With so many neighborhoods in;New York City, how do you choose where to go and what to see? Also, with the extensive subway system, it's easy to get around. This is especially true when visiting the Upper West Side. This upscale and residential neighborhood is also home to cultural and intellectual facilities, along with picturesque places that are quintessentially New York.
Central Park sure is scenic, but don't let it make you think it doesn't have competition. Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront park that stretches 4 miles from 72nd Street to 158th Street. Did you know it is an official designated scenic landmark of New York City? The park has a plethora of things to do like sports, bike and walking trails and scenic views. One includes Grant’s Tomb; the large and gorgeous mausoleum that holds the late General and US President Grant and his wife.
We're not sure what is better: seeing the facility of Lincoln Center, or going to see one of its world renowned shows? Get your cultural fix at this center which has 29 indoor and outdoor performance venues, including Alice Tully Hall- a concert hall and Avery Fisher Hall0 a symphony hall and home to the NY Philharmonic. And don't forget the breathtaking Metropolitan Opera House where you can see the best views inside or out.
Though the technical boundaries of the UWS end at 110th Street, some like to consider Morningside Heights as part of the UWS. The neighborhood would be proud to include Columbia University; an Ivy League center for higher education in their list. This is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York; founded in 1764 as King's College. While you have to have top grades to get into this prestigious University, you can be a polite tourist and view this beautiful campus. Take a stroll through the College Walk to get to Low Memorial Library; a sight that will make you want to be a student again. Everything is a sight to see at Columbia.
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