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Art, Events, Upper West Side 

Photos © Sachyn Mital, courtesy of Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center’s famed Josie Robertson Plaza has been transformed into a huge green space for the public. Designed by set designer Mimi Lien, the public installation, called “The Green” officially opened on Monday as a place for New Yorkers to lounge, borrow a book from the New York Public Library, and even enjoy pop-up performances hosted by the institution. The Green is the centerpiece of Lincoln Center’s “Restart Stages” initiative, which converted the 16-acre campus into 10 new outdoor performance venues last month.

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condos, New Developments, Upper West Side 

All renderings by MOSO Studio

Long known as a family neighborhood rooted in its pre-war history, the Upper West Side has found a new life in recent years, attracting young professionals and a commercial boom that’s brought countless downtown restaurants uptown. And, of course, along with this transition comes a reimaging of the residential market. Take for example the 44-unit condo at 2505 Broadway. It was designed by Eran Chen and the architects at ODA in their signature modular style, but it retains the classic sophistication the neighborhood is known for. The residences are refined yet modern, and there is an array of forward-looking amenities such as a state-of-the-art gym with adjacent flexible space used as a sports court or movie theater, a pet spa, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Hudson River.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

If you don’t mind sleeping in a lofted space, this $465,000 Upper West Side studio is in a great location and has tons of historic charm. Located on the second floor of the brownstone at 128 West 78th Street, it’s just down the block from the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. It has gorgeous details like carved wood moldings, stained-glass transoms, wood radiator covers and shutters, and exposed brick.

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Cool Listings, lincoln square, Upper West Side 

Listing photos by Peter Aaaron for Sotheby’s International Realty

The Atelier co-op at 33 West 67th Street was built in 1908 as artist’s lofts, and though the Upper West Side building no longer caters to creatives, it still retains its gorgeous pre-war details and oversized apartments. This duplex unit, for example, has a grand, 17-foot double-height living room that features wrap-around library walls (47 feet of them, to be exact), as well as a sweeping staircase and mezzanine balcony. It’s on the market for $4,795,000.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Large, high-end penthouses aren’t uncommon on the Upper West Side, neither are outdoor terraces. But the views afforded from this duplex penthouse are something special. An outdoor space spanning the entire length of the main level overlooks the supertall towers along Billionaires’ Row, while other vantages show off all the skyscrapers in the neighborhood. The $4,790,000 home is located at 135 West 70th Street, an Egyptian Revival condo building known as The Pythian, which was designed by famed theater architect Thomas W. Lamb (it’s also where Lady Gaga grew up and where her family still lives).

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Upper West Side 

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

In the Manhattan Valley section of the Upper West Side, an affordable housing lottery has just launched for New Yorkers earning 30 or 60 percent of the area median income. The units range from $456/month one-bedrooms to $1,510/month three-bedrooms. The building, known as WSFSSH at West 108, is located at 145 West 108th Street, and it’s the first in a two-phase project from the West Side Federation For Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH). When the development was first announced in 2016, it was contested by local residents for the fact that it would replace affordable, city-owned parking garages and a transitional shelter.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

When this Upper West Side co-op at 170 West 89th Street was recently gutted, the renovation exposed the original brick walls that had been sealed for years. Now, the 834-square-foot, two-bedroom home, on the market for $1,050,000, stands out for these old-world architectural details mixed with stylish, contemporary additions such as built-in shelving and modern appliances. Another perk is that it’s just two blocks from Central Park.

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condos, lincoln square, New Developments, Upper West Side 

Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios

Sales have resumed at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the 52-story Upper West Side tower that has faced a series of legal challenges since 2017. Developed in partnership by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, the building is 668 feet tall, the tallest in the neighborhood. The tower nearly lost that superlative after a judge in February 2020 ruled that as many as 20 floors may have to be chopped from the building for violating zoning rules. But last month, the New York State Appellate Court reversed that decision and declared the developer’s permit valid.

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Restaurants, Upper West Side 

All photos courtesy of Tavern on the Green

After temporarily closing 13 months ago due to COVID-19, Central Park’s iconic restaurant Tavern on the Green will reopen on April 29, with reservations opening today. Guests can enjoy indoor dining, which will be limited to 50 percent capacity, outdoor dining, and a new to-go window perfect for park-goers or at-home diners. “Tavern is more than just a restaurant, it is a place for New Yorkers to unwind, relax in the heart of Central Park, and feel some kind of normalcy again,” said co-owner Jim Caiola.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

It feels like you can practically reach out and touch all the mega-tall towers along 57th Street from the windows of this Upper West Side apartment. Located at 20 West 72nd Street, a pre-war co-op off Central Park, the one-bedroom home is a comfortable 650 square feet and is super bright and modern. It’s asking $695,000.

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