Upper West Side & Upper East Side

Exploring Uptown along Central Park

Categories: What to see - Neighborhoods

Exploring Uptown Manhattan

The two neighborhoods that respectively run along Central Park are called the Upper West Side, which stretches from Central Park West to the Hudson River, and the Upper East Side, which stretches from 5th Avenue to the East River. These neighborhoods are together considered the 2 major residential neighborhoods of New York. Here celebrities, socialites, and wealthy families live and send their kids to school.

Upper East Side

The elegant Upper East Side houses some of the most expensive and well-respected schools of the country. Madison and Lexington Avenues are the 2 main arteries for the shopping, Fifth and Park Avenues are considered more residential with some of the most elegant and expensive pre-war buildings in the city, 3rd, 2nd and 1st avenues instead are known for the many restaurants, bars and clubs. In these neighborhood are located some of the most important Museums of New York including The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), The Frick Collection and many more. 

Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is considered to be more easy-going than the Upper East and many celebrities decided to move to this neighborhood because of its atmosphere. Broadway is the main artery that stretches from Columbus Circle all the way up to 116th street and then into Harlem. 
This Avenue is known for the many department stores and boutiques. Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues are both known for the many Restaurants, Bars, Clubs and Pubs here located and are very much alive especially Friday and Saturday nights. West End Avenue and River Side Drive are the 2 residential avenues, here many historic pre-war buildings (landmarks) and precious townhouses benefit from incredible views of the Hudson River and New York’s Harbor.

Map - The Upper East and Upper West Side


Interested in visiting these neighborhoods? Why not taking the 1 day pass for the Uptown and Harlem Hop On Hop Off, you would be able to admire all major attractions from a comfortable double-decker bus and with live narration by professional tour guide! 

Uptown Manhattan Video

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