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Living In: Upper West Side

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Manhattan's Upper West Side is a sprawling, vibrant, richly diverse section of the city that extends from Central Park to Riverside Park, from 59th Street to 110th Street. The traditional "Upper West Side" now includes the sub-neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and Manhattan Valley. On this page, we are only going to talk about the Upper West Side neighborhood, not the larger UWS "zone," or area. The Upper West Side neighborhood is emphatically residential in its character and, given its large geographic area, it's no surprise that the types of buildings here vary widely. Families, couples young and old, or singles (or roommates) seeking Upper West Side apartments to rent or buy have an enormous number of options from which to choose, from the full-amenity contemporary high rise towers on Broadway and Columbus, to the beautiful old pre-war buildings on West End Avenue and Central Park West. Rows of lovely brownstones line the streets in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, from Amsterdam to Central Park. To mention all of the noteworthy buildings in this architecturally-rich neighborhood would take too long for this page, but the list would certainly include the Dakota, the Ansonia, the Apthorp, the Time-Warner Center, the San Remo, the Beresford, and Columbus Square. The Upper West is home to many of New York City's great cultural and educational institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center for Earth and Space (encompassing the Hayden Planetarium), the fully-interactive Children's Museum of Manhattan, the New York Historical Society and the glorious old Beacon Theatre. The sub neighborhood of Lincoln Square is home to Lincoln Center (with the Metropolitan Opera House and two other theaters), the Julliard School, the Jazz at Lincoln Center performing arts complex and the American Folk Art Museum. There are first-rate public schools throughout the Upper West Side, as well as several of New York City's most exclusive private schools. And if you have children, the Upper West Side offers easy access to huge amounts of outdoor spaces, ball fields of all kinds, and playgrounds. Riverside Park flanks the neighborhood's west side, while Central Park borders the east. The Upper West Side is filled with boutique and chain stores, bodegas, gourmet shops and supermarkets (including two Whole Foods, a Cittarella and a Farway). Several mom-and-pop shops and big-box stores--line the avenues of Broadway, Amsterdam, and Columbus. And although the area used to be known as something of a culinary wasteland, these days there is no shortage of great places to eat--and to eat almost anything you can imagine—from the four-star trio in Columbus Circle (Per Se, Masa, and Jean Georges) to newcomers like Telepan, Kefi, Bar Boulud, Dovetail and the rollicking Fatty Crab, to old neighborhood favorites such as Gennaro and Barney Greengrass.

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  • Fiorello H. La Guardia Hs
  • Is 252 Mc Burney School
  • Jhs 118 Joan Of Arc Jhs
  • Louis D. Brandeis Hs
  • Martin Luther King Hs
  • Ms 44 William J. O'shea Ms
  • Ms 54 Booker T. Washington Ms
  • Ps 145 Bloomingdale School
  • Ps 163 Alfred E. Smith School
  • Ps 165 Robert E. Simon School
  • Ps 166-Manhattan School Of Art
  • Ps 191 Amsterdam School
  • Ps 199 Jesse I. Straus School
  • Ps 75 Emily Dickinson School
  • Ps 811
  • Ps 84 Lilian Weber School
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  • Ps 9 Sarah Anderson School


  • Anibal Aviles Playground
  • Bloomingdale Playground
  • Booker T. Washington Playground
  • Broadway Malls
  • Damrosch Park
  • Dante Park
  • Frederick Douglass Playground
  • Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
  • Happy Warrior Playground
  • Joan Of Arc Park
  • La Perla Garden
  • Lincoln Center Plaza
  • Matthew P. Sapolin Playground
  • Mobilization For Change
  • Playground Eighty Nine Lxxxix
  • Richard Tucker Square
  • Riverside Park
  • Samuel N. Bennerson 2Nd Playground
  • Septuagesimo Uno
  • Sherman Square
  • Sol Bloom Playground
  • St. Gregory's Playground
  • Straus Park
  • Tecumseh Playground
  • Theodore Roosevelt Park
  • Verdi Square
  • W 104Th Street Garden
  • W 87Th Street Garden

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