17 Facts About Upper West Side


Upper West Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

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The Upper West Side is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Hell's Kitchen to the south, Columbus Circle to the southeast, and Morningside Heights to the north.

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Similarly to the Museum Mile district on the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is considered one of Manhattan's cultural and intellectual hubs, with Columbia University and Barnard College located just to the north of the neighborhood, the American Museum of Natural History located near its center, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Fiorello H LaGuardia High School located at the south end.

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Upper West Side is part of Manhattan Community District 7, and its primary ZIP Codes are 10023,10024,10025, and 10069.

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Upper West Side is bounded on the south by 59th Street, Central Park to the east, the Hudson River to the west, and 110th Street to the north.

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From west to east, the avenues of the Upper West Side are Riverside Drive, West End Avenue, Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, Columbus Avenue, and Central Park West.

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Much of the riverfront of the Upper West Side was a shipping, transportation, and manufacturing corridor.

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The Upper West Side experienced a building boom from 1885 to 1910, thanks in large part to the 1904 opening of the city's first subway line, which comprised, in part, what is a portion of the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, with subway stations at 59th, 66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 91st, 96th, 103rd, 110th, 116th, and 125th Streets.

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Upper West Side is a significant Jewish neighborhood, populated with both German Jews who moved in at the turn of last century, and Jewish refugees escaping Hitler's Europe in the 1930s.

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Adjacent to the Bloomingdale neighborhood is a more diverse and less affluent subsection of the Upper West Side called Manhattan Valley, focused on the downslope of Columbus Avenue and Manhattan Avenue from about 96th Street up to 110th Street.

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Apartment buildings along Central Park Upper West Side, facing the park, are some of the city's most opulent.

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In 2019, the highest concentration of felony assaults and robberies in the Upper West Side was on Columbus Avenue between 100th Street and 104th Street, where there were 24 felony assaults and 15 robberies.

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Upper West Side is served by multiple New York City Fire Department fire stations:.

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The Upper West Side has a low population of residents who are uninsured.

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Upper West Side generally has a higher rate of college-educated residents than the rest of the city as of 2018.

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New York Public Library operates four branches in the Upper West Side, of which three are circulating branches and one is a reference branch.

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Upper West Side has been a setting for many films and television shows.

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