The City That Never Sleeps

From 1938 to 1951, the 6,000-square-foot ballroom occupying the Paramount Hotel basement was the home of Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe. Deep below the city, this celebrated supper club’s lavish vaudeville acts were the talk of the town, and its guests were a who’s who of stage and screen. It even inspired a Technicolor 1940s musical of the same name starring Betty Grable as a sequin-clad showgirl. Sadly, a few years after the movie debuted, the club shuttered, its space abandoned for more than 60 years, with a few exceptions like Andy Warhol’s memorial dinner in 1987. Then came New York City developer Aby Rosen, who bought the space in 2011. Twenty million dollars in renovations later, the Diamond Horseshoe reopened as a venue for immersive theater experiences and private events. For its opening, the Paramount Hotel partnered with Sleep No More mastermind Randy Weiner to present the twisted dinner theater show Queen of the Night. The once dilapidated club has been transformed into what the New York Times calls “a Dalí-like mix of high art and camp.” Keep an eye out for what the club puts on next. 235 West 46th Street; 212-706-7448;

Unique New York

In conversation
with Jeffery Beers

"...welcoming the resident
from curbside to pillow."

Born and raised in New York, interior designer Jeffrey Beers thrives on the energy of the city. He’s traveled the world and created some incredible spaces in other important metropolises—The Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, the storied Fifty Club in London, the Hilton Tokyo Bay—but it’s in his hometown that he is designing his first residential tower. The Manhattanite spoke to us about what he’s learned from the hospitality world, from living in the city and how he’s applied his sensibility to the creation of One West End.

The Westender: You raised a family in New York and have lived here most of your life. What would you say is so unique about living in Manhattan?

Jeffrey Beers: Its diversity. New York represents an incredible international crossroads of the world; you have so many different nationalities, cultures and ways of living concentrated on this tiny island. Even now, as an adult, I’m inspired by this city every single day. People can give New York a bad rap—you know, everybody is too intense and serious—but I think it’s really that people are just focused on their passion for whatever it is they’re doing. Whether you’re a cab driver, a waiter or a hedge fund manager, you’re on top of your game.

WE: As a hotel designer, you must have learned lots of little secrets to making the guest experience incredible. How have you translated some of that to the interior design of One West End?

JB: Designing a hotel is about welcoming the guest, from his first step into the lobby all the way up to his room. We’ve taken that concept of hospitality and translated it into a home, welcoming the resident from curbside to pillow. We wanted to make it personal. We thought of the main entry door as your front door, the lobby as your living room, the amenity spaces as your entertainment area, the large terrace as your backyard. This property is not just another condominium. It’s a real home where you feel welcome and warm.

WE: What are some of the big ideas you contemplated when creating these new residences?

JB: A lot of thought was given to the flow of how you enter and walk through the apartment. We wanted to create a quiet, welcoming and relaxing space away from this dense, vibrant city, and the layout plays a big part in that. We created these wonderful foyers where you can decompress and not be thrust right into the living room. I’m a strong believer that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so in all units, no matter what size, the kitchen really is the epicenter of activity, and the private spaces are planned to be truly private, away from the living area and more public areas.

WE: What about the little touches?

JB: I’ve always paid close attention to the small details, especially in my hotel design, like where to hang the towel so that you don’t get the whole bathroom wet coming out of the shower. With One West End, a primary focus was on the kitchen. We created work stations with specific functions and looked at the equipment they require, like, which way does the refrigerator need to open, where is the trash bin located, what appliance are you using in close proximity to the work station.

WE: How do the building’s amenities affect the way residents use the whole place?

JB: One West End truly is a residential resort. It starts on the ground floor, where we are creating an exciting and unique culinary destination. It’s a restaurant/retail hybrid offering everyday needs in a way that elevates the culinary experience of the Upper West Side. Upstairs, we have two dynamic floors devoted to all kinds of activities, from billiards to a game room, chef’s kitchen/dining room, screen-ing room, kids’ playroom, weight training, pools—you name it. There’s also an expansive outdoor terrace with sundecks, cabanas, barbecue areas, a kitchen and dining spaces. Basically, anything you would look for in a luxury resort hotel, you’ll find here. The public spaces are meant to be used daily by residents.

WE: It’s hard to believe, but this chunk of Manhattan wasn’t developed until now. Why do you think the current is flowing west these days?

JB: I was always surprised that the West Side wasn’t developed sooner. It’s such a beautiful neighborhood. Nestled between the recently developed park along the Hudson River and historic Central Park, along with the numerous smaller parks and playgrounds, the Upper West
Side, and One West End in particular, is a perfect place to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors that all New Yorkers crave. With the ability to ride your bike all along the Hudson River or just enjoy a gorgeous sunset, it’s really amazing. I think that modern Manhattan living is driving toward these green spaces, looking for places to run and play while still being in the most exciting city in the world.

Get Moving

Broadway Dance Center

The 30-year-old school and studio has been sending budding dancers to the Great White Way for going on two generations.

322 West 45th Street, 3rd floor; 212-582-9304;

Dance Star Academy

Looking to brush up on your foxtrot? Head to this school and get your groove back.

939 Eighth Avenue; 917-293-0177;

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

This dance emporium has classes, workshops, theater and studio rentals, and MMAC Kids, an award-winning children’s movement program.

248 West 60th Street; 212-787-1178;

You Can Take It With You

The American Folk Art Museum is just up the block, but there are also a handful of blue-chip galleries on nearby 57th Street where the pieces hanging on the wall are actually for sale

Marian Goodman Gallery

She’s been introducing European artists like Gerhard Richter and Steve McQueen to the American public for the past 30 years.

24 West 57th Street #4; 212-977-7160;

Mary Boone Gallery

The woman who brought Basquiat and Barbara Kruger to the masses planted her flag in Soho in 1977 but moved uptown to her current space in 1996.

745 Fifth Avenue; 212-752-2929;

The Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Donald Judd, David Hockney: all three are represented by Pace,

along with countless others who earn record prices at auction.

32 East 57th Street; 212-421-3292;

Tibor de Nagy Gallery

One of the first modern-art galleries established in New York, de Nagy

represents art-world stars such as Larry Rivers, Joe Brainard, Shirley Jaffe and Fairfield Porter.

724 Fifth Avenue #12; 212-262-5050;

Bringing the News to Your Front Door

Some of our neighbors are the ones helping shape opinions about major news around the globe. Here are a few media headquarters located right in the neighborhood. Some of our neighbors are the ones helping shape opinions about major news around the globe. Here are a few media headquarters located right in the neighborhood.

