In New York, I live in Manhattan in Upper West Side, near Riverside Park and Broadway. Upper West Side is all the west side of Central Park, below Harlem and above Midtown. The trains which serve this area are the 1 (local line), 2 and 3 (express line). All lines go to Uptown and Downtown/Brooklyn so it’s very useful. For my part, I took the train at the 86 St station, Colombus Circus is at four stations and Times Square, six stations, it’s really fast.The buildings are not too high, maybe between two and ten floors, it depends on the buildings. Therefore, for people who don’t like the feeling of stifling, it’s a great deal.
You have also, many different place to pray for Christians or for Jewish people and I think the diversity is important in our society.It’s a residential neighborhood with lots of families, so very quiet. Fews bars, no nightclub, it is not the place for the nightlife. The most lively street is Broadway. You have stores opened 24/7, clothes shops like Victoria Secret or others and many stores for manicure, hairdressers, home appliance, sports club, restaurants, cinemas, banks or anything…You find everything, it’s just perfect !
Parallel on Broadway, you have Amsterdam Avenue where there have lots of stores too. On both sides of Upper West Side, you have at the right, Central Park and at the left, Riverside Park. When you are on Broadway which is in the middle of the two parks, you are at ten minutes of each, it is beside.
For my part, it is exactly that I love in this neighborhood; all is beside. You want to go to do shopping, you can, you want to go to restaurant or cinema, you can, you want to go to walk, you can or just sit on a bench in front of the Hudson River, reading a book or contemplating the amazing sunset (thing that I do every Sunday when it’s a good weather). I love that and for me, it’s a good deal to live in this neighborhood.