What comprises an Upper West Side block can be broken down like this:
- 60% classic architecture,
- 10% modern architecture
- 10% canopies of trees
- 20% Broadway randomly cutting through your neighborhood with massive chain restaurants.
The manner in which Broadway slices down the middle of these blocks results in a much less picturesque setting than you would otherwise have. Sure, the surrounding avenues have their fair share of commercial storefronts, but the doublewide broadway excels at bringing them to the forefront. This particular day half of the block was cut off for a street fair which cut back on the cold, stark nature of the street.
Surrounding blocks are dark, covered in trees and blocked by buildings. Doormen stand every few buildings, ensuring some errant photographer doesn't bother their shy tenants. The building on the corner of West End Avenue is completely masked by ivy, almost to an absurd degree. It makes me wonder if the root are causing any structural problems.