101 West 78 – Home Cooked Holidays


When was the last time you got really excited about…eating in? For residents of the new Upper West Side condominiums at 101W78, that’d be every night. Designed in collaboration with Stephen Sills, the handcrafted cabinets and white Carrara honed-marble slab countertops and backsplash set the stage for fabulous gourmet soirées and Wednesday-night comfort cooking alike. Integrated Miele appliances in these Upper West Side condominiums say that you’re the real thing when it comes to fixing a feast fit for the fall, and they’ll still be your most dependable tools for everyday culinary craft. Add in generous living spaces with grand foyers, great rooms, and formal dining spaces, and you’ll soon realize that your 101W78 home is made for holiday entertaining. Now, what to do? Here’re a few of our thoughts on making your next dinner party an affair that will set the bar for the year to come.


Citarella

Living on the Upper West Side certainly has its perks, and one of them is a well-stocked neighborhood Citarella. Seafood, aged prime-cut meats, and a skillfully curated selection of produce keep us happy all year through. However, it’s the fall, with its last-of-the-season bounties of clams, mussels, oysters, and other seafood, that excites us like no other. Sure, NYC is an island, and if anyone should have fresh seafood, it’s us. But as any connoisseur knows, there’s “fresh,” and then there’s “dockside fresh.” And that’s Citarella. Start your meal with a few dollops of Osetra caviar. Take home a dozen of the Blue Point or Wellfleet oysters as an additional appetizer or second course. If the boss and her significant other are joining you, spring for the Kumamotos for satisfaction. But those shucks are just a way to whet your palate for what holiday entertaining is all about: the main course. Take a swim with a delicate yet delectable black sea bass: an easy choice to prepare, requiring only a bit of frying in your favorite olive oil. For a more delicate entrée, try broiled wild grey sole seasoned with Citarella’s own fish rub.

 

Best Bottles

Sure, you can blow a mortgage payment or two on a vintage bottle of wine, but really, in this age of affordable selections from world-class vintners, why would you? Behold, Best Bottles. Home to 150-plus labels from numerous smaller producers, Best Bottles makes its selections the way we wish every store did: by how they taste. While we all know certain famous makers that almost always appear on the shelves of larger liquor stores, Best Bottles is more interested in bringing you unique values that probably won’t show up in your typical keg and cask. Best of all, they make the experience fun, offering daily tastings, free gift wrapping, and an easy store layout with descriptions and staff to help guide your hand through sections that are arranged by taste and not region or varietal. Best of all, most bottles can be had for under $20. Yes, you read that correctly: $20. All this and a happiness guarantee to boot, for if you’re not 100% satisfied with your experience, Best Bottle will do whatever it takes to make you satisfied. All that, and a promise not to play any Michael Bolton or Billy Joel—not that we have anything against either artist, but if ever there was an NYC wine store cliché…well, you get the picture.

 

 

La Terrine

Fine caviar needs crystal; the perfect fish deserves the perfect china pattern; and the right wine always tastes just a bit better in a hearty but expertly crafted goblet. While your 101West78 kitchen provides you the perfect space to prepare your holiday feast, present it with style and panache using elegant appointments from La Terrine. From the classic blues of the Burano pattern or the sleek lines of a platinum set, there’s a look to suit every taste at La Terrine. Casual Pulse stemware or the weighty pedestals from the Simon Pearce collection? SFERRA tablecloths or Deborah Rhodes placemats? It’s your style. It’s your dining room. And at La Terrine, the choices are nearly endless. Finish the look with candlesticks, bread baskets, salt and pepper shakers, and an assortment of other accent pieces readily matched to your table, and enjoy the holidays in style at 101West78.

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101W78 | Living with Landmarks


When was the last time you got really excited about…eating in? For residents of the new Upper West Side condominiums at 101W78, that’d be every night. Designed in collaboration with Stephen Sills, the handcrafted cabinets and white Carrara honed-marble slab countertops and backsplash set the stage for fabulous gourmet soirées and Wednesday-night comfort cooking alike.

