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Our NYC Injury Lawyers' Favorite Things About Manhattan's Upper West Side

Although considered to be the less pretentious neighborhood unlike its contemporary (the Upper East Side), the Upper West Side is still considered an affluent area of Manhattan. The Upper West Side's reputation lies in being the place where culture, intellectuals, and artists merge. This neighborhood is in the borough of Manhattan, nestled between Central Park and Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street. We are well acquainted with the Upper West Side as that is where our primary personal injury law firms are located.

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Development Of The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side we now know as being surrounded by Central Park on the east and Hudson River on the west was settled by Dutch immigrants in the early and mid-seventeenth century. Some highlights of the development of the area from the early mid-seventeenth century to early twentieth century include:

Upper West Side Demographics

In the 1960s the south area of 67th Street was densely populated by African-Americans. By 1960, this side of the neighborhood was considered run down and overcrowded and due to be demolished. Demolition of this area brought on urban renewal that saw the construction of the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts and Lincoln Towers from 1962-1968.

The turn of the last century saw the neighborhood acquire a large number of German Jews and Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's tyranny in the 1930s. To date, 85th Street and 100th Street houses the largest society of young Modern Orthodox singles outside of Israel.  Aside from this section, the Upper West Side generally has a large number of non-Orthodox Jews, and because of that, there are a lot of principal synagogues in this neighborhood.

To date the latest population estimates state that 209,084 people live on the Upper West Side with a breakdown of 67.4% of white or non-Hispanic people, 15% Hispanic people, 7.6% African Americans, 7.6% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% American Indian or Native Alaskan, 0.3% some other race and 2% two or more races.

A Mix Of Culture, Education & Art

The Upper West Side has gained a reputation for being a place where you can find many cultural, artsy, and educational New York City structures. Some of these structures are as follows:

1. American Museum of Natural History:

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 and is well known for its exhibitions and scientific collections. Visitors can see dinosaurs and ocean life, African mammals as well as seasonal butterfly exhibitions.

2. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:

Known as the cornerstone of New York City culture, the center has a campus of 11 organizations centered on dance, music, and theater. Numerous performances are brought to life each year at the center, if you cannot see one of the performances, you can take advantage of the guided tours of the Lincoln Center.

3. Julliard School:

Julliard was originally called the Institute of Musical Art when it was founded in 1905. Julliard is a well known performing arts school and is seen as one of the world's leading music schools with an inventory of 275 Steinway pianos, making it the largest collection of any institution in the world.

Find out more about the neighborhood's attractions here.

Upper West Side Cemented In Pop Culture

The Upper West Side has served as the setting or backdrop for numerous T.V. shows and movies due to its pre-War architecture, colorfulness, and lush culture.  Some popular T.V. show  and movie and characters that have lived in the neighborhood include:

How To Get There

There are two subways designated to Manhattan's Upper West Side. The IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue (1, 2, 3 trains) runs along Broadway. The other line is the IND Eighth Avenue Line (A, B, C, D trains) which runs along Central Park West.

If you are using the bus service there are five routes to choose from, the M5, M7, M10, M11, and M104.

Emergency Contacts

As with any case, if anything happens to you or someone you know in the Upper West Side, the emergency information for the police and hospitals are as follows:

Mount Sinai Urgent Care Upper West Side:

638 Columbus Ave, at 91st Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 828-3250

Columbia University Medical Center

630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-7114

NYPD 20th Precinct

120 West 82nd Street
New York, NY 10024-5502
(212) 580-6411

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: October 22, 2015
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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