Living in Midtown is awesome. We are close to all of the transportation options in the city. We can be almost anywhere within NYC in 30 minutes. We are also close to amazing restaurants, museums, parks, cultural centers, tourist attractions, hotels, Times Square, and Broadway.
However, the downside is that we are close to amazing restaurants, museums, parks, cultural centers, tourist attractions, hotels, Times Square, and Broadway. Get the idea?
Sometimes we have to get away from the noise and chaos. And, as tourism picks up again – WE’RE SO GLAD. – PLEASE COME TO NYC!!! – but, it also means that the chaos will only get worse.
It’s in those moments of, “I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! I CAN’T BE RUN OVER OR STUCK BEHIND ANOTHER PERSON OR I’M GOING TO LOSE MY MIND!” that we escape to the residential neighborhoods of the Upper West Side.
Tree-lined streets, brownstones, turn-of-the-century architecture, and parks on both sides bring fresh air, gentler paces, and space that we so desperately crave.
The Best Day in the Sun on the Upper West Side
If it’s raining and/or cold, check out the Museum of Natural History. It’s truly remarkable.
However, to explore the beauty of this neighborhood, it’s best to enjoy it through walking!
- Start with outdoor brunch at Sarabeth’s, enjoy Amsterdam Ave. and all of the local flavors.
- Grab a coffee to-go at Bluestone Lane UWS and walk west on 78th St. from Amsterdam toward Riverside Park to imagine living in one of those beautiful brownstones.
- Enjoy time at Riverside Park to take in the views of the Hudson and possibly catch some live jazz in the park.
- Head back toward Amsterdam Ave. to grab some Irish drinks and grub at a local watering hole such as The Dead Poet, The Gin Mill, or St. James Gate.
- Continue East to keep dreaming of living in this community on 74th Street heading towards Central Park.
- Check out The Dakota where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived, John Lennon’s Memorial in Central Park, Strawberry Fields, and the Central Park Lake.
- BONUS – If you’re feeling up for more walking, you can head toward the Bethesda Fountain and the Loeb Boathouse to spend a beautiful afternoon in the sun.
- BONUS – Most people would say that you can’t visit the UWS without going to Zabar’s. I would definitely check it out as time permits.
- Head back towards Midtown feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a beautiful day on the artistic, cultural, colorful, and peaceful Upper West Side!
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Should I Come to New York in 2021?
YESSSS!!!! If you live in the U.S.A., then go get your vaccine and come visit! As of April 1, quarantine and testing will no longer be mandated. Quarantining for a few days is still recommended, but we are reaching the end of the formal testing, paperwork, and quarantines for domestic travelers! Huzzah!
***UPDATE*** On April 1, 2021 New York will no longer be requiring quarantines for domestic travel. International travelers will still be required to quarantine. All travelers will need to fill out a NYS traveler form upon arrival.
***UPDATE*** On May 17th the MTA Subway System will resume 24/7 service!
***UPDATE*** On May 19th NYC restaurants will resume indoor service for 100%
***UPDATE*** On September 14th Broadway will re-open at 100% capacity
You’ve waited patiently, and New York is still here! Start planning your trips!
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Noah and Majhon