Neighborhood Guides

Must-See Upper West Side

by staff, 12/02/2014

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  • Landmarks
    Architecture buffs will want to take their time exploring the neighborhood. The Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District (one of several landmarked stretches in the area) is distinguished by four luxury co-ops built during the 1930s—the Eldorado, San Remo, Majestic and Century apartments—each of which has two towers on its interior. The design is a quirk of a 1929 building regulation that limited the height of street-facing residential constructions. Other prominent (and historic) apartment complexes in the area include the Dakota, the Ansonia, the Apthorp and the Beresford. There are more architectural riches as well: elegant row houses, especially in the West 70s and 80s near Riverside Drive; the neoclassical Shearith Israel Synagogue, beaux-arts First Church of Christ, Scientist, and art nouveau New York Society for Ethical Culture; the majestic Beacon Theatre; the former Central Savings Bank (now an Apple Bank cum luxury condo building); and countless others—even museums like the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society are notable for their architecture alone. If you'd like to study the neighborhood's historic architecture before you go, we recommended visiting the Landmarks Preservation Commission website or checking out books like The Landmarks of New York and Guide to New York City Landmarks.

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