City Living: Upper West Side
The Upper West Sides story of the high-demand area between West 80th and West 89th streets is an alluring one.
The massive changes and gentrification that it experienced in recent decades attracted all types of businesses and residents, allowing the area to benefit from its transformation.
It is teeming with bars, restaurants, big name chain stores and boutiques, all coexisting and providing an eclectic mix of entertainment for those who reside within this 10-block radius.
And a turn down one quiet brownstone-filled street offers a quick escape from the clanking cutlery and chatter that saturate the avenues a characteristic that makes it one of the citys most sought after areas to live.
To the east is Central Park West, the scenic strip framed on one side by the rocky, tree-filled edges of Central Park and on the other by high-rise apartment buildings.
Columbus Avenue is the next corridor over, known for its cafes, bistros and restaurants, many of which offer outdoor seating in the summer, as well as its small boutiques like Purdy Girl and Mint. Next is Amsterdam Avenue, another main street dotted with restaurants and boutiques.
Broadway is the spine which cuts the area in half. It is well known for its chain retail establishments, although a number of smaller businesses mingle among the big names.
To the west of Broadway, a short walk over to West End Avenue is like stepping into a seperate neighborhood as this strip is more residential and filled with mid-rise buildings and churches. The next one over is Riverside Drive, an even quieter strip overlooking the famed Riverside Park.
By LISA FRASER