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The Upper West side of NYC is very residential and offers a respite from Midtown’s frantic pace. Many brownstone buildings and luxury apartments line the streets and the atmosphere is much calmer than most other areas of the city.
The boundaries are essentially defined as the area between the Central Park and the Hudson River between W. 59th and W. 166th Streets.
The area offers a great opportunity to experience Central Park as well as the American Museum of Natural History. Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle anchor the south end of the neighborhood while Columbia University does the same in the north.
Many consider this area an intellectual and cultural hub. In addition to Lincoln Center and the AMNH, The American Folk Art Museum, Beacon Theater, Julliard School of Music and Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, all call the Upper West Side home. The infamous Dakota luxury apartment building located at W. 72nd St and Central Park West has been home to many celebrities including John Lennon, Lauren Bacall and Leonard Bernstein.
Many of the neighborhood’s restaurants offer outdoor dining, weather permitting, which is an excellent and relaxing exercise in people watching.
Some of your favorite movies were probably filmed in the Upper West Side area. The list of those that were made or set here is very long but here are a few: Ghostbusters, Fatal Attraction, I Am Legend, Men In Black II, Panic In Needle Park, Rosemary’s Baby, Spider Man and Vanilla Sky. Television has also found the Upper West Side to be a desirable place for dramas and sitcoms such as Sex And The City and Will & Grace. Comedian George Carlin grew up here near W. 121st. St.
There is much happening in the Upper West Side, in spite of it’s laid back demeanor. Take a casual stroll up Columbus Avenue, visit Central Park, relax and enjoy the view.