The Metropolis: Must-sees in the Upper West Side

The Marmara Park Avenue Presents Must-sees in the Upper West Side

The Upper West Side of Manhattan (UWS) is located from Central Park to Riverside Park along the Hudson River (West to East), and 59th Street to 110th Street (South to North).

This affluent section of Manhattan with its tree-lined residential neighborhoods—and centuries-old historic residential landmark buildings such as The San Remo, The Dakota, The Apthorp, The Ansonia, and The Eldorado—make it a great place to live in style and peace in Manhattan. This is especially true for its many celebrity residents including Amy Schumer, Denzel Washington, Yoko Ono, Kevin Bacon, Anne Hathaway, Bono, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and more.

Its picturesque streets, stately brownstones and distinctive architecture has made it a perfect backdrop for many movies such as When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Ghostbusters, Rosemary’s Baby and more. An area around 68th Street (which was subsequently demolished and re-built as the Lincoln Towers) was one of the shooting locations for the iconic opening scene for West Side Story in 1961.

The Upper West Side is home to several prestigious education institutions including Columbia University, The Juilliard School, Barnard College, and Fordham University.

UWS is also known for its fine restaurants and specialty food stores, upscale boutiques, museums, world-renowned performing arts venues, and more. Here is just a sample of all there is to do and see in Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a collection of word-class venues featuring the best in performing arts, including the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, the Juilliard School, and more.

Every year, thousands of events and hundred of live performances take place on the vibrant, 16-acre site which is comprised of 30 indoor and outdoor facilities and is also home to Fordham University and the Juilliard School. The Josie Robertson Plaza welcomes guests with a spectacular fountain featuring choregraphed water shows spurting 40 feet high. It is a sight to behold, especially in the evening when the fountain is illuminated.


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American Museum of Natural History

Immortalized in the film A Night at The Museum, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world. In total, its buildings, exhibits, library and planetarium encompass 2 million square feet.

There are hundreds of displays, exhibits, and millions of species on display. Some of its permanent exhibitions include Mammal Halls, Human Origins and Cultural Halls, Earth and Planetary Halls, Birds and Reptiles and Amphibians Halls, and Rose Center for Earth and Space. Temporary exhibitions such as the Butterfly Conservatory, Unseen Oceans, Inside You, and countless others bring an exciting program of scientific and natural wonders to millions of visitors every year.


At 80th Street and Broadway lies a New York City institution of a different kind: Zabar’s. The Zabar family lovingly carries on the quality and culinary expertise established by Louis and Lillian Zabar in 1934. To call it simply a delicatessen is only part of the story.

To be sure, you can get the finest deli meats, foie gras, pates, salads, and a wide selection of artisanal cheeses from around the world at Zabar’s. But it doesn’t end there. Sample their meticulously smoked and cured fish, caviar, legendary Kosher bagels and schmears, fresh baked goods (including a family recipe for rugelach), and don’t leave without picking up a bag of one of their freshly-roasted coffee blends. They even have an entire floor devoted to kitchen goods and housewares.


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Central Park West

There are so many great things to do and see in Central Park. And, even outside Central Park! The benches and landscaping along the park’s West Side make it perfect for relaxing, walking the dog, or enjoying some coffee or lunch. It is also considered a prime people-watching location.

Once you are inside Central Park’s West Side, check out these popular spots:

Strawberry Field’s Imagine Mosaic (a tribune to the late John Lennon who lived and died across the street at The Dakota)

The Lake & Bow Bridge (a picturesque and widely photographed spot)

The Loch (great for bird-watching)

Shakespeare Garden, Swedish Cottage, and Delacorte Theatre (gardens and performance venues)

The Cherry Hill Fountain (a favorite stop for horse-drawn carriage rides), and

Heckscher Ballfields, Playground, Carousel and The Dairy (a great spot for children).


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Big Onion Walking Tour

Many of these amazing attractions and sites are on the Big Onion’s walking tour of the Upper West Side. From the  landmark architectural towers along Central Park West, to the Lincoln Center (and lots in between), you’ll get a great feel for this amazing and historic neighborhood—along with interesting history and fun facts.

Your Home in New York

With just a short cab ride downtown, you’ll arrive here at the centrally-located Marmara Park Avenue. Stepping through our glass-and-steel, jewel case-style vestibule you will immediately be struck by our unmistakable NYC style, and the warmth of our hospitality.

From our soaring ceilings, to contemporary art/sculpture/furniture designed by NYC artists, to our chic lobby bar, to what Forbes called one of New York City’s “best hotel fireplaces,” to our welcoming 24/7 concierge staff, you will know you’ve “arrived.” (And just wait ‘til you see your room!)

We look forward to making the Marmara Park Avenue your “Home in New York.”


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