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Battery Park City

In the late 1970's, Battery Park City is a relatively new 
neighborhood. Battery Park City was planned from the beginning as a 
residential community for WTC and Wall Street workers. At least 1/3 
of the land mass of Battery Park City was actually created 
artificially using the soil dug up from the World Trade Center 
Nestled in the southwest corner of the island of 
Manhattan along the Hudson River, Battery Park City truly offers a 
reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. While only blocks 
away from the financial district, it is a primarily residential 
neighborhood that offers serenity and convenience, a combination 
that is not easily found elsewhere in Manhattan.The Battery 
Park City area is a carefully planned urban village of luxury 
condominium and rental apartment buildings. It is characterized by 
parks, wide streets and features a tree-lined waterfront Esplanade - 
all designed to give its inhabitants a strong sense of open space. 
The buildings are varied in their design, only a "stone-throw" away 
from the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New Jersey.A 
stroll through Battery Park City can be a very satisfying 
experience. Within just a few blocks, you can sit and relax in a 
lush green garden, enjoy the Marina's facilities, check out nearly 
two dozen public-art installations, visit one of four diverse 
museums, listen to free outdoor concerts at the South Street Seaport 
and Winter Garden and dine at your choice of restaurants. 
Businessmen can enjoy the proximity to the financial district, 
having easy access to and from work.Nature lovers can enjoy 
some of downtown's greatest greenery, all hugging the western bank 
of the neighborhood, which also features small piers and footbridges 
in watery coves, as well as grassy open fields. In fact, Battery 
Park City is a superb combination of green foliage, peacefulness and 
water views.


Located at the Southern tip of the island and situated near the Brooklyn Bridge 
and trendy Tribeca, the Financial District is the heart of the 
financial capital of the world. This area has become quite popular 
for excellent values in a historic neighborhood that is undergoing 
dramatic restoration. It is surrounded with energy and life both day 
and night, with quite breathtaking river views.South of 
Manhattan represents the birthplace of New York. The small town of 
New Amsterdam at the bottom of Manhattan was defended by a fort 
(south) and by a wall (north), in order to protect against Indians 
.In 1699, the wall was destroyed by the British and replaced by a 
street - Wall Street. The activity was concentrated here and it 
became an administrative, residential as well as a commercial area. 
Wall Street became the center of banking, finance and insurance in 
the latter 19th century. The Financial District is surrounded 
with energy and life both day and night. For evening entertainment 
and relaxation, find the South Street Seaport, New York's exciting 
gallery of shops, restaurants, and charming old streets. Experience 
the bustle of the New York Stock Exchange and Business Central, home 
to some of the nation's leading institutions and 
companies. As one of Manhattan's oldest neighborhoods, the 
contrasts are striking, with glittering skyscrapers alongside 
landmark structures and cobblestone alleys. Wall Street, a tiny, 
winding street, is an unlikely metaphor for the powerful financial 
community that surrounds the New York and American Stock Exchanges. 
A short walk to the harbor provides views of the Statue of Liberty 
and Ellis Island, and the South Street Seaport provides abundant 
shopping, restaurants and the floating museums of restored antique 
ships. Some of the very large historic skyscrapers and older 
office buildings are being converted into apartment buildings, 
making this neighborhood an attractive place for families, children, 
and even pets. During the day, the area's cafes, restaurants, and 
shops are bustling with Wall Streeters. After hours, however, a 
peace and quiet settles over the neighborhood, and seekers of 
nightlife have just a short walk to trendy Tribeca. Most of the 
buildings being converted are rentals, but there are condos to 
purchase as well. Many offer spectacular views and advanced 
technology features such as fiber-optic wiring, high-speed Internet 
access, and multiple phone lines.Living in the Financial 
District means much more than owning your personal home. It means 
that you share a very dynamic and fascinating life artery. Providing 
a top quality life style, this neighborhood is definitely one of 
NYC's best, most exciting 


