Famous Upper West Siders

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There are tons of celebrities on the Upper West Side, and it’s certainly not hard to understand! Living on the Upper West Side can be quite relaxing compared to the rest of the city. The residential feel, the many exceptional Upper West Side restaurants and bars, and plus it borders Central Park. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s one of the most popular neighborhoods for celebrities living in NYC. From brownstones, to modern luxury high rises, to pre-war co-ops – the UWS has something for everyone. Here are some people you might recognize on the streets of the Upper West Side.

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These NYC Celebrities Chose The Upper West Side For A Reason!

Antonio Banderas.

The movie star lives on the UWS, but maybe not for long. His grand apartment at The Prasada, located at 50 Central Park West, is on the market for $7,450,000. The home is listed with The Corcoran Group (see it here), and according to Observer.com, Mark Ronson took a recent tour of the impressive spread.

Trey Anastasio.

The frontman for Phish is an Upper West Sider. In a 2009 interview with New York Magazine, which took place at Cafe Lalo, it was revealed that he resides in the neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. It was also revealed that the jam-band king is a huge classical music fan, and an avid follower of The New York Philharmonic. In fact, he originally went to school to become a composer.

A 2019 article by liveforlivemusic.com also confirmed he’s still in the neighborhood.

Al Sharpton.

The activist and host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation gave GQ a tour of his Upper West Side home in 2012. While the exact location was not disclosed, his view of the Apple Bank Building across the street was. This is reportedly what he sees when he wakes up at the crack of dawn each morning. Some of his recent Instagram posts are of his morning workouts in the neighborhood, and in a number of posts, he actually chose “I Love The Upper West Side” as his location! Maybe it was an accident.

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Georgina Bloomberg.

The professional equestrian and the daughter of former mayor Michael Bloomberg lives at 101 Central Park West, located between 70th and 71st Streets. She bought her first apartment in the building in 2010, according to an article by The Real Deal. And in July of 2019, she purchased another unit on a different floor of the building.

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Sonja Morgan.

The Real Housewives of New York City star bought a luxury apartment in a Columbus Circle high-rise in 2019. She also owns a huge Lenox Hill townhouse which she’s currently renting out.

She recently gave Bravo a tour of her new digs!

Randy Rainbow.

The comedian and singer, famous for his viral videos, announced his departure from Queens in June of 2019. He didn’t identify which Upper West Side building he moved into, which was probably a wise move. He had lived in Queens for 17 years, building his video empire out of a small Astoria apartment.

Tony Danza.

The actor from Who’s The Boss? lives on the Upper West Side. And apparently, he really likes cleaning his apartment. According to an article published by The Real Deal, Danza grew up in East New York, Brooklyn, moved to LA to shoot eight seasons of Taxi in 1977, and in 2010, he permanently made the Upper West Side his home.

Misty Copeland.

The principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre bought a $3.125 million apartment at an Upper West Side condo in 2018. The three-bedroom home is located on West 88th Street. Copeland is noted for becoming the first black female dancer to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

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Rajiv Surendra.

Most recognizable from his role as Kevin Gnapoor in Mean Girls , this comedian and actor seriously loves the UWS. He lives at the famous Dorilton at 171 West 71st Street, and we were lucky enough to get a tour of Rajiv Surendra’s apartment!

Leslie Stefanson … and James Spader?

Actress Leslie Stefanson purchased a $4.3 million apartment at 2 West 67th Street in early 2017. She’s been in a relationship with James Spader for over 10 years, though it is unclear if he lives in the apartment with her.

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Ellie Kemper.

The hilarious and absolutely adorable star of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt purchased an Upper West Side co-op in 2016. Kemper and her husband bought the classic-six on West End Avenue for $2.8 million. Want to see what it looks like? Check out this article by 6 Square Feet!

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Gayle King.

The CBS reporter moved from Greenwich, CT to the Upper West Side, and frequently brings her best friend OPRAH to some of her favorite local restaurants. Find out where to spot Gayle King and Oprah!

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Tony Shalhoub.

The star of Monk purchased an 81st Street co-op with his wife in late 2016. The apartment came with two-bedrooms and was sold for just under $4 million.

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Tim Gunn.

The fashion icon and consultant, best known for producing and starring in Project Runway , designed his own Upper West Side apartment with all types of antiques and historical artifacts. Here’s an interview he did with Traditional Home, who he let in for an exclusive look!

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Michael Strahan.

The television personality and former Giants star owns a townhouse on the Upper West Side. He revealed this in a 2017 interview with the New York Times, during which he told them what he loves most about the neighborhood:

I like the Upper West Side, because, being a father, I like the family feel to it. You see mothers with strollers, people walking their dogs. One thing I love about the neighborhood, when you go into places, it’s not like, MICHAEL! I’m another person who’s just there.