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101 West 78 | Penthouse Unveiling


There are homes that make your life easier and more pleasurable, and there are homes that take your lifestyle into possibilities you never imagined. The new penthouse at 101 West 78 overlooks the majestic American Museum of Natural History and the cosmic globe of the Hayden Planetarium, whose containment of the known universe and beyond is the perfect metaphor for the universe you will inhabit and create in the penthouse atop these luxury Upper West Side condos. Like the Planetarium’s narrated tour through the galaxy, here is a tour to give you the first glimpse of what the best of indoor/outdoor living will be like in a penthouse where the city meets the stratosphere.


World-renowned designer Stephen Sills has transformed the building’s stunning 19th - century spaces into works of art, and the limestone-clad penthouse addition at 101 West 78 is the pinnacle of his vision. Step through the front door, and you will immediately be greeted with the great expanse around you, from the sprawling living spaces to the views beyond.

Every room is filled with the clear, airy light that flows over the rooftops. The wraparound terrace and private rooftop garden provide more than 5,000 square feet of outdoor space worthy of an 18th-century English manor. And this penthouse functions like a mansion in the country, where a room’s edge is not finite but a porous thing that always leads to the cityscape and the high blue sky. The outdoor terrace and rooftop are so carefully designed that they are as comfortable as any interior room.

The Great Room to the left of the foyer sprawls over 850 square feet, giving you the chance to experience and inhabit “space within a space” the way most city dwellers dream about, with a gas fireplace you can cozy up to in winter or light up to give the whole room a warm glow for a holiday party. Here, the elegant pattern of the solid oak herringbone floors with a custom finish hand-picked by AD 100 designer Stephen Sills is on full display. The kitchen is the culmination of Sills’s collaboration with Smallbone of Devizes whose bespoke, hand-painted cabinetry is inspired by the landscapes of the West of England, where the company originated. This elegant eat-in kitchen is outfitted with white Carrara marble countertops and backsplashes, state-of-the-art Miele appliances, four skylights, and a wet bar serving the adjacent family room. 

Any night of the week you can dine alfresco on the terrace among the stars or host a dinner party in the formal dining room. Every bedroom opens onto the terrace and has its own private bathroom with radiant heated floors. The master bathroom, large enough for two, and featuring a double sink, includes marble slab floors and walls, and fixtures from Waterworks and Kaldewei.

Above it all, the masterstroke of this dream-expanding home is the penthouse rooftop, which features an outdoor kitchen with BBQ, and an outdoor gas fireplace. Here, you can sip champagne while you soak in your own pleasure garden with all of New York at your feet. With this much luxurious space to inhabit and explore, you can move with ease between the map of the city and the map of the stars.

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The US Open


The US Open has become one of the most famous sporting events in modern history, attracting the highest level of competition from the best of the best in the world of tennis. With a record $50.4 million in prize money on the line, this year’s matches have quite literally “upped the ante.” Held annually at NYC’s very own Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, just a short jaunt from the Upper West Side condominiums at 101 West 78, every match features players who come to win. And not just for the historic cash. These players love the game, and a lifetime of devotion to honing their skills is something that both the greats and the up-and-comers all have in common. Whether you’re watching the tournament from the comfort of your luxury Upper West Side residence, or you’ve scored courtside seats for the finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium, a few favorites are always sure to thrill us with their action on the turf and intrigue us with their life stories off the court.


Roger Federer

Roger Federer’s stats speak volumes and support the contention that he may be the greatest player in tennis today. Currently ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as No. 3 in men’s singles, Federer holds both the record for overall No. 1 placements (302 weeks) and most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (237 weeks). For 14 years, he never dropped out of the top 10, and since going pro in 1998, he’s racked up the most Grand Slam men’s tennis titles, with a total of 19 to date. But before the accolades and accomplishments, Federer was just a kid from Switzerland with a need to be better than his last shot: an exceptional kid, that is, with a crushing serve and a practiced precision attacking the baseline like no other. Somehow, despite the fame and glory and wealth, he still manages to just be…Roger. A dad to not one but two sets of twins (boys and girls), a man who hates to be late, and someone who’s afraid of horses, Federer enjoys watching movies with happy endings, indulging in a good laugh, and being a bit silly when the mood strikes. And while the chattering class was busy speculating about a pending retirement, he was busy winning his 18th and 19th Grand Slam titles, including a hard-earned win against his friend and fiercest competitor, Rafael Nadal.

