The Upper West Side stretches north from 59th Street up to 110th Street, and is bordered on the east by the Hudson River and Central Park on the west. The city’s first large and sprawling apartment buildings were built here around the turn of the century. The magnificent structures were first erected around the turn of the century on Central Park West (note The Dakota at 72nd Street). The Upper West Side has become home to many of the city’s writers, musicians, intellectuals and theater actors. Its unpretentious and independent character makes it a choice neighborhood for a diverse group of people representative of the city as a whole. Two of Manhattan’s greenest parks, Central and Riverside Parks, as well as The Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, two of New York’s premier cultural and scientific institutions, provide a picturesque background for residents in this upwardly mobile neighborhood. Subways: Take the 1,9 to various stops along Broadway or the 2,3 express to 72nd or 96th Streets. The B and C lines make various stops along Central Park West including one at The Museum of Natural History.