Things to do
The old American Museum of Natural History, with its world-class dinosaur exhibit, and the new great Rose Planetarium are just across Columbus Avenue.
The New York Historical Society (77th St.) and the Childrens Museum (83d St) are only a few blocks away.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (83rd and Fifth Avenue) is a pleasant walk across Central Park to reach Museum Mile, featuring the Guggenheim, Museum of the City of New York, Carnegie and Frick Art Museums.
Lincoln Center (66th and Broadway) is a 17 short-block walk or trip on the Broadway #104 bus or two stops away on the #1 subway.
Or, after visiting the Planetarium, why not stroll through Central Park and the Great Lawn and visit Strawberry Fields and the John Lennon memorial.
With the #1 IRT Subway at Broadway and 79th Street, the (B) and (C) IND Subway trains at Central Park West and 81st Street, the Crosstown bus passing in front of your door, and the bus lines going up and down Riverside Drive, Broadway, Amsterdam, Columbus, and Central Park West Avenues you have easy access to all New York City has to offer with your Metro Card for subways and buses.
The upper-west side is also famous for a host of great brunch places and restaurants, all a few minutes walk away, including:
And of course, for food shopping (and kitchen gadgets) and that true New York experience, famous ZABARS Deli is just a block
- Cafe con Leche - Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st
- Sarabeth's - Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st, for a really serious brunch
- Amsterdam Luncheonette - Amsterdam Ave between 81st and 82nd - a good breakfast bet
- Nice-Matin at Amsterdam Ave and 79th St
- Tamarind - Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st
- St. James Pub on the corner of 81st & Amsterdam.
- leaving that immediate area produces scores of good restaurants (and some superb ones) on Broadway and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
and a half away on Broadway and 81st St..
FAIRWAY (meats, fish, a constellation of veggies and organic
items) is further down at 75th Street on Broadway