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What you should know about Upper West Side

Nestled between the sparkling Hudson River to the west and verdant Central Park to the east, the leafy Upper West Side of New York City can often seem like a million miles from bustling downtown Manhattan. Home to New York’s most affluent families and boasting the crème de la crème of the Big Apple’s upscale bars and restaurants, this elegant neighborhood offers travelers a welcome respite from the chaos of the big city and an opportunity to see how the other half lives.

Hotels on the Upper West Side


As one would expect, there’s no shortage of upscale hotels on the Upper West Side. Check into The Lucerne Hotel, a luxury 4-star hotel housed in a cherished landmark building, or the elegant Hotel Belleclaire, a charming boutique hotel dating back to 1903. Upper West Side guesthouses offer travelers more affordable alternatives, and those on a budget can also find glamorous but competitively priced self-catering apartments on the Upper West Side. There are also great family hotels on the Upper West Side which even offer childcare services, such as the refined Hotel Beacon.

Things to see on the Upper West Side


The American Museum of Natural History, established in 1869, is one of the most important sites in New York to call the Upper West Side home. Often hailed as the one of the best of its kind in the world, kids and adults alike flock here to marvel at the museum’s many captivating exhibits, from dinosaur fossils to the Butterfly Conservatory. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is part of the Natural History Museum and contains a planetarium as well as fascinating exhibits on the Solar System. Younger kids will also enjoy the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, an interactive learning space. At night, visitors can head to the famous Beacon Theater for the best live music and entertainment New York has to offer. This historic venue was built in 1929 and still showcases the most exciting international and homegrown talent in the world.

Good for families


With an ideal location right next to Central Park, and home to other fantastic parks and green spaces, a family vacation to the Upper West Side will not disappoint. This district is one of the safest in the city, and is less hectic than its counterparts in downtown Manhattan despite being just a few minutes’ ride away on the subway. Both grown-ups and children are sure to be kept busy with the neighborhood’s host of indoor and outdoor family-friendly entertainment options. The Upper West Side also boasts some of New York’s best family hotels along with a range of diverse cafés and restaurants, with the vast majority of places happily catering for children.

How to get to the Upper West Side


The closest airport to the Upper West Side is LaGuardia, from where visitors can take the Q70 bus to connect to New York’s subway system. If you're arriving into JFK Airport and Newark, you can catch the AirTrain to the subway. You’ll also find plenty of taxis and shuttle buses at all 3 airports for more direct travel to the Upper West Side. There are 6 subway stations in the neighborhood, which is also served by 5 MTA bus routes. Finally, the famous yellow New York cabs are in plentiful supply and provide easy access to the city.

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