Upscale townhouses line both sides of W. 80th Street and Riverside Drive, alongside the hotel. One recent sale was for $6 million. They are all landmarked (including our hotel), and are of high historical value and celebrity intrigue. Famous people who have lived nearby in the past include The Marx Brothers, who grew up on Riverside Drive, jazz great Duke Ellington, and the classic American composer George Gershwin. Also on our block is a plaque on the building across the street stating that the author Dorothy Parker lived there, who was famous for being part of the Algonquin Round Table some 80 years ago. Last, but not least, when Lucille Ball first came to New York City from Jamestown, NY, she lived in Riverside Tower.
On the contemporary scene, famous residents of the area have included Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who lived on the same block as the Riverside Tower Hotel; Ben Stiller, who lives one block north of the hotel; Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall also used to reside just around the corner. Other notable residents with ties to the Upper West Side have included Madonna, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand, Mike Tyson, film director Mike Nichols, his comic team partner and scriptwriter Elaine May, author Philip Roth, and violinists Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman.