A List of Famous Upper West Siders

  Last modified on August 15th, 2018

There are tons of celebrities on the Upper West Side, and it’s certainly not hard to understand! Living on the Upper West Side can be quite relaxing compared to the rest of the city. The residential feel, the many exceptional Upper West Side restaurants and bars, and plus it borders Central Park. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s one of the most popular neighborhoods for celebrities living in NYC. From brownstones, to modern luxury high rises, to pre-war co-ops – the UWS has something for everyone. Here are some people you might recognize on the streets of the Upper West Side.

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Amy Schumer

This hilarious comedian has lived in two Upper West Side apartments. She purchased a 4,500 square foot penthouse at 190 Riverside Drive in 2016. This was a big-time upgrade from her previous pad, which was also pretty sweet (a brownstone floor-through on West 80th Street).

See Amy Schumer’s Apartment!

 

Keanu Reeves

This Hollywood good guy, frequently spotted around NYC (including on the subways), owns an apartment on Central Park West. Apparently, though, he isn’t usually there.

Keanu Reeves

 

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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

The celebrity power couple have lived on the Upper West Side for years. According to a New York Post article, Kyra loves Central Park, butcher Hudson and Charles (at 555 Amsterdam), and Italian restaurant Gennaro (at 665 Amsterdam). She also shops at CPW, a clothing boutique at 495 Amsterdam.

And Bacon, who has lived on the Upper West Side since 1976, has made it a point to be involved in the community. Back in 2012, he was part of a petition against a rooftop addition of a new condo on 82nd Street.

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

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Regis Philbin

The legendary Regis Philbin and his wife Joy own an apartment at Millenium Tower, located at 101 West 67th Street.  Keep reading and you’ll see some other famous New Yorkers who live in this super expensive tower.

Regis Philbin

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John Oliver

The hilarious host of “Last Week Tonight” purchased a $10 million penthouse at 60 Riverside Boulevard in 2015.

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See John Oliver’s Apartment!

 

Yoko Ono

The philanthropist and widow of John Lennon still lives in the same apartment they shared at the famous Dakota. The Beatle’s star was sadly killed outside of the building in 1980.

 

Michael C. Hall

The star of Dexter purchased a 2 bedroom apartment at the El Dorado in late 2017. He picked up the pad, which features park views, a wood-burning fireplace and a 29 foot foyer,  for $4.3 million.

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Alan Alda

This famous New Yorker and legendary actor owns three apartments in the Upper West Side’s Park Millenium condominium. His combined unit is located on the 51st floor of the building, located at 101 West 67th Street.

 

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway has been an NYC celebrity for a while. The beautiful star of Les Miserables, Alice in Wonderland, and countless other hits purchased a $2.55 million penthouse in a 74th Street co-op with her husband in early 2016, after selling their much larger loft in Dumbo’s Clocktower building.

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Joy Behar

The co-host of The View purchased an apartment at 62 West 62nd Street in late 2017, but Joy Behar has been an Upper West Sider for years, as her previous pad was located in a co-op on West 89th Street. This move will certainly cut down her commute to work, as The View is filmed at the ABC Studios on 66th and Columbus. Perhaps you’ll catch her dining at a fancy restaurant near Lincoln Center!

See Joy Behar’s Apartment!

 

Howard Stern

The legendary shock jock lives with his supermodel wife Beth Ostrovsky on the 53rd and 54th floors of the super luxury condo Millenium Tower (at 101 West 67th street). This is a convenient location for him, as his place of business is 1221 Sixth Ave (between 48th and 49th Streets).

And one of Stern’s neighbors (in addition to Alan Alda) is Tony Danza!  Remember him!?  I didn’t feel like giving him his own page, but thought it would be a funny / interesting side note.

 

Bob Costas

Sports caster Bob Costas lives at 15 Central Park West with his wife; they reportedly moved from the nearby Time Warner Center in 2007. They bought their 15 CPW apartment for $11 million.

