The Upper West Side is a neighborhood that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 116th Street. This neighborhood is an upscale, primarily residential area. It has the reputation of being home to New York City’s cultural, intellectual hub (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artists (with Lincoln Center located at the south end). Architecturally appealing churches and beautifully maintained brownstones beg visitors to take a closer look at this well-mannered neighborhood. Several famous spots are in the Upper West Side, such as the Dakota – an apartment building on 72nd Street and Central Park West where musician John Lennon was murdered in 1980. And Columbus Circle – traffic circle at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South and Eight Avenue.
Its centerpiece is a statue of the explorer Christopher Columbus erected in 1906. Two subway lines serve the Upper West Side (1,2,3 trains that run along Broadway and A,B,C trains that run along Central Park West), and make it easy access from anywhere in Manhattan.