Tribeca is today one of the most sought-after residential locations in Manhattan. But beyond the great places to live, it also boasts diversions galore -- from 
the culinary to the cultural. TriBeCa stands for "Triangle Below 
Canal". The name is derived from the name of Canal Street, a major 
street in Lower Manhattan.With its 20,000 residents - mostly 
wealthy people with a taste for loft living, TriBeCa is more 
sparsely populated than most of Manhattan. This superb neighborhood 
in is a triangular-shaped area located below Canal Street. It is 
flanked by Broadway to the East, by the Hudson River to the West and 
by Chambers Street to the South. To the north lies SoHo, to the east 
- Chinatown, to the south - Battery Park City.Arguably one 
of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City. Its population soared 
from a few hundred people in the mid-seventies to over 25,000 today. 
In recent years, families have taken an interest in the generally 
larger loft spaces in this fashionable area. Its proximity to the 
West Side Highway's waterfront parks, its quiet streets, the 
spacious housing and wonderful schools, make it very popular for 
couples with children. Beyond that, the area just happens to be a 
loft-lovers dream-come-true, with many of its warehouses having 
already undergone extensive conversions. Loft living is so desirable 
that many of the newest structures to be built in Tribeca are 
designed with "loft like" ceiling heights.Now one of the 
city's most desirable neighborhoods, Tribeca continues to draw the 
finest purveyors of food and services, furniture and recreational 
facilities, fine and fun dining establishments as well as is 
becoming a second Broadway with a wide variety of theater and 
cultural attractions.


Whether an Indian summer awaits or the chill of fall is here to stay, the 
historic neighborhood south of Houston, north of Canal and west of 
Crosby is as lively as ever, with visitors, workers, and residents 
out in force at all hours. Once known as the South Village, 
the area was transformed from farmland to an upper-class 
neighborhood in the early 19th century. It has gone through 
subsequent incarnations as a shopping district and later as the 
"Cast-Iron District," when warehouse and loft spaces of similar 
construction became common throughout the area. Beginning in the 
1960s, it began to attract more and more artists, who were drawn to 
the area's cheap rents and ample work spaces. That's when, taking a 
cue from the artistic London neighborhood of the same name, the area 
looked to its northern boundary and truncated its location "South of 
Houston" to become Soho.Broadway and West Broadway, the 
neighborhood's two main shopping strips, buzz with people from all 
walks of life and every social bracket. Fashion galleries, and many 
devotees of the publishing, music and graphic-design industries' 
have offices in the area, along with a number of stock brokers and 
famous personalities that also have homes here. Typically, buyers in 
this area are highly social, newly minted and not shy about it. 
Those who make Soho their permanent residence are usually drawn by 
its irresistible style and unstoppable energy.The area 
continued to evolve, and is now known for its trendy restaurants and 
stylish boutiques as much as anything else. While Madison and Fifth 
Avenues are widely known as the shopping Mecca in Manhattan, New 
Yorkers who crave a dash of excitement with their spending max out 
their credit cards in Soho, the energetic and incredibly stylish 
area south of Houston Street. Anything a consumer's heart desires 
can be found in this fashionable neighborhood.Soho has a 
very unique architecture. Many beautiful buildings abound in 
different styles such as Victorian Gothic, Neo-Greco, and 
Italianate. The area's many incarnations stimulates much discussion 
among New Yorker's who were around to watch it go from city slum to 
art hub to shopping mall. Still, one thing is for sure: Ever since 
its transformation in the 1960's, Soho's breathtaking housing - 
lofts that once defined a bohemian lifestyle and continues to define 
chic luxury, is more desirable now than it ever 


Essentially, the West Village is the original Greenwich Village. The need for the modifier ("West") is a relatively new thing resulting from the emergence of 
the Eastern counterpart, the East Village. There is a certain degree 
of ambiguity as to whether the West Village includes the area around 
5th avenue and University Place (aka the Central 
Village).West Village's estimated population is 72,000. In 
lower Manhattan, the Village is bounded by 14th Street in the North 
to Houston Street and Fourth Avenue in the East to Seventh Avenue. 
Washington Square Park is the center of the Village with its large 
arch, marking the first presidential inauguration that took place in 
New York City.The West Village currently is among the 
quietest and least dense neighborhoods in New York City. It is 
favored by professionals, models, actors, writers, directors and 
other members of the film community and the media.The 
Village is more upscale than the East Village and is the original 
corner of cool, the closest any American neighborhood comes to a 
corner of Paris. This part of town has been home to artists and 
writers, nonconformists, entertainers, intellectuals, and bohemians 
since the turn of the 20th century. Downtown charm is personified in 
lots of low-rise townhouses, thumbnail size gardens, secret 
courtyards, and a wacky serpentine layout of 
streets.Washington Square Park and the rows of townhouses 
around it with charming alleys behind them are the heart of the 
Village. This 9 ½ -acre park at the foot of Fifth Avenue is an oasis 
and circus combined, where skate boarders, jugglers, stand-up 
comics, sitters, strollers, sweethearts, chess players, fortune 
tellers, and daydreamers converge and commune.Legendary 
streets such as McDougal, Astor Place, and Bleecker are lined with 
super-hip boutiques, delis displaying esoteric beers from around the 
globe, and cafes and restaurants of all stripes. It makes sense that 
New York University is in the Village, an area that has been home to 
some of the world's most famous writers and artists.At night 
West Village comes alive with sounds from late-night coffeehouses, 
experimental theaters, and music clubs. It's certainly one of the 
best NYC neighborhoods to live in.