Mark Ruffalo.

The actor and political activist owns an early 1900s, four-story townhouse in the West 80s off of Central Park West – one of the prettiest streets in NYC! The long-time NYC celebrity had previously owned a townhouse in Carrol Gardens which he sold for a loss.

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Jerry Seinfeld.

The king of comedy owns an impressive spread at the famous Beresford, located at 211 Central Park West (on the corner of 81st Street). This isn’t too far from his fictional TV address, which was 129 West 81st Street! Though it should come as no surprise that his real apartment is much bigger and better.

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Jordan Peele.

The co-star of “Key and Peele” and the director of “Get Out” is an Upper West Side native. He attended elementary school on the Upper West Side (both the Computer School and Calhoun) before going to college and becoming famous.

Joel Coen and Frances McDormand.

The producer and actress live in a co-op in the 70s on West End Ave. Coen of “Coen Brothers” fame has produced legendary hits including The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Raising Arizona, and many, many more. McDormand also acted in Fargo, as well as in movies including Almost Famous, Something’s Gotta Give, and Primal Fear.

(Joel is on the right).

Bobby Flay.

While it’s far from being his only residence, Bobby Flay owns a 1 bed, 1.5 bath apartment in a Riverside Boulevard building, which he purchased in 2008.

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Jeff Daniels.

The seasoned actor has an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone. Yep, a fourth floor walk up.

Bob Balaban.

The actor, writer, director and producer lives with his wife at The Apthorp, located at 390 West End Avenue.

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Steve Guttenberg.

According to a NY Times feature, Guttenberg has lived in several different apartments in the same Lincoln Center condo for years. And, apparently, he likes to walk around naked. But after getting a number complaints, he stopped.

Samantha Bee and Jason Jones.

The couple purchased a $3.7 million co-op at 300 Riverside Drive in early 2017. Their apartment is on the top floor of the building and has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, and they paid full asking price for it.

Megyn Kelly.

We learned that Megyn Kelly lives on the Upper West Side on Halloween of 2018, when several articles showed her walking outside of her building. The articles covered her controversial racial comments, which lead to the cancelation of her show on NBC.

Amy Schumer.

This hilarious comedian has lived in two Upper West Side apartments. She purchased a 4,500 square foot penthouse at 190 Riverside Drive in 2016. This was a big-time upgrade from her previous pad, which was also pretty sweet (a brownstone floor-through on West 80th Street).

Keanu Reeves.

This Hollywood good guy, frequently spotted around NYC (including on the subways), owns an apartment on Central Park West. Apparently, though, he isn’t usually there.

Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon.

The celebrity power couple have lived on the Upper West Side for years. According to a New York Post article, Kyra loves Central Park, butcher Hudson and Charles (at 555 Amsterdam), and Italian restaurant Gennaro (at 665 Amsterdam). She also shops at CPW, a clothing boutique at 495 Amsterdam.

And Bacon, who has lived on the Upper West Side since 1976, has made it a point to be involved in the community. Back in 2012, he was part of a petition against a rooftop addition of a new condo on 82nd Street.

Regis Philbin.

The legendary Regis Philbin and his wife Joy own an apartment at Millenium Tower, located at 101 West 67th Street. Keep reading and you’ll see some other celebrity New Yorkers who live in this super expensive tower.

John Oliver.

The hilarious host of “Last Week Tonight” purchased a $10 million penthouse at 60 Riverside Boulevard in 2015.

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Yoko Ono.

The philanthropist and widow of John Lennon still lives in the same apartment they shared at the famous Dakota. The Beatle’s star was sadly killed outside of the building in 1980.

Michael C. Hall.

The star of Dexter purchased a 2 bedroom apartment at the El Dorado in late 2017. He picked up the pad, which features park views, a wood-burning fireplace and a 29 foot foyer, for $4.3 million.

Alan Alda.

This famous New Yorker and legendary actor owns three apartments in the Upper West Side’s Park Millenium condominium. His combined unit is located on the 51st floor of the building, located at 101 West 67th Street.

Anne Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway has been an NYC celebrity for a while. The beautiful star of Les Miserables, Alice in Wonderland, and countless other hits purchased a $2.55 million penthouse in an Upper West Side co-op with her husband in early 2016, after selling their much larger loft in Dumbo’s Clocktower building.

Joy Behar.

The co-host of The View purchased an apartment at 62 West 62nd Street in late 2017, but Joy Behar has been an Upper West Sider for years, as her previous pad was located in a co-op on West 89th Street. This move will certainly cut down her commute to work, as The View is filmed at the ABC Studios on 66th and Columbus. Perhaps you’ll catch her dining at a fancy restaurant near Lincoln Center!

Howard Stern.

