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One immediately thinks of the Upper West Side when they hear the term, "prewar buildings." With classic buildings like the Dakota, Ansonia, Apthorp, Manhasset and Astor Court, it’s no surprise. The Upper West Side is defined by the area from Central Park West to the Hudson River, 57th Street to 110th Street. At one time, north of 59th Street up to Harlem was mostly countryside. It wasn’t until the 18th Century that residences were established, particularly by the well-to-do. The Upper West Side today houses varied NYC apartments, with “Classic Six” prewar apartments in the 70s and 80s, grand apartment buildings along Riverside Drive, and spectacular luxury condos like Time Warner Center at the neighborhood’s southern tip.

Families, single professionals, even seniors are drawn to the diverse Upper West Side, as are current and former students thanks to its proximity to Columbia University. Plus there’s plenty to do along Broadway and beyond, from eating in famed restaurants, enjoying coffee in trendy cafes, window shopping for fine fashions, to playing and people watching in Central Park West or Riverside Park. Plus there’s a giant Whole Foods, and all the culture and history you want with Lincoln Center, New York Historical Society and the Museum of Natural History in easy reach. Getting around the Upper West Side is just as easy with the 2 and 3 express trains at 72nd Street. The B and C trains have stops along Central Park, and the 1 train runs all along Broadway.