I can't help but feel somewhat unwelcome in this part of town. While the east side of Central Park is rich with cultural institutions and street vendors, the upper west side is somewhat lacking after you get past the Natural History museum. There's also a perceived feeling of segregation – the residents walk on the west side of the street with their apartments, while everyone else remains on the park side, since why else would we even be in the area other than to visit Central Park?
Of course what these blocks lack in individualism and character they more than make up for with the beauty of the park and the grandiose buildings. It's a classic New York vision: Old trees being confronted by masterful works of beautiful architecture.