Upper West Side’s 80-89th streets: The NYC fantasy for those who can afford it

Upper West Side’s 80-89th streets: The NYC fantasy for those who can afford it

Manhattan’s West 80th streets represent the quintessential city residential life: old brownstones and mom-and-pop storefronts, and everything within walking distance of Central Park.

The neighborhood mostly forgoes new luxury developments in favor of savoring its plentiful pre-war stock.

But while residing in this picturesque neighborhood would live up to the New York City fantasy, it comes at a high price.

The median asking price for apartments is $1,362,500 and rentals average $3,400 a month, according to StreetEasy.

“People are attracted simply because there are these very attractive, very historic buildings,” the listings site’s data scientist Alan Lightfeldt explained.

Ben Moosher, a 21-year-old student and native to the area, said the 80th streets have a different energy than the rest of the Upper West Side.

“It has more personality, I’d say. There’s a hustle and bustle here that’s unique,” he said of the neighborhood. “Also, everything you need [is available].”

John Ambrosio