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The Lost Buildings of Seneca Village

The Lost Buildings of Seneca Village

By Megan Fitzpatrick In 1825 African Americans began to migrate upwards to the West 80s between Seventh and Eighth Avenues to settle down at a time when the Upper West Side was mostly rural and Central Park had yet to be carved out. Over the next 30 years the...

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Repair and Unusual, Creative Renovation

Repair and Unusual, Creative Renovation

By Claudie Benjamin Ramon Arroyo has been the super of two Upper West Side buildings, 210 West 94th Street and 2568-2574 Broadway at 97th Street for about 30 years.  He’s seen many changes both in the gentrification of the neighborhood and in creative apartment...

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Sweet, Healthy and Beachy

Sweet, Healthy and Beachy

By Claudie Benjamin Whether you’re 80 or eight, a sweet every so often (or even daily) is tempting.  Adding a health component such as açaí berries ups the appeal. If you ask Misha Punwani, a member of the family that owns 12 Playa Bowls in Manhattan, an all-out...

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Love on the Upper West Side

Love on the Upper West Side

By Claudie Benjamin Is any romance more poignant than the love and fate shared by Isidor and Ida Straus? Think of Ida’s last minute decision to give up her Titanic lifeboat seat to a younger person. The consequence? She perished with her husband as the great Titanic...

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Rags to Real Estate

Rags to Real Estate

By Claudie Benjamin Is your heart set on an Upper West Side prewar classic like 235 West 76th Street with the convenience of being steps from Broadway? Are you drawn to a location that offers easy access to both Central and Riverside Parks? If yes, then you'll...

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