Riverdale (population: 47,850, according to the 2000 U.S. Census) is an upper middle class residential neighborhood in the northwest portion of The Bronx, New York City. Riverdale contains the northernmost point in New York City.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Housing
- 5 Cityscape
- 6 Education
- 7 Museums
- 8 Transportation
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 Notable natives and residents
- 11 Points of interest
- 12 Image gallery
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Early in its residential development, Riverdale was a 19th-century estate district where many of Manhattan's moguls built their country estates. At the turn of the century, the new popularity of railroad commute enabled wealthy businessmen to make Riverdale their year-round residence. The Fieldston neighborhood, owned by a private association, is a particularly intact example of a turn-of-the century upper class suburb. The Hudson Hill neighborhood retains many of its historic mansions. Riverdale's elite private schools and historic churches also reflect this past.
As the 20th century progressed, upscale apartment buildings and smaller houses were added to the neighborhood. To this day, Riverdale continues to maintain its character as an affluent enclave in the city of New York. The rich history of Riverdale has led to the creation of the Riverdale Historic District.
Leland Weintraub, the commissioner who moved for the district's creation, noted that "most of the features commonly associated with the American romantic suburb of the mid-19th century," including "a picturesque site, landscaping and architecture; connection to the city by accessible transportation and a layout adapted to the topography" are present in the area.
Riverdale covers about three square miles in area. Riverdale has one of the highest elevations in New York City, affording it spectacular views of the Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades. It is also remarkable for the numerous parks and expanses of lush greenery and original forest that overwhelm its hilly, serene landscape. It is bordered on the north by the city of Yonkers; to the east by Van Cortlandt Park, the Kingsbridge section east of Broadway, and the Marble Hill section of Manhattan; to the west by the Hudson River; and to the south by the Harlem River, which creates a small geographic barrier between Riverdale and upper Manhattan.
The subsections of Riverdale are:
- Spuyten Duyvil / South Riverdale (The southernmost section of Riverdale, below West 232nd Street or West 239th Street by some definitions)
- Central Riverdale (The "downtown" of Riverdale – from Manhattan College Parkway to West 232nd Street and from the Henry Hudson Parkway to Riverdale Avenue and Waldo Avenue)
- Fieldston (Riverdale south and east of the Henry Hudson Parkway, north of Manhattan College Parkway and west of Tibbett Avenue)
- North Riverdale (Riverdale above West 254th Street)
(The precise boundaries of Riverdale subsections have been the subject of much debate.)
As of the 2000 census, there were 47,850 people residing in Riverdale. The population density was 19,997 per square mile (7,724/km²). The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 78.74% White (71.89% White Non-Hispanic), 5.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.66% Black, 0.16% Native American, 4.85% from other races, and 3.18% from two or more races. Of those, 13.38% of the population were Hispanic of any race. Fully 24.15% of the population was foreign born; of this, 51.76% came from Europe, 22.92% from Latin America, 21.71% from Asia and 3.61% from other parts of the world. Riverdale is well known for its substantial Jewish, Irish and Russian-speaking populations.
With a median residence value of $1,921,122, Riverdale is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City and is considered one of the most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Riverdale is known for its relative lack of crime, having some of lowest crime rates in New York City.
Before the wider development of Riverdale, housing consisted of large, architecturally distinguished mansions built in the early 20th century, mostly in Georgian- and Tudor-revival styles, which recall scenes of "rural Connecticut" rather than the city. These are mostly concentrated in the Fieldston section of Riverdale, known as the estate area. In addition, more affordable pre-war buildings and smaller houses are scattered throughout Riverdale.
The 1950s saw the construction of many low rise (six story) brick buildings. By the early to mid 1960s, a number of larger brick towers (10-20 stories) started popping up. Many of these full service buildings featuring doormen were designed by seasoned architect Philip Birnbaum who designed over 300 buildings in the city, including Skyview, the Windsors, and the Whitehall.
