Many New Yorkers have walked through this small neighborhood countless times but may be unfamiliar with its name, which is often folded into the vastness of the Upper West Side. An ameatuer might even confuse the neighborhood with Harlem, Morningside Heights, or make up a new geographically descriptive name like, Upper Upper Westside. Manhattan Valley is bounded by 110th Street to the north, 96th Street to the south, Central Park West to the east and Broadway to the west.
Manhattan Valley is a diverse, mostly residential neighborhood that is rich in history. The north side of the neighborhood has no shortage of historic row houses and distinctive buildings designed in a Romanesque, Victorian Gothic and Queen Ann style of architecture. If you’re a fan of architecture this may be an ideal place to visit. Contrasting the neighborhood's classical architecture in the north are the modern buildings of Columbus Square on the south side.
Manhattan Valley residents are fortunate to live near some of New York City’s best outdoor spaces. Central Park to the east, Morningside Park to the north and Riverside Park to the west. It’s an ideal neighborhood for residents that like the outdoors or have children and dogs.
It’s a good thing that Manhattan Valley is surrounded by parks because there are many food choices in this diverse neighborhood. You might need to burn some calories after visiting some of them. Manhattan Valley is an Indian Restaurant that shares the same name as the neighborhood. It’s quite popular with the locals and if you like chicken tandoori then this is your spot. Other cuisines from around the globe are well represented in Manhattan Valley. They include Dominican, French, Italian, Japanese and American cuisines.
Shopping in the commercial district of Manhattan Valley is not a bad idea. It’s got everything you could possibly imagine from name brand retailers to mom-and-pop-shops. There’s also a fantastic outdoor farmers market on Saturday morning. It’s located off the south east corner of Morningside Park. They have great vendors selling tasty foods. What more can you ask for?
What You Might See
Inspiring architecture like the French Chateauesque building on Central Park West. Formerly known as the New York Cancer Hospital, the stylized building with multiple turrets is now a condo building. You'll see many green spaces and playgrounds too. Much like the Upper West Side, you’ll see mom’s with strollers and New York style dog walkers.
You’ll see a lot of college age kids walking to and from Columbia University. You also see a lot of young tourists from all over the world. Most likely they are staying at the largest hostel in North America, which is located on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan Valley in a landmarked Victorian building. They host over 70,000 young tourists annually.
You’ll see subway stations too. Three lines (1, A, B, and C) make Manhattan Valley a very accessible neighborhood.
What You Don’t Know
For a valley it has a little slope to it. The dip starts at around 105th Street down to 95th Street. The sloped side streets and avenues give it a distinctly different feel than other parts of the city.