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The Historic Apartments of New Yorks Upper West Side Webinar

'The Historic Apartments of New York's Upper West Side' Webinar

Wed Jun 08, 2022

'The Historic Apartments of New York's Upper West Side' Webinar

Time Wed Jun 08 2022 at 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm

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'The Historic Apartments of New York's Upper West Side' Webinar, 8 June | Online Event | 'The Historic Apartments of New York's Upper West Side' Webinar
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If well-to-do families in 19th-century New York would cringe at the idea of living in a common residence with strangers, then how did upscale apartment buildings become the new posh style of living by the 20th century? From the Dakota to the Ansonia, it's time to dive into the history of the celebrated apartment houses of New York — and the kaleidoscopic lives of their most famous residents.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the architectural and social history of the city’s first luxury apartment houses on New York's Upper West Side, which boasted everything from the world's largest swimming pool to the city's first rooftop farm.

Led by writer, historian, and New York City tour guide Lucie Levine, our virtual experience surrounding the historic Upper West Side apartment buildings and their most famous residents will include:

  • New York's early luxury apartment buildings, and why 19th century powerhouse families like the Astors and Morgans began a building craze on the West Side that eventually attracted prominent artists and entertainers decades later
  • The Upper West Side's most famed apartment buildings, including the historic Ansonia, Dakota, San Remo, and others
  • Unparalleled tales of New York life from within the new type of residential complexes, such as a bohemian trust-fund renegade who was obsessed with the sun to a tenant who created a specialty cocktail called “The Forbidden Fruit,” which became an unexpected elixir of turn-of-the-century women’s liberation
  • The immigrant architect who almost single handedly gave Central Park West its gorgeous Jazz Age style
  • A look at how some of these historic apartments have been adapted and redesigned in modern times by eclectic artists and tastemakers

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Lucie — any and all questions about the historic apartment buildings of the Upper West Side are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


"LUCIE is fabulous. Her introductory history about the UWS was so much more engaging than your UWS lecturer the week or two before!!" -Frances

"Loved the detail of the order in which the building were built; the historical context of the construction; who lived where; and all the photos of then and now!" -Glennis

"The architecture and info about how the ideas and execution of these buildings came to be." -Celia

"Great speaker, very knowledgeable and very good pictures." -Denise

"Good overview of Central Park West as the "face" of the Upper West Side. Also, I never knew about the 67th Street artists co-ops - fascinating." -Linda

"Very informative and our “guide” was both knowledgeable and extremely articulate!" -Gail

"Lucie was a wonderfully well informed tour guide! She really knows her stuff and you can tell she loves what she does! Excellent job!" -Pat

"The subject matter was really interesting and the presenter clearly had appreciation and enthusiasm for the topic." -Ellen

"I really liked the speaker, and I learned a lot of interesting things!" -Steven

"The content was good. Interesting history. Needed more interior features. Maybe a separate webinar." -Barbara

"I enjoyed learning the history of the west side. I enjoyed learning about why things were placed where they were placed etc." -Gavin

"It was very easy to access, the sound and picture were clear. It was a good general overview of a topic I'm very interested in, but definitely left me wanting more information." -Joseph

"The presentation provided a good overview of how the Upper West Side grew in the early days. I loved the perspective of why the architects used their designs to meet the zoning requirements and how the economy influenced their work." -Charlyne

"I learned a lot about iconic buildings that were all over the neighborhood where I grew up. I even had friends who lived in a few of them so have seen some of the apartments. It was great to learn about their history and architecture." -Virginia

"Luci was incredibly prepared and presented amazing amount of information. Great to learn about these buildings versus the huge single family mansions." -Karen

"Lucie's knowledge on the people and buildings of UWS." -Linda

"The presenter, Lucie Levine, is so knowledgeable and pleasant." -Stacy

"Lots of information, both verbal and visual. Developed well chronologically." -Marilyn

"Everything! Wonderful blend of history, social context, urban development, personalities. Lucie was a terrific presenter." -Jan

"Good graphics and photos including original history as well as bringing things "up-to-date" (e.g. some of the interior photos) presented by a knowledgeable presenter." -Leon

"Lucie's knowledge is so impressive. I loved the way she wove all the information together." -Elaine

"So much interesting information and the enthusiasm of the presenter for the material." -Elisa

"Lucie Levine brought into play so many aspects—zoning, marketing, immigration, architecture. So much breadth and depth." -Elaine

"I enjoyed the historical background to the development of the apartment blocks; enjoyed the photos of the blocks as they were originally designed." -Donna


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