By the 1980s, most of the apartment buildings which were owned by single landlords and rented, were converted in to cooperatives. Unlike most of the Bronx, Riverdale is mostly owner-occupied housing.
Spuyten Duyvil has the greatest concentration of high rises in Riverdale with the Century, 555 Kappock, and Winston Churchill next to one another.
Since 2005, Central Riverdale has experienced a building boom with the addition of many mid- and high-rise condominium buildings which contrast with the older brick style.
Riverdale is home to the modernist landmark Saul Victor house, designed by Ferdinand Gottlieb in 1967. Other famous mansions in the Hudson Hill neighborhood include: Greyston (1864), Alderbrook (1880), Stonehurst (1861) and Oaklawn (1863) Since 2005, Central Riverdale has experienced a building boom with the addition of many mid- and high-rise condominium buildings.
In August 2008, Columbia University purchased an almost-completed apartment building by Henry Hudson Parkway for use as faculty housing. In 1974, a large, fortress-like residential compound and school was established in North Riverdale by the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations (now the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN) to house diplomats and their families. The 20-story building was constructed from the top down, with the upper floors built first.
Gaelic Park, the headquarters of the New York GAA, is where Gaelic football and hurling are played in the New York metropolitan area. It is located at West 240th Street. Bell Tower Park next to the Henry Hudson Parkway has the Riverdale Monument, a stone war memorial built in 1930.
The public schools are a part of the New York City Department of Education. The public elementary schools are the Spuyten Duyvil School (P.S. 24) and the Robert J. Christen School (P.S. 81). The public middle school and high school is M.S./H.S 141, the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy. Nearby high schools that also serve the community include the Bronx High School of Science and John F. Kennedy High School.
Riverdale is home to three top-tier private schools (Horace Mann, Riverdale Country, and Fieldston, all members of the Ivy Preparatory School League) and two Roman Catholic colleges (The College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College). The Academy for Jewish Religion is one of two similarly named transdenominational rabbinical schools, the other located in Los Angeles, California.
Two important institutions of higher education are located in Riverdale: Manhattan College, a co-educational Catholic College with education in the Lasalian tradition, and in North Riverdale, the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
An increase in the Jewish population of the neighborhood late twentieth century has led to Riverdale now being home to top-ranked Jewish day schools, the SAR Academy, an elementary school, and the SAR High School, as well as the Yeshiva of Telshe Alumni and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Kinneret Day School is a private Jewish day school in Spuyten Duyvil, serving grades K through 8 in addition to pre-school. Catholic elementary schools in the area are St. Gabriel's School and St. Margaret of Cortona School, where President John F. Kennedy received his First Holy Communion.
Also in the area are several pre-schools including BedRock Preschool, the Riverdale Temple Nursery School, Spuyten Duyvil Preschool, Kinneret Day School, SAR Academy (Early Learning Center) Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center, the Riverdale Presbyterian Church Nursery School., and Riverdale Montessori School.
- The Derfner Judaica Museum is a museum of Jewish art.
- Wave Hill, former residence of Mark Twain amongst others, is a botanical garden featuring two preserved historic mansions. It has exhibit spaces with a rotating series of art exhibitions, and performance spaces with a noted series of concerts.
The Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street terminal station of the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (1 train) of the New York City Subway is located at the intersection of 242nd Street and Broadway. The tracks and stations of the line are elevated along Broadway in Kingsbridge and East Riverdale. Riverdale is accessible from Kingsbridge and from Inwood by city bus lines that run throughout the Riverdale area. Metro-North commuter railroad service is available at the Spuyten Duyvil station on the Hudson Line, located underneath the Henry Hudson Parkway and alongside the shore of the Harlem River at Edsall Avenue. Hudson Line service is also available at the Riverdale station, located between West 254th Street and West 255th Street. Metro-North commuting time from the Spuyten Duyvil station to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is around 22 minutes.
