From 59th Street to 110th Street on the west side of Central Park, the picturesque Upper West Side is a hub for arts, history and architecture. Among the grand apartment buildings and Central Park West, find cultural touchstones including the Lincoln Center, home to New York City Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the biggest museums in the world, with exhibits for the entire family. Visit the New York Historical Society, and pay tribute to the late John Lennon in front of the Dakota Building on 72nd Street. Of course, we can’t forget about food! Barney Greengrass, a century-old restaurant, serves classic Jewish dishes. Zabar’s, the famous UWS gourmet epicurean emporium, is another culinary stop you should put on your list.
As Duke Ellington sang, “Take the A Train” and make your way up to 125th to Harlem, known for its diversity, music and lively vibe. In the 1920’s, the cultural, social and artistic explosion known as the Harlem Renaissance established this neighborhood’s soul, and you can still feel it today. Sylvia’s Restaurant is known to have some of the best soul food in NYC while Red Rooster’s comfort food celebrates the roots of American cuisine. No visit to Harlem is complete without a stop at the Apollo Theater, where legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson became stars.