Make the most out of your Lincoln Center experience by spending the day and night in the Lincoln Square neighborhood—one of Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhoods that is particularly rich in history, culture, and urban life. Home to arts and entertainment companies such as ABC, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Children's Television Workshop, and ASCAP, Lincoln Square and its environs is a cultural mecca of New York and the world.
A 15-minute walk north from Lincoln Center takes you to the world-famous American Museum of Natural History. After you've seen the dinosaurs, the panoramas, and the spectacular special exhibits, have lunch at one of the many restaurants lining Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, which run north and south between the Museum and Lincoln Square. Then stroll just a couple of blocks east to New York's beloved Central Park. For almost 150 years, Central Park had provided a green refuge for New York City residents and tourists alike. Take a walk from Strawberry Fields (named in honor of the Beatles' John Lennon) to the Great Lawn, go for a spin on the Carousel and visit the Zoo with your kids. When your feet get tired, hire a horse-drawn carriage or row a boat at the Loeb Boathouse. Whatever your recreational desire (including a soft, grassy napping spot), Central Park has something for you.
There's always time to shop before curtain time. Lincoln Square boasts popular chain stores on Broadway and Columbus Avenue like Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, The Gap, French Connection, Victoria's Secret, and Barnes and Noble as well as designer shops (Eileen Fisher, Betsey Johnson, Ann Taylor) and numerous independent specialty shops like Gracious Homes. The retail complex at the Time Warner Center lures shoppers with luxe stores and restaurants in a spectacular setting.
Attention foodies! Just a block north of Lincoln Center on 66th street, the uptown Gourmet Garage is the gourmet's food paradise. Walk up Broadway to 74th Street and you will find Fairway, "Like no other market". Continue north to Citarella's, one of New York's most celebrated fine foods stores. For a quintessential New York culinary experience, a visit to Zabar's is mandatory. This Manhattan institution is famous for its smoked fish and cheese sections, and is right next to H & H Bagels (of Seinfeld fame). All four markets are great places to find unique food gifts to take back to friends and family (or your hotel room)!
There are over 20 hotels of all types on the Upper West Side.
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