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Five Interesting Facts about Every Day Upper West Side

Five Interesting Facts about Every Day Upper West Side

The Upper West Side has colorful history, and many fascinating facts behind things we walk past every day. As a lifelong resident of this wonderful NYC neighborhood, I try my best to learn something new about it every day. I hope you enjoy these bits and pieces I’ve picked up along with way!



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Hot dog hustlers. Next time you see a Central Park hot dog vendor asking for $2 per dog (or more), keep in mind that their real estate costs are through the roof! It can cost almost $300,00 per year to operate in Central Park! That’s a lot of hot dogs just to break even.



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Upper West Siders are not to be crossed! Well, I suppose it isn’t that surprising that we ranked # 2 nationwide in the number of consumer credit card complaints, just after Boca Raton, Florida. What many found surprising about this find was the lack of any correlation between low-income levels and these complaints. However, I sit here with pride as I reflect upon the long history the Mishkin family has had in the neighborhood. Oh, now that I have your attention, feel free to read about my late grandfather … ( I think he’d be okay with me exploiting him, based on how he created his empire..). Well-known in his time for a tough-as-nails nature when it came to business, to me he was nothing but a gentleman. He lived on the Upper West Side for many years, first on West 86th Street, and later at the famed Majestic.


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The Ansonia. Oh, it has an interesting history. From famed resident Babe Ruth’s wacky hallway antics, to being the home of a scandalous “night club” with its own orgy room, to having a lobby level sex shop, this coveted NYC condo boasted some naughty activity you might only expect from one of Manhattan’s downtown neighborhoods!

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Central Park (bigger than some cities and even countries!). The first public landscaped park built in the United States, the design was the result of a nineteenth contest with many submissions! Another interesting tidbit about is that according to the 2010 US Census, 25 people were counted as permanent residents! And, did you know that Sheep’s Meadow was once occupied by a whole bunch of sheep!?


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Columbia University. The current site, folks, used to be an insane asylum! Bloomingdale Insane Asylum was actually the first in New York State, and one of the first in the country … so you can’t help but wonder how many New Yorkers had been on the wait list at that point!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts about NYC’s best neighborhood. Thanks for reading!

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Mike Mishkin

Native Upper West Sider. Real estate broker and entrepreneur. Principal broker and owner of Love Where You Live Realty & owner of For all of your real estate needs, call Mike at (917) 609-8680. Learn More about Mike!

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