Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Address: 205 West 61st St.
Notable residents: Erik Estrada, Daphne Maxwell Reid
The Amsterdam Houses opened in Manhattan at the end of 1948, sporting 13 buildings—some towering at 13-stories high. Over 2,300 people live in 1,082 units that cover 9 acres of Upper West Side space. In 1974, the community expanded thanks to the 27-story, 175 unit Amsterdam Addition. The best-known names to emerge from what's been called the "backbone of the Upper West Side" are Mr. CHiPs himself, Erik Estrada, and Daphne Maxwell Reid, who's best-recognized as Aunt Viv 2.0 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.