The Upper Westside of Manhattan has some of the main tourist sites, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and borders Central Park. Aside from that though, I didn’t really connect much with the area. It’s (for New York) very quiet and mostly has nannies with strollers spending time with the children of their affluent employers. An expensive part of the city, but lacking that buzz that the other parts of the city have.
Having said that, it is a beautiful part of New York and if somebody offered me an apartment here I most certainly wouldn’t be saying no. If you’re actually living in New York on a regular basis, you’d probably want to live somewhere which is a bit quieter than the rest of the city, but still gives you quick access to all the other good stuff in Manhattan.
Would you believe that I didn’t actually eat at one of these the entire time I was in New York. A hot dog and papaya juice whenever I’m next in New York is on the list.
While the Guggenheim is worth visiting for the building, I wasn’t overly impressed by the collection of art in there – just not my thing I guess, with MoMa containing more of the stuff I’m interested in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is, on its own, certainly worth visiting as it has a lot of artefacts from all over the world. If, however, you have been to Europe and seen, for example, the British Museum or the Louvre, there’s not much new to see here.
Central Park is, as would be expected, a really beautiful park and great just to wander through and relax. All these photos are from the “bottom half” of the park
The park contains a zoo for children.
Back on 5th Avenue.