The Upper West Side is an inviting neighborhood with rich culture, exceptional restaurants, outdoor cafés, upscale shops and designer boutiques. Quiet, peaceful and residential, the UWS is teeming with a vast array of pre-war architecture and brownstones on tree-lined streets. It’s also home to many college campuses, including Columbia University and Juilliard. Take a walk through picturesque Central Park, visit the famous Museum of Natural History, see a ballet at Lincoln Center or enjoy an opera at the Met.
The Upper West Side is a cultural and intellectual hub, as the home of dozens of museums, performing arts centers, Barnard College and Columbia University. The American Museum of Natural History, American Folk Art Museum, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Beacon Theater are all located in this NYC neighborhood.
With the Hudson River creating the western boundary of the neighborhood, casual waterfront restaurants such as the Boat Basin Café and PIER i CAFE are popular drinking and dining destinations. Patrons can ride the West Side Highway Bike Path right up to these spots and grab a seat. The famous Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues are reliable destinations for numerous bars, cafes, delicatessens, bakeries, brunch spots and more.
The Upper West Side is bordered by Central Park to the east, with proximity to points of interest within the park like Sheep Meadow, Strawberry Fields, Cherry Hill and Belvedere Castle. To the west along the Hudson River is Riverside Park, a 4-mile long waterfront park full of jogging trails, playgrounds, concessions, dog runs and recreational facilities.
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