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How to live in America: apartments and life in Manhattan, West Side

Editorial Roomble within the architectural tournow is in New York, where he shares his most interesting impressions. With the flight, we were lucky, the frightening dzhetlag also for some reason was not there. Therefore, leaving things in the hotel, we went to look at the architecture and design. But in order to better understand why this or that architecture was characteristic of certain areas of New York, we had to plunge into the history of the city. In New York - as, perhaps, nowhere else - the area of ​​residence is of enormous importance. And the distance to the center is not the main thing. Especially when you live in Manhattan. Like, what more? But Manhattan is so big that it's Wall Street downstairs, and Harlem is upstairs. And those who think that if you live near the Central Park, it means that life has been at least a quarter, deeply mistaken. Because in the west, south and east of Central Park really located the most expensive areas of Manhattan, but in the north - just the same Harlem. The division of social strata into the area of ​​residence in New York is still alive. Everyone here is supposed to live in their place: the aristocrats in the West Side, the bourgeoisie and the wealthy intellectuals in the East Side, the businessmen in Chelsea, the creative public in the Brooklyn Heights area, the hipsters in Williamsburg. Therefore, the architecture of each district is really different. Upper West Side For example, in the area whereWe settled - the Upper West Side - it's not uncommon to meet at home in the Victorian style and Art Nouveau style. A striking example of Art Nouveau is the building of the Hotel Ansonia, located on Broadway. Built in 1899, the Hotel Ansonia has become America's largest hotel, and the most modernized. Already in 1904 all rooms were equipped with air conditioning. This hotel was truly luxurious: rooms included a large number of rooms and surrendered as apartments to aristocrats and celebrities. At one time there lived Fedor Chaliapin, Igor Stravinsky, Enrico Caruso and others. The hotel was built by architect Paul Dubois, who generously decorated his facades in the French spirit. By the way, under the elegant facade is an 18-storeyed iron frame. Now the building houses the campus of American music and the drama academy. A couple of hundred meters from our hotel wasAnother famous house in New York is the Dakota cooperative, built in 1884 by Henry Janeway Hardenberg. Residential house "Dakota-apartments" - one of the most prestigious in Manhattan, the apartment here can cost $ 30 million. The most famous residents of "Dakota" were the actress Judy Garland, the composer Leonard Bernstein, the actor Boris Karloff, the dancer Rudolf Nureyev and, of course, John Lennon, who, by the way, was killed in the arch of this house. Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, still lives in this building. But Madonna, when she wanted to buy an apartment here, was denied even before the interview. It sounds wild, but co-operatives located in the Upper West Side still have a questionnaire of all those wishing to purchase real estate and arrange an interview with them. And the consistency of the person here does not play a major role. Here, in the Upper West Side area, welucky to see the luxury apartments for sale. A fantastically beautiful house, completely lined with stone, gave the impression of a building of the beginning of the last century. And in fact it turned out that it was built not so long ago by the famous architect Robert Stern. Magnificent Art Deco halls, a private garden and a tiny private fitness with a swimming pool made a striking impression on us. And when we climbed the 28th floor and saw Manhattan from a bird's eye view, the spirit really captured. 29 and a half million dollars immediately seemed not so much for these crazy species. Of course, the apartment itself was also very beautiful. Six rooms, a kitchen and four bathrooms - by the standards of the Upper West Side is quite modest. But the views on the three sides of Manhattan are unimaginable. On this our West Side story ended andanother began - riverside, but about this another time. Incidentally, the Riverside filmed movies like "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Devil's Advocate," "New York Autumn," "Sex and the City." The editorial staff is very grateful to the designer and decorator Maria Savina for her assistance in organizing the viewing of the elite real estate.

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