Serena Williams

Due to deliver her first baby in the fall of this year, Serena Williams won’t be at this year’s Open, but—come on—any list of our favorites would be incomplete without her. She’s tied Steffi Graf for longest streak at No. 1, with a 186-week run, and ranks third in all-time No. 1 appearances, with 319 weeks at the top. Though on hiatus until after her baby is born, Serena managed to squeak in one last Grand Slam title with her 2017 win at the Australian Open. And she did it while eight weeks pregnant! Considered to be the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, Serena sprang from humble beginnings in Saginaw, Michigan, before she moved to Compton, California, with her family at the age of three. Homeschooled, she grew up coached by her parents and a family friend, playing on what she described as “grass-riddled courts.” When she was nine, her family moved to Florida to enroll the young prodigy in the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. By age 10, she was ranked No. 1 in the junior circuit of the United States Tennis Association, with a record of 46-3. Later that year, her father pulled her and her sister Venus out of competitive play to allow them to focus on their schooling. As she grew into an increasingly formidable player, her double-handed open-stance backhand and a 128 mph serve marked an aggressive and high-risk style that throws opponents off their game and contrasts sharply with her precision baseline play. Smart. Powerful. Graceful. Serena is the total package and a true gift to the sport.

Rafael Nadal

At the age of eight, Rafael Nadal won his first championship in an under-12 tournament. Seeing the promise in his nephew, professional tennis player Toni Nadal trained and pushed him harder, encouraging his ambidextrous prodigy to play left-handed. By age 12, Rafael had won titles in his Spanish homeland and throughout Europe. A natural athlete, Nadal also excelled in football; however, fearing that too much distraction would harm the boy’s studies, Nadal’s father asked him to choose one or the other. The rest is simply awesome history. The winner of 15 Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic gold medal, and the youngest of five players to achieve the Career Grand Slam in the Open Era, Nadal has already done it all in a career that feels as if it’s only getting started. His greatest rivalry is likely with his friend Roger Federer, who he has bested 23 times in their 37 meetings, including nine of 12 matches in Grand Slam tournaments. He’s also earned a unique moniker, sometimes being referred to as the “king of clay” for his prowess on clay courts. And it’s true. In fact, 13 of his 23 wins against Federer were on the orange stuff.

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101 West 78 | Lasting Summer


As the summer comes to a close, 101W78 residents can continue to enjoy warm-weather fun in the city via Upper West Side events and activities that run through the month of August. In addition to the seemingly infinite number of distractions along its waterfront, a plethora of rooftop bars and street seating for alfresco refreshment, and an endless calendar of street fairs and festivals, NYC’s outdoor performances—especially those that can be had in the parks just steps from the 101 West 78 condominiums—are not to be missed. Following are a few of our lasting favorites, bringing the widest variety of diversions right to your neighborhood.


SummerStage

The largest free performing arts festival in NYC, SummerStage offers an eclectic, packed calendar to delight every taste in the city. Reflecting the diversity of New York’s communities, SummerStage events take place throughout the five boroughs, with the crux of the action located at the nearby Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Be cool on even the hottest summer nights with the jazz stylings of Mulatu Astatke, the “Father of Ethio-Jazz”, or close out August with a romp through the genre-busting sounds of Valerie June. Can’t let go of summer? Fear not, for SummerStage runs deep into September with its SummerStage Benefit Concerts. Ticket sales support the more than 100 free shows that make the festival a success. Give back and rock on with alternative rock gods The All-American Rejects; once more experience the vibe of The Grateful Dead with one of its founding members and his new band, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band; or revive the spirit of nueva trova via the Cuban rhythms of Silvio Rodríguez. It’s all here, just a leisurely Central Park stroll from 101W78’s Upper West Side condos.

