Lincoln Center, the Natural History Museum & Riverside Drive
About 210,000 people live in the 2 square miles extending from Columbus Circle to the top of Central Park. There are at least 3 focal points to the Upper West Side, starting with the Lincoln Center. This product of Robert Moses driven slum clearance dominates the modern aesthetic of the west 60’s as one of the world’s premier performing arts venues.
Further north the neighborhood expands from the W 72nd express stop through our second center of gravity, the Natural History Museum. Within these blocks lines snake around Levain Bakery, dreams live at the Sugar Bar open mic and ambience rivals the best downtown speakeasies at restaurants like Cafe Tallulah. Above the museum the 80’s feel a shade more residential before slowing down another gear in the 90’s.
Lastly we turn to the unrivaled pre-war architecture of Riverside Drive. The 20th century opened to the city’s first subway line in addition to cheap construction and new elevator technology, all contributing to a middle class boom of large apartment buildings along the Hudson. With the Riverwalk extension to W 91st completed in 2010, the area continues to provide an excellent combination of nature, charm & accessibility.