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NYC & Company features the Upper West Side as December’s Neighborhood x Neighborhood feature

NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, has unveiled the Upper West Side as the next destination to be featured in the Neighborhood x Neighborhood promotional campaign. This must-visit neighbourhood’s cultural institutions, performing arts venues, restaurants and more add to the charm that attracts New Yorkers and visitors year-round and during the festive season. For more information on all there is to see and do in the Upper West Side, including a short video guide, visit nycgo.com/nxn. 

Located between Central Park and Riverside Park in Manhattan, the Upper West Side is accessible by the 1, 2, 3, A B, C and D trains.  

"Neighborhood x Neighborhood is an amazing opportunity to visit all the Upper West Side greats but also such little-known gems like the Lotus Garden on West 97th Street, or Book Culture on Columbus, Manhattan's newest bookstore, or The Atrium at 62nd and Broadway," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and former Upper West Side councilmember.  

“From enjoying a bagel with lox and cream cheese at Barney Greengrass to seeing a performance at Lincoln Center, there are plenty of reasons this Brooklynite loves the Upper West Side,” said Marty Markowitz, NYC & Company’s vice president of borough promotion and engagement. “The Upper West Side is one of the most festive neighbourhoods during the holidays, and we encourage everyone to explore this family-friendly and culturally rich destination throughout the winter.”  

The Upper West Side is being highlighted as part of a new Neighborhood x Neighborhood documentary series. The videos feature a local’s guide to the neighbourhood, focusing on the shops, restaurants, attractions and history that makes every NYC neighbourhood distinct and provide further reasons for tourists and locals to get out and explore. To view the video of the Upper West Side, visit nycgo.com/nxn.  

“Must-See Upper West Side” Highlights
The following activities, places, venues and more are featured on nycgo.com/nxn.
·         Lincoln Center is made up of 11 performing arts organisations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet. Holiday performances in December at Lincoln Center include George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet, Holidays with the Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera’s Hansel and Gretel

·         The Beacon Theatre, a music hall and event space, celebrates the holidays with the 10th annual Holiday Cheer for FUV concert on 8th December, Fresh 102.7’s Holiday Jam on 10th December and Mariah Carey Merry Christmas II You with five performances between 15th and 21st December. Symphony Space, a multidisciplinary performing arts institution, offers several holiday performances including comedy shows, ballets and orchestra programs

·         For casual dining, Barney Greengrass is a classic Upper West Side deli, offering cheese blintzes and potato latkes with apple sauce or sour cream made especially for Hanukkah. Beloved for its wide selection of vegan dishes and baked goods, Peacefood Cafe includes on its menu tempeh avocado sandwiches, roasted seasonal vegetable pizza, sushi rolls and more

·         Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is a New York City icon with exhibitions highlighting human cultures, the natural world and the universe, and during the holiday season, visitors can enjoy its Origami Holiday Tree until 5th January. Across the street, the New-York Historical Society is showcasing model trains, scenic elements and toys for the holiday season until 22nd February 2015. From Amish quilts to giant weather vanes, the American Folk Art Museum celebrates American art from the 18th century to today 

·         There’s something for everyone when it comes to fine dining on the Upper West Side. The Leopard at des Artistes serves Southern Italian cuisine; Bar Boulud is known for its modern take on brasserie classics; and Jean-Georges offers some of the best French food in the US. Also to note, Ouest serves Nouveau American cuisine, and FishTag specializes in Mediterranean dishes

·         The Time Warner Center, New York City’s only urban resort destination, is home to the luxurious Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel and its newly refurbished restaurant, Asiate; Michelin-starred restaurants A Voce, Landmarc and Per Se; fashion, home decor, wellness and technology shops; and live jazz and soul food at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

·         For dessert, visitors can try what some New Yorkers consider the city’s best cookies and baked goods at Levain Bakery or inventive, playful treats from Momofuku Milk Bar

·         For New Yorkers and visitors with children, the Upper West Side has several family-friendly attractions. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park has a special Three Bears Holiday Bash production with performances until 30th December and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has holiday programming throughout December including dreidel and ornament decorating.

·         Visitors and New Yorkers can cross off their holiday shopping on the Upper West Side. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market features gifts from artisans and designers. For knitting enthusiasts, Knitty City sells yarns, books and patterns. With two floors of used books, including often hard-to-find titles, Westsider Rare & Used Books is popular among bookworms for its large selection and knowledgeable staff  

Visitors looking to experience more of the Upper West Side can stay at one of the neighbourhood’s several hotels, including Days Hotel Broadway, The Excelsior Hotel, Hostelling International, Hotel Beacon, Hotel Belleclaire, Lucerne Hotel, Mandarin Oriental New York, NYLO New York City, The Phillips Club at Lincoln Square and Trump International Hotel & Tower.

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