Past Famous New Yorkers on the Upper West Side

Past Famous New Yorkers on the Upper West Side

Many famous New Yorkers of yesteryear lived on the Upper West Side. And many of them lived in the same buildings!

The list of past famous people on the Upper West Side is long. But I’ve selected the historical Upper West Siders I find most interesting, and I hope you do too.

Famous New Yorkers Who Lived on the UWS

The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

John Lennon

This is probably the first famous name you’ll think of when it comes to the Dakota on Central Park West.  The former Beatle lived here from 1973 to 1980, when he unfortunately met his death outside the building at the hands of Mark David Chapman.  Yoko Ono still maintains a residence at this famed co-op today (check).

Jack Palance

Jack Palance was an award winning actor known for portraying the villain.  Some of his films included City Slickers, Panic in the Streets, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Leonard Bernstein

Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein lived in a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom apartment on the Dakota’s second floor, which would later sell for $21 million.

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Mike Mishkin

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