The East Village is one of the most unique 
neighborhoods in the City. The East Village means everything east of 
Lafayette / Fourth Avenue, south of 14th street and north of Houston 
Street. The distinction between the East Village and Alphabet City 
(Avenues A,B,C and D) has all but disappeared as these have merged 
thanks to the booming real estate market. Most buildings in 
the East Village are 5 or 6 story walkup apartments or studios. The 
space crunch of the past several years facilitated major renovations 
in many of these quaint buildings. The name is derived from 
the East Village's "parent neighborhood" called "Greenwich Village". 
Originally, the area was considered part of the Lower East Side, but 
since the 50's, when artists, writers and bohemians started their 
slow migration east in search of cheaper rent, the neighborhood has 
been associated more with Greenwich (West and Central) Village and 
its artsy community than with immigrants living on the Lower East 
Side.East Villagers are on the whole younger than other New 
Yorkers - about half are in their 20's and 30's. Residents are 
students, artists, "creative professionals", musicians, actors, 
writers and so on.The East Village is pleasant, fun and 
fashionable, with the beautiful Tompkins Park providing a sense of 
relaxation from the busy city life. The East Village is a great 
place to choose your next residence and make it your real 


Orchard Street - the 
famous Lower East Side Street is one of the busiest commercial 
districts in the world. The neighborhood has paved the way for some 
of the most popular restaurants and boutiques in New York. Once the 
sun goes down on Manhattan, the curtain goes up on Orchard Street's 
exciting nightlife where one can enjoy poetry readings, local bands 
and cozy lounges. The neighborhood that was so passionately sought 
out for its amazing bargains has become one of the top destinations 
for fashion, dining, theatre and nightlife. Renovated 
pre-war walk-ups and new construction exist: to the delight of all 
the designers, publishers and professionals who actually own 
property in the neighborhood. This is still an area made up 
primarily of renters who have found their identities in the lively 
bars, cutting-edge boutiques, discount shops, tiny bodegas, charming 
cafes and ethnic restaurants that color the blocks from Houston 
Street to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Bowery to FDR 
Drive.The old-world shops sit side by side with a new 
generation of boutiques and galleries that showcase the best of New 
York's avant-garde fashion scene. More than a century after 
hardworking immigrant families first crowded the tenements of 
Orchard Street, visitors from around the world are coming back to 
rediscover the historic neighborhood and be treated to new 
surprises. Come explore the Historic Lower East Side. Like thousands 
of immigrants before you, you may never want to leave. 


The Gramercy Park 
District has too often been thought to be simply a collection of 
19th-century houses surrounding a private park. In reality, it is 
part of a rich urban mixture of townhouses, apartment, commercial, 
and institutional buildings, and great old trees, all reinforcing 
each other.Gramercy Park is an actual park, located at the 
very bottom of Lexington Avenue. It is a private park which means 
it's closed to visitors. Gramercy Park is bounded by 23rd street to 
the north, 14th street to the south, Park Avenue to the west and 
Second Avenue to the east (although the area between 2nd and 3rd 
avenues feels more like Murray Hill than Gramercy 
proper).Gramercy Park is one of the most expensive areas to 
buy in New York City, offering its residents the convenience of 
living downtown (the Village, Noho and Soho are only blocks away). 
The private park for which the area was named is the epicenter of a 
tight-knit community made up of breathtaking Victorian brownstones 
and manicured blocks.As you move further east, beyond Third 
Avenue, the terrain becomes a mix of pre- and post-war structures 
that are significantly more affordable than their park-side 
counterparts. The residents in these buildings tend to be young 
professionals and singles who chose the area because it's reasonably 
priced and centrally located. As a result of their decision to move 
here, more restaurants, bars, lounges and venues for entertainment 
are settling in the blocks between E 14th and E 23rd Streets, giving 
the neighborhood a more a youthful glow. Just a few blocks 
west of Gramercy Park and beyond Union Square, there is the Flat 
Iron District. This neighborhood is an impressive scene of activity, 
populated with a combination of young students, frenzied shoppers 
and tireless professionals. Those who rushed here were drawn to this 
traditionally commercial area by its detailed architecture and its 
huge, airy lofts. Some of the other attractions in the vicinity 
include Madison Square Park, chic restaurants and a number of useful 
retail stores.


