About the NeighborhoodThe New York you can’t not fall in love with in movies—that wonderland of neurotic Woody Allen characters, Chinese delivery and a snow-dusted Central Park—is actually the Upper West Side. It’s cheering to spend a sunny Sunday walking up and around Amsterdam Avenue, where the streets feel wide and leafy and the people might not survive off this island: There are die-hard New Yorkers toting their weekly provisions of bagels, lox and The New York Times; pin-thin marathoners and Soul Cyclers feeding their addictions; and professional brunchers overflowing from a slew of sidewalk cafes.
“To him, no matter what the season was, New York was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.”
T-rexes hang in the American Museum of Natural History.
A tribute to John Lennon in Central Park.
The number one food group on the Upper West Side.
See opera, films and dance in the Lincoln Center.
A New York addiction.
Named for the first Manhattanites’ hometown.
The deli of all delis.
Just ask an Upper West Sider about the great subway access.
Get to know your delivery guy.
Dogs can go off-leash in Central Park in mornings and at night.