Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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  • Recreation
    Sandwiched between two extensive green spaces, the Upper West Side offers stunning waterfront views and miles of flora. Riverside Park, which runs from 59th Street to 155th Street, is part of an extended network of parks and paths that follows the Hudson River all the way downtown. The scenic stretch is home to running and biking paths; cafès; public art; playgrounds; basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball courts; soccer and baseball fields; seasonal events; and, in the warmer months, free kayaking on the river. At the neighborhood's eastern boundary is the City's most famous green space: Central Park. Among the park's draws: the 55-acre Great Lawn, Strawberry Fields, the Shakespeare Garden, The Lake, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which is surrounded by a footpath and offers views of the Upper West and Upper East Sides that make for fantastic snapshots.

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