West Side

Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights is bounded by the Upper West Side to the south, Morningside Park to the east, Harlem to the north, and Riverside Park to the west.
With Broadway as its main thoroughfare and Columbia and Barnard Universities dominating the neighborhood, this area of the Upper West Side is always bustling with a diverse group of people. The University’s main campus extends from 114th to 120th Streets, and many residents are either students who come and go with school semesters or the original residents who have lived in this neighborhood for most of their lives. The surrounding area is peaceful and serene, close to (express) mass transit and a quick trip to midtown.

In recent years this neighborhood has become even more of a vibrant and lively community. Many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops have brought their businesses here, drawing crowds on any given day and motivating other business owners to consider this the newest extension of the Upper West Side. Several of the city’s most impressive landmarks, such as the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the Riverside Church can be found here, and Claremont Avenue, which runs north for several blocks from 116th Street, is one of the most attractive residential streets in the City. Blessed by major parks and good architecture, Morningside Heights experienced a wave of gentrification in the mid-1980’s, especially around Broadway, that has continued since.

Upper West Side

Manhattan’s Upper West Side, backdrop of Woody Allen movies and Seinfeld, is one of the City’s most desirable—and livable— neighborhoods for anyone seeking the classic New York City lifestyle. In addition to the 16-acres of the world-class cultural mecca that is Lincoln Center, there’s Central Park, the Midtown business district and the area’s treasured residential addresses. The development of the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and the extension of Riverside Park along the Hudson River have made the area even more of an ideal place to come home to. A longtime classic neighborhood for New Yorkers, the Upper West Side is home to celebrated restaurants like Jean Georges, the famed H & H bagels and Zabar’s delis, and arguably the best educational facilities, community centers and museums in the City.

The Upper West Side offers the best of the City; from the spectacular views of the Hudson and uninterrupted rows of distinctive pre-war apartment buildings on West End Avenue/Riverside Drive to the breathtaking park vistas visible from the some of the City’s most elegant addresses on Central Park West. The vibrant neighborhood of Lincoln Square and Broadway, lined with supermarkets, cafés, bookstores, fine restaurants and boutiques, only add to this area’s appeal as there is something for everyone who lives here. In addition, service by almost all subway lines—and Midtown just to the South—guarantees that it's a short commute to anywhere in Manhattan.

Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square is the Upper West Side residential neighborhood that surrounds Lincoln Center. At the heart of the Lincoln Center area is the largest performing arts complex in the United States. Stretching between West 62nd and 65th Streets from Columbus Avenue to Amsterdam, the complex covers more than 16-acres and hosts almost any cultural offering imaginable, from opera to film to musical theater, dance and everything in between. The busy street scene on any given day or night is a diverse mix of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world; toward evening you’ll find yourself among jazz lovers in cafes, film buffs making their way to Walter Reade Theater, checking concert schedules at Avery Fisher Hall and on their way to the Opera.

If that doesn't give you enough to do, Riverside Park lies only a few blocks to the west. There’s a feeling of both classic and brand-new here. You’ll find tree-lined storybook New York streets in the elegant, residential Upper West Side—home to so many families—with Central Park never far away. With its location close to Midtown, this is a great neighborhood for professionals. It's also a public transportation hub. Families can enjoy the best of the parks and great supermarkets from the vast Whole Foods market in the Time Warner Center to countless specialty delis and bakeries and enough restaurants to fit any budget or taste.