Architecturally appealing churches and well-kept brownstones on the border of Central Park.

The Upper West Side is filled with beautifully maintained brownstones and portrait-above-the-mantle worthy families. Its impeccable appearance comes at a cost, and this neighborhood’s high price tags may dissuade some from taking a closer look. Suspend disbelief about the number of zeroes on your bill and you'll be glad you did—the Upper West Side's Central Park proximity and surprisingly relaxed brunch spots merit more than a second glance.


Upper West Side is within Manhattan and bordered by Midtown, Hell's Kitchen, Harlem, and Morningside Heights



Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 20 minutes by subway
Times Square: 10 minutes by subway



Transportation

Two subway lines serve the Upper West Side. The IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (1 2 3 trains) runs along Broadway. The IND Eighth Avenue Line (A B C D trains) runs along Central Park West.

There are five different bus routes — M5, M7, M10, M11, M104 buses — that go up and down the Upper West Side, and the M57 goes up West End Avenue for 15 blocks in the neighborhood. Additionally, crosstown routes include the M66, M72, M79, M86 SBS,M96, M106. The M20 terminates at Lincoln Center.


Education

Preschool to 12th grade

All public noncharter schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education.

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel School
    • Lower and Middle Schools – West End Avenue at West 61st Street
    • High School – West End Avenue at West 60th Street
  • Alexander Robertson School – West 95th Street off Central Park West
  • The Anderson School PS 334 – (K-5 & 6–8), 77th & Columbus
  • Ascension School – (Pre-K3–8), 220 West 108th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
  • The Beacon School – an alternative, non testing public high school on west 61st.
  • Beit Rabban Day School – an innovative, non-denominational day school combining intellectual rigor, serious Jewish learning, and a progressive educational approach
  • Bloomingdale School of Music
  • MS 54 Booker T. Washington Middle School – 103 West 107th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
  • Calhoun School
    • Main Building – 433 West End Avenue at 81st Street.
    • Robert L. Beir Lower School – 160 West 74th Street, between Amsterdam & Columbus avenues.
  • The Cathedral School of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine – in Morningside Heights
  • The Center School – 84th street, between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues
  • The Collegiate School
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
  • Columbus Academy
  • MS 44
  • The Computer School (MS 245)
  • Corpus Christi School – next to Columbia University and Teachers College 
  • Dwight School
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School – Central Park West and 63rd Street
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts – behind Lincoln Center
  • La Salle Academy
  • Lucy Moses School
  • The Mandell School
  • Manhattan Day School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Campus Schools
  • PS 75 Emily Dickinson School
  • PS 199 on 70th Street between West End Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • PS 87 on 78th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue.
  • PS 9 – 84th and Columbus
  • PS 163 (aka the Alfred E. Smith School) – West 97th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
  • PS 166
  • PS/IS 187
  • Rodeph Sholom School
  • School of the Blessed Sacrament – 140 West 70th Street
  • Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan (2–8 West 89th)
  • Special Music School
  • St. Agnes Boys High School
  • St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School – in Morningside Heights
  • The Studio School
  • Success Academy Upper West
  • Trevor Day School
  • Trinity School
  • Twin Parks Montessori Schools
    • Central Park Montessori – 1 West 91st Street
    • Park West Montessori – 435 Central Park West
    • Riverside Montessori – 202 Riverside Drive
  • Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School – 140 West 102nd Street
  • Yeshiva Ketana of Manhattan occupies Herts & Tallent's 1903 beaux arts Rice Mansion at 346 West 89th Street and Riverside Drive.
  • York Preparatory School – 40 W 68th St
Higher education
  • The Richard Gilder Graduate School at American Museum of Natural History – Central Park West & West 79th Street
  • The American Musical and Dramatic Academy – 211 W 61st Street, between Amsterdam & West End Avenues.
  • Columbia University – in Morningside Heights
  • Bank Street College of Education and School for Children – in Morningside Heights
  • Bard Graduate Center at 86th and Columbus.
  • Barnard College – one of the Seven Sisters in Morningside Heights
  • Fordham University Lincoln Center campus – Schools of Law, Business, Social Service and Education
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America – in Morningside Heights
  • The Juilliard School
  • Lander College for Women, a division of Touro College, West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues.
  • New York Institute of Technology – in the Columbus Circle proximity
  • New York Theological Seminary – in Morningside Heights
  • William E. Macaulay Honors College – this collaborative endeavor of CUNY's senior colleges occupies the 92nd St Y's former Makor/Steinhardt Building on West 67th Street, east of Columbus Avenue, the latter having relocated to Tribeca.
  • Manhattan School of Music – in Morningside Heights
  • Mannes College The New School for Music, a division of The New School, on 85th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus
  • Teachers College of Columbia University, in Morningside Heights
  • Union Theological Seminary – in Morningside Heights


Restaurants and gourmet groceries

A sidewalk cafe on Broadway and 112th Street.


Two popular groceries on Broadway. Fairway is at left, Citarella right.

Both Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue from 67th Street up to 110th Street are lined with restaurants and bars, as is Columbus Avenue to a slightly lesser extent. The following lists a few prominent ones:

  • Barney Greengrass, specializing in fish at Amsterdam Avenue and 86th Street; featured in the 2011 movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It marked its centenary in June 2008.
  • The Howard Chandler Christie murals of Café des Artistes, a now-closed French restaurant on West 67th Street off Central Park West, are being incorporated into a new restaurant on the site.
  • Community Food and Juice, an eco-conscious restaurant at 2893 Broadway between 112th and 113th Streets.
  • Two gourmet grocery stores, Fairway and Citarella (originally a small fish market), are located on Broadway between West 74th Street and West 75th Street.
  • A branch of Gray's Papaya, which specializes in hot dogs, is located at Broadway and 72nd Street.
  • The original Zabar's is a specialty food and housewares store at Broadway and 80th Street.
  • A branch of Trader Joe's, the specialty grocer, opened at Broadway and 72nd Street in 2010.
  • Two branches of Whole Foods Market, the nationwide "natural and organic" grocer - one at Columbus Circle and another at Columbus Avenue and 97 Street.