 

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Tina Fey

Who doesn’t want to live close to Tina Fey?! Or at least get a glimpse of her… The SNL actress and 30 Rock creator has lived with her husband in their UWS co-op at 300 West End Ave for years. In early 2016, Fey purchased the unit directly above her current apartment, ultimately creating an astonishing duplex with 22 windows! So cool.

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Bono

That’s right – one of the biggest celebrities living in NYC has chosen the Upper West Side as his stomping grounds! This Irish sing-songwriter owns a top-floor duplex in Manhattan’s San Remo building. He purchased the apartment from Steve Jobs for $15 million in the late 80’s/early 90’s. He, his wife, and four children have lived there since.

It’s pretty cool to share a neighborhood with the guy considered as the top ten most influential celebrities (according to Time)!

Bono

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Donna Karan

This iconic designing queen has hailed from the UWS for many years. A resident of a building overlooking Central Park – which is fitting since her style is very zen and modern. A lot of stone accent ledges and furniture pieces keep the focus on all of the massive black and white photographs and paintings that lean or hang from the walls. Known as a person of habit and intention, it’s probably safe to say she will be hanging around the neighborhood for a while.

Donna Karan

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Denzel Washington

This hunky, Oscar-winning New York native resides in 15 Central Park West. He purchased his apartment here for just over $13 million in 2006. 15 Central Park West was inspired by the designs of Rosario Candela, a 1920’s architect, and cost nearly $1 billion to build. Not only does this Training Day star reside here, but so too do many other New York celebrities, hedge funders and CEOs.

Denzel Washington

 

Bruce Willis

The “Die Hard” star has been an Upper West Sider since the 1970s.  His most recent moves were in early 2018, when he sold his fourteen room duplex on Central Park West in exchange for a four-bedroom at One West End, which is a brand new building filled with amenities.

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David Duchovny

The X-Files lead purchased a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home at The Ardsley in 2012. The Ardsley is located at 320 Central Park West, between 91st and 92nd Streets. His apartment has a private elevator landing, terrace and a working fireplace. The apartment had been listed for $6.25 million, and Duchovny purchased it shortly after his split with fellow NYC celebrity Tea Leoni.

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David Hyde Pierce

The actor who portrayed Dr. Niles Crane on Frasier owns three apartments with his husband at 260 West End Avenue. They purchased their first apartment in the co-op in 2005, and made their most recent purchase in 2012. Pierce has recently had roles in “West Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later”, “Julie’s Green Room” and “When We Rise”.

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Steve Martin

The legendary comic has lived at The San Remo for years, and in 2017 filed plans to renovate. The San Remo is located at 145-146 Central Park West, between 74th and 75th Streets. It has been home to many past celebrities, including Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg and Barry Manilow.

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Maury Povich and Connie Chung

The talk show host and news anchor have an apartment at the exclusive Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street. I’m not sure if you knew they were a couple, but they are. And, clearly, they are very rich. If you have a day job, the Maury Povich show is a bit like Jerry Springer, in that the guests are people feuding over personal issues. A common theme is fathers taking paternity tests, many of whom are hoping to hear Maury say, “You are NOT the father!”.

When it comes to celebrities on the Upper West Side … Maury is one of them!

 

Richard Kind

You might know him best for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry’s cousin Andy. Or as Paul Lassiter from Spin City. Richard Kind lived on the UWS during his early acting days, and is now back in the neighborhood with his family.

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Christian Slater

The star of “Mr. Robot” grew up on the Upper West Side. After he sold his Hell’s Kitchen apartment in 2017, he moved back to his birth-neighborhood with his family.

Christian Slater

 

Madonna

One of the biggest, and perhaps obvious names that belong on this list. Madonna has had her fare shair of feuds with her co-op board at 1 West 64th Street (also known as Harperley Hall). These range from trying to buy too many apartments to letting her guests stay without her being there.

Madonna

 

So, now that you know who and where to look… NOW, all we need to do is practice our ‘play it cool’ face when you spot them shopping at Zabar’s or enjoying their Upper West Side brunch dates.

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