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From Space, the Upper West Side Shows It's Easy Being Green

By Emily Frost | September 9, 2016 12:22pm | Updated on September 12, 2016 8:58am

Photo credit: Daily Overview | Image (c) 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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One of the Upper West Side's major selling points is that it is book-ended by the abundant greenery of Central and Riverside parks.  

Viewed from a few hundred miles up, however, the extent of the area's green space — lining the streets, running up the avenues and surrounding institutions like the American Museum of Natural History — becomes even more evident.  

In this satellite photo, the wavy edge of Riverside Park stands in contrast to the crisp edges of Central Park. The plethora of ballfields come into sharper focus from a distance, and the Boat Basin and the ships scattered along the Hudson River stand out. 

The sheer size of the Central Park Reservoir also cements the neighborhood as a place filled with natural beauty. 

But those who fear the neighborhood is changing too much, will quickly notice areas where real estate development has boomed, particularly in the southern part of the map. They contrast with the landmarked areas seen toward in the middle.

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