By car, Riverdale is commonly reached by the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), which bisects much of the neighborhood. This major thoroughfare connects it to Manhattan over the Henry Hudson Bridge to the south. One can also drive between Manhattan and Riverdale via the Broadway Bridge, which is on Broadway, by the Harlem River.
Bus Service to Riverdale includes:
- Bx1: to Mott Haven-138 St (via Grand Concourse)
- Bx7: to Washington Heights-168 St & Broadway (via Riverdale Av & Broadway)
- Bx9: to West Farms Square (via Broadway & Kingsbridge Rd)
- Bx10: to Norwood–205 St (via Johnson Av & Kappock St)
- Bx20: to Inwood–207 St (via Henry Hudson Parkway)
- BxM1: Express to East Midtown-E. 33 St & 3 Av (via East Side)
- BxM2: Express to Garment District-W. 34 St & 7 Av (via West Side)
- BxM3: Express to Flatiron District-E. 23 St & Broadway (via 5 Av)
- BxM18: Express to Financial District-Battery Place (via 5 Av & Broadway)
- Bee-Line 1: to Yonkers City Line, SUNY WCC (1C/1X), Tarrytown Metro-North Station (1T) or White Plains TransCenter (1W)
- Bee-Line 2: to Yonkers-Tudor Woods or South Westchester Executive Park
- Bee-Line 3: to SUNY WCC & Westchester County Medical Center or Purchase-MasterCard Headquarters
- Bee-Line 8: to Tuckahoe Metro-North Station
In popular culture
Riverdale has often been cited in literature, film and television. Exteriors of many of Riverdale's locations have been used in both television and movie production
- In On the Road, Riverdale-educated Jack Kerouac writes about getting off at a subway stop in Riverdale: "Filled with dreams of what I'd do in Chicago, in Denver, and then finally in San Fran, I took the Seventh Avenue Subway to the end of the line at 242nd Street, and there took a trolley into Yonkers; in downtown Yonkers I transferred to an outgoing trolley and went to the city limits on the east bank of the Hudson River."
- Elia Kazan's 1961 classic Splendor in the Grass starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty included several high school scenes shot at the elite Horace Mann School, such as a post-party scene outside Horace Mann's Prettyman Gymnasium. The scenes at the asylum where Natalie Wood's character goes for treatment following her nervous breakdown were shot on one of the campuses of Riverdale Country School.
- In 1938's Bringing Up Baby, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant's characters visit a Riverdale estate owned by the fictional "Peabody" family
- Much of Woody Allen's film Husbands and Wives takes place at the Riverdale residence of characters Jack and Sally
- Law & Order was regularly shot and set in Riverdale
- In Spike Lee's 2002 film 25th Hour, Rosario Dawson's character Naturelle snaps at Edward Norton's character Monty, "What, I can't be from Riverdale?"
- In Martin Scorsese's 1973 drama Mean Streets, mobsters swindle a group of Riverdale teens trying to buy fireworks
- In the 2005 biopic Good Night, and Good Luck, George Clooney's character Fred W. Friendly states that he and his family are relocating to a "nice house in Riverdale"
- On television's Mad Men, Joan Holloway reveals that she and her husband are considering relocating to Riverdale, explaining, "It's close to Columbia Presbyterian. Plus, Greg wants a yard"
- In the 2004 film Secret Window Mort Rainey's ex-wife lives in Riverdale, New York; several camera shots show the Henry Hudson Parkway and glimpses of Riverdale
- Tom Wolfe's New York City-based bestseller The Bonfire of the Vanities includes many references to Riverdale
- In the 2010 romantic drama Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams's character is encouraged to work in Riverdale
- In the novel The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly's twin daughters attend the Horace Mann School in Riverdale
- A mansion near Wave Hill was used as a set in the film The Godfather
- The contemporary artist Ilja Karilampi´s novel "The Hunter in the Armchair" mentions Spuyten Duyvil several times. The author describes journeys with the Metro North, drinking wine on the balcony in one of the high buildings on Kappock Street, and walking through the lush Ewen Park from the Bronx subway system.
