The Upper West Side is a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The area sits between Central Park and the Hudson River. Residents of the Upper West Side have access to the Henry Hudson Parkway, though most take the city's public transportation system to get around. There are both subways and buses in the Upper West Side that will drop off passengers at numerous locations around New York City. 

The neighborhood is filled with plenty to do, no matter where your interests lie. For example, the American Museum of Natural History is located on the western edge of the area. This local favorite has both permanent and temporary exhibits that teach visitors about new subjects. The museum has done exhibits on butterflies, poison, microorganisms and more. 

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a great entertainment option for the more dramatically minded. Residents of the Upper West Side come to see operas, ballets and concerts. 

Shopping in the Upper West Side is easy, whether you need groceries, clothes, accessories or home goods. Zabar's is an open air market that started off as a single tent selling smoked fish. Since its opening in 1934, the market has added stores and become a popular spot to get local food.

The Upper West Side is an energetic neighborhood that houses residents of all kinds, from young professionals to families.