Upper West Side NYC Neighborhood Guide

Photo Credit: Compass

Photo Credit: Compass

Neighborhood Overview

Nestled between Central Park and Riverside Park, the Upper West Side is an affluent, primarily residential area. It has the reputation of being New York City's cultural and intellectual hub. The area is considered to be among New York City's wealthiest neighborhoods. The Upper West Side has been featured in many films and television shows because of its beautiful architecture, diverse community and rich cultural life.

Photo credit: Compass

Photo credit: Compass

Places to Visit

The Upper West Side is known for the city's best-loved cultural institutions like the Natural History Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway offers a variety of shopping options, including a Bloomingdale’s Outlet, a Barney’s, a Lululemon and a Trader Joe’s. Amongst the regular chain stores you can still find plenty of mom-and-pop operations, including dry cleaners, shoe-repair shops and restaurants.

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Photo credit: compass

The Upper West Side is also a destination for fine dining, with well-known restaurants like Per Se and Jean Georges. The area isn’t considered a destination for hardcore partiers, it's known for low-key nights out. 

Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue from 67th Street up to 110th Street are filled with restaurants and bars. You can enjoy delicious pizza at Pizzeria Sirenetta, and for dessert treat yourself to a soft-serve pickle ice cream at Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co.  

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photo credit: 31daysofpizza.blogspot.com

Columbus Avenue offers a wide variety of places to eat out as well. For coffee lovers Joe coffee opened a new location in 2009 to bring great coffee to the UWS community. 

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Real Estate Market

Located between 59th and 110th, the Upper West Side offers some prime real estate. The area features some of the most desirable apartments in New York, including the city's most sought-after co-ops like the San Remo and the Dakota. 

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The UWS neighborhood presents beautifully maintained brownstones, as well as new apartment blocks with luxury condos. These luxurious new developments coming to the neighborhood for those who's looking for a new space in the area with a traditional Upper West Side look: Two Fifty West 81st207 West 79th, and 498 West End Avenue

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photo credit: 498wea.com

The neighborhood offers residential experience that comes at a cost: pricey high-rises and townhouses, but buildings farther north can be more affordable. According to statistics compiled by Compass, the year-to-date median price for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood is $860,000; for a two-bedroom apartment - $1,850,000; for a three-bedroom apartment - $3,595,000.

photo credit: Compass

photo credit: Compass

As for rentals, studios range from about $2,400 to $3,500 a month, one-bedrooms from about $3,200 to $4,900, two-bedrooms from about $4,300 to $10,000, and three-bedrooms starts at $6,500.


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