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The best local chocolate shops in NYC

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 25, 2023

Photo credit clockwise: Jessica Minghi/Borough Chocolates, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Jessica Minghi/Borough Chocolates, Chocolate Noise.

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to crave chocolate. But the sugar-coated holiday certainly provides a good excuse to indulge. Far beyond the red-wrapped drugstore box, creating the sweet (or bitter) treat is now recognized as a craft all its own. Chocolate purveyors range from the old-fashioned to the eco-conscious to makers who hand-mix exotic ingredients and flavors. If you’re really hooked, you can make an event of it at a chocolate-themed restaurant, factory tour, or private tasting. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift for someone special or just a sweet snack, the New York City establishments listed here have something for every chocolate lover–and you can order online or visit the source right in your borough.

Find the chocolate of your dreams, this way

Cool Listings, More Top Stories, Upper West Side 

All photos courtesy of Stefano Ukmar

You can wake up to picture-perfect New York City views every day at this regal penthouse on the Upper West Side. Not only does the apartment at 115 Central Park West offer sweeping park and city vistas from nearly every room, but the home also boasts a whopping 900 square feet of outdoor space, including a 100-foot-long terrace that appears to hover over the world’s most famous green space. Asking $27,500,000, the corner penthouse measures 6,000 square feet inside and has five bedrooms and five and a half baths.

Take a look around

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Evan Joseph

Though it comes with its own luxuries, townhouse living often means sacrificing perks like an elevator, pool, and gym. This $17.5 million Central Park West home at 45 West 70th Street has just about everything you could want, all under one gracious, Neo-Romanesque roof. Built in 1891, the house has been thoroughly renovated from stem to stern with every of-the-moment design flourish and 21st-century amenity–including a 33-foot-long, six-foot deep freshwater lap pool/jacuzzi in the cellar.

Take the six-floor townhouse tour

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

All photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The Majestic, an Art Deco-style apartment building, is one of many impressive towers that dot Central Park West. A three-bedroom apartment on the 11th floor of the two-tower development just hit the market for $6,500,000. The oversized pre-war home has seven rooms, including a sunken living room that offers a throwback entertainment space with amazing views of the park.

See inside

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

All photos courtesy of SERHANT.

At this six-level townhouse on the Upper West side, access to green space is no issue. Not only is the 1899-constructed home at 341 West 84th Street just one block from the waterfront Riverside Park, but it also features a private rear garden, an outdoor terrace, and a rooftop. Asking $6,500,000, the townhouse is currently configured as a two-family home, with a quadruplex and newly renovated garden-level apartment.

See it here

Architecture, Construction Update, Design, Museums, Upper West Side 

The Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium; Photo: Timothy Schenck/©AMNH

Not only does the American Museum of Natural History’s new center make the museum’s founding dream of building one continuous campus across four city blocks a reality, but it also brings a new architectural gem to New York City. Designed by Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is a dramatic, curving structure, inspired by caves and canyons formed by natural forces. The museum released new photos and provided a media tour of the Gilder Center this week, highlighting its progress on the Upper West Side ahead of the official opening in February.

Take the tour

affordable housing, Upper West Side 

All images courtesy of the WSFSSH

A new supportive housing complex for low-income families and formerly homeless seniors officially opened on the Upper West Side this week. Located at 145 West 108th Street, the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing’s WSFSSH at West 108 provides 199 new homes for those in need and gives a new home to the Valley Lodge Shelter, a 110-bed development for homeless older adults. The 193,000-square-foot complex includes on-site supportive services and a wide variety of amenities for residents.

See more here

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman Realty

Nothing says mansion in the sky like 6,200 square feet, five bedrooms, two kitchens, and perfect Central Park views. Asking $34,950,000, this available residence on the upper floors of the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1 Central Park West is a combination of two units and the result of a three-year renovation by New York-based architects Hottenroth + Joseph. The buyer will be the first to live in the palatial pad post-redesign.

Take the tour

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

While we wouldn’t think it would be easy to find a cute, well-appointed apartment anywhere near Central Park West for under $1 million, it’s even harder to imagine finding one with private outdoor space. Asking $845,000, this bright garden co-op at 71 West 83rd Street in a classic Upper West Side pre-war building is just that rare find.

Check out both floors, the loft and the yard

Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photo credit: Tim Waltman / Evan Joseph

Known for some of the most impressive (and expensive) apartments in New York City, the historic Apthorp condominium building at 390 West End Avenue in the heart of the Upper West Side was built for William Waldorf Astor in 1908. Located just minutes from Central Park, the unique building surrounds an interior courtyard. Asking $6,499,999, this five-bedroom residence is one of the building’s largest; distinguished by decorator-enhanced interiors accented with subtle painterly hues, the 4,200-square-foot home possesses the size and grandeur of a townhouse with condo convenience and amenities.

Feast your eyes on this regal residence

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