Upper West Side is an old solid neighbourhood in which it has always lived wealthy people. There are plenty of grand houses with huge stately apartments – many with lovely views of both Central Park and Manhattan.
Upper West Side has been called the ”real” New York – Woody Allen’s New York.
Amsterdam, Columbus Avenue and Broadway is full of shops, bars and restaurants, while Central Park West, West End Avenue and Riverside Drive most consist of sturdy homes of 15 – 20 floors. There are many historical brown stone houses on the side streets.
Down by the Hudson River, the property tycoon Donald Trump has built a new neighbourhood near River Park.
Upper West Side begins at Columbus Circle at the corner of Central Park and ends up somewhere up at 125th street. The area stretches between Central Park West that goes along Central Park and the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Hudson River.
A small selection of places we would like to recommend:
Alice´s Tea Cup
At Ali’s you drink tea all day long. You get tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can choose from over 100 varieties, many organic and Chinese.
102 West 73rd Street
American Museum of Natural History/Rose Center for Earth & Space
One of the world’s top museum and it´s very popular among both children and adults. It´s was here the movie ”Night at the Museum” was produced. In the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life hangs a full-scale replica of a blue whale. There are 45 exhibition halls including meteorites, dinosaurs, fossils, a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Brave children can also spend the night at the museum.
Central Park West vid 79th Street.
Boat Basin Café
Here it´s the view that counts, especially when the sun sets over the Palisades. Full of grill smoke and dogs on leashes and babies in carriages. It’s loud, and the food is basic barbecue but it´s a nice place.
Closed during the winter
West 79th Street
H & H Bagels
What is a New York breakfast without a toasted bagel? H & H Bagels, is one of New York’s most popular bagel places and they have are lot of different varieties, ranging from ”plain” to ”everything on it” (my favorite).
John Lennons memorial
On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was shot outside his apartment at the grand Dakota Building located at 1 West 72 Street. Just across the street in Central Park is Strawberry Fields memorial.
Museum of Arts & Design
Large permanent exhibition including porcelain by artist and photographer Cindy Sherman, painted glass from Judith Schaechters and ceramics by James Turrell. The museum shop is worth a stop. You’ll find funny little things, glass, ceramics and jewelry. From their restaurant Robert you will get great views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
2 Columbus Circle
Legendary sausage – and hamburger kiosk in Madison Square Park, which now is also available on the Upper West Side. Shake Shack has several times been selected New York’s best burgers. Here is hopefully not as long queues at it´s at the Madison Square Park.
They have their own Beer – Shackmeister brewed by Brooklyn Brewery.
366 Columbus Avenue
Typical American diner where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, accompanied by an eclectic mix of guests from the area. From students to parents to eccentric elderly Upper West Siders, you never quite know who you’ll get talking to at the large communal counter.