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 contain 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.
The Upper West Side’s brownstone townhouses that line the residential streets still retain an unvarnished Victorian flavor. The buildings are unique because unlike other townhouse pockets of Manhattan, where brick or limestone was used, these were built with brown sandstone and architecture differences including wide front steps, more decorative woodwork, and higher ceilings. For years many townhomes in the area were converted into multifamily dwellings. Recent trends however find more of the townhomes being restored
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 culture, 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 offers a chance to look through the trove of materials relating to the history of New York. Park lovers have two fabulous choices – roomy Central Park on the east or lush and green Riverside Park on the West.
59th St. north to 110th St.
Central Park W. west to the Hudson River
1 to 59th, 66th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 103rd, 110th, and 116th St. | 2, 3 to 72nd St. | 2, 3 to 96th St. | A, D to 59th St.-Columbus Circle | B, C to 59th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, 96th, 103rd, 110th, and 116th St.
P.S. 166 The Richard Rogers School Of The Arts & Science
P.S. 811 Mickey Mantle School
P.S. 87 William Sherman
P.S. 9 Sarah Anderson
The Anderson School
J.H.S. 44 William J. Oshea
Middle School 245 The Computer School
P.S. 811 Mickey Mantle School
Louis D Brandeis High School
Metropolitan Montessori School
Rodeph Sholom School
Smith School (The)
Stephen Gaynor School
The Ideal School Of Manhattan
Yeshiva Ketana Of Manhattan
St. Agnes Boys High School
St. Gregory The Great School
American Museum of Natural History
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Merkin Concert Hall
The New-York Historical Society
Rose Center for Earth and Space