Quakers Robert 
and Mary Lindley Murray earned their place in history in September 
1776 by simply offering the British General Sir William Howe a few 
glasses of Madeira wine. It was that or, possibly, the company of 
their charming daughters, Beulah and Susannah, that made him linger. 
Either way, George Washington's troops led by General Israel Putnam 
were able to sneak by past Howe from the Battery Point to a new 
position in Harlem Heights. Before this historical event, the area 
was known by its Dutch name of "Inclenberg".Murray Hill is 
located at the East Side of Manhattan, south of 42nd street, east of 
Park Avenue, very convenient for offices in midtown east. It is 
mostly a land of tall modern high-rises, although brownstones do 
exist. Residents are a mix of yuppies, NYU medical students, NYU 
medical faculty, seniors and some "creative 
professionals".The area east of Fifth Avenue between 23rd 
and 42nd Streets has become especially attractive for stylish, young 
professionals. But there may be many other reasons that have drawn 
so many new residents to the area: the delicious ethnic restaurants 
along Lexington and Third Avenues; the neighborhood's tantalizing 
mix of graceful towers, well-maintained apartment buildings, condos, 
co-ops, and brownstones; or maybe its proximity to Midtown's 
business district and Downtown's nightlife.Murray Hill is a 
smart locale for any city dweller or business owners. Its renowned 
landmarks create a very strong attraction point, delivering a very 
strong appeal to this neighborhood: The Morgan Library located at 
Madison Avenue and East 36th Street - which serves as architectural 
eye candy for incoming residents; The Gilbert-designed Beaux Arts 
mansion originally built for entrepreneur Joseph Raphael De Lemar; 
The Grand Central Station just on the outskirts of town; The New 
York Public Library and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, are all notable 
landmarks to its credit.If you are the kind of person who 
wants to be exactly half-way between the East Village and Central 
Park, this is your best choice in terms of 


In 1750, when Capt. 
Thomas Clarke bought a tract of farmland for his retirement, he 
named it Chelsea after the Chelsea Royal Hospital, an old soldiers' 
home in London. Captain Clarke's grandson, Clement Clarke Moore 
developed Chelsea as a garden suburb. Moore, known as Chelsea's 
founding father, incorporated guidelines for building that are still 
in effect today.Today, Chelsea is known as that small town 
community where everybody knows your name. The resident population 
is made up of artists and creative professionals. In this small 
community atmosphere everyone feels safe and comfortable to do 
whatever they please. Hence, Chelsea has many diverse entertainment 
spots, ranging from traditional bars and restaurants to some more 
avant-garde nightclubs and pubs.The buildings in Chelsea 
range from lofts to 19th century brownstones to townhouses converted 
into multi apartment units to large apartment buildings. Loft 
buildings are the primary residences, for photographers, artists and 
designers. Located between Midtown and the West Village, this 
neighborhood offers convenience, comfort and safety. Besides, 
shopping, movie theatres and local bazaars on weekends Chelsea 9 
different subway lines that pass through it, making it one of the 
most accessible places in the city.The Historic Chelsea 
Hotel can also be found in this area. Some of it's more famous 
residents: Mark Twain, Tenessee Wiliams and Bob Dylan.East 
of Ninth Avenue, the crowds get thicker, the merchants are more 
abundant and the warehouses give way to stunning landmark 
townhouses, prewar co-ops and new luxury rental buildings.As 
you continue northbound on Seventh Avenue, the buildings grow taller 
and the streets more hectic. Here's the Fashion Avenue and Fashion 
Center. It's also where millions of shoppers flock to snap up the 
bargains at Macy's, an equal number take in events at Madison Square 
Garden and more yet travel daily through Penn 
Station.Whichever camp you prefer-Chelsea's art community, 
the Fashion District's style society-both offer its residents 
exciting perspectives on city life and opportunities dynamic in 
every way you can think of.Chelsea Piers Sports & 
Entertainment Complex is a 30-acre waterfront sports village located 
between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan's Hudson River. This 
$120 million, privately-financed project has transformed four 
historic, but long-neglected, piers into a major center for public 
recreation and waterfront access. Situated on Piers 59, 60, 61 and 
62 and in the head house that connects them, the Complex features 
many sports and entertainment venues. This massive sports complex, 
allows New Yorkers to enjoy a huge range of sporting options without 
leaving the city. There is a golf driving range, roller-skating, ice 
skating, bowling, swimming and workout facilities, just to name a 
few options.


