Upper West Side

Welcome to Upper West Side

Cultural, low-key, and sophisticated, this lush neighborhood rests between two parks and comes packed with museums and theaters

 

Named for its position ensconced between Central Park to the east and the Hudson River to the west, the historic Upper West neighborhood is a verdant oasis where the relaxed lifestyle is in perfect harmony with the abundance of cultural accouterments and park spaces. Bounded by two of NYC’s most famous parks, the Upper West area is loaded with tree-lined streets and sprawling escapes from the fast-paced city.

 

Just two miles from the quieter residential streets of the Upper West, Columbus Circles provides a gateway into a busier, more commercial district, giving residents easy access to the best of both worlds. Within the bounds of the neighborhood are several museums, gorgeous brownstone homes, and some of the best performance venues in the entirety of the city.

Upper West Side Real Estate Market

The options for Upper West Side real estate and residential housing tend to come at a high price point, particularly in the southern portions of the neighborhood. While Upper West Side condos, doorman buildings, and opulent full-floor units tucked away in boutique buildings can easily cost several million, there are still a significant number of walk-ups and slightly more affordable locations sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Contact the Stanton Hoch Team of Upper West Side real estate agents and realtors to find luxury homes, condos, townhouses & brownstones for sale in the Upper West Side.

 

What to Love

  • Family-friendly, suburban feeling neighborhood 
  • Plenty of easygoing activities and outings 
  • Easy transportation to the rest of Manhattan
 

People & Lifestyle

With quaint streets that can often resonate with a small-town feel, exciting conglomeration of cultural institutions, and plentiful culinary diversity and laid-back bars, the Upper West is well-suited for creative types, families, and young professionals hoping to have a more serene day-to-day life without losing all of the remarkable entertainment of NYC.

 

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Local shops are the major retail appeal of the Upper West, and these independently-owned stores are a must-browse for anyone in the city. For example, NYC staples like The Strand Bookstore carry more than an astonishing inventory, though the more than 2.5 million new, used, and rare books at this particular store are a staggering collection. Stores like The Strand carry NYC tradition and history, including being the only surviving store of “Book Row” and a long-time hotspot for writers and avid readers. 

When you’re in the Upper West, it’s impossible not to notice the bevy of eye-catching restaurants and eateries all right at your fingertips. Established in 1974, right across from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Cafe Fiorello is perfect for pre-theater dining or post-theater snacks and cocktails. 

Chef Thomas Keller heads the illustrious Per Se restaurant, a Michelin-rated and award-winning powerhouse with a daily, chef-curated tasting menu of nine courses and a list of more than 2,000 wines. For more than 30 years, the owners at Sarabeth’s have been serving homestyle-meets-upscale American cuisine and comfort foods in a venue that radiates the warmth and hospitality of a bygone era. 

NYC’s most famous cookies are the star of the show at Levain Bakery, and anyone with a sweet tooth or a penchant for decadent espresso drinks will want to stop into this heavenly little eatery. An undeniably iconic location in NYC, the Tavern on the Green in Central Park has a menu driven by the best of local, seasonal ingredients, which pairs perfectly with the pastoral beauty of its park setting. 

 

Things to Do

The Upper West neighborhood is rich in culture and ways to explore both your intellectual and artistic interests. It’s also a place to unwind with casual drinks and great conversations, make connections, and take part in elegant fun. At Prohibition, for instance, the jazz-age themed bar, slurpable cocktails, and live performances all contribute to a lively ambiance of laid-back joy. Marvel in culture and ways to explore your intellectual and artistic interests or unwind with casual drinks and great conversations


The arts thrive in the Upper West, most notably in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the iconic NYC tradition of Shakespeare in the Park. At the revered Lincoln Center, guests are treated to unparalleled theater, opera, ballet, and live music. Shakespeare in the Park is held at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park each summer, and the free tickets help encourage the arts’ education and enjoyment of those living in the city.

The Upper West also houses the American Museum of Natural History, known as one of the world’s preeminent institutions of science and culture. The museum was founded in 1869 and has continued to foster a community dedicated to learning and the further development of the scientific mind. 

 

 
 

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