One of New York’s most historic neighborhoods, the Upper West Side boasts a reputation as New York’s preeminent arts and culture destination. Central Park, the city’s most famous green space, and Riverside Park are two of the area gems. Convenient and centrally located, Broadway is lined with theaters, performance venues, acclaimed restaurants, high-end retailers, and the best cultural institutions that make this area sought after by so many.
Established in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History hosts a vast collection—only a fragment of its 32 million specimens are on display at any given time. This extraordinary museum has interactive children’s tours and exhibits. It contains forty-five permanent exhibition halls throughout twenty-seven interconnected buildings, as well as a planetarium and a library offering an array of exciting events for visitors of all ages.
New York Historical Society
Founded in 1804, the New York Historical Society is the oldest museum in Manhattan. Today, the museum presents informative public programming, events, and exhibitions exploring both the history of New York City and the nation at large. Inside the NYHS, you will also find the DiMenna Children’s Museum and Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The permanent exhibitions at both the museum and the library offer an assortment of educational materials and programming for kids, from toddlers to age thirteen.
The Astor is centrally positioned in one of New York’s most sophisticated cultural districts. Three world-class museums are within walking distance: the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Historical Society, the Jewish Community Center, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Also nearby, Beacon Theatre, Symphony Space, the Delacorte Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center offer a varied repertoire of performances encompassing music, dance, and theater. In addition, New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera House, and the New York Philharmonic surround the recently restored Grand Promenade at Lincoln Center.
The neighborhood’s evolved culinary offerings consist of signature dining, casual destinations, and independent bakeries and coffee roasters. Critically acclaimed restaurants near The Astor include Dovetail, RedFarm, Bar Boulud, Nice Matin, Sushi of Gari, Atlantic Grill, Momoya, and Jean—Georges. Some of Manhattan’s leading epicurean markets—Zabar’s, Fairway, and Citarella—line Broadway while adults and children alike revel in the indulgences of Shake Shack, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Margot Patisserie.
At The Astor, one of the greatest amenities is the neighborhood. Live above coveted shopping such as Stuart Weitzman, L’Occitane and Lululemon. Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, along with Broadway, provide easy access to luxury retailers and lifestyle destinations including Intermix, Rag & Bone, and Sephora. It’s also situated near some of the city’s best children’s offerings including Apple Seeds, The Children’s Museum and Z Baby.
Home at The Astor includes Central and Riverside parks—lush jewels of open green space are mere steps from your door; as well as an on-site modern fitness center. The Astor neighborhood brims with health and fitness options to help maintain a balanced routine. Local favorites include the JCC, SoulCycle, Equinox, Pure Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Uptown Pilates, and Ettia Holistic Day Spa.