Shakespeare in the Park

For over six decades, The Public Theater has challenged its audiences in Central Park with fresh takes on Shakespeare’s classics. This year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater lives up to expectations with a provocative season of both high drama and frothy mirth. A Midsummer Night’s Dream features intriguing casting by Director Lear deBessonet, including Kristine Nielsen as the mischievous Puck, Phylicia Rashad in the role of the indomitable Titania, and Danny Burstein playing the vain but unwitting Bottom, alongside Tony Award nominees Shalita Grant, Annaleigh Ashford, and De'Adre Aziza. Free tickets are available by lottery or by joining a line in the park several hours in advance of the performance; however, a $500 donation to The Public Theater gains you admission for two and the benefit of knowing that you’ve helped others to enjoy one of the finest summer NYC theater experiences imaginable. However you attend, no other play awakens the frolic, fun, and festivity of a feverish summer eve like the fairies and lovers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Lincoln Center Outdoors

An inspiring showcase of music, dance, and the spoken word, Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the arts with a month of free films, concerts, and performances of old favorites and premieres alike. Screenings of modern cult classics like The Big Lebowski, new music from Natalia Lafourcade’s latest album Musas, and the exuberant carnival culture of OkayAfrica’s Riddim & Beats are brought together in one of NYC’s finest outdoor venues, the Guggenheim Bandshell at Damrosch Park. For a healthy mid-August dose of excellent music, we recommend Americanafest NYC: a weekend featuring the rock and roll of Low Cut Connie and the formidable blues of Bonnie Raitt. Admission is first-come, first-served, so arrive early and while away your wait with drinks at one of the on-site outdoor bars or with a Fuku chicken sandwich from featured vendor David Chang.

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101 West 78 | Upper West Side Playgrounds




Modern Stephen Sills-designed amenities, 19th-century elegance, and a neighborhood with near endless play options for children: yes, parents, you can have it all. From water parks to jungle gyms, the Upper West Side condos at 101W78 have no shortage of nearby playgrounds and perfect places where you can spend a sunny day with the kids. No matter your child’s age or interest, you’re not more than a short walk from any number of excellent destinations where they can stretch their legs and their imaginations.


On the same block as 101W78, you’ll find the historically themed Tecumseh Playground. Named for the famed Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman, the park encourages children to imagine making a 19th-century trip from New York City to the western frontier. Train tracks lead from building-like play structures at the east end of the park to the west end where a wagon play-set and other symbols of the old west stand. Train and ponderosa murals complete the scene and put your kids in the late 1800s, where they can adopt any number of characters and personas and act out their own Wild West adventures. 

 

A block east of the 101 West 78 condominiums, the immense Central Park is NYC’s largest playground. At 2.5 miles long and .5 miles wide, its 843 acres are a seemingly infinite adventure world of paths, play areas, open fields, wooded glens, and waterfronts. Safe spaces to bike and skate abound, and on the weekends, when the drives close to traffic, six additional miles of roadway become open to your young speedster. The Great Lawn’s open green invites kite flying, a pickup game of soccer, or simply a place to freely frolic under blue skies. And little explorers won’t be able to get enough of the out-of-the-way spaces, nooks, and natural formations like Summit Rock: at a whopping 141.8 feet, it’s the highest natural feature in Central Park.

 

At the base of Summit Rock, a favorite playground, Diana Ross Playground, which was funded by a generous donation from Diana Ross after her 1983 Great Lawn concert, is fenced on all sides, allowing parents to easily coral youngsters within. The centerpiece of the space is a large interconnected series of wooden play pieces, including slides, bucket swings, bridges, and a climbing net. For aspiring firemen/women, poles and ladders can be found throughout, and a sprinkler brings a refresh for the hottest of days. The jungle gym sits on a soft bed of sand to ensure that falls and tumbles only result in hurt feelings and not injured bodies, and a dense canopy of trees provides a beautiful backdrop with just the right bit of shade.

 



A short stroll to the south takes you to Arthur Ross Terrace, which is a public space situated outside of the Rose Center that houses the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. After a visit to the planetarium or dinosaur hall, Mom and Dad will be happy to relax outside surrounded by shade trees and green lawns. Kids will be thrilled to run through the sprinklers and play with the others who have discovered this somewhat hidden gem. A futuristic glass structure revealing a model of our solar system will further ignite their imaginations as they jump and splash.



Traveling a few blocks west to Riverside Park, you’ll find Little Engine Playground. As the name implies, it’s train-themed, with an engine and cars for young engineers-to-be, in addition to traditional playground equipment to climb, jump, and slide from. The park makes for a wonderful oasis when biking through Riverside along the Hudson, providing you rest while the kids work out additional energy either before or after your ride. Lovely for a quick stopover or a morning of play, this playground has river views and benches that invite adults to linger a little longer while children eagerly beg for “just five more minutes!”

