5.9 out of 10

West 79 St, Upper West Side

Ranked 18th best street in Upper West Side
40.7836496199954 -73.9795213185899
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"In a flux"

I usually use the M79 cross town bus to go across the park to the West side. The M 79 uses the 79th traverse road to cross Central Park from where it connects onto 81st Street along Columbus Avenue before once again turning on to W 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue.
W 79th Street actually stretches from Central Park West ( the American Museum of Natural History) up to the west side highway where it hosts the 79th Street Boat basin which is an especially popular summertime haunt. The real estate topography of W 79th street includes high several rise buildings that date from before and after the war and include stately edifices like the Apthrop which in my opinion is one of the prettiest buildings in New York City which actually has the appearance of an old world palace and the imposing structure of the First Baptist Church which is located on Broadway and 79th Street.
The various buildings that line West 79th Street also host diverse commercial establishments like doctor’s offices, restaurants like the popular brunch spot Nice Matin which is located on the ground floor of 201, West 79th Street, Ducale on Columbus Avenue and, Bettola on Amsterdam Avenue along with an outpost of the popular discount retailer, Filenes Basement which located on the corner of W 79th Street and Broadway. West 79th street also used to host an outpost of old-world NYC butcher Ottomanelli Brothers but it recently shut shop due to rising costs and untenable rents.
Pros
  • Elegant architecture
  • Good transport connections
  • Good dining and shopping options
Cons
  • Often crowded and busy
  • Noisy as it is a main thoroughfare
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"You Want Commercial - You've Got It"

Most of W. 79th Street is made up of commercial facilities. But there are residential facilities here and there. The biggest attraction though, is the American Museum of Natural History.

People, no matter where they came from, ended up at the museum. You would not believe the traffic that day I drove down the street. At least there was a nice restaurant on the street near Broadway I could go to since I was hungry.
Pros
  • Great museums in the area
  • Beautiful historic buildings
  • Easy transport
Cons
  • Too many cars around
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, scenic, hotels for tourists"

This street doesn’t extend over to Central Park, which kind of makes it all the more tourist-free. There is more than one hotel on this street, however, like the Lucerne Hotel and Hotel Hayden Hall. The former is a gorgeous luxury hotel that is even beautiful to behold from the sidewalk.
4/5
2yrs+

"West 79th St"

W 79th st, in the heart of the Upper West Side, is a wonderful street in this sometimes repetitive neighborhood. This street is bustling with great restaurants and real estate. I ate at wonderful French restaurant, Nice Matin’s, and though French cuisine isn’t my favorite, I enjoyed the ambiance and the service. If finer diner isn’t your style, there’s another wonderful restaurant called Blondie’s on this street. It’s very relaxed with great food and service. There’s plenty of other great cuisine, also! I think this is a great street in the Upper West Side for couples and friends looking for a casual night out during the week.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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