Hearst Corporation

300 West 57th Street; 212-903-5000;


77 West 66th Street; 212-456-7777;


Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle; 212-275-7800;

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1697 Broadway; 212-247-6497;

MTV Networks

1515 Broadway, #25; 212-846-6000;


530 West 57th Street; 212-586-9866;

It's Easy Being Green

In conversation
with Molly Bourne

Mathews Nielsen partner Molly Bourne talks water features, tot lots and Manhattan’s manifest destiny.

When Molly Bourne joined the landscape architecture firm Mathews Nielsen in 1999, the company was just five years old. Founded by two women, the firm has grown to 28 employees as it hits its 20th year, with Bourne now a partner herself. Mathews Nielsen has designed and constructed more than $550 million of public open-space projects across New York City and beyond, including Hudson River Park, Lincoln Center and the master planning of Riverside Center, the focal point of the New West End. The Westender sat down with Bourne to find out why the city is looking westward and how water plays a large part in her designs.

The Westender: The city seems to be shifting west, connecting Central Park with the Hudson River. Why do you think this is happening now?

Molly Bourne: Historically, residential and commercial development pushed to the center of the island, away from its industrial maritime edge. The city is reclaim-ing its edge and adapting it as a valuable asset. It’s natural that some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city are taking advantage of this.

WE: You have been transforming the West Side of New York City for some time. You must feel a sense of accomplishment that it’s finally bearing fruit.

MB: Landscape architects are inherently patient people. Our projects take years to realize and then years to mature. Mathews Nielsen has been recapturing the western edge of Manhattan for more than 20 years, starting with the master plan for Hudson River Park from 1994 to 1997, to the design and realization of the Tribeca section of Hudson River Park from 2003 to 2014. With One West End, we started working on the master plan for the entire block in 2006. It was in review and approvals for three years. So we are thrilled to be working on the actual detailed design of the open space and all of the streetscapes that will create this important link on the West Side.

WE: Why do you think green space in this western edge of the city is so vital?

MB: You’re not going to create a neighborhood people want to live in without a heart, and the intent of the green space in Riverside Center is to anchor the neighborhoods to the north and south, as well as to Central Park and the Hudson River. West 60th Street is actually one of the few streets that connect all the way from the park to the river, and that is the main axis connecting the new neighborhood. We have designed the plan specifically so that it captures the excitement and vibrancy of urban life, then transitions from urban to parkland to nature. We want you to logically feel like this is the threshold between the cityscape and river.

WE: Is this a neighborhood for residents who like outdoor pursuits?

MB: Typically we’re always designing for a lot of flexibility for the way a place evolves. We’ve seen that with Hudson River Park: no one would have thought skate parks and ping-pong tables would be a thing 10 years ago! Who knows what the next thing will be. Some of those are easier to accommodate than, let’s say, kayaking, but we’re always looking forward. There will be a tot lot for little kids and water fountains to play in but also retail and space for farmers’ markets along with spectacular views from inside.

WE: One West End is the most prominent of the five buildings planned to go up on the New West Side. How have you envisioned the building’s landscape?

MB: One West End is the gateway to this new neighborhood, and it embodies all the potential of this rediscovered part of the city. It does that with a plaza on West End Avenue that receives the city and initiates the transition between cityscape and parkland. The plaza has flexibility of use and allows for the energy of the city to enliven it while providing large planting beds and canopy trees that soften the scale and make it a welcoming place.

WE: What can One West End residents expect?

MB: At the entrance at the southern end of the plaza, the lobby garden truly welcomes you home. This is your front yard, with a very lush garden and water feature that quiets the sounds of the street to make it peaceful.

WE: But the parks will welcome the public?

MB: The open spaces will be accessible for both the residents of the surrounding buildings as well as the public at large. The intent is for this to be a neighborhood that is part of the city, not a private enclave.

Something Wonderful

In conversation
with Kelli O'Hara

"I have a picture of myself from the first time I came to Lincoln Center, when I was 21. I never imagined that I’d be able to work here."

Broadway baby Kelli O’Hara steps into the role of Anna Leonowens for The King and I at Lincoln Center—and gets a third chance to work in a neighborhood that’s become her backyard.

“If only she weren’t so shy!” Kelli O’Hara jokes, twirling through the halls of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. In a few hours, the soprano will be belting arias up the road at the Metropolitan Opera. Previously perfecting the role of Valencienne in The Merry Window, O’Hara is now starring in the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The King and I, a production that hasn’t been performed on a New York stage in nearly 20 years. Moving between sound technicians, photographer assistants and stage hands on a nearly empty stage, O’Hara belts out the musical’s “I Whistle a Happy Tune.” Dancing around the Eero Saarinen-designed theater, the five-time Tony Award nominee and busiest woman on Broadway is many things, but shy she is surely not.

It didn’t take long for the Oklahoma farm girl-turned-stage star to gain such confidence. When O’Hara arrived in Manhattan, freshly-printed opera degree in hand, she found a welcoming city, but one that was dramatically different from the New York of today. It was 1998, and the ingénue shared a sublet with three girlfriends on 51st Street and 9th Avenue. “I remember 51st being so sketchy, I’d just close my eyes and run home from the subway,” she recalls. Still, within a week she had fallen in love with the pace, the grit and the diversity of her new home. “The first week I moved here, I went to a restaurant with some friends and I remember having this moment.” She sits back in her dressing room and paints a picture with her hands. “I grew up on a farm, but here, somewhere behind me I hear this couple speaking Russian, and another speaking Japanese, and a guy with a big Bronx accent and someone else talking in Italian. And I thought: this is fantastic!” O’Hara’s fascination with her new surroundings charmed critics and directors, and helped to propel her to center stage.

Now that the leading lady is a wife and a mother of two small children, she still craves variety and has found it in and around this West Side neighborhood, not far from her first tiny apartment. “When they built those big buildings on the West Side, families stayed in the city instead of moving to the suburbs,” she recalls. “And they wanted their schools just so, and their shops just so. More women moved into the workforce, and they wanted their city to be safer and cleaner for their kids. It’s been a huge, huge transformation.”

Some of the biggest changes, she’s noticed, have happened in and around Lincoln Center. “I have a picture of myself from the first time I came to Lincoln Center, when I was 21. I never imagined that I’d be able to work here,” she gushes. She’s seen new talent stream out of Juilliard over the years and has watched the whole campus and streets around it move upmarket. “The problem with this area now is that there is too much good shopping – I can get into trouble between shows!” she jokes.

During her three stints at Lincoln Center, including two of her most notable roles in South Pacific and A Light in the Piazza, she’s become more and more at home with her surroundings. She walks or bikes to her shows and has found secret passages to her favorite food haunts to avoid the cold. “I sneak under the stage door and go to the Met Café. I can get to Gourmet Garage without going outside. And then there is a café at Juilliard,” she says. Her go-to post-performance hangout has been, and will remain, Rosa Mexicano—one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. “It’s my all-time favorite for its pomegranate margaritas and tableside guacamole,” she says. “I’ll go with cast-mates after a show.”

