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The oversized apartments at 270 Riverside Drive are an indicator of the building’s rich, historic past. This pre-war gem, which was originally erected in 1920, is undergoing the dramatic transformation into modern, luxury residential apartments – a familiar story for many of the Upper West Side’s aging apartment buildings. While details like the lobby’s intricate molding will remain in the turn of the century building, the interiors of the luxury apartments will take on a more modern appearance. Many of the spacious apartments, which include maids’ rooms, private halls and strikingly large dining rooms, also offer spectacular views of the surrounding neighborhood and parks.

The Upper West Side neighborhood strikes a spectacular balance between turn of the century charm and sleek, modern beauty. The neighborhood surrounding these Riverside Drive luxury apartments is a dream for history buffs where pre-war architecture is the predominant style. Even the area’s numerous parks are filled with historic monuments that speak to a different time. Nearby Riverside Park, which covers a four-mile stretch along the Hudson River, is home to many attractions such as the tomb of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, the famous Joan of Arc statue and the Soldiers’ and Sailors Monument. Central Park is also nearby, and at 79th St. one will find the American Museum of Natural History, renowned for its rare exhibits. With artifacts from dating even before Prehistoric times, this museum features one of the globe’s most extensive dinosaur bone and fossil collections.

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The Upper West Side has become hotbeds for dining in the city. For those who prefer a more upscale eatery, hot spots like Ocean Grill and City Crab offer a contemporary menu with fresh seafood in a modern setting. In terms of entertainment, the iconic Beacon Theatre is known for its ornate interiors and the impressive schedule of world-renowned bands, musicians and comedians who perform there nightly. Take a short train ride to Lincoln Center to find the New York Philharmonic, the New York Ballet, Jazz at Lincoln Center and a number of Broadway and black box theatre stages with performances to appease any taste.

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