A few weeks ago, New York PostThe cover featured the title “UPPER WEST SLIDE” and images of a local mother and her teenage son. U accompanying article he explained that the mother in question “fled the neighborhood between crime and chaos,” and, fearing to let them defend themselves for them, “[dragged] her two children “to work with her. She had, the article says, just listed her renovated 22-year-old West End Avenue apartment, titled” a fabulous four-bedroom cooperative with a walk-in closet. ”
I received a text from my father. “You’ve seen it Post cover it? he wrote. “WHERE IS THIS APARTMENT?”
I had a lot in front of him, so every few days I checked the list in my neighborhood. Even when you can go to the views safely and easily, for me – except for a few Pomander Walk open house opportunities, of course – it’s for the most part or for friends moving into the area; I’m not really in a position to move. Knowing my interest, friends in the real estate business send me ads that they know I like Other times, I look for blocks (West 69th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West has the most beautiful Halloween decorations!) Or by word of mouth. key (“character” and “fixer-upper” are preferred). Or buildings: Sometimes I like to see if there are photos of apartments in the place where my grandparents lived during the Depression, or the one where my parents lived when I was born (a matter because of their proximity to the Depression). charging doors of a funeral parlor). UWS’s passives – its lack of chic, its crowded restaurants, its ever-intrusive basicity – are known as its superior bagels, its history of left-wing intelligence, and its attractive streets and schools. family friendly. For me, it’s just a family – loved in spite of and because of all these things, maintaining a certain zhlubby charm, no matter how it evolves and returns.
And he has some great apartments. Yes, there are no shortage of high-altitude skiers with gyms, but the challenge is to find something special. Over the years, I’ve been amazed 3 Riverside Drive, lunatu Study by Milton Glaser, and dreamed Aaron Shikler’s window. And, in the process, he discovered some apartments for friends! Here are some current favorites:
15 West 67th Street, 5RW – $ 550,000
While it was now considered firm, UWS was an accessible link for musicians, actors and artists, many of whom lived in light-filled studio buildings. Of these, the Hotel des Artistes is probably the best known – the legendary Café des Artistes, rich in romping nymphs, was located below – but the nearby neo-Gothic Central Park Studios are just as stunning, with 11-foot ceilings and windows. atelier, is a vestibule covered in famous murals by Robert VV Sewell. The building is no longer exactly for starving artists – maintenance fees are high, as you might expect – but if, like me, you find a building with this kind of irresistible history, this sweet bedroom will look relatively reasonable.
210 Riverside Drive, 8D – $ 875,000
I’ve always loved this particular building, with its massive, tiled lobby (used as a shooting location for many movies, You have Mail among them) and often idiosyncratic disposition, since many of the apartments were sculpted from the original plan of 1909. It is a short walk from Riverside Park, of course, and even those apartments without river views tend to get a great light. But, for me, what earned me a bookmark is the bathroom.
211 Central Park West, 19E – $ 19.5 million
Since this neighborhood was one of the first to launch the concept of luxury apartments – trying to attract people who would normally have lived in townhouses – there is no shortage of beautiful branded buildings: the Dakota, the San Remo, the ‘Apthorp. They are all amazing and expensive and full of amenities. I’m weird that I hate an open-plan kitchen, which means that, in the pretentious world where this includes a multimillion-dollar cooperative and all the boards asking you to live in them, it’s hard to find one that I like; renovations tend to dispense with old-fashioned kitchens and pantries. Yes, I think I would like to be content with this six-room mansion, I thought, looking at my air tree. But I really have to do it a lot of remodeling. But this duplex at Beresford – one of the most beautiful buildings in Manhattan – is incredible and it retains its original Emery Roth layout and St. Charles ’kitchen, to say nothing of the gallery, the two staircases, the French-fronted terrace with breathtaking views, or the wood-burning fireplace – they go well too. And it also has a theatrical pedigree: While it was the home of former owners Phyllis Newman and Adolph Green, the apartment and its floor played out to Groucho Marx, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and (near) Glenn Close.
310 Riverside Drive, 806B – $ 1,595
I always keep an eye out for a non-exorbitant, habitable studio rental (I have a long list of unique friends I try to attract into the neighborhood), and this one is bright, with high ceilings, has a large bathroom with a tub, and – the best and rarest of all – a view of the river.