When she’s not singing “Shall We Dance” with Ken Watanabe during The King and I’s eight weekly shows, O’Hara can often be found in the park with her two kids and husband. “The proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park is great,” she says of her West Side home. “They are adding parks all the time. From 59th Street up, it feels like a little world where these parks are your backyard.” Her five-year-old loves to play outside, but he’s as comfortable in the theater as he is in the playground: “He loves to run around and play hide-and-seek in the seats or go up in the boxes. He’s in heaven in the theater.” And when the actress wants to get out of town, she just loads the family into the car and hits the road. “It’s so easy to drive to the country on the West Side Highway,” she adds.

Now is no time for weekend jaunts, however. The triple-threat star must race to her next performance, which happens to be a few twirls away (though she’ll likely walk). O’Hara feels blessed to have been a working actress during her two decades in Manhattan and even luckier to be back at Lincoln Center. “The whole business of putting on a show here is quieter,” she explains. “Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit, so it’s funded, and we go into a performance not thinking, ‘How can we make a lot of money?’ but thinking ‘How can we make the best piece of art we possibly can?’ The stress is a little less.”

The stakes are high for this in-demand actress, but she takes it all in stride. “You can’t take yourself too seriously if you work in the theater,” O’Hara says. “If you’re doing work you can feel good about, you can live your life like a regular person in New York. I’ve done this long enough that once I get out there on stage and I know what I’m doing, I can be confident.”

New Tech City

Since opening in late 2009, the Apple Store near Lincoln Center has lived up to all the hype that preceded it. Given customers’ rampant fandom and the frequent celebrity sightings on site, this is the Madison Square Garden of computer stores. Under the stunning arched-glass roof, a bustling crowd swirls around the glossy products. Take the curved glass staircase downstairs to the Genius Bar, where a row of technicians revive cracked cell phones and dying laptops. While the salespeople are tight-lipped about rumored release dates, Mac geeks are in-the-know; as soon as one blogger lets the cat out of the bag, fanatics from as far as China line up for hours around the block, rain or shine, for a chance to get their hands on the latest gadgets. 1981 Broadway; 212-209-3400;

Dining with the (Michelin) Stars

Steps from Broadway, Central Park South, Lincoln Center and the Time Warner Center, the New West End is within walking distance of a constellation of Michelin-starred restaurants. Many of the best are right inside the Time Warner Center: Thomas Keller’s Per Se, the reimagined A Voce and sushi-temple Masa form the core of the complex’s enviable epicurean offerings. Meanwhile, steps away on Central Park South, Michael White’s seafood-focused Marea elevates Italian cuisine to new levels while the nearby Danji dishes up haute Korean fare. Telepan continues its reign as the Upper West Side’s most inventive farm-to-table dining destination.

Parks & Recreation

Manhattan's Green Heartland

From Central Park to Riverside Park, the New West End is Manhattan’s green heartland. From selfie-snapping tourists to pavement-pounding athletes, this is a great neighborhood for New Yorkers who like to commune with nature. The area is ideally positioned to make the most of this expansive greenery—and so much more—with nearly as many West Side playgrounds as West Side kids. The best of the bunch is Playground Seventy (West 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue), offering a twisting slide, swings and even a water feature. Smaller kids will play for hours at the Little Engine Playground, (Riverside Boulevard at West 68th Street), which even includes its own train. In the warmer months, the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and West 79th Street) is a popular rooftop hangout, giving visitors prime views of the Hayden Planetarium. Our personal favorite? The humongous DeWitt Clinton Park (West 52nd to West 54th street between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues), which counts a heritage garden, soccer pitch, water fountains, dog run and handball court among its many treasured attractions.

Party On!

What’s a parent of children ages five and under to do at birthday time in New York City? Why not invite 20 of your child’s nearest and dearest friends to apple seeds—after hours. This indoor drop-in playground is the place for classes and playdates, but it’s also a fantastic event space. The Ultimate Birthday Party package comes with exclusive use of the entire indoor playground, plus all permanent exhibits (Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.). Choose from fun themes like Super Hero Training Camp, Game On (a multi-sport combo) or a Princess and Pirates Costume Party, among many others. Parties start at 90 minutes and include a private room, food, juice boxes and a birthday cake or cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery—in addition to party supplies and favor bags. If you become a member, you get access to the playground on any day—snow days, we mean you!—along with discounts on that all-too-important birthday party. 200 West End Avenue; 212-792-7591;

Riverside Reprieves

Here are some of the best activities along the waterfront

Atlantic Yachting

This family-run, boutique sailing company offers everything: private sailboat charters and sailing lessons (for all levels, from beginners to advanced) and a summer sailing camp for children ages 9 to 15. All of the instructors are U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains, so you know you’re in good hands.

79 Hudson River Greenway; 212-518-4604;

Citi Bike Rental

Sing “I love it when we’re cruisin’ together” during your 45-minute pleasure ride. Type the code provided with your reservation or swipe your personal key on the dock to unlock a bike. Cycling was never so easy.

Eleventh Avenue and West 59th Street; 855-BIKE-311;


Welcome to the longest-running pop-up shop in ice cream history. Choices range from the sublimely seasonal sweet corn and black raspberries to Jeni’s signature and insanely popular dark chocolate.

600 Eleventh Avenue; 212-582-9354;

Manhattan Kayak

If the boardwalk isn’t close enough to the water for you, take up kayaking or paddleboarding at this remarkable spot next to the docked USS Intrepid. The center offers classes, tours and rentals for those who are learning and those who already have their sea legs.

555 Twelfth Avenue, Pier 84; 212-924-1788;

Pier I Café

Come to Pier I (like the letter, not the number) to put your weary feet up and reflect over an early morning Americano or a glass of Sangria at night. Casual American fare is on the menu too: burgers, tacos, classic salads and steaks.

500 West 70th Street; 212-362-4450;


Spot stars of stage and song—as well as those flickering far above—at these West Side outdoor watering holes

Above 6

A great hideaway with incredible views. The space is small enough to feel intimate, with attentive waiters and cocktails handled by the team at Blue Ribbon. A retractable roof keeps the rain and snow out of your glass.

308 West 58th Street; 212-397-0404;

Ardesia Wine Bar

The summer patio at this chic wine bar is the perfect place for a first date. The vibe is laid-back, with great wines, delicious small plates and a quiet soundtrack so as not to disturb a getting-to-know-you session. Ardesia is famous for its homemade ice cream sandwiches; grab one for your walk home.

