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Upper West Side

About Upper West Side

Get the inside scoop on Upper West Side from local experts, travel creators, and tastemakers. Browse genuine trip notes, Upper West Side reviews, photos, travel guides, and itineraries from real travelers and plan your trip with confidence.

What people say

"The Upper East & West Side neighborhoods are the best neighborhoods to stay in for families. Safety is generally not a huge issue in New York, in fact, it's one of the country's safest big cities, but these two neighborhoods are the safest neighborhoods. There are fewer crowds and more locals living here. You may even spot a few celebrities in the area. The area is pretty quiet and less busy with lots of playgrounds for the kids. Many hotels here offer family accommodations and there are two main Subway lines to help you get around. The best thing to do nearby: The Museum of Natural History!"

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Use this guide as the starting point for planning your trip to New York City. New York can be daunting, since it's so big, so choosing the neighborhood that you're going to stay in should be based on the vibe you're looking for. Do you want to focus on cool restaurants & shopping? Are you a first time visitor, so you want to do more touristy things? All of these questions are things I've taken into account for you. In this guide, you'll find information on each neighborhood worth staying in & my notes on why you might choose to stay there. Once you've chosen your vibe & location, you can dive into my other guides that have recommendations for dining, night life, things to do with the kiddos, free things to do, and more! These guides are all linked throughout, and are built to be used as maps to help you navigate the city. Be sure to check them out to plan the rest of your trip! This guide also contains lots of useful information on how to get from all of the NY airports to where you'll be staying, as well as my favorite app for getting around the city - CityMapper!
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