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As early as the 1890s, the Upper West Side started to show signs of becoming one of the city’s artistic and cultural centers. Columbia University chose this neighborhood of ornate and elegant Manhattan brownstones as the site of its new campus. World-renowned artists and musicians chose to live on the Upper West Side long before the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center figured out that the area was destined to be the center of New York’s musical scene. Enrico Caruso and Arturo Toscanini, for example, were in the West 70s long before the Metropolitan Opera arrived. Perhaps what drew these greats was (at least in part) the picturesque aspect of the neighborhood.