510 West 52nd Street; 212-247-9191;

Ava Lounge

Think of it as South Beach in New York. DJs play Wednesday to Saturday, and like all good Miami bars, there’s bottle service if you need it—all set atop the Dream Hotel.

210 West 55th Street; 212-956-7020;


Take a seat on the outdoor terrace, and the sky and street theater are your entertainment (along with the spectacular food). Before and after shows, actors pass right by your table en route to their dressing rooms or town cars, though a constellation of luminaries can often be spied inside the glass-walled Italian hot spot. And look up: the stars there are also on full display.

142 West 65th Street; 212-359-6500;

On the Waterfront

Activities for every taste and pace

Thanks to former mayor Michael Bloomberg and a multimillion-dollar overhaul, the Hudson River waterfront, once the dilapidated site of abandoned piers and empty parking lots, is now home to two of the city’s most beloved and regularly visited parks. Not just for tourists, the area is active from sunrise to well after sunset with New Yorkers from all walks of life. Featuring public piers, upland parks, marine estuaries and esplanades that wind along wide green lawns, the waterfront offers activities for every taste and pace: kayaking, biking, running, walking, strolling and sunbathing.

Pier Review

What was once urban blight is now the setting for some of the most exciting events in all of New York City. Hudson River Park extends from Battery Park to 59th Street and is the largest park to be created in Manhattan since the completion of Central Park in 1873. The most action can be found from 44th Street (Pier 84) to 55th Street (Pier 96) at piers along the Hudson River that have truly revitalized the neighborhood.

Pier 84

One of the largest public piers in NYC, Pier 84 has become the go-to place where active locals kayak, row, build boats, hit the dog run or catch a water taxi. This pier is home to the free RiverRocks series on Thursdays in summertime and also hosts the very popular Moondance—free dance classes under the moonlight on select Sundays in July and August.

Pier 86

You can’t miss it: The USS Intrepid is docked in this port at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Check its website for sleepovers and the summer film series on the landing deck.

Piers 88 & 90

Cruising enthusiasts can watch the big ships come into port at dawn, then wave bon voyage at around 4 p.m. nearly year-round. Some of the world’s biggest ships dock here, which means if you really wanted to, you could walk from your apartment straight to your cabin and then sail on to the Caribbean.

Pier 97

The first outdoor concert series was launched last summer, and it plans to return. Performers included Lorde and Iggy Azalea.

Pier 95

Called Clinton Cove, the pier has the city’s first “get down,” a beach-like getaway where locals can go below the level of the bulkhead so they can be up close and personal with the Hudson River.

Piers 92 & 94

This trade show and event space is the center of the action for society types and people in the know. In October and February, the New York Wine & Food Festival makes its grand arrival, bringing some 140 events scattered across the city. The big ones—like the Burger Bash—are all here. The Armory Show is right up there with Art Basel as one of the world’s most revered art fairs; it returns each March with some of the finest dealers in the country. There’s also the Big Flea (September), the Piers Antiques Show (November) and the most-watched dog show on earth, Westminster Kennel Club (February).

A Roof with A View

New Yorkers love booze with views. And in this westerly neighborhood, some of the very best vistas come with brilliant bars to match. If you’re in the mood for something sophisticated, The Roof (124 West 57th Street; 212-707-8008;, on the 29th floor of the Viceroy, faces Central Park with unobstructed skyline panoramas. The design firm Roman and Williams (the team behind the über-hip Ace Hotel) created a subtly nautically space replete with leather and walnut interiors, brass details and vast images of sea and sky. The bar offers the End of Prohibition cocktail, made with Cutty Sark Prohibition, Carpano Dry vermouth, fresh lemon juice and a dash of orange bitters. A few blocks north, Level R (44 West 63rd Street; 212-255-2209;, located on the 12th floor of the boutique Empire Hotel, is the place to see and be seen. After making it through the club’s exclusive door policy (dress up, gentlemen!), sip on Veuve and dance with supermodels to sounds of the DJ on this party-size rooftop. Cold weather doesn’t get in the way of a good time here: the space has a retractable roof and plenty of indoor seating. For a more casual outing, try the two outdoor bars at the Hudson Hotel (356 West 58th Street; 212-554-6000;, in what was once the old Sesame Street studio. Sitting 15 floors up, the Sky Terrace is a verdant oasis that offers views of the Hudson all the way down to the Statue of Liberty. One level below is Tequila Park, a colorful garden bar with spicy tacos, fresh-fruit margaritas and dozens of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals. Steps away, you will find the Library Bar with books and a blazing fireplace to warm your toes in winter.

The 57th Street Shopping Mecca

You name it, it’s here. As you head east along elegant 57th Street, you’ll pass nearly every major luxury brand in creation. Starting at Fifth Avenue, there’s the fabled French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels (744 Fifth Avenue; 212-644-9500;, whose Alhambra line has become a design classic. Outfit yourself from head to toe right next door at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue; 212-753-7300;, the celebrated department store stuffed to the seams with designer labels like Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chloé and Louboutin. Across Fifth Avenue sits Bulgari (730 Fifth Avenue, #2; 212-315-9000; and the legendary flagship of Tiffany & Co. (727 Fifth Avenue; 212-755-8000;, a seven-story palace of gems (along with a floor for silver gifts and bridal) where you can stand under the same coffered ceilings as did J.F.K., Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn and gaze down at the dazzling displays of diamonds. Continuing down 57th Street, you’ll discover Louis Vuitton (1 East 57th Street; 212-758-8877;, Burberry (9 East 57th Street; 212-407-7100; and Miu Miu (11 East 57th Street; 212-641-2980; And if that’s not enough, there’s a VIP salon on the top floor of Chanel’s (15 East 57th Street; 212- 355-5050; lavish flagship headquarters. Finish your retail therapy at Prada (724 Fifth Avenue; 212-664-0010;, on the eastern end of the chicest of streets.

Elevated Education

The Upper West Side of Manhattan presents a wide variety of educational options for children of all ages. There are public schools with highly specialized programs, as well as private and religious institutions—including some of the most recognized names in education. From the public arts high school that inspired cult classic Fame to a private institution that has churned out elite scholars for more than 130 years, there is truly a school for every type of student within walking distance of home.

The Abraham Joshua Heschel School

Founded in 1983 as a new model of Jewish day school, Heschel offers a K through 12 education while cultivating the spiritual life of students.

30 West End Avenue; 212-595-7087;

The Beacon School

Created in 1993 by two educators, this public school provides a college preparatory curriculum with a heavy technology focus.

227 West 61st Street; 212-245-2807;

School of the Blessed Sacrament

The parish-based pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school celebrates diversity and fosters Christian leadership.