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Amsterdam avenue


 

The Upper West Side condos for sale at 101 West 78th Street sit at the intersection of the Upper West Side’s best attractions. To the east, the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park offer green outdoor space and hours of family-friendly fun. To the west, Broadway’s iconic food shops and gourmet grocers are a home chef’s delight. Along Amsterdam Avenue, which runs between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, is a lively stretch of independent boutiques and restaurants, as well as cultural gems like Lincoln Center and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Residents of 101 West 78th are also within walking distance of some of Amsterdam Avenue’s finest wines and well-mixed cocktails, ideal for local oenophiles and spirits connoisseurs.


Burke and Wills | 226 West 79th Street  

Just off Amsterdam Avenue on West 79th Street, Burke and Wills offers New Yorkers an Australian twist on the traditional American bistro. Named for intrepid explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills—the Lewis and Clark of Australia—this charmingly atmospheric pub offers craft beer, an impressive array of spirits and cocktails, and a fascinating menu with classic entrees like roasted salmon and cured arctic char, listed alongside Aussie favorites like the kangaroo burger with tomato jam, arugula, pickled onion, and triple-fried chips. The raw bar offers the perfect accompaniment for after-work drinks like the Bushfire Margarita, a bracing house specialty made with mezcal and orange bitters. For those who’ve recently landed in the Upper West Side neighborhood, a jaunt from their condos to Burke and Wills will help celebrate the excitement of exploring new territory. The dining room sits beneath a glass canopy, and vintage Australian photographs and ephemera all add to Burke and Wills’s rugged explorer vibe. 

Manhattan Cricket Club | 226 West 79th Street

Conveniently perched just upstairs from Burke & Wills is the Manhattan Cricket Club. This tucked-away speakeasy bar’s upholstered leather chairs, Victorian lighting fixtures, and dark wood paneling—as well as enough cricket memorabilia to make any Anglophile swoon—might make you suspect that Winston Churchill is enjoying a snifter of brandy in the next room. The menu is a blast from a less diet-conscious past, too, as it features savory treats like crab beignets and pork rillette with cornichons, in addition to classic Australian desserts like the pavlova with passionfruit curd and fresh berries. The cocktail menu is as much fun to read as it is to sample, with offerings like the Bonfire of the Calamities (lime-infused vodka, lemon, agave, and bonfire spritz) or the Rhum Around (three aged rums, a tincture of pistachio, lime, and agave). There’s no official dress code, but patrons are strongly encouraged to wear ties.

 

Olma Caviar Boutique and Lounge | 420 Amsterdam Avenue 

When a special occasion calls for a truly luxurious lunch or an after-work treat, Olma Caviar’s Upper West Side “caviar boutique and lounge” is a peerless destination. Greeting patrons near the entrance of the elegantly understated gray and plum interior is a display case stocked with a tempting array of caviar packaged in their classic bright blue tins, as well as stylish serving accessories to recreate the experience at home. The complex flavors on the menu extend from the foie gras sandwiches to signature cocktails, champagne, and prosecco, as well as a tasty selection of smoked fish, fresh lobster, and shrimp, and of course, some of the most exquisite caviar in New York City. Olma imports caviar from Alaska and abroad and offers dozens of different varieties for the roe connoisseur.

 

 

Vanguard | 189 Amsterdam Avenue 

 

 

Vanguard Wine Bar strikes the perfect balance between a refined cosmopolitan menu and the pleasures of old-fashioned comfort food. The small plates include French-inspired treats like the savory goat cheese and onion tarte, marinated picholine and nicoises olives, a mini caviar trio, and colorful macarons for dessert, or even a champagne float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a truly celebratory toast. The wine selection is organized by color, taste, and what oenophiles describe as “body,” in categories like “mild-mannered reds” and “aromatic whites.” No wine snobbery here, though: the knowledgeable staff is happy to guide new patrons through Vanguard’s impressive selection, and there are traditional offerings on the menu for those seeking a classic martini or a craft beer.

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Dog Parks of the Upper West Side




Anyone who says that New York City is no place to raise a dog has probably never been to the Upper West Side. A green haven for nature-loving Manhattanites, both human and canine, the lush, tree-lined avenues and shady parks make for a cool reprieve for concrete-weary paws when the warm weather sets in. Residents of 101 West 78th Street will find no shortage of wide-open space nearby for running, romping, rolling, and wrestling. Whether you own a dog or just love them, the dog parks of the Upper West Side make for a relaxing way to pass the time on a spring afternoon.


