Manhattan’s Upper West Side--An Upscale Manhattan Neighborhood of Pre-War Architecture and Modern Convenience Between the Hudson River and Central Park West
The Upper West Side is ten blocks of primarily upscale residential buildings and some of New York’s most recognizable and world-renown venues.
Its unofficial boundaries start at Columbus Circle on 59th Street and extend to 110th Street. Some New Yorkers extend those boundaries to 125th Street where the neighborhood of Morningside Heights contains famous New York City institutions, such as Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music.
Within the Upper West Side’s remarkable terrain are Riverside Drive, West End Avenue, Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue, Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. With two beautiful green spaces, Central Park and Riverside Park, hugging the borders, its location offers residents expansive playgrounds and access to some of the world’s best entertainment, cultural and shopping meccas.
The Upper West Side’s Riverside Drive is a long stretch of 60 plus magnificent apartment and co-op buildings that have breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For years, this upscale section has contained residential buildings on one side and Riverside Park and West Side Highway on the other.
Riverside Boulevard, 60th to 72nd Streets, reflects the epitome of a luxury lifestyle with highrise Manhattan luxury living at its absolute best. Donald Trump was the first to purchase and begin development in this area and Extell Development is completing this section of the Upper West Side.
New York luxury condo developments such as The Rushmore, The Heritage at Trump Place, and 220 Riverside Blvd. at Trump Place reflect Trump’s signature style and Extell’s impressive and continuing efforts to bring this special part of the Upper West Side to grandeur. Riverside Boulevard has its own zip code, 10069, and living here certainly says why it deserves it.
In 2011, Riverside Center, a mixed-use building will take its place between West End Avenue and the West Side Highway offering nearby Riverside Drive residents much-needed restaurants, shopping, modern housing, a new elementary school and shopping--within easy walking distance.
West End Avenue is comprised mainly of 19th and 20th century co-op residences and brownstones reflecting prewar architecture such as Neo-Renaissance and Art Deco styles. Within this section is the charming neighborhood known as Lincoln Square and the famous Apthorp Apartments, built in 1908 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This apartment complex takes up a full block, with two addresses; one at 390 West Avenue and the other on Broadway.
Columbus Circle is home to The Time Warner Building housing a sprawling shopping complex, Equinox Fitness Center, Whole Foods, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Thomas Keller’s world famous restaurant, Per Se, and much much more.
Nearby is the newly-revitalized Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This area is home to some of the most expensive properties in the country such as Fifteen Central Park West, The Residences at Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, and Trump International Hotel & Tower are just some of the modern luxury high rises.
One of the more historic buildings in the neighborhood,The Ansonia, was originally built as a hotel in the early 1800s, and is on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets. It’s been referred to as a “baroque palace,” and was converted to condominiums in the early 90s.
A walk down Amsterdam Avenue gives visitors and residents a large range of retail, restaurants, bars, small cafes and is home to the New York City Fire Department at Amsterdam and West 66th Street. Columbus Avenue is mainly made up of the same with the exception of New York’s American Museum of Natural History founded in 1869 and known for its enormous, worldwide contributions to science, culture, history and education. The museum’s exterior was featured in the movie, Night at the Museum.
Central Park West is, at the name suggests, sandwiched between Central Park and residential luxury apartments and co-ops. Some of the most beautiful architecture, both prewar and “newly-designed” prewar buildings line its streets
The Dakota, sits at 72nd Street and Central Park West with a nearby entrance to the Park and memorial/dedication to John Lennon, who resided there in the early 70s. Numerous movies and television shows have used its grand exterior as a stunning backdrop.
North of the Dakota is the San Remo, recognized by its 400-foot towers and its sister, the Beresford, with three towers, and both designed by architect Emery Roth. The Dakota, San Remo and Beresford are perhaps the most visually-stunning buildings in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and home to a slew of celebrities, financiers, artists and playwrights.
Manhattan’s Upper West Side’s has a rich history of urban renewal and reflects a gentler, less-hurried way of life than nearby Midtown. Its parks, grand architecture and easy access to present and future attractions make it not only a lovely place to visit, but a great place to live.