147 West 70th Street; 212-724-7561;

Collegiate School

This highly selective K through 12 private school for boys serves about 650 students with 112 full- and part-time faculty members. The school has plans to move nearby to West 61st and 62nd Streets between West End Avenue and Riverside Boulevard.

260 West 78th Street; 212-812-8500;

The Dwight School for Early Childhood Education

The prestigious international school's Riverside Campus, for students age 2 through kindergarten, is housed just off Riverside Boulevard.

140 Riverside Boulevard; 212-724-6360;

Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Located in a six-story turn-of-the-century building, Ethical has served the intellectual, artistic and moral potential of its students for 130 years.

33 Central Park West; 212-712-6220;

Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts

The real life Fame school.

100 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-496-0700;

The Juilliard School

Alumni have won more than 105 Grammies, 16 Pulitzers, 47 Emmys and 62 Tonys since the school first opened in 1905.

60 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-799-5000;

The Mandell School

Founded in 1939, The Mandell School opened its Lincoln Square Preschool location in 2012 on the second floor of a brand new building, featuring a clean, modern design and bright, open classrooms.

150 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-580-4500;

Professional Children’s School

This private school for 6th through 12th graders is specifically targeted to children who are simultaneously pursuing careers in the arts.

132 West 60th Street; 212-582-3116;

P.S. 191 The Museum Magnet School

P.S. 191 engages students with the cultural institutions that surround the school.

210 West 61st Street; 212-757-4343;

P.S. 199 Jesse Isador Straus

This school has a goal of creating lifelong readers, writers and learners. Its motto: Work Hard, Be Kind.

270 West 70th Street; 212-799-1033;

P.S. 541 Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

This test-in public school offers a highly competitive, science-focused college preparatory program.

122 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-501-1235;

P.S. 859 Special Music School

This groundbreaking public school in District 3 delivers intensive instrument studies along with rigorous academics.

129 West 67th Street; 212-501-3330;

Urban Assembly Media High School

Urban Assembly is a small high school that uses media as a way of engaging students.

122 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-501-1110;

West End Day School

This small elementary school nurtures children with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and language and/or emotional concerns. 255 West 71st Street;


Meet the Media

You can’t help but bump into a high-level TV producer or on-camera personality in these parts—even newshounds have to eat. For a quick bite (or a cupcake), CBS producers are often found dining at Hudson Eatery (601 West 57th Street; 212-265-2300;, a modern update on the classic diner. Serving up its famous guacamole tableside to media mavens, Rosa Mexicano (61 Columbus Avenue; 212-977-7700;, with its Lincoln Center location, is the perfect place to unwind with a margarita after a tough day in the newsroom. Classic burgers and steakhouse fare are presented in a relaxed setting at PJ Clarke’s (44 West 63rd Street; 212-957-9700;, an institution that first opened in 1912. It’s a preferred office location for the media elite, who have been coming here since Rockefeller Plaza was built, a few blocks to the west. These days, they often queue up at Landmarc (10 Columbus Center, 3rd floor; 212-823-6123;, the uptown outpost of a Tribeca staple serving contemporary bistro food. The huge dining room is always buzzing with today’s news cycle, courtesy of CNN regulars. Craving seafood? Atlantic Grill (49 West 64th Street; 212-787-4663; has it all, from sushi to Maine lobster bisque—as well as shelter for those seeking respite from colleagues at the Time Warner Center. Featuring a two-level space with a dining room and bar upstairs and a cocktail lounge and private party room downstairs, Café Tallulah (240 Columbus Avenue; 212-209-1055; is where weary producers head after dark for cocktails served on the city’s longest zinc bar. Meanwhile, for journalists who need a quick pick-me-up before a big deadline, there is Sullivan Street Bakery (533 West 47th Street; 212-265-5580;, known for their baking genius. The Roman-style pizzas are to die for!

From Ballerinas to Baritones

Since its award-winning transformation in 2012, Lincoln Center has never looked better. Home to cultural giants like the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard, this is the city’s—indeed, the country’s—artistic heart.From the soaring glass walls of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXFOWLE’s reimagined Alice Tully Hall to the bustling David Rubenstein Atrium (designed by the celebrated architecture firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien), Lincoln Center is more exciting and vital than ever. On days when the weather is just too nice to stay inside, there’s always Damrosch Park, with its vast lawn, bandshell and dance floor. The two-acre park is the set-ting of annual events like the Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the Big Apple Circus. But it’s not just the big events that make Lincoln Center so unique. The little ones, like Family Saturdays with the New York City Ballet and N.Y. Philharmonic Saturdays, give children the rare opportunity to participate in classes with dancers and musicians. The N.Y. Phil also hosts Young People’s Concerts, which have been going strong since the 1920s, making them the longest running family-oriented classical music concerts in the world. After a quick bite at one of the six restaurants on site, you can wander over to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and enjoy screenings of an eclectic mix of art house favorites, current documentaries, indie darlings and Golden Age classics. Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-875-5000;

The Arts Capital of the World

Any other city would dream of having just one of these top-of-the-line stages within its borders. This one has at least a dozen in one neighborhood. Expand your horizons with a subscription, or even a visit, to one or all.

Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Or so the old joke goes. The other way: Buy some tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma and Stephen Hough.

881 Seventh Avenue; 212-247-7800;

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

A classic nightclub setting in Jazz at Lincoln Center. Michele Rosewoman, Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band and Anne Hampton Calloway are among the roster of artists who have dazzled the audience here.

10 Columbus Circle; 212-258-9595;

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Host of fun, informal classes and listening parties for all ages. Pre-concert discussions will have your kids conversing with the artists themselves. Also on site is the jazz education program, Webop, which inspires families with small children to dance and sing.

3 Columbus Circle; 212-258-9800;

The Little Orchestra

Innovative concerts create new music lovers through pioneering, original productions that incorporate multiple art forms. For children ages 3 to 5, there’s the Lollipop concert series, where kids are encouraged to tap their feet and wave their hands to bright and upbeat tunes while they learn about music fundamentals. For kids ages 6 to 12, the Peabody Award–winning Happy Concerts blend dance, theatre, visual art and media with live music.