- Mentioned in Season 3, Episode 2 of Gossip Girl by character Blair Waldorf: "Riverdale doesn't count"
- In Season 3 Episode 19 of Wizards of Waverly Place, Theresa Russo (María Canals Barrera) assumes that Nancy Lukey (Bella Thorne), her son's newly introduced girlfriend, is a rich kid because she lives in Riverdale.
Notable natives and residents
- Sean Altman (born 1961) musician, songwriter and founder of Rockapella.
- William Henry Appleton (1814–1899), publisher, lived at Wave Hill.
- Rudolf Bing (1902–1997), former General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera
- Jonathan Brewster Bingham (1914–1986), member of the House of Representatives
- June Bingham Birge (1919–2007), author and playwright.
- Ron Blomberg (born 1948), first Designated Hitter in baseball history
- Ted Brown (1924–2005), radio personality
- Alexander Calder (1898-1976), sculptor lived in Spuyten Duyvil
- Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945), sculptor, father of Alexander Calder
- Chris Chambliss (born 1948), former first baseman and hitting coach.
- Ronni Chasen, Hollywood publicist, murder victim
- Seth Farber, rabbi and historian.
- Fernando Ferrer (born 1950), former Bronx Borough President.
- Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996), jazz singer
- Justin Fornal a.k.a. "Baron Ambrosia", film director
- Sidney Frey (1920–1968), Audio Fidelity Records, producer of the first stereo record
- Fred W. Friendly (1915–1998), former president of CBS News
- Lou Gehrig (1903–1941), New York Yankees baseball player
- Jordan Gelber, actor 
- Mark Goodman, (born 1952), one of the five original MTV VJs 
- Blu Greenberg (born 1936), writer specializing in Modern Orthodox Judaism and women's issues.
- Irving Greenberg (born 1933), Modern Orthodox rabbi Jewish-American scholar and author.
- Nat Holman (1896–1995), Hall of Fame basketball player and CCNY coach
- Charles Evans Hughes, III(1915–1985), architect.
- H. Stuart Hughes (1916–1999), professor and activist.
- Richard Joel (born 1950), President of Yeshiva University.
- Eric Kandel (born 1929), Columbia University neuroscientist, Nobel Laureate
- Eunice Kennedy (1921–2009), founder of the Special Olympics
- Joan Bennett Kennedy (born 1936), spouse of Senator Ted Kennedy.
- John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), U.S. President, lived at 5040 Independence Avenue as a child
- Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888–1969), patriarch of the Kennedy Family, US Ambassador to the UK, SEC Chairman
- Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish (1920–1948), Marchionness of Hartington, member of the Kennedy Family
- Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968), U.S. Senator, Attorney General and Presidential Candidate
- Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner.
- Theodore Kheel, labor lawyer.
- G. Oliver Koppell (born 1940), former New York State Attorney General and former member of the New York City Council.
- Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882–1947), Mayor of New York City during the 1930s and 1940s
- John L. Lahey (born 1946), president of Quinnipiac University.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (born 1934), journalist, critic and novelist.
- Timothy "Speed" Levitch (born 1970), tour guide and voice actor.
- Sal Maglie (1917–1992), pitcher, played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and New York Yankees
- Willie Mays (born 1931), baseball star
- Tim Morehouse, Olympic fencer.
- Tracy Morgan (born 1968), comedian and actor
- Elie Nadelman (1882–1946), Polish/American sculptor
- George Walbridge Perkins (1862–1920), first president of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
- Jennifer Raab, president of Hunter College.
- Ed Rendell (born 1944), Governor of Pennsylvania.
- Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1831–1878), banker and father of the U.S. President.
