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Upper West Side

Upper West Side
Upper West Side

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Between 59th and 110th Street lies the Upper West Side, an area immortalized in such films and television shows as West Side Story, You've Got Mail, Night at the Museum and Seinfeld. Originally called the Bloomingdale District and later San Juan Hill, the area has gone through waves of decline and gentrification. Over the last 100 years, it has provided a home to the gay community, the Jewish community, college grads, affluent artists, and families.

Central Park West, the avenue that forms the area's western border, is home to some of the most desirable and expensive apartments in the city, including The Dakota, where John Lennon lived at the end of his life. To the east, the Upper West Side is bounded by the luxury apartment-lined Riverside Drive and the bucolic Riverside Park.

As a mostly residential neighborhood, the Upper West Side's brownstone-lined streets are a bit quieter than downtown. The hotels in the area are less frequented by tourists due to the distance from most major attractions, but generally offer a better value. The area is not without its perks, however: two of the cities best-known gourmet markets, Zabar's and Fairway, are nestled in the area as well as the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. At the southern border of the area, wedged between the Upper West Side and Hell's Kitchen is the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, a collection of high-end shops, restaurants, and hotels. Just a bit north from there is the highly-regarded conservatory, the Juilliard School of Dance, Drama, and Music.

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