The HISTORY of our neighborhood.
The West 80s were already attracting residents in 1844, the year that Edgar Allan Poe wrote “The Raven” in a farmhouse on what became West 84th Street. Soon came Central Park and a plan for the area’s streets, which were filled with town houses as the 19th century waned. Local fortunes fell after World War II, as drugs and crime eventually took hold, but an influx of new residents and civic pride began to turn things around again by the 1980s.
Today, the area is a clean and quiet residential neighborhood famous for lovely tree-lined streets and brownstone buildings and townhouses, many of which are landmarks. Elegant per-war buildings line Broadway, Central Park West, Riverside Drive, and West End Avenue.
The Upper West Side serves as a great home base for visitors looking for an authentic New York City experience; it provides an escape from the chaos of Midtown and other heavily tourist areas while keeping every NYC convenience close by.
It is a great neighborhood for shopping, especially at gourmet stores, like Zabar's and Fairway and is a train hop away from the shops at Columbus Circle.
Central Park's Turtle Pond
Swedish Cottage Theater
New York Historical Society
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH Pictures)
Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM Pictures)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stand Up New York Comedy Club
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Jewish Community Center
The Dakota (Current Home of Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon)
Green Flea Market Sundays
Restaurants & Sweets:
Momoya - Japanese (Best Restaurants in the W 80's - Zagat)
The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen - Eclectic/Global
Vai - Mediterranean
Fishtag - Seafood
Spiga - Italian
George Keely- Irish BrewPub
Cafe82- American diner
Tolani Wine - South African
Cafe Blossom - Vegan
Natural Spring Kitchen - Organic
Steakhouse at Fairway -
Sugar and Plumm - American Bistro, sweets and baked goods