330 West 42nd Street; 212-971-9500;

The Ultimate Staycation

Situated 35 floors above Central Park, featuring soaring floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city and beyond, the Mandarin Oriental is a sumptuous refuge from the pulse and buzz of Manhattan. Styled in Zen-like earth tones, this airy space is home to seven tranquil treatment rooms, an amethyst-crystal steam chamber, men’s and women’s plunge pools, relaxation areas and an exquisite tea lounge. Expect a level of care and attentiveness that can be attained only by a super-luxe hotel brand that has spent years perfecting the art of indulgence. A tip: book “time rituals” rather than specific treatments so that the highly skilled therapists can tailor the extensive list of services to fit your specific needs (or just go all out and schedule a seriously transcendental four-hand massage). All treatments begin with a foot bath to wash away that city grime. 80 Columbus Circle; 212-805-8880;

The Most-Storied Bistro In Town

Café Luxembourg is the definitive French bistro on the Upper West Side—a de rigueur spot for pre-theater dining since it opened its doors in 1983. But while it’s certainly home to the pre-ballet crowd, the restaurant also serves West Side couples on date night, ladies who lunch, power brokers closing deals over breakfast, families grabbing a bite before school and brunch-goers coming after church. Serving up classic bistro cuisine like steak frites and a hearty country salad, this is also the place for tuna crudo and the famous Harry’s Hot Fudge Sundae, along with other indulgent offerings from the pastry kitchen. “I live in the neighborhood,” says manager Morgan Nevans. “The best thing is that we are open from 8 a.m. to midnight, so you can always stop by and grab a cheese plate, fish and chips or a drink. We’re known for our classic cocktails: the Pancho Villa, Three Naked Ladies and the Luxembourg Manhattan.” There’s also great celebrity spotting, though Nevans always ensures they aren’t harassed. “We don’t allow photographs, so they always feel comfortable coming in.” 200 West 70th Street; 212-873-7411;

My Chef, My Neighbor

"Lincoln Center symbolizes New York City’s passion for culture and performance."

James Beard Award–winning chef Marcus Samuelsson can’t get enough of the vibrant West Side neighborhood in and around Lincoln Center. He chose it as the spot for his restaurant, American Table (1941 Broadway; 212-671-4200;, where he brings together diverse culinary traditions and the freshest local and seasonal produce. “To me, Lincoln Center symbolizes New York City’s passion for culture and performance,” says Samuelsson. “As a lover of the arts, I am honored to showcase the diversity of the American dining scene at this iconic institution.”

His neighbor, chef Jonathan Benno, has been creating inventive cuisine over the years at many of the finest restaurants in the country: The French Laundry, Daniel, Gramercy Tavern, Craft and, from 2004 until he ventured out on his own four years ago, Per Se. His latest, Lincoln Ristorante (142 West 65th Street; 212-359-6500;, is his contemporary take on traditional Italian cuisine. “After the renovation at Lincoln Center, our goal was to serve modern food in this very modern and beautiful glass building,” says Benno. “The dynamic neighborhood setting has offered us such a wide customer base. Some of our patrons come to see shows at Lincoln Center several times a week, and some are from the neighborhood. There continues to be a lot of development in this part of the city, which has brought a number of growing young families over the years. This also means that more restaurants are opening—creating a culinary destination, which is great for all of us, even if it means more competition.”

So where do chefs like Samuelsson and Benno go when they punch out for the night? The Smith or PJ Clarke’s for a beer and a burger. “They both open up the windows and doors in good weather, which is nice after a long, hot night in the kitchen,” says Benno. His commitment to this neck of the woods also includes shopping for the restaurant twice a week at the Lincoln Square Greenmarket, where he sources fresh produce from local farms.

All Night Long

NYC's Newest Nocturnal Hot-Spots

For years the Upper West Side was known as anything but a hot spot for late-night adventures. But a throng of innovative bars, venues and lounges are adding a lively touch to the neighborhood. Directly above the heart of Columbus Circle stands Robert, the art-filled restaurant and lounge atop the Museum of Arts and Design. Standing within the iconic 2 Columbus Circle building, Robert features inventive cocktails and hearty Euro-American cuisine set against live piano music and some of the best views in town. Also in Columbus Circle is Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Wynton Marsalis–led musical institution celebrating this uniquely American art form. Proudly placed within the Time Warner Center itself, Jazz’s main auditorium seemingly floats above the street scene below. Further south in Hell’s Kitchen is newcomer Marston Station, an all-hours, split-level food-and-drink spot with craft cocktails and contemporary comfort dishes. Looking for some celebrity sightings? Try Stone Rose Lounge, on the 3rd floor of the Time Warner Center. Owned by Rande Gerber (Mr. Cindy Crawford), it’s always buzzing with fashion, media and Hollywood types.

Go ahead, indulge

These spas and salons give West Siders a few more reasons to pamper

Advanced Skin Care Spa

This facial haven counts top fashion models among its devoted clientele.

140 West 57th Street, Suite 3; 212-758-8867;

Caudalie at The Plaza

Anti-aging is the goal at this French vinotherapy-based spa at the iconic Plaza Hotel.

1 West 58th Street; 212-265-3182;


Get a meticulous mani-pedi in a serene high-end spa environment.

155 West 66th Street; 212-501-7011

Salon M

Book a mani-pedi with nontoxic products at this organic salon.

400 West 63rd Street; 212-875-5255

Salon SCK

The stylists here have one of the most loyal followings in the city.

1845 Broadway, Suite 2; 212-265-1700;

Sothys Spa

A luxurious French spa that specializes in customized facials.

37 West 57th Street, 212-688-9400;

The Best Things Come in Small Packages

It’s a little secret among locals, but some of the best boutiques are tucked among the storied institutions and iconic buildings here on the West Side. Featured in InStyle, Lucky and Vogue, Olive and Bette’s (252 Columbus Avenue; 212-579-2178; is the purveyor of trendy trinkets and designer looks for stylish Manhattanites. Acker Merrall & Condit Company (160 West 72nd Street; 212-787-1700;, America’s oldest wine shop, specializes in the finest of fine wines, and vintners also pop by on many evenings to host in-store tastings. Serving city cyclists since 1967, Toga Bike Shop (110 West End Avenue; 212-799-9625; has been hailed by Time Out New York as one of the best bike shops in the city. Staff is readily available to help you pick out the right bike or service the one you already own. At Gracious Home (1992 Broadway; 212-231-7800;, you’ll find elegant gifts to suit the most fussy of hostesses as well as home goods to add a little something special to your apartment. Looking to keep your hands busy? Craft enthusiasts can get their fix at Knitty City (208 West 79th Street; 212-787-5896;, which stocks all of your knitting and crocheting needs. Sign up for free classes—there’s even one just for men. And for the men that prefer their sweaters to come pre-knitted, the J.Crew Mens Shop (The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle; 212-823-9302; offers a shopping experience that is specifically tailored for men. Outfit yourself in classic cuts, or take advantage of their personal styling services.

No Pain, No Gain

Here are some other classes with a die-hard following in the neighborhood


This former Reebok Sports Club is now rebranded and comes complete with a rock-climbing wall.