Just a stone’s throw from 101 West 78th Street is, of course, Theodore Roosevelt Park, which is always worth visiting for the verdant lawns and meticulously landscaped garden. But tucked along the northwest side of the American Museum of Natural History is one of the neighborhood's best-kept secrets: the Bull Moose Dog Run. Find a bench and watch as two golden retrievers kick up a spray of sand while playing tug-of-war, or just tip your head back to see the dappled sunlight filtering through the thick canopy of old-growth trees.

Almost equidistant from the luxury Upper West Side condos at 101 West 78th Street are Riverside Park’s two dog parks at West 72nd Street and West 87th Street. Both have plenty of shady, pebbly space for unleashed dogs to run free, but the major draws for their humans are probably the views of the Hudson glistening throughout the woods. At West 72nd Street, you’ll find a bittersweet touch: benches donated in memory of dogs that have passed on too soon. Local volunteers maintain the park and host a variety of events like the annual Halloween costume party, where you might spot a Great Dane in a tutu or a Dachshund trying not to look horrified that he is dressed as a hot dog. 

If you prefer your meandering to take you into Central Park, get there between the hours of six a.m. and nine a.m. or from nine p.m. to one a.m. to take advantage of the park’s off-leash policy. Twenty-three areas of the park are designated for dog adventurers, including the enormous East Meadow and Great Hill fields, which offer enough open space for Frisbee-catching or belly-up sunbathing. After the sprinting and panting, pets can rehydrate at one of the 15 conveniently placed water fountains specifically designed for dogs. 



Thanks to a city advisory passed last year, some cafés now allow dogs to accompany their humans on outdoor patios or courtyards. On your way home, stop at Fred’s, a local favorite named after a black Labrador that was adopted when it was determined he was better suited to family life than duties as a seeing-eye dog. The bustling patio makes for some captivating people watching, and your furry companion is welcome to sleep beneath your table, paws twitching in happy dreams. 

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Upper West Side Parks


Every city has its secrets, known only to the people who walk its streets every day and sleep in the glow of its skyline at night. The Upper West Side's parks are treasure troves of hidden woods, green spaces, serene gardens, and unparalleled culture, embedded in a landscape that will become an extension of your home at the 101 West 78 condominiums. Some of these secrets can be discovered by tourists, but when these parks are a part of your weekly or daily routine, the excitement they bring are an accumulating process of discovery—the most rejuvenating corners of the parks will become your own.


Every city has its secrets, known only to the people who walk its streets every day and sleep in the glow of its skyline at night. The Upper West Side's parks are treasure troves of hidden woods, green spaces, serene gardens, and unparalleled culture, embedded in a landscape that will become an extension of your home at the 101 West 78 condominiums. Some of these secrets can be discovered by tourists, but when these parks are a part of your weekly or daily routine, the excitement they bring are an accumulating process of discovery—the most rejuvenating corners of the parks will become your own.

 

Just inside the park via the entrance closest to 101 West 78th, sits one of the most magical combinations of culture and nature in New York. At the Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare plays are staged in the summers by the Public Theater, one of the country's most renowned theater companies, which was founded by Joseph Papp. You can stroll from your home right into an Elizabethan dream brought to life under the stars—and these aren't just any outdoor productions; these are genre-transforming innovations like this past September’s staging of Twelfth Night, a color-splashed, musical rendition of the play heralded by the New York Times as “jubilant.”

 

        Adjacent to the theater is the Shakespeare Garden, a patchwork of blooms and branches on a gentle hill whose presence deepens for the frequent visitor into an alternate universe filled with plaques etched with the Bard’s verses and the carefully chosen flowers of Shakespeare’s fields and castles, sourced from the English countryside.

 

        South of the garden is the park’s famous Ramble, an urban wilderness designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, where residents of 101 West 78 can wander in the density of green as the birds do. The Ramble is one of the most popular spots for birdwatching in the city and one of the locations used in the documentary Wild City, hosted by legendary actress Isabella Rossellini, who describes the joy of encountering all kinds of birds, reptiles, and small mammals in the park on her podcast for the Central Park Conservancy: “This truly is the place for the urban explorer to escape the city and get utterly lost in nature.”

