Every ten blocks of the Upper West Side seem to have their own character: the 70s and 80s have their share of “Classic Six” prewar apartments (that’s three bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and kitchen, as opposed to a “Classic Seven,” which has all that plus a room for the maid or domestic staff, sometimes used as a home office.) Along Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side, there are some grand-scale apartment buildings with magnificent river views to match the street’s name. Meanwhile, the southern bit of the Upper West Side embraces the Time Warner Center, which has some of the most spectacular luxury condos in the city, along with high-end shops like Coach and Hugo Boss, once-in-a-lifetime eateries like Per Se, and a giant subterranean Whole Foods that seems to hold every resident of the Upper West Side at once.
More Lining Central Park West are classic New York buildings like the Dakota, the San Remo, and the Beresford. For the most part, they’re co-ops which offer more sales than rentals; condo lovers who covet Central Park West should check out the Century, one of the Upper West Side’s Art Deco triumphs. For recreation, the Upper West Side offers everything from the theatrical richness of Lincoln Center to the stunning artifacts of the Museum of Natural History. For history lovers, there is no fun like going to the New York Historical Society and looking through the trove of materials relating to the history of New York. And Upper West Side park aficionados have two fabulous choices — roomy Central Park on the east or lush and green Riverside Park on the West. Less
It is definitely a “fertile” neighborhood. There must be something going on at night because I see baby strollers everywhere during the day.
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