Speechless Sunday: West End Avenue Historic District - Upper West Side

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West End Avenue, Upper West Side

WEPS (West End Preservation Society) announced a newly proposed area designation as defined by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on September 15, 2010. WEPA has been trying for years to designate West End Avenue a historic landmark district. Through efforts of saving landmark buildings from the wrecking ball and campaigning for a West End Avenue historic district an even larger area is being proposed and considered.

This district is larger than previous proposals. Due to the enormity of the area proposed, a total of 790 buildings, the LPC will divide the district and the hearings into 3 geographical areas, extending the existing historic districts. The Upper West Side already boasts some 2,035 landmarked buildings. By expanding the existing districts, the commission will also protect more buildings on the side streets. The result will be two-miles of almost uniterrupted pre-war grandeur. One of the most pristine stretches of pre-war architecture in the city. The hearings will take place in October.

New West End Avenue Historic District 'LPC' Map Unveiled:
West End Avenue Historic Distric

West End Ave: 70th - 107th Streets

Riverside Drive: 70th - 109th Streets

Parts of Broadway (WS): 70th - 109th Streets

Much of the Cross Streets: 70th - 109th

from Riverside Drive to West Side of Broadway

West End Avenue Brownstone


Download Map from Landmark Preservation Commission

West End Avenue, Upper West Side


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Preservationists Want West End Avenue Designated a Historic District

Manhattan Residential Architecture: Townhouses to Apartments

West 80's Historic District

West 86th Street Gilbert Townhouses

Landmark Living

Riverside Park

Upper Broadway

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Kathleen Cooper
Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Worcester, MA
Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner

Great shots!  I love the city, just couldn't deal with the traffic with living in one.  

Have a great Sunday!

Sep 19, 2010 03:01 AM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Great photos Mitchell, and a wonderful proposal............enough inspiration for me to plan a fall trip............hope I can make it happen.

Sep 19, 2010 03:08 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So lovely that there is an effort to preserve the character of the city, rather than modernize everything.  It makes distinct what is great about your marketplace!  Great photos!

Sep 19, 2010 03:23 AM #3
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

I think it's wonderful that there's an effort to preserve the historic "feel" of the City for our grandchildren!  Love the street views - but when you really take a minute to look at the ones from a top floor looking down... I get a little queasy! Great information!

Sep 19, 2010 05:21 AM #4
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Kathleen, Thanks. Most Manhattanites walk and use mass transit so traffic isn't a problem. It's a problem for the suburbanites that commute.

Roger, Thanks, I hope you can make it. It would be great to meet you.

Ron and Alexandra, Thank you. West End Avenue is one of the prettiest streets in Manhattan. WEA is totally residential, primarily made up of handsome luxury buildings built in the early decades of the 20th century.

Eleanor, Thank you, I believe buildings that are architecturally significant should be preserved. That picture can make you a little queasy. Lol I took it from my 23rd floor roof deck looking down.

Barabara, Thanks for visiting and the compliment. The Fall is a great time to visit us.

Sep 19, 2010 12:23 PM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This photo could have been taken in the 1950s. Only the cars give it away...
I just love Speechless Sundays
, Paul

Sep 19, 2010 02:53 PM #7
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Thanks Paul. I love speechless Sunday too. The cars give it away... The buildings in the pictures were built between 1900-1930. Neo/Italian Renaissance (1910-1920) to Art Deco in 1930's.

Sep 20, 2010 04:06 AM #8
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