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850 Amsterdam Avenue, Apt 14E
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,600
By Ted Fernandez, 8 hours ago
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367 Sqft
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Columbus Avenue
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,450
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By Andre Bourne, 13 hours ago
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500 Sqft
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850 Amsterdam Avenue, Apt 14E
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,600
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By Kevin McConnell, 11 hours ago
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Upper West Side
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,845
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By Jeandy Cabral , 1 day ago
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Broadway/66
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,580
By Anne Edling, 8 hours ago
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850 Amsterdam Avenue, Apt 14E
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,600
By Sherman Halliday, 1 day ago
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Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,600
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By Don Carlos, 1 day ago
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367 Sqft
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West 87th Street
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,550
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By Derek Milhem, 20 hours ago
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1 Bath
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647 Sqft
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West 93rd Street
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,895
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By Derek Milhem, 20 hours ago
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1 Bath
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469 Sqft
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41 West 86th St, Apt PLAN M 4T...
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,555
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By Equity Residential, 9 hours ago
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1 Bath
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372 Sqft
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Riverside Boulevard
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,400
By Anne Edling, 8 hours ago
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West 89th Street
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,766
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By Derek Milhem, 20 hours ago
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1 Bath
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464 Sqft
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Riverside Boulevard
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,400
By Anne Edling, 8 hours ago
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Riverside Boulevard
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,232
By A.G. (Eiji) Nakagawa, 17 hours ago
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W 101 Street
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,850
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By John Skip Murphy, 2 days ago
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Columbus Avenue
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,612
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By Derek Milhem, 20 hours ago
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500 Sqft
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41 West 86th Street, Apt 8G
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,640
By Norris James, 4 days ago
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W 101 Street
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,845
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41 West 86th Street, Apt 8H
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$2,385
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Riverside Boulevard
Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,501
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By Sadiru Ruwanpurage, 1 day ago
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519 Sqft
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Upper West Side

The Upper West Side, bordered by Central Park and Riverside Park, is dotted with residential structures that seem like they sprang straight out of a movie or television show. Indeed, the neighborhood has often been depicted in films and TV shows, notably Seinfeld, You've Got Mail, American Psycho, Ghostbusters, Hannah and her Sisters, among many others. All of this makes the Upper West Side an ideal location for a stroll through pop culture history-and history in general.

As you walk around…

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Upper West Side

The Upper West Side, bordered by Central Park and Riverside Park, is dotted with residential structures that seem like they sprang straight out of a movie or television show. Indeed, the neighborhood has often been depicted in films and TV shows, notably Seinfeld, You’ve Got Mail, American Psycho, Ghostbusters, Hannah and her Sisters, among many others. All of this makes the Upper West Side an ideal location for a stroll through pop culture history—and history in general.

As you walk around, you’ll notice beautiful row residences and some of the loveliest pre-war structures on the tree-lined and flower-filled streets on the Upper West Side. Despite the fact that it might be an expensive location to live in, the Upper West Side provides everything you need within walking distance.

The Upper West Side is made up of a number of smaller neighborhoods such as Manhattan Valley, Bloomingdale, and Lincoln Square. Each comes with its own set of excellent restaurants, world-class museums, fantastic schools, grocery shops, gyms, churches, and clubs. Due to its location by two of the city’s largest parks, the UWS offers plenty of different activities for everyone in your family.


Boundaries of Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is located between 59th and 110th Street between Central Park (to the East) and the Hudson River (to the West). It is next to the neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen to the South, Columbus Circle to the Southeast, and Morningside Heights to the North.


History of Upper West Side

The area that is known today as the Upper West Side was originally home to the Lenape people, an indigenous group of people who lived in the Northeastern Woodlands area in present day United States and Canada.

In the early late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, the Upper West Side contained some of New York's largest and most elegant colonial mansions along Bloomingdale Road. With time, the area began filling up with more suburban villas and homes as population growth expanded. By the end of the nineteenth century, the riverfront had transformed into a shipping, transportation, and manufacturing corridor for the city and soon became home to the Hudson River Railway Line. This industrial development alongside with the construction of Central Park (which drove residents westward) resulted in the creation of squatters' housing, boarding houses, and rowdy taverns in the area.

It wasn’t until Columbia's move to Morningside Heights in the 1890s and the opening of New York's first subway line along 7th Avenue in 1904, that the neighborhood experienced a period of rapid expansion and growth.


Atmosphere of Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is a relaxed neighborhood with a vibe of sophisticated wealth and “old New York''. It's location between Central Park and Riverside Park, makes it a safe area that's grown particularly popular with young families. It’s common to take a stroll around the streets of the Upper West Side and see families with their young children and pets at all times of the day. Have time to swing by the neighborhood for a visit? You’ll be sure to fall in love with the neighborhood’s intimate and inviting spirit.


Family Score in Upper West Side

The neighborhood, which is now regarded as a cultural and intellectual hotspot, provides entertainment, shopping, parks, and playgrounds—everything you could want to enrich your family's life.

