Upper West Side

Architecturally appealing churches and brownstones beg visitors to take a closer look at this well-mannered neighborhood.

The Upper West Side is filled with beautifully maintained brownstones and portrait-above-the-mantle worthy families. Its impeccable appearance comes at a cost, and this neighborhood’s high price tags may dissuade some from taking a closer look. Suspend disbelief about the number of zeroes on your bill and you'll be glad you did—the Upper West Side's Central Park proximity and surprisingly relaxed brunch spots merit more than a second glance.

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On the Map

Upper West Side is within Manhattan and bordered by Morningside Heights, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown, and Harlem

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Wall Street / Financial District: 20 minutes by subway
Times Square: 10 minutes by subway

Perfectly Poised In the Upper West Side

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Immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this stately neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.

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Well-manicured parks, well-groomed dogs, and well-dressed families populate the sleek sidewalks of the Upper West Side.

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The Upper West Side's transparent cafes and open benches are perfect perches for sidewalk people-watching.

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The Upper West Side is decorated with well-kept tree-lined streets with one brownstone after another, breathtaking old world architecture and pre-war buildings, and, not to mention, countless celebrity sightings, including Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Howard Stern, and Kevin Bacon."

Jessica and Doug

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The Artistic Heart of the Upper West Side

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The Julliard School is one of the world's premier schools for the arts.

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The Lincoln Center is New York City's home for the performing arts.

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Columbus Circle's iconic CNN tower shines over the city.

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The neighborhood is perfect for a NYC stay and we immediately felt like locals."

Clark

Visited in 2012

Life on Two Parks

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Enjoy the grassy pastures of two parks in the Upper West Side.

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The neighborhood nestles between Central Park and Riverside Park.

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What a lovely day for a walk.

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Within 5-10 minutes of walking there are multiple ponds, lakes, waterfalls and woodsy trails... and you are still in the heart of Manhattan! Yes. This is a great family neighborhood. Lots of restaurants, multiple subway lines and all that good stuff."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Susie Cushner is a professional photographer based in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her work is primarily focused on still life, food, travel cultural and lifestyle subjects. She's inspired by the joy of revealing things to others; hopefully, with an unexpected perspective. Photography offers Susie continuous opportunities to identify and express creative narratives of the ordinary and extraordinary.

Susie Cushner

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighborhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.

Julia Robbs

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