When I first started visiting New York City, my very favorite neighborhood was the Upper West Side. Steps away from Central Park, the Upper West Side spans from West 59th street to West 116th street, and while, this is technically considered “the City”, it has the perfect balance (as far as NYC goes)  between residential and “City”. I just LOVE it!!

But it doesn’t stop there…Because the neighborhood houses the illustrious Lincoln Center and numerous museums; it has earned the reputation of being New York City’s artistic and cultural hub.

Welcome to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

AMNHLocated on Central Park West at 79th Street, it’s one of the world’s premiere institutions of culture, the natural world, the universe and just overall science. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

 

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And if you’ve traveled from afar or just another borough, why not maximize your time and effort and check a few other things out that are in close proximity, like…

The New York Historical Society

NYHS MuseumNew York’s first Museum, which also contains a historical library, is located only 2 blocks down from AMNH on 77th Street and Central Park West.

 

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One block over behind the park on Columbus Avenue, is an awesome outdoor market with vendors selling everything from furs, to jewelry, to handmade soaps, various types of clothing, to fresh produce and baked goods…

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And if you get hungry, stop by the infamous Shake Shack. Also located on Columbus right behind AMNH Museum. My friend’s dad, says they have the best milkshakes..they reminded him of the kind they have in Jamaica! But a word of caution, on any given day, especially when it’s nice outside, they will have a line out the door!!!

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