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It goes like this: you decide to move, you hire Divine Moving and Storage to help you, you get to your new home, you start your new life. But then what? How will you spend your first week in NYC? What should you do for fun? Luckily, there are tons of weekend activities to try in Upper West Side. From getting the best New York breakfast to taking a long walk to appreciate the area to visiting a variety of museums, Upper West Side offers a wide variety of things to do. Everyone can find something they will enjoy. So take a look at some of the most popular pastimes in Manhattan and find one that suits your interests!

Weekend activities to try in Upper West Side when you’re hungry

The food in New York is probably not the main reason why you decided to hire Upper West Side movers and relocate here. But you’ll learn quickly that NYC as a whole is any foodie’s dream. And Upper West Side is not excluded from that.

Bagel with smoked salmon.
You’ll eat like royalty while living in Manhattan.

Get some proper New York breakfast

What better way to start the day than with a good breakfast? And there’s no better New York breakfast than a bagel. So walk on over to Zabar’s, the neighborhood’s famous grocery store that sells maybe the best bagels in the whole city. If that’s not along the way, you can try Barney Greengrass as well – it’s famous for its selection of smoked fish, but their bagels are excellent too! And breakfast wouldn’t be complete without coffee. The Sensuous Bean is a local favorite when it comes to this beverage. But if you want a greater selection and fancier options (for a price), you can always find a Starbucks as well.

Take your pick of different cuisines

Manhattan is definitely a bit too expensive to eat out every day. But you can treat yourself every once in a while. And this weekend could be the perfect opportunity! You’ll find restaurants for every taste and every budget on the Upper West Side. From low-cost quick options like pizza and burger joints to fine dining of the French variety, take your pick and treat yourself this weekend.

Weekend activities to try in Upper West Side when you’re on a budget

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy your new neighborhood! If you’re trying to save up a bit after moving, there are still plenty of things to do for free.

Enjoy the architecture

Upper West Side has some of the most stunning architecture in all of Manhattan. Take a stroll down a couple of random streets to get familiar with your new neighborhood and discover the beautiful buildings that surround you. You’ll find some typical old-school New York buildings here as well as Italian renaissance revival buildings that well worth seeing. But if modern urban architecture of steel and glass is more your thing, don’t worry! You’ll find plenty of that here too.

Modern buildings in Manhattan.
From skyscrapers to brownstones, enjoy all types of architecture in New York.

Spend some time outside

They say New York is a concrete jungle. While that isn’t entirely untrue, you can still find places to enjoy nature for a while. When you’re still stressed from your relocation, this can be the perfect way to unwind. And best of all? It’s entirely free!

Breathe in some fresh air at one of the parks

Central Park is the obvious place to go when you want to lie on the grass and relax under the bright blue skies. And there’s good reason for this: the spacious green area is the perfect place on Upper West Side to find a little oasis of peace. But it’s not the only one! The Theodore Roosevelt and Riverside parks are also excellent spots for this and you can always pick one of the many benches lining Broadway instead as well.

See the Columbia University campus

Columbia University is one of the most famous Ivy League colleges in the US. Conveniently for you, it is located on the Upper West Side! So why not visit the campus and see what all the fuss is about? Even if you’re not planning on starting a family in NYC, it can be fun to experience this side of the city too. You might even learn something new!

Weekend activities to try in Upper West Side when you want to learn

Speaking of learning something new, if you want to educate yourself on history, nature, culture or just about anything else, then New York is definitely a good place to do so. There are tons of community organized groups and courses you can join for just about anything you can think of from sewing to cooking Mediterranean food. But let’s look at some less traditional ways of learning that you can easily turn into a weekend activity!

The American Museum of Natural History which is one of the best weekend activities to try in Upper West Side.
Learn about the history of the natural world this weekend.

Visit one of the many museums in Manhattan

Museums are a great way to spend a couple of hours having fun and learning new and interesting things. As luck you have it, one of New York’s best museums is on the Upper West Side! You’ll find the American Museum of Natural History in Central Park. It’s a great way to spend the day for people of all ages. You can turn it into a family activity or go alone. The Hayden Planetarium, a complete blue whale skeleton and tons of interesting information about dinosaurs are waiting here to be discovered! And if that’s not quite your thing, you may find the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Rose Center for Earth and Space or the Museum of Arts and Design more interesting.

Immerse yourself in the local culture

One of the best weekend activities to try in Upper West Side is to behave like a typical resident. This will be the fastest way for you to start feeling like you belong here! So take the metro, go to some shopping malls, meet with some friends for a couple of evening cocktails and go see a play or a concert or a stand-up comedy evening to finish off your day. There is literally no shortage of ways to have fun on the Upper West Side.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011

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