The Upper West Side couldn't be more family-friendly, with over 30 playgrounds, almost 80 different school options, and everyday vignettes of family life—kids on scooters, parents wheeling strollers, and families picnicking in the park.


Buildings in Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is home to a considerable number of pre-war structures (mostly four- and five-story brownstones), as well as several particularly big, elegant historical residential complexes such as the Dakota, the Dorilton, the Ansonia, San Remo, and the Apthorp.

In recent years, several big apartment buildings and complexes have been constructed in the area, particularly to the north and west. These recently constructed apartments include the Marlow, Charlotte of the UWS, 378 West End Avenue, and the Era.


Transportation Options in Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is a considerably easy neighborhood to access and commute from. There are a number of different transportation methods available for residents. These include:


  • The New York Subway system which includes the 1,2,3,A,C,B,D train lines which service multiple stops in the Upper West Side neighborhood
  • The NYC Bus system which includes five bus lines that run north-south ((M5, M104, M7, M11, and M10) and six bus routes that run east-west (M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, and M106).
  • The Citi Bikes system is extremely accessible in the Upper West Side. There are Citi bike stations all over the area and if you’re looking for a ride, you can use your online maps to locate a station as there’s never one too far from you.

Notable Residents of Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is home to a slew of superstars, which is easy to understand! In comparison to the rest of the city, living on the Upper West Side can be rather calm. It has a residential vibe to it, as well as several excellent Upper West Side restaurants and pubs, and it is adjacent to Central Park which makes it perfect for those who crave a bit of nature on a day-to-day basis.

Notable residents have included Antonio Banderas, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellie Kemper, Trey Anastasio, and Randy Rainbow.


Notable Schools in Upper West Side

On the Upper West Side, there are 57 public schools, including dedicated preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools, specialized high schools, charter schools, and schools that provide special education services, according to the NYC Department of Education website.


The following public and charter schools are located on the Upper West Side:


  • Frank McCourt High School
  • P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
  • P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson
  • P.S. 87 William Sherman
  • P.S. 163 Alfred E. Smith
  • P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon

The following private schools are located on the Upper West Side:


  • Collegiate School
  • The IDEAL School of Manhattan
  • School of Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Trevor Day School
  • Montessori School in Twin Parks
  • Montessori School on the West Side

Things to Do

New York's Upper West Side, known for its mom-and-pop shops, elegant townhouses, and family-friendly location near Central Park, is a peaceful residential area. In addition, there are several cultural landmarks in this area. Such landmarks include:


  • Central Park
  • Riverside Park
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Beacon Theater
  • The Dakota

Other than landmarks, don’t forget to also check out the following:


  • Visit the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial in Central Park.
  • See a show at Lincoln Center
  • Check out Banksy’s Hammer Boy mural on 79th and Broadway
  • Peek in to catch a glimpse of the private Pomander Walk on 94th Street
  • Soak in the holiday spirit by watching the Macy’s Day Parade which starts out each year from the Upper West Side

Restaurants to Visit

The Upper West Side is also a fantastic dining destination. There are high-end grocery stores like Zabar's and Fairway, as well as neighborhood favorites like Alice's Tea Cup, Barney Greengrass, Bustan, Levain’s Bakery, Makana, and The Cottage that are not to be missed.

The Upper West Side is home to some of the city’s most-respected cultural institutions, including the Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Bard Graduate Center and Gallery, among others. Perhaps the most notable institution is Lincoln Center, home to many of the city’s most renowned music and theater companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet.

Despite its family friendly reputation, the Upper West Side has great nightlife. Some favorites include: the Irish Pub, Dead Poet, Cream, Evelyn Lounge, Sugar Bar and John Lennon’s favorite, The Parlor.

On weekends, there are several locations to go for brunch, which has become a local custom. Places you can visit include:


  • Jacob’s Pickles
  • Peacefood Cafe
  • Good Enough to Eat
  • Sarabeth’s
  • Boulud Sud

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Learn More About Upper West Side
For those interested, Upper West Side currently has 1,321 residential listings advertised on the market for rent. From data that we've compiled, listings range from $3,290 in the lower quartile to $5,995 in the upper quartile. Generally speaking, the median rental price is $4,400 or $73 / ft². For those interested in renting a listing in this search area, there are currently 164 studio, 542 one-bedroom, 317 two-bedroom, 225 three-bedroom, and 73 four+ bedroom properties available for rent.
For your convenience, we've included a more detailed breakdown of rental pricing by median bedroom sizes here:
Bedrooms Rent Rent / ft²
Studio $2,665 $93
1 BR $3,765 $69
2 BR $5,879 $69
3 BR $6,350 $76
4+ BR $6,250 $61

We make sure to refresh our rental listings every hour in order to provide you with the newest and most up-to-date inventory available on the market.

Upper West Side is located within New York County, New York. This area currently has 1,634,989 residents in 753,385 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.7.

When looking at residents older than 25, 12.55% have graduated from high school, 31.80% have a bachelor's degree, and 28.64% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 62.9% and the median income in this county is $75,513.

At least 76.86% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 31.4 minutes.

Geographically, New York County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.

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