Everything you need to know about getting the most from working in the legendary neighborhood known as the Upper West Side
Crave Fishbar, Kettle’s newest coworking space, is located at 428 Amsterdam Avenue, between 80th and 81st Street. That’s the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side which, as you know, is about the hottest neighborhood on the planet.
If you have spent any time on the Upper West Side, you’re going to be eager to spend your workdays there too. And if you’ve never been there, you’re going to love it. There is so much to explore on your way to work, at lunchtime, and after work. You’re going to feel energized and excited all day long.
So, what can you see in this amazing neighborhood? Let’s take a look at only a few options.
Take Home Some Seafood at the End of the Day
Crave Fishbar, where you’ll be working, offers an astonishing selection of seafood, all sustainably sourced. So before you leave Crave at the end of the day, why not pick up something amazing to take home for dinner? You can also stay at Crave and eat your dinner there. We’ll use that word again . . . it’s amazing.
Ramble Over to Central Park
You’ll find walking paths, welcoming benches to sit on, and the best people-watching on earth. You can just take your lunch there, plop down. Plus, there are special things to see. One is Strawberry Fields, located at 72nd Street just inside Central Park. It’s a magical area devoted to the memory of John Lennon, who lived in the Dakota apartments that are right across Central Park West, on the north side of 72nd Street. If you keep walking straight into the park, you will find Bethesda Fountain, one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. There’s a reservoir to walk around, a lake full of rowboats, and further away there’s even a zoo where you can watch the seals being fed. It’s all magic.
Or Choose Riverside Park Instead
If you walk west from Crave Fishbar, you’ll arrive at Riverside Park. It’s also great for people- watching but there’s something else too – a commanding view of the Hudson River with New Jersey on the other side and the George Washington Bridge to the North. One of the most beautiful vistas in New York. Don’t miss it.
The American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium
It’s located at Central Park West at 77th Street, just a quick ramble from your work location. This place practically drips history. Plus, if you have a little time, you can go inside to visit its iconic full-sized blue whale and dinosaur skeletons. And if you have the time, take in a show at the world-famous Hayden Planetarium.
The New York Historical Society Museum
You’ll find this New York landmark at the corner of 77th Street and Central Park West. Founded in 1804, this imposing building was New York’s first museum of any kind. Inside, you’ll find both a permanent collection and special exhibitions that will increase your knowledge and appreciation of the history of New York. Don’t miss it.
Okay, let’s eat something. Zabar’s is one of the famous food stores in the world. It’s at 2245 Broadway, at the corner of 80th Street. You’ll find bagels, spreads, cheese, coffee beans, and delicacies of all kinds. No visit to the Upper West Side is complete without a visit to this mind-boggling gourmet store.
The Ansonia Hotel
Be sure to take a gander at the Ansonia Hotel, located at Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets. You can’t miss this residential hotel, it looks like a huge Victorian layer cake. For years it was the home of famous people. Babe Ruth lived there for a time, and so did the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.) If you pour on the charm, you might be able to talk your way in and pass through the lobby. But overall, the outside is more spectacular than the inside.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
Okay if you want to see this place – one of the largest churches in the world, you’re going to have to put on your walking shoes and hike up to Amsterdam Avenue and 110th Street. But it’s worth it. Be sure to check out a rather berserk huge fountain, “The Peace Fountain,” in front that includes a huge crab. Inside, you can sit down and try to recover from seeing that crab.
There are several entrances to this gorgeous campus, but we like the one on Broadway at 117th Street. Just walk in and you’ll arrive at a huge open quadrangle that’s one of the biggest open spaces in all of New York City. You can sit down and soak it in. You’ll feel smarter just sitting there.
And Our Personal Favorite . . . The Seinfeld Coffee Shop
That’s right! You’ll find this world landmark on the northeast corner of Broadway and 112th Street. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll be tempted to peek inside to see if Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer and the rest are sitting at their usual table. They won’t be – only the exterior of this restaurant was filmed and used for Seinfeld. But the spirit of this landmark show lingers in the Upper West Side, which you can call your new working home.
Try it, you’ll love working at Crave!
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