th Street Boat Basin, the only marina where NYC Parks & Rec allows year-round residency.
  • Hot air: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West, and balloons are inflated on nearby side streets the night before.

Nearby Neighborhoods

About Upper West Side

On the Upper West Side, grand apartment buildings line Central Park West while newer high-rise condos have popped up on Broadway. Although it's primarily a residential neighborhood, the Upper West side is one of the city's cultural centers — this is where you'll find Lincoln Center. The neighborhood also offers unparalleled park access, with Central Park, Riverside Park and the Hudson River Greenway lining its edges. Old-school shops and restaurants give it a distinct New York feel. Some of Read More [+]

LIVING in Manhattan

The Great Lawn in Central Park (Photo: Yourdon/Flickr)

The Best Parks in New York City

New York may be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but you’re rarely more than a few blocks away from green space. Read More »

Apartment types

Translating New York’s 15 Apartment Types

Real estate in New York is nothing short of an obsession, a constant source of delight, envy, anxiety, and pride. When you start looking for a place to rent or own for yourself, if you’re not from here, Read More »


jazz club

Harlem Jazz: Where to Go Now

Duke Ellington’s popular tune “Take the ‘A’ Train” succinctly sums up the state of today’s New York jazz scene Read More »

The Modern salmon and beef

Where to Dine Around Top New York Museums

Dining before or after a museum visit is often an unplanned affair—with hungry visitors resorting to chain cafes, corner pizza joints or—worse yet—dirty water dogs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Read More »

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