Upper West Side

Upper West Side Manhattan

Things to do in Upper West Side

The rental market on the Upper West Side Manhattan is doing well and the expectations are for it to continue steady, with further increases. In accordance with The Real Deal, Manhattan’s rental rates entered new territory this year, blazing their way to greater levels. It’s clear that the luxury end of the rental segment has defined this trend, as top properties continued to command higher rents, according to TRD’s source. As we look at the demand, one would be attractive to The Upper West Side, with Lincoln Center, Central Park, Hudson River Park, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Beacon Theatre, all within walking distance. With this kind of attraction, this would support blazing rents to greater levels.

As we look at the facts, the average rent for the Upper West Side rental apartment is $3,750.00 per month, with a year-over-year percent change of 3.2 increase change. Moreover, the average rent for a Manhattan doorman building is $3,900.00 per month for a one-bedroom unit and $6,054.00 per month for a two-bedroom unit. But, when we look at luxury buildings, the median rent of a Manhattan luxury unit is $8,400.00 per month, all in accordance with TRD.

The Upper West Side is accessible to a lot of great places for dining, like Barney Greengrass, Shake Shack, Quest, Sushi of Gari and Serafina. Also, shops and boutiques like Barneys New York, Pookie & Sebastian, Patagonia, Giggle, Jacques Torres. The shopping, dining, and entertainment is right outside of your front door and a short walking distance.

This neighborhood runs from 110th street to 59th street and is bordered by Central Park on the east and Riverside Park on the west. Broadway slices diagonally through this neighborhood and major shopping can be found all the way up.

Central Park

The most serene and beautiful parks is the biggest draw to the UWS and best of all it’s free. The spring and autumn are the best times to visit because of the lovely blossoms and colorful leaves. The southern end from 72nd street down to 59th street is usually the most crowded with tourists. There are many attractions like the Dakota, Strawberry Fields, Wollman Rink, and the carousel.

NYC Central Park

Avoid the horse-drawn carriage because they charge $60 or $70 for a slow, smelly and short ride that is just as fast (and much nicer) to walk. The horse carriages cause major ruts and damage to the road, not to mention all the horse manure that is dropped and smells terrible. Around 86th street is easy access to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir where visitors can walk around the 1.5-mile path and see the skyline. In the northern end of the park near 110th street is the less-known Lasker pool that has free access in the summer for swimming and ice-skating in the winter.

American Museum of Natural History

This place is always popular and usually expensive. Single admission prices don’t include the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX shows, and special exhibits. There are different ticket package prices for different things. So depending on what exhibits and shows you want to see buying the right package can save money. Check out their website for specific prices.

Exploring the neighborhood

A great way to get to know the area for free is to take a walk down the blocks. Liberal-minded and usually well-to-do families make up the largest chunk of the population. Large five-story brownstones tower over tree-lined blocks making the neighborhood feel homey and prestigious. Nice blocks of brownstones are between 86th street to 67th street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Cheaper eats

Instead of buying a bland over-priced sandwich at either the Boathouse in Central Park or the Museum cafeteria, go to one of the corner delis. These neighborhood small-business staples have fresh ingredients, good bread and are much cheaper and tastier. For a great lunch place just take it over to one of the shady benches in Central Park and enjoy it. Because you have saved so much money during the day, for dinner you can treat yourself to one of the delicious restaurants lining the streets.

Getting there

Subway is the most convenient. Take the A or C to 59th or stay on the C to 72nd (Strawberry Fields, Dakota), 81st (Museum stop), 86th (reservoir). Or take the 1 train up Broadway to 59th.

More Upper West Side info: Historic Upper Manhattan