160 Columbus Avenue; 212-362-6800;

Fit RxN

The TRX and 30/30 classes promise to get you in serious athletic shape in just weeks at this family-run, hardcore-only gym.

33 West End Avenue; 212-561-5435;


Seriously competitive types can take a seat in the front row and watch their score on the “Torqboard.”

150 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-242-9424;

Nalini Method

Featured in Vogue for both her workout and philanthropic endeavors, founder Rupa Mehta will help you feel beautiful both inside and out.

248 West 60th Street; 646-775-6145;

Physique 57

Fitness gurus Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi and Tanya Becker have put a modern spin on the Lotte Berk Method for a new generation. Prepare to strengthen your core.

2109 Broadway, Suite 206; 212-259-0570;

Pure Barre

Transform your body with a dancer’s workout.

1841 Broadway, Suite 330; 330-917-344-9175;


The spin experience that spawned legions of fanatics.

350 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-787-1300;

Team Spirit

The latest trend in group fitness takes inspiration from college crew, where teammates and the thrill of gliding on water provide endless opportunities for an endorphin rush. Founder Eric Von Frohlich has filled his West Side gym with more than two dozen rowing machines, called ergs, in his ground floor studio called Row House, on which beginners and even former pros mix up fat-burning rowing exercises with muscle-building floor intervals. All set to a raging soundtrack, classes at Row House are enjoyable like your spin class but offer a lot more benefit—workout aficionados are applauding Row House owners Debra and Eric Von Frohlich for creating a highly efficient, full-body workout that helps busy New Yorkers target hard-to-reach areas, plus the typically exercised ones. "Rowing really hits a much larger section of the population, and it’s safe, efficient and effective," says Eric. Fifty-minute classes often fill up a week in advance, with a serious wait list. But don’t let that put you off; sign up online anyway for a chance to step on an erg and step off feeling elated. 555 West 59th Street; 212-757-6035;

For The Love of Dance

Ever since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been a top-of-the-line cultural institution and a force for social change. Its dancers have performed both classic and new choreography for an estimated 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries. Artistic director Robert Battle served as a choreographer and artist-in-residence before taking the helm in 2011, a successor to Judith Jamison, who replaced founder Alvin Ailey after his death. In addition to breathtaking performances, the company offers classes for children and adults, from beginner to professional, in Ballet, Contemporary Latin Jazz Fusion and everything in between. 405 West 55th Street; 212-405-9000;

Work hard, Play Hard

Let off some steam at these West End watering holes.

Don’t Tell Mama

A New York institution for the past 30 years. Liza Minnelli, the late Joan Rivers and Bette Midler all came to this campy cabaret and piano bar to hone their sets for the big stage.

343 West 46th Street; 212-757-0788;

The Pony Bar

Find one of the city’s widest selections of craft beers here.

637 Tenth Avenue; 212-586-2707;

Press Lounge

This vast rooftop bar (with both indoor and outdoor seating) draws the city’s young and beautiful and offers some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. Tip: Get here early to avoid the long lines once the sun has set.

653 Eleventh Avenue; 212-757-2224;

The Russian TEA Room

Russian tea plus kitschy décor equals a good time. Need we say more?

150 West 57th Street; 212-581-7100;

Terminal 5

This venue can hold 3,000 rabid fans—catch your favorite band here before it graduates to stadium shows. Past performers include the Lumineers, The Knife and Lily Allen. If you don’t feel like going home after the show, the spacious rooftop bar is a great place for a nightcap.

610 West 56th Street; 212-582-6600;

Right Here, Right Now

Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-875-5000; is home to these cultural institutions

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

70 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-875-5775;

Film Society of Lincoln Center

144 West 65th Street; 212-875-5367;

Juilliard School

60 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-799-5000;

Lincoln Center Theater

150 West 65th Street; 212-239-6200;

The Metropolitan Opera

30 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-362-6000;

The New York City Ballet

20 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-496-0600;

The New York Philharmonic

Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-875-5656;

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza; 917-275-6975;

The School of American Ballet

70 Lincoln Center Plaza; 212-769-6600;

From Farm to Table

It may be hemmed in by two rivers and an ocean, but the isle of Manhattan has loads of farmers delivering the freshest produce to a handful of fabulous greenmarkets. Some of the best are right here in the New West End, like the Tucker Square Greenmarket, located across from Lincoln Center. It’s open year-round and sells just-picked seasonal produce like the first ramps in spring and hearty greens and squash in the cooler months. The purveyors also peddle bright flowers, heirloom vegetables and eggs from local farms. While you’re there, don’t act surprised if you bump into the head chef from Lincoln Ristorante buying ingredients for the restaurant’s farm-to-table menu. Even if you’re not much of a cook, the market’s bright berries, raw-milk cheeses, wood-fired bread and smoked meats are ideal for a Saturday picnic or dinner on the fly. West 66th Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue; open Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round;

Battle of the Bands

There’s no better place to see live music than on the West Side. Visit Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street; 212-582-6600; for big names, one-hit wonders, blasts from the New Wave past, up-and-coming indie artists and everything in between. The multi-tiered space with unobstructed views is one of the largest live music venues in Manhattan—and everyone from Erasure to Interpol have performed here. Added bonus: the rooftop restaurant wins rave reviews from concert-goers looking to fuel up before the show. Though the Allman Brothers won’t be back for their annual two-week run, the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway; 212-465-6500; is still the venue of choice for great performers, from Bob Dylan to the Dalai Lama, when they come to Manhattan and a fantastic place to check out up-and-coming stars too. The Rafael Viñoly–designed complex, Jazz at Lincoln Center (3 Columbus Circle; 212-258-9800;, led by artistic director Wynton Marsalis, is home to the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the first education, performance and broadcast facility dedicated to jazz. The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd Street; 212-362-2590; puts on long-running Off-Broadway musicals and is a favorite of comedians, but it’s also hosted Billy Squier, John Entwistle and David Crosby over the years. Check out the burlesque show featuring Broadway performers singing and dancing (minus the costumes) at Broadway Varietease (158 West 72nd Street; 212-362-2590;, set in the same building.

Art Meets Commerce

Everyone knows that Lincoln Center occupies a large swath of the West Side, bringing an abundance of performance art and film to the neighborhood. But many overlook the trove of visual art venues scattered among the boutiques, restaurants and other significant Manhattan establishments. Founded in 1956, the Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle; 212-299-7777; has called Columbus Circle home since 2008 and is now integral in making the area a stomping ground for art lovers. The 54,000-square-foot building, with a glazed ceramic-and-glass façade that changes color depending on the viewing angle, has four floors filled with art, craft and design from 1950 to the present. With both rotating exhibits and permanent collections, the museum, on any given day, might showcase an exhibit on bicycles or fiber art by an emerging artist, with the stairwell between gallery floors lined with temporary scratch-and-sniff wallpaper. Every day, artists and designers create works in three open studios where visitors are free to ask questions and touch the artists’ projects. Workshops, master classes and seminars for all ages are also frequently scheduled, along with three annual Family Fun Days, when kids can learn about the creative process by participating in hands-on intergenerational workshops and by viewing art-focused feature films. Jewelry fanatics shouldn’t miss the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, which is piled high with sparkling baubles.

