With warm weather and lively crowds, summer is a wonderful time to be in New York. Though there are countless things to do in New York City, some of the best can be found in Hotel Belleclaire’s home neighborhood of the Upper West Side. Whether you are interested in art, architecture, food or shopping, the Upper West Side is the place to be. While you could easily spend your time wandering the tree-lined streets and admiring the classic architecture, here are a few of our favorite Upper West Side activities.
Take the Hotel Belleclaire Streetwise Walking Tour
Free to Hotel Belleclaire guests, these tours begin at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and are a great way to get adjusted to your new surroundings. Not only will you see many of the Upper West Side’s iconic destinations, such as Carnegie Hall and Columbia University, but you will come away from this free NYC walking tour with practical tips and insider knowledge to make the most out of your time in the city.
Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply The Met, is not only an icon of the Upper West Side, but of all New York City. The permanent collections boasts some of the most famous art in the world, and spans everything from Greek sculpture to pop art. Once you’ve had your fill of art inside the museum, head to rooftop for refreshments and stunning Manhattan views.
Tour The Cloisters
Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by visiting the museum and gardens of The Cloisters. A branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, comprising approximately two thousand works of art.
Lounge in Central Park
Whether taking a leisurely stroll or settling down with a book or picnic lunch, a summer day in Central Park is a must for visitors and locals alike. Only a ten-minute walk from Hotel Belleclaire, you’ll enjoy dramatic Manhattan views from the luscious greenery of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s most famous work.
Visit Lincoln Center
Home to The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and more, Lincoln Center offers everything from dance, music, film, opera, theater and other live programs. A stunning building on the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center has something for everyone.
Have Breakfast at Barney Greengrass
New York City is famous for many things, including its array of iconic food. No trip to New York City is complete without sampling the city’s favorite breakfast food, the bagel. Stop by Barney Greengrass to get one of the best in the city.
Shop at Columbus Circle
After spending the day outdoors, stop by the Shops at Columbus Circle, the sleek architectural center next to Central Park, to partake in a little retail therapy and pick out a few items to add to your summer wardrobe.
Take in Classic Theatre with Shakespeare in the Park
A New York City tradition since 1962, Shakespeare in the Park is a must for summertime visitors. This year’s productions include The Tempest, starring Oscar-nominee Sam Waterston, from May 27 to July 5. Cymberline, directed by Tony-winner Daniel Sullivan, will also be on view from July 27 to August 23. See some of the most acclaimed performances of all time in the comfort of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Savor Classic Pastries at Mille-Feuille
Stop by one of New York City’s best bakeries to sample mouth-watering macarons and croissants, or register for a class to take your baking skills to new heights before heading home. Conveniently located inside the Hotel Belleclaire lobby, you won’t want to miss this Upper West Side favorite.
Tour the Nicholas Roerich Museum
Known as a hub for arts and culture, the Upper West Side is home to the Nicholas Roerich Museum. Located in a brownstone on 107th Street, the museum includes over 100 works by the Russian-born artist, as well as a collection or archival materials.