 

 

West of 101 West 78th lies another kind of inexhaustible green space—Riverside Park—a different kind of masterpiece of landscape design created by Olmsted, where the beauty of the grass and trees is matched by the majesty of the Hudson River. This is the perfect place to play sports with friends or with the kids, read, share a picnic, or ride a bike up and down the length of the four-mile park featuring some of the most resplendent water views in Manhattan. Here you can contemplate the world beyond the Palisades just long enough that you can take the fragrance of the grass and the expansiveness of the views home with you to the welcoming rooms of your 101 West 78th residence, nestled between acres of green amid the residential beauty of the Upper West Side.

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Morning Strolls on the Upper West Side

During the shorter days of the year, when the sun hides behind the city skyline until after seven a.m., leaving the warmth of your covers can prove difficult, if not impossible. However, residents at 101 West 78th Street will find enough neighborhood draws--both architectural and natural--to lure them from their toasty abode and out into the crisp morning air. Those lucky enough to be living in these Upper West Side condominiums don’t need to plan outings in the neighborhood; a simple walk is sufficient to take advantage of the best of the city. When you step out onto the street, your toughest decisions will be relatively easy: East or west? Park or river?


Decisions before caffeine can be tough for some, but you can confidently set off with a coffee from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters warming your hands. Choose west, and you’ll find Riverside Park and the steely Hudson. Between Riverside Drive and the Hudson River, you can meander through tunnels of snow-blanketed canopies, enjoying the glow of streetlights perforating the blue-and-white landscape. Then head north along the path to the Woodland Restoration Area, a protected grove of old-growth trees. It’s one of the few surviving natural enclaves in the city untouched by development.

 

To the east, of course, lies Central Park. Your meandering may take you past Cedar Hill or Pilgrim Hill, both popular sites for sledding, with slopes teeming with rosy-cheeked children and evergreens standing alongside the onlookers. At the Conservatory Water, a popular pond for ice skating, you can watch couples holding mittens, steadying each other across the ice. Or you may well find yourself renting skates for a session of spinning and gliding.

 

It’s not only the destinations, though, that will make your morning stroll memorable, as the streets between these two parks provide noteworthy sights themselves. Even if you don’t have time to enter the gargantuan American Museum of Natural History, its colossal archway and columned entranceway are impressive all on their own. Or wander into the West Side Community Garden, a space maintained entirely by green-thumbed volunteers, where you may be able to glimpse the first hints of spring and the colorful showcase to come: the garden’s annual tulip festival. You can pause with a newspaper at Verdi Square, a little park tucked into a triangle near the 72nd Street subway station. As C.J. Hughes described it in The New York Times, this quintessential New York pocket park has become “as much a place to hang out as pass through, round the clock.”

 

 

The more you explore the neighborhood, the more apparent it will become how many other hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered. As you pass by the towering rows of grand brownstones with ornate facades, you’ll find yourself looking up with a shiver of cinematic déjà vu.The Upper West Side has served as a backdrop for numerous classic movies for a reason: the neighborhood surrounding the new condos at 101 West 78th Street is as quintessentially New York as it is picturesque. Walking through the elaborately designed streets, you may feel like you’re in a movie yourself, especially if the snow begins to gently descend all around you.

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Cafe Culture on the Upper West Side


Residents of the Upper West Side condo at 101 West 78 are lucky to be near many excellent choices for a relaxing afternoon, including the beauty of Central Park and New York City’s finest museums. But where can they go for a dose of peace and reflection when the weather outside is frightful? Here are three of our favorite (and less intense) ways to spend an afternoon on the Upper West Side, enjoying a hot drink and a pastry or two:


Margot Patisserie | 2109 Broadway

You love New York, but sometimes you just need a taste of France. For a relaxing French ambiance and excellent food anytime you like, make your way to Margot, which is located in the Ansonia building, whose Beaux-Arts facade transports you to Paris before you even set foot inside the casual elegance that is the hallmark of any respectable café. Marble-topped tables, a mélange of baked goods, and the distinct aroma of fine coffee greet your entry to this underappreciated gem. Make certain to order a croissant, not just to establish this café’s Parisian bona fides, but because the freshly baked crescents are just as buttery, flaky, and delectable as they should be. Stay for something more or return again and again to sample any number of unique plays on classic French dishes. Above all, nothing quite matches a glass of wine and a good book in a quiet spot like this one. 

