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    Upper West Side in New York: itinerary among the museums and restaurants of the neighborhood

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    Joel Fulleda

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    THEUpper West Side is a New York neighborhood that stretches west from 59 to 110 in a perfectly parallel way to Central Park. Like the Upper East Side, theUWS (as it is often abbreviated by New Yorkers), it is a very rich and prestigious residential area, where it is pleasant to stroll among the many brownstone-style terraced houses.

    Although mostly occupied by stately homes and private residences, the neighborhood boasts a number of points of interest to consider, especially for culture lovers.


    • How to reach us
    • To see
      • Lincoln Center
      • American Folk Art Museum
      • The Dakota
      • New York Historical Society
      • American Museum of Natural History
      • Children's Museum of Manhattan
      • Riverside park
      • Nicholas Roerich Museum
    • Where to eat
    • Where to sleep: Upper West Side hotel

    How to reach us

    The Upper West Side of New York is well served along its entire length by 2 subway lines:

    • The IRT Broadway - Seventh Avenue (trains 1, 2 and 3) which travels on Broadway
    • IND Eight Avenue (A, B, C and D trains) which travels on Centra Park West

    Since there are many stops, I do not recommend buses and I invite you to plan your visit along one of the two lines going up and down according to the places of interest (or proceed on foot).

    Starting from the south, close Columbus Circle, the metro stops are:

    • 72 St
    • 72nd St-Broadway
    • 79 St
    • 81 St
    • 86 St
    • 96 St
    • 103 St
    • Cathedral Parkway

    For more information, take a look at our guide on how the New York Subway works.

    To see

    The following itinerary lists the neighborhood's main attractions from south to north.

    Lincoln Center

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a conglomeration of buildings in Lincoln square which includes some of the most important artistic organizations such as the New York Philarmonic and the New York City Ballet.

    The complex manages to attract more than 5 million visitors every year thanks to 26 concert halls and theaters belonging to 12 organizations:

    • The juilliard school
    • The Jazz at Lincoln Center
    • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    • School of American Ballet
    • The Film Society of Lincoln Center
    • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    • Lincoln center theater
    • The Metropolitan Opera
    • New York City Ballet
    • New York City Opera
    • New York Philharmonic
    • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Lincoln Center hosts some important events during the year (calendar here), among which the Midsummer Night Swing in late June / early July and the Lincoln Center of Out Doors from late July to mid August. If you are not going to any show (on the official website linked above there is all the information), still consider a visit, especially in the evening, when the lights of the buildings create a suggestive atmosphere.

    It is a 5 minute walk from Columbus Circle.

    American Folk Art Museum

    Located a few meters from Lincoln Center, there is the interesting American Folk Art Museum. As the name suggests, it focuses on folk art (i.e. folk art) by American and foreign artists through more than 7000 works starting in the eighteenth century.

    The American Folk Art Museum is little known to Italian tourists but a short visit is highly recommended as it takes less than an hour and is stocked with almost 3000 paintings and drawings, thousands of sculptures and fabrics, and hundreds of ceramic objects. .

    It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:30 to 19, on Fridays from 12 to 19:30 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 18.

    It is located precisely on Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th. Admission is free.

    The Dakota

    The Dakota is an old New York residential building dating back to 1886 that perhaps not everyone is familiar with. In fact, it may seem like a classic New York palace but in the past it has hosted several personalities from the show and not, including John Lennon. The beatle lived there from 1973 until he was murdered at the hotel entrance in 1980.

    The address is 1 W 72nd St and within minutes, as you enter Central Park, you can reach John Lennon's memorial, Strawberry Fields.

    New York Historical Society

    Founded in 1804, this was the New York's first museum. It has a number of works that exceeds one and a half million including important names such as Durand, Cole and Church. Highlights include the Hudson River School's collection of paintings, a nineteenth-century American art movement inspired by Romanticism, objects by George Washington and the world's largest collection of Tiffany lamps and glass.

    The New York Historical Society also maintains a world-class library with as many as three million books, maps, atlases, journals and manuscripts, including the first written record of the three words "United States of America".

