The Upper West Side is the bohemian alternative to its cousin on the east side of Central Park, known for its reputation as a home for intellectual and artistic minds. Like the Upper East Side, it is a primarily residential neighborhood, but one that is influenced by its close proximity to Columbia University and Lincoln Center. Choose the Upper West Side for its unique charm.
The Upper West Side is bounded by Hudson River to the west; Central Park to the east; 59th Street to the south; and 110th Street to the north. In addition to Central Park, the western edge of the Upper West Side is home to Riverside Park, which runs from 72nd Street to the south and extends beyond northern edge of the neighborhood. Transportation includes the 1, 2, 3, B, and C trains as well as Columbus Circle at the neighborhood’s southeast corner.
Restaurants and shopping can be found mostly on Columbus Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, while Riverside Drive, West End Avenue and Central Park West are primarily residential. Overall, the Upper West Side is more thoroughly developed than its counterpart on the east side, which is still up-and-coming in some areas.
Between 96th and 110th Streets, to the east of Broadway, is a mini-neighborhood known as Manhattan Valley. It is named for the natural depression in that location that runs east-west across Manhattan. Homes in Manhattan Valley are generally more affordable than in other parts of the Upper West Side.
Lincoln Square is located between West 65th and West 66th Streets, at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Because the surrounding area has a noticeably different character than the rest of the Upper West Side, it is sometimes referred to as a mini-neighborhood. Expect to find modern buildings near Lincoln Square that you might not be able to find on more traditional Upper West Side blocks.