Saturday, September 29, 2007

City Snapshot--Westend Avenue

Westend Avenue is the tree-lined thoroughfare that continues down the western edge of the Upper West Side where Broadway veers to the east at 106th Street. From the very beginning of the development of the West Side, Westend Avenue was reserved for the elite, with fancy hotels and high rent apartment buildings. To this day commercial traffic is not allowed on Westend Avenue and luckily while developers in the '60s and '70s were tearing up the East Side building boxy "deluxe apartments in the sky," the west side was largely ignored leaving us with block after block of pre-war buildings that retain some of the grace of old New York.

Living on a block between Westend Avenue and Riverside Drive, my fancy address sounds impressive and belies the humble brownstone studio flat I call home.

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4 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, Blogger prof said...

Bonjour a tous
Quoi de neuf?
Justement vous avez tous voulu un jour ecrire a une grande personnalite!
He bien ecrivez une lettre et je la poste sur mon site
a bientot
marcel
jewisheritage.fr

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Steven said...

What great urban planning (not that I'm biased) they incorporated to have these streets lined with trees. Something I rarely associate with big city streets.

 
At 2:13 PM, Blogger somewhere joe said...

I lived in the 70s between West End and Riverside for a time years ago - a couple doors down from Miles Davis. It was a world apart then. Glad it's sorta stayed that way.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Palm Springs Savant said...

great photo. I love NY...so mnay differenct views and perspectives

 

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