Brownstone Blocks of the Upper West Side

Brownstone Blocks of the Upper West Side

The beautiful brownstone blocks of the Upper West Side make it feel like a small suburb in the big city.  The chirping birds and quiet side streets keep us sane!  And they should not only be cherished and appreciated, but recognized.

When we say brownstones, we mean both brownstones and townhouses.  The difference is slight, and unimportant for purposes of this post, but if What is a Townhouse? is a question you’ve been wondering about, we can help.

Read on to see some of the prettiest brownstone blocks of the Upper West Side (and perhaps the sweetest New York brownstones)!

69th between Central Park West and Columbus Ave

One of the most popular blocks in the neighborhood, especially for those seeking Upper West Side rentals. Both for its beauty and location.  This street gets especially decked out during Halloween. Nearby attractions include Tavern on the Green in Central Park, The Sensuous Bean and Ella Kitchen & Bar.

Brownstone Blocks of the Upper West Side


71st between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue

This is a dead end block just South of where Riverside Park begins. I really love this street because it seems like every single townhouse is a different color. It’s super quiet and it really feels like you’ve left New York City. A new condo at 350 West 71st Street launched on this block in the spring of 2018. As the new building was designed to preserve the old-world feel of this street, it hasn’t taken away from the beauty of this brownstone block.

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71st between West End and Amsterdam

This block has a very eclectic mix of architecture, which you can read more about here. It’s a hilly street which makes it fun for bike rides. It’s also super convenient as it’s right by the express subway station at 72nd and Broadway.

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74th between Central Park West and Columbus

This block is lined with stunning red-brick townhouses. On the North side of the street, closer towards Columbus, is the famous Patsy’s, which makes some of the best pizza on the Upper West Side.

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76th between Central Park West and Columbus

Superb in beauty. Just absolutely gorgeous. The New York Historical Society is located on its eastern corner facing the park.

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78th between Amsterdam and Columbus

I’m trying to find more synonyms for “beautiful”. But that’s what these streets are all about. This one has been rated by Time Out New York as one of the city’s “Top Ten Blocks”.  They consider it number 10, but I’m going to have to strongly disagree and move it up a few notches.

This street offers passersby townhouses in every color you can imagine, and it even has a cherry blossom tree!

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87th between Columbus and Central Park West

Quiet with chirping birds and friendly neighbors. This brownstone block has its own community garden which is a great place to congregate with your neighbors.

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89th between Columbus and Central Park West

Begin (or end) your run around the Central Park Reservoir by taking in the classic brownstones on 89th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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101st between West End and Broadway

Townhouses of every color with stunning ironwork and exterior pillars. These look like legitimate NYC mansions!

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107th between Broadway and Riverside

One of my favorites. The first block where Riverside Drive and Broadway are consecutive.

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Mike Mishkin

Mike Mishkin

Blogger & Native Upper West Sider
Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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