Neigborhoods

Upper West Side

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The Upper West Side is bounded on the south by 59th Street, Central Park to the east, and the Hudson River to the west. Its northern boundary is somewhat less obvious. Although it has historically been cited as 110th Street, which fixes the neighborhood alongside Central Park, it is now sometimes considered to be 125th Street, encompassing Morningside Heights. This reflects demographic shifts in Morningside Heights, as well as the tendency of real estate brokers to co-opt the Tony Upper West Side name when listing Morningside Heights and Harlem apartments. The area north of West 96th Street and east of Broadway is also identified as Manhattan Valley. The overlapping area west of Amsterdam Avenue to Riverside Park was once known as the Bloomingdale District.

From west to east, the avenues of the Upper West Side are Riverside Drive (12th Avenue), West End Avenue (11th Avenue), Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue (10th Avenue), Columbus Avenue (9th Avenue) and Central Park West (8th Avenue). The 66-block stretch of Broadway forms the spine of the neighborhood and moves diagonally across the avenues at the bottom of the neighborhood and above 72nd Street moves parallel to the avenues; it enters the neighborhood at its juncture with Central Park West at Columbus Circle (59th Street), crosses Columbus Ave. at Lincoln Square (65th Street), crosses Amsterdam Ave. at Verdi Square (72nd Street), and then merges with West End at Straus Park (aka Bloomingdale Square, at 107th Street).

Morningside Heights, just west of Harlem, is the site of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Columbia University, Barnard College, Bank Street College of Education, the National Council of Churches, Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College and Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as Grant's Tomb and Riverside Church.

Traditionally the neighborhood ranged from the former village of Harsenville, centered on the old Bloomingdale Road (now Broadway) and 65th Street, west to the railroad yards along the Hudson, then north to 110th Street, where the ground rises to Morningside Heights. With the building of Lincoln Center, its name, though perhaps not the reality, was stretched south to 59th Street. With the arrival of the corporate headquarters and expensive condos of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, and the Riverside South apartment complex built by Donald Trump, the area from 59th Street to 65th Street is increasingly referred to as Lincoln Square by realtors who acknowledge a different tone and ambiance than that typically associated with the Upper West Side. This is a reversion to the neighborhood's historical name.

LOCAL PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT

Riverside Park 72nd to 159th Streets [ between Riverside Dr. and the Hudson River ]

Central Park 50th to 110th Street

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts West 62nd to 66th Streets

[ between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue ]

* This includes the MET opera house and the New York City philharmonic

Time Warner Center-Columbus Circle Broadway [ between 58th and 60th Streets ]

RESTAURANTS

Asiate 80 Columbus Circle, 35th floor, 60th Street and Broadway

Bar Masa 10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor, 60th Street and Broadway

Cafe Fiorelo 1900 Broadway [ between 63rd & 64th Streets ]

Docks Oyster Bar 2427 Broadway [ between 89th & 90th Streets ]

EJ’s Luncheonete 447 Amsterdam Avenue

[ between 81st & 82nd Streets ]

Jean Georges Columbus Circle - 59th Street and 8th Avenue

La Boîte en Bois 75 West 68th Street

[ between Columbus Avenue & Central Park West ]

Ollie’s 2315 Broadway and 84th Street

Pasha 70 West 71st Street [ between Columbus Ave. & Central Park West ]

Swagat Indian Cuisine 411A Amsterdam Avenue [ between 79th & 80th Streets ]

Tavern on the Gren Central Park West [ between West 66th and 67th Streets ]

Yuki Sushi 656 Amsterdam Avenue and 92nd Street

SHOPPING

Barnes & Noble 1972 Broadway at 66th Street

2289 Broadway at 82nd Street

Theory 230 Columbus Avenue

Time Warner Center Shops 1 Columbus Circle

Hary ’s Shoes 2299 Broadway

Barney’s Co-Op 2151 Broadway

Sephora Columbus Circle 10 Columbus Circle

Acker Meral & Condit 160 West 72nd Street

Filene’s Basement 2222 Broadway

Zabar’s 245 West 80th Street

Fairway Market Broadway at 74th Street

Olive & Bete’s 252 Columbus Avenue

Verve 282 Columbus Avenue

Malia Mils 220 Columbus Avenue

Club Monaco 2376 Broadway

LOCAL HEALTH CLUBS

New York Sports Club 2162 Broadway and 76th Street

248 West 80th Street and Broadway

61 West 62nd Street and Broadway

2527 Broadway and 94th Street

23 West 73rd Street and Central Park West

Equinox 92nd Street and Broadway

Columbus Circle - 59th Street and 8th Avenue

Crunch 162 West 83rd Street

SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Abraham Joshua Heschel Schol 270 West 89th Street

Alexander Robertson Schol 3 West 95th Street

The Brownstone Schol 128 West 80th Street

Calhoun Schol 433 West End Avenue

Colegiate Schol -260 West 78th Street

Dwight Schol 291 Central Park West

Metropolitan Montesori Schol 325 West 85th Street

PS199 270 West 70th Street

PS87 160 West 78th Street

Studio Elementary Schol 124A West 95th Street

West Side Montesori Schol 309 West 91st Street

Trinity Schol 139 West 91st Street

HIGH SCHOOLS

Abraham Joshua Heschel Schol 270 West 89th Street

Beacon High Schol 227 West 61st Street

Columbia Gramar and Prep Schol 5 West 93rd Street

The Juliard Schol 60 Lincoln Center Plaza

Manhattan Schol of Music 132 Claremont Avenue

Solomon Schecter High Schol 1 West 91st Street

POLICE

20th Precinct 120 West 82nd Street [ Tel. 212.580.6411 ]

24th Precinct 151 West 100th Street [ Tel. 212.678.1811 ]

LOCAL POST OFFICES

Planetarium Post Office 127 West 83rd Street

TRANSPORTATION

SUBWAY B, C, 1, 2, 3, or 9

BUS M1, M6, M9, M15, M22, M103, B39, B51

LOCAL HOSPITALS

AREBA Casriel Inc. 500 West 57th Street

St. Luke’s Roosevelt

Emergency Room 58th Street and Ninth Avenue

Medical Arts Center 57 West 57th Street

 

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