Upper West Side, New York, NY

Population: 204,475

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  • Upper West Side has a Livability Score of 79/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Upper West Side crime rates are 8% higher than the New York average
  • Cost of living in Upper West Side is 24% higher than the New York average
  • Upper West Side real estate prices are 61% higher than the New York average
  • Rental prices in Upper West Side are 29% higher than the New York average

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      Manhattan's Upper West Side - Gritty, Green and Pretty Great

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      The upper west side of Manhattan was my home for four years when I was a college student at Barnard College. I actually grew up at the south end of Manhattan Island in Greenwich Village, but had rarely traveled further north than 14th Street. As I became more familiar with the area - ranging from 59th Street and Central Park West to 110th Street and the Hudson River - I noticed the vibrant street life that grew out of a diverse population of students, immigrants from all over the globe and native New Yorkers of all ages. The character of the neighborhood also grows out its physical setting alongside Central Park and Riverside Park next to the Hudson River. Some of the area's apartments and brownstones were built during the 19th century and the complexity of the architecture and adornment of the structures add to an authentic historic sense of time gone by. Some of the great structures in the area include the Museum of Natural History on 81st Street and Central Park West and the Dakota apartments on 72nd Street, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived.

      When I lived on the upper west side, I spent much of my time walking down the wide avenues like Broadway, Amsterdam and Columbus, where I found plenty of cheap restaurants and interesting shops. Tom's Restaurant, on 112th St. and Broadway became famous as the home away from home meeting spot on the "Seinfeld" television series. Before that, it was just a place where Columbia and Barnard students went to grab coffee before class. Grocery shopping on the upper west side is a treat because you can find terrific ethnic food shops like the Taco Stand on 96th St. or Zabar's, known countrywide for its bagels, smoked fish and cheeses alongside other gourmet delicacies.

      Manhattan's upper west side has always been a magnet for anyone looking for an exciting urban neighborhood filled with all the best of New York City.
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      Source: The Upper West Side, New York, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).