    The museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 18pm, Fridays from 10am to 20pm and Sundays from 11am to 17pm. The entrance ticket costs $ 21 for adults, $ 13 for adults. students and $ 6 for children (5-13). Every day from 14 to 15:30 pm the museum offers a free tour.

    It is located at 170 Central Park West.

    American Museum of Natural History

    Il American Museum of Natural History it is one of the most important places of interest on the Upper West Side and one of the largest museums in the world: it is made up of 28 buildings, a planetarium and a library.

    It is easy to get lost and spend almost a day there because the things to see are endless. Just think that only a very small part of the more than 30 million objects including plants, fossils and minerals is exhibited and shown to 5 million visitors a year.

    One of the pieces that struck me most was the whale, positioned on the ceiling in full size (almost 30 meters). Both adults and children will be able to do nothing but gape at it! Other must-see attractions are the Star of India, the world's largest 563,35-carat blue sapphire and the 65-million-year-old tyrannosaurus skeleton.

    There are three different types of tickets starting at $ 23 for adults and $ 13 for children (2-12). Here you will find all the information. The museum is located between Central Park West and 79th St. It is open daily from 10am to 17pm.

    To organize your visit, I suggest you read our detailed guide to Natural History Museum of New York.

    An advice? Plan what to see and download the AMNH Explorer app to easily find the rooms and better organize your tour.

    Children's Museum of Manhattan

    If you are traveling with children, this is the place for you (indeed, for them). The Children's Museum of Manhattan is a sort of museum-playroom with four floors divided into thematic areas including that dedicated to Dora the Explorer.

    It is a perfect solution when it rains or simply when you want your children to discover something new with stimulating and educational games.

    Tickets cost $ 14 for adults and children. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10 to 17, Saturdays from 10 to 19. During the summer it also opens on Mondays.

    By 2021 the museum will move between 96th and Central Park West, but for now the location remains at 212 W 83rd St.

    Riverside park

    Riverside Park is a narrow, 6-kilometer-long park that stretches alongside Manhattan on the Hudson River. Here you can relax walking through the avenues or rent a kayak during the weekend.

    Among the points of interest, the Amiable Child Monument, which commemorates a child who died in the area in 1797, the monument to Eleanor Roosevelt, the statue of Joan of Arc and various basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

    The park extends from 72nd Street to St. Clair.

    Nicholas Roerich Museum

    This house-museum is dedicated to the Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and houses around 200 works dedicated to the Himalayas and spirituality. It is spread over three floors and is recommended for all art lovers (especially oriental, but not only). Its peculiarity is that it is housed in an elegant residential building where, among other things, classical music concerts and cultural initiatives are also held; certainly one of the most unique and curious attractions of the whole Upper West Side.

    The Nicholas Roerich Museum is located at 319 West 107th Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 13pm to 16pm, Saturday and Sunday from 14pm to 17pm. Admission is free.

    Where to eat

    Here are 3 recommended restaurants:

    • Carmine's Italian Restaurant
      With 5 locations across the United States, Carmine's Italian Restaurant serves great Spanish food in a 60s venue. If you want to finally taste the famous spaghetti with meatballs, do it here. But be careful: the portions are huge!
      Find it at 2450 on Broadway.
    • Zabar's
      Founded by a Ukrainian immigrant in the 30s, today Zabar is a landmark on New York's Upper West Side. Stop at this market for a quick lunch of bagels and Jewish specialties, or try the excellent pastries for breakfast.
      It is located at 2245 on Broadway.
    • Jacob's Pickles
      At 509 Amsterdam Avenue is Jacob's Pickles which cooks South American dishes and comfort foods like fried chicken and grits. Obviously, as the name implies, there is no shortage of gherkins (also fried).

    Where to sleep: Upper West Side hotel

    Sleeping in New York's Upper West Side means choosing a residential and quiet neighborhood, certainly more human-sized than the noisy Times Square. The accommodation facilities are found mainly in the South area, near Columbus Circle, an excellent area for spilling into the Midtown area. If you want to stay overnight in this area I suggest you read our tips on how to stay on the Upper West Side, if instead you are interested in an overview with all the best neighborhoods in New York and some tips to save click on the button below:

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