- Jonathan Rosenblatt, Rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center
- James H. Scheuer (1920-2005), member of the House of Representatives
- Ben Schwartz, comedic actor 
- David Shapiro (born 1947), poet and literary critic.
- Carly Simon (born 1945), singer/songwriter
- Joanna Simon (born 1940), Mezzo-soprano.
- Lucy Simon (born 1943), composer.
- Richard L. Simon (1899–1960), co-founder of Simon & Schuster.
- Regina Spektor (born 1980), singer/songwriter
- Eliot Spitzer (born 1959), former Governor and Attorney General of New York, born in Riverdale, attended Horace Mann.
- U Thant (1909–1974), former United Nations Secretary-General.
- Kool Keith Thornton (born 1964), hip-hop artist and founding member of the Ultramagnetic MCs.
- Arturo Toscanini (1867–1957), Conductor
- Mark Twain (1835–1910), author
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (born 1958), noted astrophysicist and television host
- Rebecca Walker (born 1969), writer 
- Alexander S. Webb (1835–1911), Union Army general, recipient of Medal of Honor
- Avi Weiss (born 1944), activist Modern Orthodox Rabbi.
- Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921-2011), Nobel Laureate.
Points of interest
The Riverdale section of New York City is protected by the FDNY Fire Station # 52 or Engine 52/Ladder 52, located at 4550 Henry Hudson Parkway East in Central Riverdale. Engine 52/Ladder 52 is the only firehouse in the Riverdale Section and the most northern fire station in the FDNY. Also, the companies of Engine and Ladder 52 are the second of two fire companies where the engine company and the ladder company each have the same number, the other being Engine and Ladder 10 on Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. Engine Company 52 currently operates a 2003 Seagrave Commander II Custom 1000/500 Pumper Engine and Ladder Company 52 currently operates a 2006 Seagrave Commander II Custom 100' Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck.
Churches and synagogues
Due to its large and diverse Jewish population, synagogues slightly outnumber churches in Riverdale. Houses of worship include:
- Church of the Visitation
- Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
- Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
- Edgehill Church at Spuyten Duyvil
- Congregation Tehillah
- Riverdale Jewish Center
- Young Israel of Riverdale
- Young Israel Ohab Tzedek
- Riverdale Temple
- Riverdale Presbyterian Church
- St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church
- Christ Church Riverdale
- Saint Margaret of Cortona Church
- Chabad of Riverdale
- St Peter's Greek Orthodox Church
2009 bombing plot
- Bronx Community Board 8. A group of community members working under the mandate of the City Charter to monitor the delivery of city services, establish budget priorities, and influence land-use decisions.
- Riverdale Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corp. A local volunteer EMS Corp., supported by community donations, that offers fast, reliable medical treatment and transport free of charge.
- Riverdale YM-YWHA. A community center for youth, adult and senior activities.
- Riverdale Children's Theater. A local children's theatre company that has performed many pilot productions of musicals.
- Derfner Judaica Museum: maintains a collection of approximately 1,400 objects used in traditional Jewish ceremonies and rituals, as well as Jewish art.
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- Walker, Rebecca (2000). Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self. San Val, Incorporated. ISBN 9780613494052.
- "FEAR THAT GEN. WEBB WILL NOT RECOVER; Artillery Commander in the "Bloody Angle" at Gettysburg on His Deathbed.". The New York Times (New York). February 12, 1911. Retrieved May 4, 2008.
- Stern, Eliyahu (May 24, 2002). "Leaping to respectability". The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem). Retrieved May 4, 2008. "Based in the affluent Jewish enclave of Riverdale, in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Weiss has never really been accepted in the upper echelons of the US Jewish establishment."
- "Rosalyn Yalow - Biographical". Nobel Media AB 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. "During that period Aaron and I had two children, Benjamin and Elanna. We bought a house in Riverdale, less than a mile from the VA."
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