The Upper West Side is one of New York´s treasures. The cultural hub of the area is Lincoln Center, with many luxurious new developments. The coveted Upper West Side has an amazing selection of prewar luxury and sleek new towers. To buy your apartment on the Upper West Side call Customer Service at (646) 522-2851 today.
UPPER WEST SIDE
The area from 59th Street to 125th Street and Central Park West to Riverside Park is considered by many to be the quintessential Manhattan neighborhood. Parks, theaters, historic buildings, world famous museums, fine restaurants and prestigious Universities call the area home.
The Upper West Side is separated from the Upper East Side by Central Park. This is the traditional stronghold of the city's intellectual, creative, and moneyed community, but the atmosphere is not as upper crust as the Upper East Side.
Elegant, pre-war buildings along the boulevards of Broadway, West End Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Central Park West meet shady, quiet streets lined with brownstones. Much of the area is protected by landmark status, and the neighborhood's restored townhouses and high-priced co-op apartments are coveted by actors, young professionals, and young families.
The residents range from the professional to the prolific. Many are drawn to the area to be around like-minded New Yorkers who are, historically, politically and spiritually liberal - yet who harkens to the sensibilities of suburbia. But all who inhabit this vast stretch of Manhattan would agree that the satisfying jumble of chic spots and local haunts, glamorous concert halls and humble community forums-the irresistible fusion of town and country-render the Upper West Side its own little Big Apple.
The famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts sits between 61st and 66th Streets on Broadway. It is home to the New York State Theater, New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall for chamber music, and the world-famous Julliard School of Music. The Walter Reade Theater is the home of the center's film society. Its central plaza is the focus of summer outdoor performances of all kinds and dance nights.
Sidewalks in this neighborhood are always crowded during the day with performers rushing to auditions and families pushing their babies in imported strollers. In the evenings, however, the action moves inside, where singles mingle in myriad restaurants and bars. Stroll along Columbus Avenue to investigate the glitzy boutique-and-restaurant strip; walk along Amsterdam Avenue with its mix of bodegas, bars, and boutiques. Along Central Park West are such titanic habitats as the buff colored, castle-like Dakota. Other interesting architectural jewels along the avenue include The Lanhgam, the twin-towered San Remo, and The Kenilworth.
Cultural attractions include the dinosaur-filled American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center for Earth and Space, the New-York Historical Society (whose collection reaches from the 1600s to today), and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Venturing further uptown one finds the world’s largest gothic Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Riverside Church, Audubon Terrace (home of the Hispanic Society), and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a colonial treasure. For greenery, Riverside Park is a real haven. The only state park situated on Manhattan Island, this 28-acre multi-level park rises 69 feet above the Hudson. Keep going, just past the George Washington Bridge, to the very tip of the island, and you will discover the Cloisters, which houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval art collection. In Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters display the famous unicorn tapestries and other 12th-16th century treasures.
With generations of high profile tenants putting down roots on the Upper West Side, it’s no wonder rents and real estate values continue to soar. Still, it’s easy to justify when you consider the benefits of the vicinity. Best of all, within one wonderful section of town there are a number of distinct communities, each boasting unique character and neighborhood charm.