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Postal Service to Unveil Upper West Side Stamp

By Carla Zanoni | August 22, 2011 3:03pm

UPPER WEST SIDE — The craggy heights of the Upper West Side’s skyscraper apartments will be celebrated in a series of images immortalized in a collection of stamps to be released by the US Postal Service in 2012.

The USPS set its sights on the Upper West Side's residential towers for its new Earthscapes stamps series, which celebrates "the beauty and diversity of America's landscape as seen from above."

The Forever stamp collection features 15 distinctive vistas captured by aircraft and satellites, chronicling natural, agricultural and urban landscapes.

For one of the stamps, photographer Jim Wark shot the close-up image of the West End Towers, a 39-story pair of apartment buildings at 74 West End Ave., honing in on the terraces along its side. 

The camera's telephoto lens compresses the distance between the two towers, providing a compact yet vertiginous sideview of the apartment complex.

The Postal Service is looking to social media as a way to boost interest in stamp collecting and stamps sales, promoting new collections on Twitter and Facebook.

A sneak peak at some of 2012’s stamps can be viewed through the social networks or the USPS’s website Beyond the Perf.