Population density 105,716 people per square mile

Number of schools 46

Cost of living index 214

Life expectancy 84 years

Livability score 83 extremely livable

Median Age 40

Overall Safety Rank 18

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General Information

Located between Riverside and Central Park, and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street, the Upper West Side is one of the most amazing and greenest parts of Manhattan. If you’re planning to move to the UWS, you should know that it is known as one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in NYC. The neighborhood can offer you some of best private schools, like the Trinity School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and the Calhoun School. The neighborhood is relaxed, but it’s never dull. Don’t have a family but think of moving to the Upper West Side? You should know that it’s also a nice destination for young professionals. Besides, it’s the second safest place in Manhattan.

Going Out

When you move to the Upper West Side, it seems so big that choosing a restaurant becomes a problem. The number of restaurant and bar options is huge, but we have decided to highlight the most popular for your choice. Levain Bakery has more than 4,000 reviews on Yelp, and most of them are great. We can also suggest you going to Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack, Alice’s Tea Cup, Barney Greengrass, Luke’s Lobster, George Keeley, and many others. Amsterdam Avenue is full of great bars to get a drink or two. Anyway, the neighborhood has something to offer for your nightlife.

In case you feel like watching a ballet, go to New York City Ballet or Lincoln Center, one of the world’s leading performing arts centers. The neighborhood is also famous for such attractions as the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the  Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Cloisters, and JCC.

Rental Market

Moving To The Upper West SIde
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The neighborhood’s architecture is defined by its beautiful brownstones having the small-town feeling we like so much. If you saw a quiet street with green trees and brownstones in some movie, chances are big that the scene was taking place on the Upper West Side. So, what does it cost to live in this picturesque area?

Since rentals keep rising in Manhattan, don’t expect anything super cheap here. As for June 8th, the cheapest one-bedroom apartment we have found on the Upper West Side costs around $2,200, while the cheapest Studios cost from $1,900 per month. If you have a family and need at least a two-bedroom place, it will cost you from $2,700. Of course, the cheapest apartments usually don’t have the best options to offer. Better areas and options will definitely cost you more.

The median rent here is $2,800, while the median sale is $1,2M. But if you’re one of the lucky ones who afford to move to the UWS, get the most of it. You can choose between renting an apartment in a co-op, condo, or high-rise. The neighborhood’s brownstones won’t leave anyone indifferent.


Moving To The Upper West Side
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There are two subway lines serving the Upper West Side. You can take the 1, 2 or 3, as well as the A, B, C or D trains. The neighborhood also has five bus routes: M5, M7, M10, M11, and M106. Besides, you can get there by M66, M72, M79, M6, M106 buses that cross the UWS.

Don’t hesitate to move to the Upper West Side, as this place will quickly become your true home!

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