The legendary shock jock lives with his supermodel wife Beth Ostrovsky on the 53rd and 54th floors of the super luxury condo Millenium Tower (at 101 West 67th street). This is a convenient location for him, as his place of business is 1221 Sixth Ave (between 48th and 49th Streets).

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Bob Costas.

Sports caster Bob Costas lives at 15 Central Park West with his wife; they reportedly moved from the nearby Time Warner Center in 2007. They bought their 15 CPW apartment for $11 million.

Tina Fey.

Who doesn’t want to live close to Tina Fey?! Or at least get a glimpse of her… The SNL actress and 30 Rock creator has lived with her husband in their UWS co-op at 300 West End Ave for years. In early 2016, Fey purchased the unit directly above her current apartment, ultimately creating an astonishing duplex with 22 windows! So cool.

That’s right – one of the biggest celebrities living in NYC has chosen the Upper West Side as his stomping grounds! This Irish sing-songwriter owns a top-floor duplex in Manhattan’s San Remo building. He purchased the apartment from Steve Jobs for $15 million in the late 80’s/early 90’s. He, his wife, and four children have lived there since.

It’s pretty cool to share a neighborhood with the guy considered as the top ten most influential celebrities (according to Time)!

Donna Karan.

This iconic designing queen has hailed from the UWS for many years. A resident of a building overlooking Central Park – which is fitting since her style is very zen and modern. A lot of stone accent ledges and furniture pieces keep the focus on all of the massive black and white photographs and paintings that lean or hang from the walls. Known as a person of habit and intention, it’s probably safe to say she will be hanging around the neighborhood for a while.

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Denzel Washington.

This hunky, Oscar-winning New York native resides in 15 Central Park West. He purchased his apartment here for just over $13 million in 2006. 15 Central Park West was inspired by the designs of Rosario Candela, a 1920’s architect, and cost nearly $1 billion to build. Not only does this Training Day star reside here, but so too do many other New York celebrities, hedge funders and CEOs.

Denzel in 1990. Photo by Alan Light.

Bruce Willis.

The “Die Hard” star has been an Upper West Sider since the 1970s. His most recent moves were in early 2018, when he sold his fourteen room duplex on Central Park West in exchange for a four-bedroom at One West End, which is a brand new building filled with amenities.

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David Duchovny.

The X-Files lead purchased a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home at The Ardsley in 2012. The Ardsley is located at 320 Central Park West, between 91st and 92nd Streets. His apartment has a private elevator landing, terrace and a working fireplace. The apartment had been listed for $6.25 million, and Duchovny purchased it shortly after his split with fellow NYC celebrity Tea Leoni.

David Hyde Pierce.

The actor who portrayed Dr. Niles Crane on Frasier owns three apartments with his husband at 260 West End Avenue. They purchased their first apartment in the co-op in 2005, and made their most recent purchase in 2012. Pierce has recently had roles in “West Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later”, “Julie’s Green Room” and “When We Rise”.

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Steve Martin.

The legendary comic has lived at The San Remo for years, and in 2017 filed plans to renovate. The San Remo is located at 145-146 Central Park West, between 74th and 75th Streets. It has been home to many past celebrities, including Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg and Barry Manilow.

Maury Povich and Connie Chung.

The talk show host and news anchor have an apartment at the exclusive Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street. I’m not sure if you knew they were a couple, but they are. And, clearly, they are very rich. If you have a day job, the Maury Povich show is a bit like Jerry Springer, in that the guests are people feuding over personal issues. A common theme is fathers taking paternity tests, many of whom are hoping to hear Maury say, “You are NOT the father!”.

When it comes to celebrities on the Upper West Side … Maury IS one of them!

Richard Kind.

You might know him best for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry’s cousin Andy. Or as Paul Lassiter from Spin City. Richard Kind lived on the UWS during his early acting days, and is now back in the neighborhood with his family.

Christian Slater.

The star of “Mr. Robot” grew up on the Upper West Side. After he sold his Hell’s Kitchen apartment in 2017, he moved back to his birth-neighborhood with his family.

Madonna.

While her primary residence is in a mansion on the Upper East Side, Madonna owns at a co-op at 1 West 64th Street (also known as Harperley Hall), and boy has she had her fare share of feuds with the co-op board. These range from trying to buy too many apartments to letting her guests stay without her being there.

Estelle Parsons.

The acclaimed star of Bonnie and Clyde, as well as the actress who portrayed Roseanne’s mother, has chosen the charming Clebourne on West End Avenue as her residence.

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Eric Schneiderman.

The former New York Attorney General lives in a building on 92nd and West End Ave. After losing his position in 2018 from allegations of serious abuse towards women, reporters camped outside the building for several days.

So, now that you know who and where to look… NOW, all we need to do is practice our ‘play it cool’ face when you spot them shopping at Zabar’s or enjoying their Upper West Side brunch dates.

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