Upper West Side

Church construction, Lincoln Center’s revamp and a walk in the park

1892
Year in which construction began on the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine — the largest cathedral in the world — located on Amsterdam Avenue near West 112th Street. The church is still being modified and construction will continue for decades.

$1.2 billion
Cost of Lincoln Center’s six-year campus renovation project, which was completed in October 2012

4
Length, in miles, of Riverside Park

Sources: St. John the Divine, Lincoln Center, NYC Parks

Will power

Multi-millionaire hedge funder Robert Wilson, who plunged to death from his 16th-floor home at the San Remo in December, donated his $800 million fortune to charity before he took his life. The 87-year-old, who had long been involved in philanthropy, suffered a stroke several months before. Beneficiaries include the World Monuments Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, each of which got $100 million before his death.

Modern family house

Generally sticklers for neighborhood context, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission made a surprise move in January by telling the designers of a five-story townhouse to build a modern structure within the Central Park West Historic District. The plans for the empty lot, located at 110 West 88th Street, were previously tossed by the local community board because it didn’t fit the surroundings. “Don’t worry about what’s next door, just do what you want to do,” Landmarks Commissioner Joan Gerner told one of the architects involved.

Farrow-ing his gaze on the UWS

Ronan Farrow and 225 West 60th Street
Ronan Farrow and 225 West 60th Street

Ronan Farrow, the new MSNBC host and son of actress Mia Farrow, made his first New York City real estate buy with the $1.5 million purchase of an Upper West Side home. The two-bedroom condo unit measures 982 square feet and its rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s located at 225 West 60th Street.

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