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NYC's Kid-Friendly Upper West Side

Ericka McConnell David Strah, stay-at-home father and author of the book <em>Gay Dads</em>

Photo: Ericka McConnell

It's almost like a suburb within the city—a kid-centric community of extra-wide sidewalks and Saturday morning soccer games, of outings to the Museum of Natural History and sippy cups in every café. With Riverside Park as its front yard and Central Park as its back, the Upper West Side is surely one of the greenest swaths of Manhattan.

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Destinations: Manhattan · Midtown West · Upper West Side

Inspired by: Secret NYC | T+L Family — by Jane Margolies, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Hudson Hotel

    Starting with the Philippe Starck-designed "decompression chamber" upon entry, with its escalator that moves you away from the streets of New York

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    Hotel Excelsior

    Located in the Upper West Side between Central Park and Columbus Avenue, the 16-story Hotel Excelsior overlooks the verdant park, the Hayden Planet

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Restaurants (7)

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    Alice's Tea Cup

    Inspired by the owners’ experiences drinking afternoon tea in locations around the globe and the whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice’s Te

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    Hungarian Pastry Shop

    Located in Morningside Heights, the Hungarian Pastry Shop is an assuming place often filled with students from nearby Columbia University indulging

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    Flor de Mayo

    Flor de Mayo, on the Upper West Side, serves Chinese, Spanish and Peruvian cuisine from noon to midnight daily and enjoys a good reputation for its

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    Patsy's Pizzeria

    Patsy's Pizzeria first opened its doors in 1933 in East Harlem and has been making "old world" style pizza ever since. The thin crust, oven-baked p

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    Artie's Delicatessen

    Artie's Delicatessen, on the Upper West Side, is a New York-style deli that serves the flavors of 1930s homestyle Jewish cooking within a modern re

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    Fairway Market Café & Steakhouse

    What began as a lone fruit and vegetable stand in 1933 is now a multistory gourmet grocery store in the Upper West Side, known for its vast display

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    Daisy May's BBQ USA

    After training at such renowned French restaurants as Le Cirque, Daniel, and Chanterelle, chef Adam Perry Lang switched gears and opened this casua

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Activities (16)

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    Toys "R" Us Times Square

    Also known as The World’s Greatest Toy Store®, the Times Square Toys “R” Us is the company’s flagship store. At 110,000 square feet, the store is f

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    Mondel Chocolates

    Established in 1943, Mondel Chocolates is one of New York City’s best loved chocolatiers. Popular with everyone from Columbia University students t

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    Zabar's

    Zabar’s, the iconic New York City gourmet emporium, was founded in 1934 by Louis and Lillian Zabar. Based on Louis Zabar’s philosophy of selling th

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    Absolute Bagels

    Serving what are, arguably, some of New York City’s best bagels, Absolute Bagels is a small, unassuming shop on the city’s famed Upper West Side. T

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    H&H Bagels

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    West Side Kids

    A fun store for parents and their kids, West Side Kids is the quintessential New York toy store. The store sells a variety of toys and games for ki

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    Penny Whistle Toys

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    Bank Street Bookstore

    Located in New York City’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, Bank Street Books is a treasure trove of children’s literature. Founded in 1970, the s

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    New Victory Theater

    Housed inside a revitalized building constructed by Oscar Hammerstein in 1900, the New Victory Theater is New York City’s premier theater for young

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    Heckscher Softball Fields

    Located at 63rd Street in New York City’s Central Park, the Heckscher softball fields are perfect for a game of baseball or softball. The six field

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    Baseball Center NYC

    The Baseball Center is a go-to destination for baseball aficionados in the New York City area. This 15,000-square-foot facility is a baseball fan’s

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    52nd Street Project

    The 52nd Street Project was founded by actor/playwright Willie Reale in 1981 with the aim of improving the lives of the children living in New York

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    Children's Museum of Manhattan

    The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an interactive museum for children and their families that aims to provide children with a fun, educational e

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    American Museum of Natural History

    One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to explore and understand the natural w

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    Riverside Park

    One of New York City’s eight official scenic landmarks, Riverside Park is a haven of natural beauty and recreation in one of the nation’s most vibr

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