There comes a time when every New Yorker considers a move to Manhattan’s quieter climes, and for good reason. The Upper West Side and the Upper East Side are equal parts charming, quiet, cultured, and vibrant, and offer convenient access to Central Park. However, despite their shared traits, the Upper West Side offers a more relaxed take on luxury, as evidenced by the design and amenities at The Astor’s elegant Upper West Side condos. Join us as we explore this prized neighborhood and learn why it's often the first choice for modern city living.

A Vibrant Arts Scene

Central Park may be dotted with cultural institutions, but the Upper West Side can definitely hold its own when it comes to history and art. Marvel at dinosaur skeletons at the American Museum of Natural History, gaze at the stars and planets at Hayden Planetarium, or bear witness to the haunting and alluring paintings at the Nicholas Roerich Museum. And for rainy days, the hands-on Children's Museum of Manhattan offers amusement for children of any age.

A Tantalizing Culinary Scene

If the Upper East Side is equivalent to a two-piece suit, then the Upper West Side is a sports coat; even its restaurant scene embodies this laid-back confidence and refinement. Residents of The Astor enjoy an incredible menu of culinary options that are both upscale and casual. Quench your thirst with a Bonfire Spritz at the gold-brocaded Manhattan Cricket Club before heading to the Mermaid Inn for your main course, where you can feast on the delectable lobster rolls and oysters. You can also opt for the Riviera vibe at Nice Matin, with plates of duck liver mousse and salade Italienne. Indeed, on the Upper West Side, you can dine not just in style but as if you are in almost any country in the world, without having to worry about the dress code.

Ample Green Space

While the Upper West and Upper East Sides can both stake a claim to Central Park, only the West Side has direct access to Riverside Park. This scenic waterside green space stretches across four miles and 266 acres, creating a perennial and convenient destination for those fortunate enough to live in the area. Jogging, cycling, dog walking, and sports are all on the menu here, as are outdoor gyms, eateries, children’s recreational spaces, and thought-provoking public art and memorials, set among views of the Hudson.

Architecture & The Astor

The Upper East Side has some of New York City’s most well-known buildings, to be sure. However, when you’re selecting a new home, you can look to the highly established Upper West Side for your home base. That’s why the Upper West Side edges out its neighbor to the east for its roster of beloved architectural masterpieces that are world-renowned but also blend in wonderfully, so as not to draw a crowd.

Commissioned by none other than William Waldorf Astor, The Astor is a perfect example of the Upper West Side’s understated luxury, thanks to its turn-of-the-century grandeur, delicious interiors featuring kitchens with Calacatta Gold countertops, and living spaces with double-pane bay windows. Residences contain freestanding soaking tubs, in addition to functioning wood fireplaces for snug evenings at home.

Although residing here provides the best of what Manhattan has to offer, The Astor will truly be the best part of establishing your home on the Upper West Side.