The Upper West Side must seem like a sleepy residential area with its grand homes but there is a lot of culture and entertainment in the neighborhood too. Take a walk in the area and enjoy the architectural gems. Here are some highlights.
American Museum of Natural History 200 Central Park W (between W 77th & W 81st St), New York, NY. This is an enormous museum with over 30m artifacts, and you won’t be able to see it all in one visit. There are so many different sections to see. Explore the underwater world in the Milstein Hall of the Ocean Life. Don’t miss the Barosaurus skeleton replica and the whale.
Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space200 Central Park W (inside American Museum of Natural History), New York, NY. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is part of the museum. Catch the NASA exhibit with some rare photos from the Apollo missions. You should try and catch one of the regular planetarium shows.
Riverside Park Riverside Dr (between W 59th St. & St. Clair Pl.), New York, NY. This is a beautiful park that locals like to keep for themselves. You will not see a lot of tourists here. Take a stroll in the park and walk along the boat basin as it’s rare to find a waterfront in New York. There is a community feel here as a lot of people live on house boats in the basin. It’s a nice respite from the busy streets of New York.
Jacob’s Pickles 509 Amsterdam Ave (between W 84th & W 85th St), New York, NY. Brunch is a big deal in New York and Jacob’s Pickle is one of the old time favorites. They serve Southern themed food using seasonal and local ingredients. Make sure you sample all four types of pickles and the shrimp and bacon grits.
Alice’s Tea Cup 102 W 73rd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves Alice’s is a quirky, whimsical tea shop, a great place to stop for a cup of tea and one of their famous scones. Its quirky decor looks like it fell off the pages of an Alice in Wonderland book.
Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, NY 10024. This is an old Jewish deli that is famed for its bagel, served with a heap of eggs, lox, and luxurious caviar. A mainstay for the brunch crowd and they have been keeping customers happy for over a century. The charming decor has not changed much and it feels like you have stepped back in time. Definitely one for visitors to the City.
Lice Happens is located in this area as well.