Midtown West runs 
from 5th Avenue west to the West Side Highway and from 34th Street 
up to the southern tip of Central Park. Midtown is the main hub in 
NYC for business, shopping, entertainment and tourism. There is so 
much to find and so much to do that many New Yorkers can't help but 
to come here at least once a week. What was once a run down 
neighborhood has been cleaned up into a very presentable and lively 
residential district. Making up Midtown West is Hell's Kitchen and 
Clinton. Both neighborhoods are an eclectic mix of people. What 
makes this neighborhood special is that everyone seems to know each 
other here. Ninth Avenue has become a hotbed of fun and chic 
bars, restaurants and shops. There have been some new galleries that 
have opened in the area recently along with Kenneth Cole and Prada 
moving their corporate headquarters into the neighborhood. Residents 
say they are the next Soho, without the attitude. Midtown 
West has seen more new construction than any other area in Manhattan 
and is the number one destination for those shopping for luxury 


Financial institutions, law firms and luxurious hotels are what this area is 
all about. Located between 5th and 3rd Avenue and roughly between 
40th and 60th street Midtown East is primarily a business district. 
During regular working hours on weekdays it is one of the busiest 
parts of the city where businessmen and women as well as tourists 
walk the streets tirelessly and endlessly.Among the many 
attractions here are: the famous Rockefeller Center, the Saint 
Patrick Cathedral and the fabulous and newly renovated Grand Central 
Terminal. The neighborhood is also home to many corporations such as 
Met Life and Citicorp, as well as the United Nations. With the art 
deco Chrysler Building illuminating the skyline, every style of home 
is available in this neighborhood.Towards its northern part, 
in the vicinity of Central Park there are a number of magnificent 
luxury towers, which stand tall above the park offering 
breath-taking views. The most impressive- the jewel of the area is 
the Trump Tower. Located directly on Fifth Avenue the building is 
the office and home of the New York real estate magnate Donald Trump 
who resides on the top floors of the tower he himself built. 
Most residents who decide to live in the area usually work 
around midtown as well. They like the convenience of walking to work 
and having the 850acre park right on their front step. The area from 
55th street and up has some of the best and most exotic restaurants 
the city has to offer. Since many residents are know public figures, 
celebrities and other wealthy individuals the rents and sales prices 
are among the highest in the city. But if you can afford it there 
are few other places that you will provide you with proximity to 
work, best restaurants and an escape in the city quote s biggest 
park all within walking distance.One more aspect that makes 
the area even more attractive is the exclusive shopping that 5th 
Avenue offers. Gucci, Armani, Versace and Tiffanies are just some of 
the designers who offer their products to the very selective crowd 
who comes goes to shop there. If you ever need to venture to 
other parts of the city transportation is excellent with 6 different 
subway lines and the Grand Central Terminal within a five minute 
walk from anywhere in the area.


From the Plaza Hotel at the edge of Central Park at 
59th Street to the top of Museum Mile at El Museo del Barrio at 
105th Street, this is the city's Gold Coast. The neighborhood air is 
perfumed with the scent of old money, conservative values, and 
glamorous sophistication, with Champagne corks popping and high 
society putting on the Ritz.On the corner of Lexington and 
59th Street is Bloomingdale's - one of the NYC shopping icons, a 
beloved sanctuary for stylish consumers. On Madison Avenue, window 
shopping can be intoxicating: so many tempting boutiques, so many 
famous names to flaunt on everything from socks to shoes to satin 
sheets to chocolates. Between Lexington and Madison Avenues, 
Park Avenue is an oasis of calm with wide streets meant for 
strolling, lovely architecture, and a median strip that sprouts 
tulips in season and sculptures at other times of the year. This 
grand street stretching down to midtown is one of our city's most 
coveted residential addresses.Once Manhattan's Millionaire's 
Row, the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 72nd and 104th Streets has 
been renamed Museum Mile because of its astonishing number of 
world-class cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of 
Art and the Guggenheim Museum. This stretch is lined with the former 
mansions of the Upper East Side's more illustrious industrialists 
and philanthropists.The neighborhood is a cornucopia of 
treasures, including the intimate Frick Collection, the Whitney 
Museum of American Art, the National Academy of Design's 19th 
20th-century collections of American Art, the Jewish Museum's 
Gothic-style mansion and the graceful Cooper-Hewitt National Design 
Museum, Smithsonian Institution. An added attraction to strolling 
along Fifth and Park Avenues are the many fascinating non-museum 
displays on view to the careful observer, especially in the 
evenings.Central Park lines Fifth Avenue. Go into "the yard" 
and discover a zoo, a castle, a reservoir, an ice-skating rink, a 
boathouse where you can rent rowboats, a gorgeous "secret" 
conservatory garden, and plenty of trails for walking, jogging, 
bicycling, and horseback riding. It's a park for all seasons, from 
ice skating in winter to free, summertime performances of 
Shakespeare's plays and concerts on the Great Lawn that crescendo to 
dazzling displays of fireworks. After the show, you could head over 
to the bar at one of the neighborhood's tony hotels, like The Mark 
or The Carlyle.


