Upper West Side Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide
Typically thought of as the more residential neighborhood of Manhattan, The Upper West Side exudes a more refined, slower-paced feel than the rest of the bustling city.
The neighborhood is nestled right between Morningside Heights and Hell's Kitchen or Clinton.
It extends from Central Park West to The Hudson River and from 59th to 110th Street, and includes the sub-neighborhood of Lincoln Square.
In this Manhattan Upper West Side neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.
In addition to the calm environment, the various family-friendly activities, may explain why the area is filled with families and celebrities looking for a peaceful and quiet residence.
Though it is a bit off the beaten path, this neighborhood in very peaceful as it is not as congested as the rest of the city.
Much of this neighborhood is filled with gorgeous and massive historic apartment buildings.
With park access from its western and eastern borders, including the American Museum of Natural History, it's no wonder there are so many families calling this neighborhood home.
Fun Fact: The Ansonia Hotel Condominium between 73rd and 74th on Broadway was the first air-conditioned hotel in the city and it also had an in-house doctor, dentist, and barber for its residence.
Average Rental and Sales Prices
The Upper West Side is the perfect neighborhood to stroll around and take in the outstanding architecture.
There are a lot of brownstones and historical buildings, like The Dakota - the residence of John Lennon.
The rent for apartments is high and space is limited in this highly coveted area.
If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the Upper West Side neighborhood:
|Studio||1 Bedroom||2 Bedroom||3 Bedroom|
The Upper West Side is directly connected to the rest of the city by way of the 1 train (local) or 2 and 3 trains (express) as well as the A and B trains (weekdays), C and D trains (B and C are local).
The subway station at 81st Street (near The Museum of Natural History) features a one-of-a-kind commuter platform with visually stunning murals and artwork.
Subway lines in neighborhood
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IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
|Buses||M5, M7,M10, M11, M12, M104,M20, M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106|
Located just above the food haven that is Hell's Kitchen, the Upper West Side has a variety of hidden cuisine gems that most New Yorkers are unaware of.
Whether you are in the mood for seafood followed by one of the greatest ice cream cookies in the whole city (Crave Fishbar) or Southern comfort food to ease that longing for momma's home cooking (Jacob's Pickles), the Upper West Side has it.
Most famously, Cafe Lalo, known for its cameo in You've Got Mail, offers a cozy atmosphere for patrons to enjoy a quick bite or casual dessert.
Sadly, most New Yorkers only explore this area if they see a show at the Lincoln Center or venture out for a day at the Museum.
Most restaurant wait times (without reservations) aren't nearly as bad as the rest of the city and the overall ambiance is laid back which creates a more relaxed energy for optimum meal enjoyment.
Attractions and Nightlife
Some of the most popular activities in the UWS include catching a show at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
It's concert venues also include Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
Upper West Side residents can also enjoy the waterfront views and jogging paths along Riverside Park.
A less explored gem is actually north Central Park. Not many people venture past 97th street, but it's actually one of the most beautiful areas of the park.
One of the best features is its general seclusion, much unlike the rest of the park, which can be overcrowded during the day.
If you're looking for drinks after dinner, you'll have no problems finding a great spot along Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, or Columbus Avenue.
Many celebrities prefer this quiet neighborhood because they can get peace and quiet away from the city's hustle and bustle.
|Demi Moore||Actress, Songwriter, Model|
|Yoko Ono||Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Peace Activist|
|Matt Damon||Actor, Film producer, philanthropist, screenwriter|
|Tina Fey||Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer|
|Al Pacino||Actor, Filmmaker|
|Cyndi Lauper||Singer, Songwriter, Actress, LGBT Rights Activist|
|Steve Martin||Actor, Comedian, Writer, Producer, Musician|
|Donna Karan||Fashion Designer|
|Glenn Close||Actress, Singer, Film Producer|
|Denzel Washington||Actor, Director, Producer|
|Robert DeNiro||Actor, Producer, Director|
|Howard Stern||Radio & Television Personality, Producer, Author, Actor, Photographer|
|Alex Rodriguez||Former Pro-Baseball Player|
|Amy Schumer||Stand-up Comedian, Actress|
Public & Charter Schools
The Upper West Side has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from.
Many people consider this neighborhood to be one of the best neighborhoods for public and private school education.
One of the most demanding and selective schools, P.S. 334, attracts students from all over the city.
|PS 452||Public - PreK-4 - 286 students||Well-developed writing program, at least two adults per classroom and very active PTA|
|School of the Blessed Sacrament||Private (Catholic) - PreK-8 - 28 - 267 students||High progress and high test scores put this public school with some of the top ones in the city|
|Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School||Private - PreK-12 - 1,287 students||High rate of student-teacher interaction with a 6:1 ratio|
|P.S. 9||Public - PreK-5 - 600 students||Known for being one of the best public schools in the city. Demanding academics and a very active PTA|
|P.S. 87 William Sherman School||Public - PK-5 - 861 students||Diverse student body, Trips to the park, zoo and museums, dual language program|
|Ps 145 The Bloomingdale School||Public - PK-5 - 371 students||Strong music and dance program; new Russian dual language program,|
|P.S. 163 Alfred E. Smith School||Public - PK-5 - 582 students||Core curriculum focuses on the arts, sciences, and new technologies, good dance program.|
|P.S. 333 Mahattan School for Children||Public - K-8 - 740 students||Lots of parent involvement, tight-knit community, beautiful science lab|
|P.S. 334 The Anderson School||Public - K-8 - 559 students||School for gifted students, stimulating projects and assignments, focuses on the social, emotional, and educational developmental needs of each child|
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