Upper West Side

Architecturally appealing churches and well-kept brownstones on the border of Central Park.

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 Midtown, Hell's Kitchen, Harlem, and Morningside Heights

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

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

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 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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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.


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

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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.

Julia Robbs

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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.