The area from 59th Street to 125th Street and Central Park West to Riverside 
Park is considered by many to be the quintessential Manhattan 
neighborhood. Parks, theaters, historic buildings, world famous 
museums, fine restaurants and prestigious Universities call the area 
home.The Upper West Side is separated from the Upper East 
Side by Central Park. This is the traditional stronghold of the 
city's intellectual, creative, and moneyed community, but the 
atmosphere is not as upper crust as the Upper East Side. 
Elegant, pre-war buildings along the boulevards of Broadway, 
West End Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Central Park West meet shady, 
quiet streets lined with brownstones. Much of the area is protected 
by landmark status, and the neighborhood's restored townhouses and 
high-priced co-op apartments are coveted by actors, young 
professionals, and young families. The residents range from 
the professional to the prolific. Many are drawn to the area to be 
around like-minded New Yorkers who are, historically, politically 
and spiritually liberal - yet who harkens to the sensibilities of 
suburbia. But all who inhabit this vast stretch of Manhattan would 
agree that the satisfying jumble of chic spots and local haunts, 
glamorous concert halls and humble community forums-the irresistible 
fusion of town and country-render the Upper West Side its own little 
Big Apple.The famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 
sits between 61st and 66th Streets on Broadway. It is home to the 
New York State Theater, New York City Ballet, the New York City 
Opera, the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the New York 
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Jazz At Lincoln 
Center, the Library and Museum of the Performing Arts, Alice Tully 
Hall for chamber music, and the world-famous Julliard School of 
Music. The Walter Reade Theater is the home of the center's film 
society. Its central plaza is the focus of summer outdoor 
performances of all kinds and dance nights. Sidewalks in 
this neighborhood are always crowded during the day with performers 
rushing to auditions and families pushing their babies in imported 
strollers. In the evenings, however, the action moves inside, where 
singles mingle in myriad restaurants and bars. Stroll along Columbus 
Avenue to investigate the glitzy boutique-and-restaurant strip; walk 
along Amsterdam Avenue with its mix of bodegas, bars, and boutiques. 
Along Central Park West are such titanic habitats as the buff 
colored, castle-like Dakota. Other interesting architectural jewels 
along the avenue include The Lanhgam, the twin-towered San Remo, and 
The Kenilworth.Cultural attractions include the 
dinosaur-filled American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center 
for Earth and Space, the New-York Historical Society (whose 
collection reaches from the 1600s to today), and the Children's 
Museum of Manhattan. Venturing further uptown one finds the 
world's largest gothic Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 
Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Riverside Church, Audubon Terrace 
(home of the Hispanic Society), and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a 
colonial treasure. For greenery, Riverside Park is a real haven. The 
only state park situated on Manhattan Island, this 28-acre 
multi-level park rises 69 feet above the Hudson. Keep going, just 
past the George Washington Bridge, to the very tip of the island, 
and you will discover the Cloisters, which houses the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art's medieval art collection. In Fort Tryon Park, the 
Cloisters display the famous unicorn tapestries and other 12th-16th 
century treasures.With generations of high profile tenants 
putting down roots on the Upper West Side, it's no wonder rents and 
real estate values continue to soar. Still, it's easy to justify 
when you consider the benefits of the vicinity. Best of all, within 
one wonderful section of town there are a number of distinct 
communities, each boasting unique character and neighborhood 


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