Every ten blocks of the Upper West Side seem to have its own character. The 70s and 80s have their share of “Classic Six” prewar apartments (that’s two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and kitchen plus a room for the maid or domestic staff, sometimes used as a home office) as opposed to a “Classic Seven,” which has all these rooms in addition to another bedroom. Along Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side, some grand-scale apartment buildings with magnificent river views perfectly 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 have the capability to hold every resident of the Upper West Side at once.
Read More Lining Central Park West are classic New York buildings like the Dakota, the San Remo, and the Beresford. Condo lovers who covet the Central Park West location 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, the New York Historical Society boasts a trove of materials relating to the history of New York. Moreover, Upper West Side park aficionados have two fabulous choices — roomy Central Park to the east or lush and green Riverside Park to the West. Read Less
French pastry in a hidden cafe
Cafe Margot is very hard to find, on the 74th street side of the Ansonia. Its pastries are irresistable, but I often choose a baguette with ham/cheese or terrific tuna salad instead. Very charming, with all of five tables; coffee is okay, no more.
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