8 Local Businesses for Day-to-Day Life in the UWS

One of the joys of living in New York City is getting to know the local businesses in your area. But when you’re renting on the Upper West Side, you don’t just want to know the locations of all the best restaurants and shops. You also want to know where to go when you accidentally leave your keys behind or when you need to send a package to your friends on the other side of the country. Going local isn’t just convenient for you. It also lets you support your local economy.


Salons and Spas

Whether you’re a salon regular or only go in for a haircut a few times a year, you want to know where to go. Located in the retail space at The Ashley, Salon M is open seven days a week and offers a wide variety of services ranging from facials, to massage, to nail and hair services.

If you’re looking to update your color, Fox & Jane is located on 83rd Street and known for providing customers with excellent coloring, using techniques ranging from traditional foil to balayage. The salon’s stylists also offer cuts and bridal styling.

If you’re looking for a bit of relaxation and pampering on the UWS, you might check out Ettia Holistic Spa. Services at the spa, located on 72nd street, range from massages and facials to waxing that is described as “peaceful and painless.” Packages are also available that combine two or more services.

Home Care

Don’t want to clean your apartment? Crystal Clean Housecleaning Services, offers a range of cleaning services, all of which are backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t happy with the results, you can call them within 24 hours and they will return to correct their work.

Perhaps your apartment is spotless, but you’re getting tired of the paint color. You can reach out to a company such as Brushed Interiors for a high quality paint job. The company offers upfront pricing, based on the size of the room. For example, two coats of paint in a standard bedroom will cost $500.


Whether you want a new book or DVD or need a free place to sit and relax, the two branches of the New York Public Library on the UWS have you covered. The St. Agnes branch and the Bloomingdale branch are both open six days a week. Each library has computers available for public use, as well as free WiFi for the public. You can check out and return books to either branch, as long as you have a library card. Both branches regularly offer a variety of events, from children’s story time to book discussions.


If you need to mail a package, there are several post offices throughout the UWS, including the Ansonia Station branch at 178 Columbus Ave between W 68th & W 67th Street. The lobby of that branch is open until 7pm, and there are self-service kiosks available, making it convenient for you to purchase stamps or send a package off. You can also apply for a passport at that branch.

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