 Cafe Lalo | 201 West 83rd Street

Your other choice for whiling away an afternoon across the pond without even crossing the park is Café Lalo. Describing itself as “the most famous café in NYC,” the coffee shop provides a welcoming space for the artists and writers of the neighborhood to congregate over a slice of cheesecake (choose from over 29 different kinds), and a cup of premium, locally-roasted coffee. The giant mugs will spin you back to the nineties when buckets of java ran freely in the mythical Central Perk of Friends fame. Not that Café Lalo would need the comparison, since it’s had its own share in the limelight via its role in the movie You’ve Got Mail. Stay for a glass of wine among the brick walls and the soft lights shining upon the fin-de-siècle posters that decorate the interior. And do amble back for a bit of brunch (served daily until 4 pm) and a smile from the friendly waitstaff that perfectly complements the authentic Belgian waffles. Just a short walk from your Upper West Side home - and delicious and warm all around! 

Peacefood | 460 Amsterdam Avenue

With the New Year just beginning, many of us will once again revisit promises to eat better, increase our kindness quotient, and devote ourselves to lessening our environmental impact. However you approach it, a visit to Peacefood will set you on the path to taking care of all three needs. The restaurant claims on its website that, “A vegan lifestyle can transform not only the lives of farm animals but also the environment and one’s personal health,” and with a belly full of chickpea fries or a finishing bite of one of the mini-brownies, you’ll be hard-pressed to argue. The food satisfies, and even your most carnivorous dining companions will leave with lifted spirits and greater appreciation for the meatless lifestyle. But it’s not just the cuisine that pulls you up. Peacefood’s dining room takes you out of New York entirely with sage-green wainscot and an array of plants flanking a cheery space that sometimes seems more Berkshire than Broadway. Despite the go-getters rushing out with lunch and the high energy of the welcoming staff, the charming atmosphere and mission of the place leave a decided peace in the air that allows you to linger for a moment of serenity.

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101 West 78th Street | Stephen Sills


The work of renowned interior designer Stephen Sills has been described by Architectural Digest as "a lucid synthesis of opulence, rigor, and surprise." Over the course of his nearly three-decade career, Sills has managed to preserve the classic architectural character of his clients’ residences, while updating their interiors with designs that combine modern and classical components. In his latest large residential project, the new Upper West Side condominiums at 101 West 78th Street, Sills collaborated with the acclaimed firm HTO Architect to preserve the Beaux Arts aesthetic of the historic 1886 brick and terra-cotta building, which also has a 1-story limestone penthouse addition. 101 West 78th Street overlooks the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue and, thanks to Sills’s expertise, remains a seamless part of the Upper West Side’s historic streetscape, while offering luxury amenities fit for 21st-century New Yorkers.


Sills’s style is deeply rooted in the history of decorative arts and design, reflected in his use of antiques with new fabric and wallpaper patterns. His own Manhattan penthouse, which was featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2014, reveals his creative approach to incorporating history into contemporary interiors. It has been renovated three times since he moved into it in 1988. The whitewashed walls of his apartment, which are capped with fluted crown molding, frame an 18th-century Louis XVI fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows draped by light gray curtains. Using a single color palette, Sills connects the authoritative design elements of 18th-century European interiors and historic pieces, like the (headless) Hellenistic statue of a lion, to the 20th-century furniture, which includes a daybed by Art Deco icon Jean-Michel Frank. And in the newly designed dressing room, the walls have been clad in satinwood veneer and dyed green, giving the space a sophisticated jewel-box effect. This ingenious approach provides an elegant backdrop for a painting by Harold Stevenson and a Scandinavian modern secretary. The room is lit softly by an Art Deco pendant fixture by the French designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. 

Sills’s signature style synthesizes elements from seemingly disparate parts of the globe and different time periods. Each of the interiors in the 101 West 78 condominiums is a prime architectural space ready for clients to customize and decorate according to their unique tastes—adding their own personal twist to the Beaux Arts masterpiece—and that’s just as Sills wants it.

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