Upper West Side

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Live on the Upper West Side

Parameters: The Upper West Side is bounded by Central Park to the east, the Hudson River to the west, 59th Street to the south, and 110th Street to the north. The northern parameters used to end at 96th Street. However, as the Upper West Side became a highly sought after neighborhood and with its proximity to both Columbia University and the City College of New York the area of known as Manhattan Valley has become part of what many people refer to as the Upper West Side.

With tree lined streets, one-hundred-year old historic brownstones and iconic buildings like the Dakota and the San Remo the Upper West Side is a film producer’s dream come true. Which explains why the neighborhood has served as the setting for some of the best New York City films.

Take for example, Ghostbusters, which featured everything from Lincoln Center to Columbia University to Central Park South.

Then, there’s Black Swan, in which director Darren Aronofsky hauntingly captured the horror of the uptown 1 train. In Fatal Attraction, Michael Douglas’s character lives on West End Avenue. In Hannah and her Sisters, Hannah lives on Central Park West (they also go through Pomander Walk).

There are two Upper West Side movies that are pretty much cinematic love letters to the neighborhood. The first, Little Manhattan, follows 11-year-old protagonist Gabe (a pre-Hunger Games, pre-pubescent Josh Hutcherson) as he zips around mid-aughts UWS on his Razor scooter, offering us lovely shots of Fairway, Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and more.

Then, of course, there’s You’ve Got Mail, a film that’s thrown both AOL and the Upper West Side into a time capsule from 1998. Protagonists Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox live around Riverside Drive and West End Avenue, and scenes are set everywhere from Grey’s Papaya to Zabar’s to Barney Greengrass, to H&H (now gone – RIP) to the Starbucks at 81st and Broadway. Two of the movie’s most pivotal scenes take place on the Upper West Side, at Cafe Lalo on West 83rd Street and at the 91st Street garden in Riverside Park.

Sometimes you’ll spot a bus full of tourists just taking in the sites where all the movies were filmed.


Local Subway Stops

  • 1103 St
  • 12396 St
  • 12386 St
  • 12379 St
  • 12372 St
  • CADB81 St - Museum of Natural History
  • CADB72 St
  • 1Cathedral Pkwy
  • 12366 St - Lincoln Center

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