The Upper West Side is a popular neighborhood for a reason. It’s stately townhomes, easy access to Central Park, and thriving restaurants are hard to beat. But there’s a hidden gem in this already trendy neighborhood. Tucked away along West 94th Street at Broadway lies Pomander Walk, a tiny Tudor village that offers visitors a step back in time.
About NYC’s Pomander Walk
Bordered by West End Avenue between W. 94th and 95th streets, the tiny gated community is easy to miss. The byway is barely visible on most Manhattan maps. High rises have been built around it, perfectly shielding it from view.
Pomander Walk takes its name from the play written by Louis N. Parker. The homes were built to resemble the setting of Parker’s romantic comedy, which takes place on a fictitious byway in London.
In 1920 hotelier and restaurateur Thomas Healy purchased the plot where the homes stand with the aim to build a hotel on the property. The homes were built as a temporary way to turn a profit while the hotel was being built. Healy died before the hotel could be completed, but the homes remain residences to this day. There are 27 buildings total, with most split into two units.
By the 1970s, the area had fallen into disrepair, but was saved by a landmark designation in 1982. Beautifully restored, this quiet lane looks like something out of a storybook with well maintained gardens dotting the alternating brick and stucco, multi-colored building facades.
How to visit Pomander Walk on the Upper West Side
While Pomander Walk is closed to the public, you can catch a glimpse of the “colony” as it’s called through a marked gate on West 94th Street. Additionally you can view the exterior of some of the buildings on West 94th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.
If you’re curious about Pomander Walk’s interiors, stay on the lookout for home sales. Though rare, occasionally one of the units will go on the market, making it a great opportunity to visit during an open house.