To Market to market

A handful of smaller markets set up shop along the West Side, all within walking distance of the new west end

57th Street greenmarket

Ninth Avenue between West 56th and 57th Streets; open Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during growing season;

79th Street Greenmarket

Columbus Avenue between West 78th and 81st Streets; open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round;

Jubilee Marketplace

180 Riverside Boulevard; 212-877-6000;

Rockefeller Center Greenmarket

Rockefeller Place at West 50th Street, Rockefeller Center North Plaza; open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in September and October; 212-788-7476;

Westerly Natural Market

911 8th Avenue; 212-586-5262;

Give Your Dog More Than A Bone

Biscuits and Bath

Budget programs at this dog-sitting service allow pet owners without tons of disposable cash to still give their little friends superb care.

160 Riverside Boulevard; 212-419-2500;

Camp Canine

At this 5,000-square-foot facility, your dog can stroll through Central Park, then retire to his own VIP suite, alone or with a sibling. Cageless boarding is also available and allows dogs to sleep with the friends they played with that day.

46 West 73rd Street; 212-787-3647;

Greenland Pet Shop

Give your dog (or cat!) the most up-to-date toys and supplies at this compact superstore.

33 West End Avenue; 212-956-9600


This popular doggie day care incorporates cutting-edge technology, from a high-tech filtration and ventilation system to high-resolution webcams that can be accessed 24/7. Offering private and group classes and puppy packages that include housebreaking, leash training and obedience, Spot also shuttles pooches through its door-to-door service to and from day care.

105 West 72nd Street; 212-362-7387;

Unleashed by PetCo

Everything you could ever want to spoil your cuddly best friend.

159 Columbus Avenue; 212-579-4560;

Pamper Your Pooch

When you can’t be with your dog, you want him to be with someone who understands his needs, will offer training and can also goof around. Pawsitively Love is staffed with animal lovers of all kinds—from vet techs to professional handlers—who take pet care very seriously.

After an interview with you and your pup, staffers will help to facilitate training and growth while providing a suite of services from day care and walking to boarding and vet/airport transportation. Need Rex looking his best but don’t have time to get to the groomer? Pawsitively Love offers grooming right at home. Could Fido use some snuggle time when you’re not around? They can do that too. He may be man’s best friend, but (like all of us) he needs some puppy love as well. 229 West 60th Street; 212-706-8986;

Can't Miss Dining Spots


Jean-Georges, which has been awarded three Michelin stars, opened in 1997 and presents French, American and Asian-accented dishes against the backdrop of its Thomas Juul-Hansen–designed dining room. The city’s best-kept secret: the two-course lunch for only $48.

1 Central Park West; 212-299-3900;

Le Bernardin

With three Michelin stars and four from the New York Times, seafood specialist Le Bernardin has maintained its stellar reputation since 1986. Revered chef Eric Ripert is often behind the stove.

155 West 51st Street; 212-554-1515;


The first uptown outpost of chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s famed restaurant, Nobu57 serves signature dishes like Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi along with new creations.

40 West 57th Street; 212-757-3000;

Per Se

Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry took New York by storm with Per Se, offering a prix-fixe menu and views of Central Park.

10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor; 212-823-9335;

The Smith

Conveniently located across the street from Lincoln Center, The Smith brings bistro classics to the neighborhood, as well as its signature take on steak frites—choose from four different cuts of steak and a huge selection of sauces.

1900 Broadway; 212-496-5700;


Release the hounds, west end style

Nothing better describes New West End living than family, friends and pets. A few notable dog runs are within walking distance of the new Riverside Center development: on West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive; on Pier 84 along the Hudson River; and on West 52nd Street at the DeWitt Clinton Park Dog Run. All three feature pet-perfect amenities and are also ideal for active kids.

Secret Gardens

Stop and smell the roses

Hidden in plain sight are dozens of community gardens, rooftop green spaces and the occasional urban playground that few New Yorkers know about. While walking the streets of the New West End, take a moment to look above and between buildings—there are countless opportunities to literally stop and smell the roses. We love the Clinton Community Garden on 48th Street and Ninth Avenue, a park lovingly tended by students of the Midtown

West Magnet School. Next time you step out of Flywheel on Amsterdam Avenue, look above the Mandell School to find a sloping field of grass that provides preschoolers with a playground when the weather cooperates. Another breathtaking sloping garden in the neighborhood is located at Lincoln Center. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Hypar Pavilion not only provides a living roof for Lincoln Ristorante below, but is also a favored practice spot for musicians pouring out of the many music institutions in the area. Then there is the neighborhood classic: St. Peter’s Garden, located at the 62nd Street entrance to Fordham University. Its greenery is enhanced by the work of sculptor Frederick Shrady, who placed his 28-foot-tall bronze statue Peter, Fisher of Men on the lawn in 1969, long before this became one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Beyond the Playground

These neighborhood favorites provide busy parents with an excuse to let off some steam, birthday-party style

City Kids Cakes

Combining two kid favorites—food and art—is a surefire hit with party-goers of all ages. Go for a theme like Monster Cakes or customize the event to your child’s passions at your home or the location of your choice.


Deb’s Family Disco

Entertain all ages with a visit from this mobile disco, which provides a portable sound system, a disco ball and anything else you may desire (DJs, face painters and magicians!).

135 West 41st Street; 212-586-7425;

JCC Manhattan

A city institution, JCC sets up birthday parties for children ages 2 through 12 in dedicated activity spaces. Staff can handle everything from decorations to goodie bags, so you won’t have a pack of toddlers mucking up your new apartment. It’s also a community center, so come by for swim classes and vacation mini-camps.

334 Amsterdam Avenue; 646-505-4444;

NYC Elite

The downtown sister gym has trained Olympic medalists, but even less-serious tumblers will love the bars, beams and foam pits. Little birthday girls and boys get a run of the space, plus a private room for the requisite pizza and cake.

200 Riverside Drive; 212-775-1177;

Wonderspark Puppets

For the 10-and-under set, the amazingly talented puppeteers of WonderSpark will set up at the venue of your choice and entertain with a performance by their four-foot stage puppets. Add on a “Make Your Own Dragon” workshop, and each child will take home a bespoke sock puppet.