Renting on the Upper West Side

Moving to New York City can seem daunting to the uninitiated. With so many neighborhoods from which to choose, finding the right fit for your particular interests may pose a challenge. However, for creative and academic professionals, narrowing down the options is a bit easier, as no part of the city is better suited for creative and academics than the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


As with most NYC neighborhoods, there are several financial firms headquartered on the Upper West Side, including HSBC, Barclays, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Deloitte. But the UWS is also a haven for artistic and cultural specialists. Several nationally and internationally renowned organizations in broadcast media, the performing arts, and academia are headquartered in the area.

Broadcast Media

The American Broadcasting Company, for example, can be found at 77 West 66th Street. This multibillion dollar television network and Disney subsidiary hires thousands of writers, producers, and advertisers. An American institution for more than half a century, it’s safe to say that ABC will offer numerous Upper West Side employment opportunities for many years to come. Competitor Time Warner, the world’s third largest television network, is also located in the area on the western side of Columbus Circle, and provides similar opportunities.

Performance Arts

Professionals in the performing arts will find relatively equivalent job prospects at the Lincoln Center in nearby Lincoln Square. This historic complex is home to 30 different indoor and outdoor performance venues, perhaps the most famous being the Metropolitan Opera House. Other notable venues that sprawl the 16.3 acre campus include Avery Fisher Hall (formerly Philharmonic Hall), Vivian Beaumont Theater, and Julliard School, which houses both the university by the same name as well as various additional theaters and halls.

Research and Academics

For professional academics and the research oriented, the UWS is fortunate enough to boast the prestigious Columbia University as part of its turf. The fifth oldest school in the United States, Columbia is a research-intensive Ivy League college that touts an incredibly long list of successful graduates and esteemed faculty members. Over 20 living billionaires, 101 Nobel Prize Laureates, and 3 United States Presidents were affiliated with the school as of 2014.

Transportation Options

Like most areas of Manhattan, getting around the UWS is fairly easy. Although city traffic can pose problems for cars and trucks, the network of public transit options and the relative proximity of employers, shopping and dining centers, and parks eliminates much of the need for a personal motorized vehicle.

Regarding mass transit – The Seventh Avenue Line runs parallel to Broadway and carries the 1, 2, and 3 trains. Perpendicular to this system are the A, B, C, and D trains, which are part of the IND Eighth Avenue Line along Central Park West. Over one dozen bus routes offer additional transportation within the area, including north and south routes M5, M7, M10, M11, M104, and crosstown routes M66, M72, M79, M86, M96, M106, and M20.

Of course, walking and bicycling both present alternative means to travel short distances around town.

Markets and Restaurants

The Big Apple is known for being a foodie paradise. And considering all of the Upper West Side dining and nightlife options, it’s easy to see why.

Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway host a wide assortment of restaurants and bars between 67th Street and 110th Street. Although there are too many eateries to name, a few of the most notable include Barney Greengrass, which specializes in seafood and fish, Community Food and Juice, which takes an environmentally friendly and largely organic approach, and Gray’s Papaya, a 24-hour hotdog and juice vendor. Popular boutique markets and grocery stores include Fairway Market, Citarella Market, and Zabar’s, each of which have been referenced in various movies and other forms of pop-culture over the years, solidifying their standings as NYC landmarks. More familiar options, such as Wholefoods and Trader Joes, have setup shop on the UWS as well.

Living on the Upper West Side

With so many great employers, a well-connected transportation network, and an overwhelming variety of dining and shopping options, renting on the UWS is a perfect choice for creative and academic professionals.

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