6.6 out of 10

Central Park West, Central Park

Ranked 9th best street in Central Park
40.7851415700214 -73.9694464924141
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4/5
2yrs+

""Neighborhood" feel"

Central Park West's biggest asset is already listed in its name. Central Park, the enormous expanse of greenery, lakes, benches, and dog runs that offers New Yorkers a bucolic escape smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan, is one of New York's best backyards, and dog owners, families, and nature-lovers alike will be able to appreciate this street's proximity to the park. But Central Park West offers more benefits than its relative location. Its heavy, nineteenth-century architecture is some of the most interesting in the city, with buildings that include the famed Dakota. While there's little to do on the street itself as far as grocery store, restaurants, and other amenities are concerned - the area is mostly residential - the cross-streets connecting Central Park West to the rest of the West Side tend to be dotted with eateries, and nearby parallel avenues make up for the relative dearth of locations on the avenue itself, albeit at the expense of some of Central Park West's noted charm. The area is easy and convenient to get to, with buses running up and down the avenue and the 1-2-3 subway line a few steps away. Culture vultures should get excited - Central Park West is host to two of the city's biggest attractions: the Museum of Natural History and the Planetarium, not to mention the New York Historical society. Best of all, this street has a decidedly welcoming, "neighborhoody" feel - something similar, more insular, Upper East Side neighborhoods can lack. A great place for families or those looking to feel at home among some of New York's most beautiful buildings.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The American Museum of Natural History Tops The List"

When I traveled down W. 81st St., one day, the only highlight to the street was the American Museum of Natural History. This museum covers a large city block. You can get to it by any street surrounding the complex, but from W. 81st St., you get to see the Rose Center for Earth and Space first. What a breathtaking view of the area.

If you keep going past W. 81st St., it turns into 79th Street Transverse, where you are taken through the upper part of Central Park. What a view that is. It is worth seeing if you have the time.
Pros
  • Great museums in the area
  • Famous landmarks
  • Get plenty of exercise walking in park
Cons
  • Too busy at times
  • Too many cars at times
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Awesome Neighborhood"

On west 81st street there are plenty of beautiful brownstones. The street is very conveniently located in the middle of the Upper West Side. It is very close to all the local transportation options New York has to offer. It is also near the Museum of Natural History, Central Park and Riverside Park. Nearby is fantastic dining and great shopping. It is a really great neighborhood.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
2yrs+

"The green street of New York city"

If you can afford to live here than you are blessed, not just because you are rich but because you are able to live in on of the prettiest streets in New York City. This street is perfect city living. You are minutes away from everything, as you are in every corner of New York city. However in central Park west you had the added Bonus of being within a short walking distance of escaping the hectic streets of New York, by visinting Central Park. The best of what New York has to offer is nearby. Like almost everywhere on the Island, traffic can be difficult to deal with, but not as hectic as most other New York City Streets. There is a lot of tourist traffic.
Everytime I visit this street I wonder what it must be like to live in one of those classy building, that line Central Park West.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"W 81st St - The Perfect Balance"

I live between Amsterdam and Broadway on W 81st St. It's a great block, mainly because there's something for everyone within a single block. Let me name a few, these are literally a block away, like a minutes walking distance. Ready?
Stores/Retail:
Starbucks, Staples, Barnes & Nobles, Verizon Wireless Store, NYSC Gym, McDonalds, Zabars
Bars:
Jakes Dilemma, 420, Gin Mill, Brother Jimmy's
Restaurants:
Cafe Lalo, Tamarind, Nice Matin, Fred's

Not too far, is the Boat Basin cafe.

Parking: I have 2 cars, and street parking is easier than other parts of the city.

If you walk further east, you are on the same street as the grand Beresford residences, and the Museum of Natural History. If you head west, you hit the west side park.

Yup, you can't go wrong with West 81st Street!
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Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer How much does it cost to live in this neighborhood? On my visits it was one of my favorites!
2yrs+
nycamigo
nycamigo Well it varies.. studios start at ~$1800 and the average 1 bed starts at ~$2300. But rents are falling and if you negotiate at this time, they will come down.
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Pretty view of the park, city"

Ah, Central Park West. It’s so gorgeous – even in the winter when the sky is all gray and the park is all brown, the architecture and people watching are still entertaining. During warmer, greener months the street is of course busier with both street and sidewalk traffic – but that goes for the city at large.
4/5
2yrs+

"To infinity and beyond"

Central Park West is probably best known for hugging the west rim of Central Park but the Rose Center is doing a great job at increasing the popularity of this stretch of road. There is such a fascination with space and space travel that its hardly surprising this attraction is so popular and the Tom Hanks narrated Space Show is worth the admission fee alone. If you have ever been curious about space and travelling the universe, make this a stop in your New York stay.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful downtown neighborhood, I wish I lived here!"

Beautiful red brick apartment buildings line this street in downtown Manhattan. Excellent shopping and restaurants, plus whatever else you can think of. Don't forget to visit some museums and art studios while you are here. Very difficult to park in this area. I hope you are in a cab. Luckily it is within walking distance to Central Park west.
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2/5
2yrs+

"If the side of a building interests you this is your street."

