Picture your new luxury home, rich with modern amenities like heated-marble bathroom flooring and hand-painted kitchen cabinets designed by Stephen Sills. While luxe living rules the interiors of the new condominium residence at 101 West 78th Street, nature lovers will enjoy the location as well. You might be surprised to know just how much natural beauty and science can be found on the Upper West Side.
The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park are steps from your front door. The museum’s current “Dinosaurs Among Us” exhibit explores the traits shared by the ancient behemoths and modern birds; many features are so similar that you just may be in for a surprise; dinosaurs nested and raised their young much like modern birds, and many had talons, beaks, and feather-like structures similar to those of birds. The museum also has an entire hall dedicated to the birds of New York City, helping you get familiar with varieties you may spot in Central Park and beyond.
Central Park offers enough space—and variety—to try a different outdoor activity every day of the week and still not run out of options. Go birdwatching in Central Park’s Ramble, 36 wooded acres offering a forest experience within the city. Ride your bike along the park’s trails, or go on Bike and Roll, New York City’s Central Park Bike Tour, with a few friends for a two-hour, six-mile ride past the park’s famous and not-so-famous landmarks.
Treat yourself to a new bicycle from Bicycle Renaissance for the perfect set of wheels to cruise the park or navigate the neighborhood. Walk a few doors down to Patagonia to pick up a pair of hiking pants, trail shorts, or a lightweight jacket perfect for biking or trekking through the park.