Manhattan Valley

Manhattan Valley is a small, upcoming neighborhood on the Upper West Side. It lies in a natural depression in between Central Park and Broadway, and stretches from West 96th St. to West 110th. Its close proximity to Upper West Side cultural gems like Columbia University and The American Museum of Natural History make it a more affordable destination for the intellectual and creative class. New condominium and rental developments have made this once troubled area the new consumer capital of upper Manhattan. Residents, pleased with the neighborhood's newfound prosperity, call it the new Upper East Side.
The Vibe
Residential side streets flanked by bustling avenues. The area is perfect for families or young professionals looking for a neighborhood with a real neighborhood feel. Central Park- and nearby Riverside Park- attract frisbee throwers, dog walkers, and cyclists. New restaurants mingle with family-run Halal groceries on Columbus and Amsterdam, enticing trendy and traditional palates.
Bragging Rights
Manhattan Valley is one of the fastest developing areas in the city. Since the late '90s, it has transformed from a rough neighborhood into the most desirable destination on the Upper West Side. Homes in Manhattan Valley are more affordable than their counterparts south of 96th St., making the neighborhood "the better side of 96th." Manhattan Valley is also one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods.
Architecture
Classic brownstone townhouses and stately brick apartment complexes are interspersed with contemporary condo and rental developments. Manhattan Valley's iconic condo, located at 455 Central Park West, is housed in the castle-like building that was once the New York Cancer Hospital.
Best Kept Secret
Pomander Walk-- a gated complex of twenty-seven small, single family houses connected by a narrow courtyard. The complex was built in 1921 by Thomas J. Healy, who intended to build a luxury hotel on the site. The houses are nearly obscured by the high-rise apartment buildings surrounding them. Novelist Darryl Pinckney called Pomander Walk "an insertion of incredible whimsy" into the neighborhood.
By Day
Casual shoppers peruse Amsterdam Ave., joggers and families head for the parks, and students commute to class uptown.
By Night
On the quiet side. Manhattan Valley's ethnic restaurants outnumber bars and clubs. There's a wide selection of places to go for a glass of wine, and Jazz fans can catch a set at Smoke, a favorite neighborhood Jazz & Blues venue.