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Old 12-15-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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Is one, less desirable than the other? If so, why?
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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It's really a matter of opinion. I like the UWS more. You have central park and riverside park. It's more classy and pretty .
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:34 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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From what I gather, the UWS is considered to be "cooler" while the UES is considered to be more upscale.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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Whats the difference between Upper West Side and Upper East Side?

For the obvious, one is on the east and other is on the west.

For the not so obvious, most of large residential buildings on UWS have a name and very few in UES do.

Is one, less desirable than the other?

I have no idea. I can only afford to live in Brooklyn.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:44 AM
 
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The UES is a more consistently upscale area. While there are obviously some very nice parts of the UWS, it's a bit more interspersed with low income public housing. Things like the Amsterdam Houses at the south end, and IIRC, there are some along Columbus in the high 80's. On the UES, there really isn't any of this from 59 (and below that into midtown east), until you hit the mid-90's on the far East Side.

At least for now, the UWS has better public transportation, with it's two subway lines (which will be changing eventually with the 2nd Ave Subway.)
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The UWS has been a more liberal, newer money area, with the exception of trophy buildings on CPW and Riverside, as they function more in line with the more traditional, conservative UES. Many parts of the UWS today are a product of gentrification in decades past, whereas the UES never had areas that were as blighted. Yorkville was more of a middle/working class area, but it did not have the same problems with crime, drugs, etc. that plagued parts of the UWS.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Its all a matter of opinion and taste. Ask 100 people and would probably be down the middle. I use to prefer the ues but now love the uws and actually put the most clients in that area. Even people who wanted to live in east village i show them the uws and they love it
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:27 PM
 
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For those of us who are from here, and who aren't kids, the answers are clear.

The UWS was traditionally much, much more Jewish.

The UES close to the Park was WASPy, while further east in Yorkville you had German and Hungarian Lutherans and Catholics.

Yes, a lot of that has changed -- but it still left a bit of an imprint on the whole flavor of the neighborhoods.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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Does one area have more prewar buildings than the other?
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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I found ues very quiet and boring whereas uws more vibrant.

I was down in the mid 40s on the west side and noticed that it is undergoing a big face lifting given the rises of a lot of glass flashing skyscrapers.
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