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Upper West Side Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Upper West Side NY
Editors Rating (3.5 stars out of 5)
7.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 5
Public transportation 7
Schools 9
Lifestyle 8
Crime 6

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:

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom
$2,297$3,112$4,834$7,484

Transportation

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.

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 1 2 3

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

BusesM5, M7,M10, M11, M12, M104,M20, M57, M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106

Restaurants

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.

Lincoln Center houses The Metropolitan Opera House, as well as NYC Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the world-class Juilliard School.

It's concert venues also include Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.

Other exciting performance spaces to explore are the Beacon Theatre and the Westside Comedy Club.

The Museum of Natural History and the Children's Museum of Manhattan will keep the kids busy.

Art lovers can ponder at the American Folk Art Museum, The Museum of Arts and Design, and at The Sanctuary, and open air museum, just to name a few.

Upper West Side residents can also enjoy the waterfront views and jogging paths along Riverside Park.

And of course, Central Park is accessible from entire eastern border of the neighborhood. Some notable attractions close to the west side entrances are Belvedere Castle and Tavern on the Green.

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.

Local Buzz

Many celebrities prefer this quiet neighborhood because they can get peace and quiet away from the city's hustle and bustle.

CelebrityNotes
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

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.

SchoolInfoNotes
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
P.S. 87 William Sherman SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 861 studentsDiverse student body, Trips to the park, zoo and museums, dual language program
Ps 145 The Bloomingdale SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 371 studentsStrong music and dance program; new Russian dual language program,
P.S. 163 Alfred E. Smith SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 582 studentsCore curriculum focuses on the arts, sciences, and new technologies, good dance program.
P.S. 333 Mahattan School for ChildrenPublic - K-8 - 740 studentsLots of parent involvement, tight-knit community, beautiful science lab
P.S. 334 The Anderson SchoolPublic - K-8 - 559 studentsSchool for gifted students, stimulating projects and assignments, focuses on the social, emotional, and educational developmental needs of each child

How Safe is the Upper West Side Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 4 out of 10
Approximately 11.3599 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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