Upper West Side

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side (UWS) lies between Central Park and the Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street. This beautiful neighborhood is an affluent, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in more commercial areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. It has the reputation of being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual hub (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artistic workers (with Lincoln Center located at the south end). The Upper West Side is home to some of the greatest educational, cultural, corporate, and religious institutions in the world. These include the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, the American Folk Museum, ABC Studios, Lincoln Center (and all its 12 performing arts companies and venues), the New York Historical Society, the LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts, Columbia University, Barnard College, Juliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Fordham University, and the Cathedral of St. John the Devine. The neighborhood is also home to a number of celebrities past and present, including: John Lennon, Leonard Bernstein and Lauren Bacall. The Upper West Side is also instrumental in being a key area in over 75 movies and television shows, including American Psycho, Black Swan, Elf, The Apartment, Eyes Wide Shut, Fatal Attraction, Ghostbusters, Night at the Museum, Panic Room, Romancing the Stone, You've Got Mail, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, and many more.

Upper West Side

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is a 16.3-acre complex of buildings on the Upper West Side that serves as home to some of the greatest cultural and artistic organizations in the world. As the world's largest presenter of performing arts offering some 5,000 programs, initiatives and events annually, its programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, the White Light Festival and the Emmy Award–winning Live from Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center Resident Organizations Include: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center (sponsor of the New York Film Festival), Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center

Museum of Natural History & The Dakota

The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is one of the largest museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 27 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies 1,600,000 square feet. The Museum has a full-time scientific staff of 225, sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually. The Mission Statement of the American Museum of Natural History is: to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. The Dakota is a cooperative apartment building located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was built between 1880 and 1884, and is famous as the home of former Beatle John Lennon from 1973 to 1980, as well as the location of his murder. The Dakota is considered to be one of Manhattan's most prestigious and exclusive cooperative residential buildings, with apartments generally selling for between $4 million and $30 million.

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Updated: 23rd April, 2019 12:58 PM.