Upper West Side
The Upper West Side is a mix of ornate 19th-century landmarks, solid pre–WWII apartment buildings, well-worn tenements, and some outstanding cultural institutions, including Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History. The neighborhood is also known for its feisty liberal politics, love of culture, and upper-middle class, including an especially large quotient of doctors, lawyers, writers, actors, musicians, dancers, and intellectuals.
Today, the best streets for wandering are Broadway and Columbus Avenue, both lined with a multitude of shops. In comparison, the streets running from east to west tend to be quiet and almost exclusively residential.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition