A Day on New York's West Side

New York editor Lois Levine tells about her favorite way to spend a day on the West Side

Now that winter’s wrath is melting away, there is nothing nicer than a bucolic stroll on the West Side. Make a day of visiting some of the city's unique attractions and enjoying a side of New York you may not have known about before.


When time and weather permit, I like getting in my cardio along the High Line, which runs from Gansevoort St. to W. 30th St., btw 10th and 11th aves. Over 210 species of plants, rotating art installations and inspirational views of the Hudson River are some of the many charms of the repurposed stretch of the former New York Central Railroad.  

The High Line
The High Line park provides a unique greenspace for the city on an historic landmark. (©Iker Alonso/Flickr)


What can be more New York than an institution called the New-York Historical Society? Some of my favorites here include the Smith Gallery, which houses nine porthole-like floorcases displaying items found underneath city streets, and the museum’s eclectic gift shop. 

The New-York Historical Society
One could easily spend all day in The New-York Historical Society alone. (©Jonathan Wallen)



Inside tip: Visit the museum late (it’s open until 8 pm on Fridays), and then sup at Caffè Storico on the first floor, Stephen Starr’s sleek, gold-and-white accented restaurant. Enjoy grilled octopus or cioppino while watching the well-heeled Uptown crowd dine and dish. 

Caffé Storico
Caffé Storico is an elegant dinner stop located inside the Historical Society museum. (Courtesy Caffé Storico)