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Get to know Riverdale

Take the 1 Train to its endpoint at Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street and you'll feel farther in mind from Manhattan than a distance of just three subway stops. Perched high above the Hudson River, Riverdale rose to popularity in the 19th century as a locale for grand country estates, and the neighborhood today feels more like a leafy suburban escape than part of New York City. Many of those mesmerizing mansions from days gone by still stand today, complemented by co-op and condominium towers that broaden variety while hardly changing Riverdale's timelessly alluring atmosphere. Home styles here are eclectic yet cohesive, with Tudor, Colonial, Georgian, and other revivalist disciplines well represented. This bucolic Bronx neighborhood’s exact boundaries are up for debate — some believe it extends south to the Harlem River, enveloping Spuyten Duyvil. However, no one argues about the area’s enchanting perch on a slope overlooking the Hudson, gazing at New Jersey’s Palisades, and staring across the neighboring cityscape.

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Riverdale Commerce & Culture

Riverdale's storied housing stock is among its most celebrated draws. Fieldston, a privately-owned community enfolded in the trees, lies in a historic district of some 250 early 20th-century mansions, along with a few mid-century modern showpieces by noted architects like Usonian discipline Aaron Resnick. Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain each summered at Wave Hill, a fieldstone manse in the neighborhood's Hudson Hills section surrounded by botanical gardens and breathtaking views. Yankees legend Lou Gehrig lived on Delafield Avenue, and Mayor Fiorello Laguardia spent his retirement years on Goodridge Avenue. Perhaps all were drawn by the proximity to Van Cortlandt Park, a sprawling green space that is the city’s third-largest. Across its extensive acreage, Van Cortlandt Park is ideal for all varieties of athletic pursuits — even cricket and golf — plus vast nature explorations. Riverdale’s restaurants and bars are plenty, including several irresistible locally-owned favorites where you’ll want to plant your fork as a regular.