Upper West Side

Known for its intellectual, artistic, and liberal atmosphere, the Upper West Side is famous for its pre-war buildings - such as the Ansonia, the Dakota, the Bedford and the Eldorado - classic brownstones, and family-sized homes that sit along tree-lined streets. While new developments such as the Century, 200 Central Park South, New West, and the grand Time Warner have stepped the Upper West Side into the development boom, this area is home to many purists who enjoy Seinfeld’s inspiration and the high quality of life that the area offers. Bordered by Riverside Park on the west and Central Park on the east, you are never far from a peaceful stroll in the park or a vigorous bike ride on the many designated paths that hard-core cyclists make use of daily. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take advantage of the many indulgences that have drawn the foodies to the Upper West Side such as Ouest, Tavern on the Green, Café Des Artistes, Zabars, and Fairway Market. With the rise of the Time Warner Building, shopping has taken on a whole new meaning with stores such as Cartier, Gucci, Tourneau, and Hugo Boss offering luxury shopping under one roof. There are also plenty of mainstays such as Victoria’s Secret, The Gap, Banana Republic and boutiques to keep all tastes satiated. The Upper West Side is also a cultural playground. It is the home of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum and the Beacon Theatre. Populated by people of mixed incomes and lifestyles, the Upper West Side offers everything from affordable rentals, doormen buildings, luxury condos and elegant brownstones. While it seems as though the baby boom is making a comeback in this neighborhood, many young professional and recent grads are also attracted to the relaxed atmosphere and lively bars of this unique cultural and food haven.