97th street is close to subway stops and has ample transportation options, however the street itself is about as interesting as a brick wall. Well actually, what you will end up seeing is a brick wall. 97th appears to be one of those streets that were simply drawn in after the fact. Walking down you will see very few entrances, even to residential buildings. Rather you will find yourself surrounded by the side of many buildings. It's quiet, even during the busiest hours in the city which might appeal to some, but to me it's just downright creepy.
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4/5
2yrs+

"A happy medium"

Central Park West offers walkers the ability to enter the park or to stay on the street. It's a great place to walk and admire all the people who get to live in the buildings that line the street across from the park. As for entertainment there is not much. It is mostly just an interesting street to walk. On a nice summer day vendors and artists line the way along the street and you can check out some interesting finds. If you are afraid of the K-9 population you will likely want to stay away. You will see more dogs on Central Park West then you ever though existed within the city.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Nice Place to Stroll"

Central Park West is one of Manhattan's most attractive strolling locations, it has plenty to see with many buildings that boast different unique styles of architecture, and a spectacular contrast with the green of the park. Of course, the best part of Central Park West is that you can walk, and still feel the proximity to the park without having to worry about getting lost. If at any point you fancy a greener stroll, there are plenty of entrances into the park itself. Central Park West has stops on the C and D line, and offers good access to other areas of the city. In its higher proximities (80's 90's), Central Park West is generally quiet, and residential. At night, there isn't too much to expect here except for late night strollers, and people walking their dogs. It's a very picturesque street and definitely worth a visit!
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2/5
2yrs+

"The best thing to do here is leave!"

You would think that this street's proximity to the W96th street subways would make it a more lively place to be, but it is not really somewhere you would want to do more than pass by. The street itself is mostly residential, and it does not offer so much as any sort of entertaining fare. Furthermore, at night, this area is essentially deserted and not such a great place to be, especially alone. Although the Upper West Side does offer its share of quaint areas to visit, this is not one of them. I would recommend, if you happen to get off the subway in this area to walk South. Don't linger here too long, there isn't much to do or see. On the other hand, living here is probably very quiet, and you are not too far from the express stops, so I think it does have its ups and downs. However, a night out on the town probably won't go very far on 97th street.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Pleasant and Quiet"

I love this street. The Upper West Side, particularly in the 80's can get a bit boring and repetitive. There are a few scattered places that are decent to visit, but when night settles in much of the action moves downtown. On 81st and Columbus sits a fantastic little restaurant/bar called Calle ocho, which boasts a huge beach-themed downstairs area and plenty of tropical drinks. In a neighborhood that is typically quiet and family oriented, this little gem is definitely worth a visit. It is a bit classy at night, so it doesn't hurt to dress up a bit, and afterwards have a quiet, romantic stroll down 81st!
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5/5
2yrs+

"A Day At the Museum"

I love this part of Central Park. The American Museum of Natural History is across the street, and there are often groups of children fresh from a field trip enjoying a picnic lunch. The museum itself is fascinating and really one of the cities better museums, though it is heavily trafficked by tourists. If you’re very interested, check out the website for special exhibits and shows. This is a family area, perfect for people looking to settle down. I think it is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in the city, is modestly trafficked, and is pleasant place to spend an afternoon with the family.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"call it an extended visit"

I didn't have to take care of anything but I stayed in an apartment overlooking the park for a month. Basically rented a friend's place for the month. Cost me all of $600 because that's what she was subletting the place for. Hooray for rent-control wonkiness. I gotta say it was the first time I'd ever spent a lot of time in a place I didn't need my car. And I was certainly disturbed that I got mugged for the first time in my life in a city where I couldn't carry my gun. It certainly was an experience.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Attraction of the UWS."

Central Park West is one of the premiere attractions of the Upper West Side. It is particularly good for three things: spotting celebrities, visiting cultural sites, and simply having a nice walk. The celebrities living in buildings along the park include Jerry Seinfeld and Yoko Ono. Strawberry Fields, the New York Historical Society, The Museum of Natural History, the Society for Ethical Culture, and some lovely churches are all located on the street. Lastly, you will find Central Park just beyond the eastern sidewalks. Stop for an ice cream or a hot dog on the way if you like – there will be many vendors selling food along the way,
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4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Parkside Walk"

Though the street is home to the Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society, the biggest draw to Central Park West is the park itself. The street runs right by Strawberry Fields, the tribute to John Lennon right across from the Dakota. It is an especially homey walk, filled with playgrounds, trees, and quiet.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Central Park West is the home of..."

This street is home to no other than the Central Park itself, obviously. It is also home to many others, including quite a few...what do we call them...oh yeah, celebrities. I'm sure that those celebrity tourism bus tours would get all kinds of business around here. One of the most infamous things that happened here was the shooting of The Beatle's John Lennon and apparently Yoko Ono still lives at the home he was shot in front of. Also, the sight of parts of the Ghostbuster movie is here, if you are a fan. A good place to visit for all you entertainment buffs.
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"The American Museum of Natural History Tops The List"
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