Upper West Side Neighborhood Review

Rachel McCray
Rachel McCray


Upper West Side NY

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 environment, as well as the various family-friendly activities, may explain why the area is filled with families and celebrities looking for a peaceful and quiet residence.

Some of the most popular activities in the UWS include catching a show at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, strolling around one of the area's many museums and having a picnic and play date in Central Park.

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.

Local Buzz

Demi MooreActress, Songwriter, Model
Yoko OnoArtist, Singer, Songwriter, Peace Activist
Matt DamonActor, Film producer, philanthropist, screenwriter
Tina FeyActress, Comedian, Writer, Producer
Al PacinoActor, Filmmaker
Cyndi LauperSinger, Songwriter, Actress, LGBT Rights Activist
Steve MartinActor, Comedian, Writer, Producer, Musician
Steven SpielbergFilmmaker
Donna KaranFashion Designer
Glenn CloseActress, Singer, Film Producer
Denzel WashingtonActor, Director, Producer
Robert DeNiroActor, Producer, Director
Howard SternRadio & Television Personality, Producer, Author, Actor, Photographer
Alex RodriguezFormer Pro-Baseball Player
Amy SchumerStand-up Comedian, Actress


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.

There is a bus stop on nearly every block of the neighborhood making it extremely easy to access subways or other surrounding areas like Harlem or Chelsea.

Subways1,2,3, A,B,C,D
BusesM5, M7,M10, M11, M12, M104,M20, M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Public & Charter Schools

The Upper West Side has a wonderful selection of public and private schools to choose from.

PS 452Public - PreK-4 - 286 studentsWell-developed writing program, at least two adults per classroom and very active PTA
School of the Blessed SacramentPrivate (Catholic) - PreK-8 - 28 - 267 studentsHigh progress and high test scores put this public school with some of the top ones in the city
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory SchoolPrivate - PreK-12 - 1,287 studentsHigh rate of student-teacher interaction with a 6:1 ratio
P.S. 9Public - PreK-5 - 600 studentsKnown for being one of the best public schools in the city. Demanding academics and a very active PTA


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.

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