"Mostly residential with a lot of traffic (for residential living)"
Arden Avenue strengths from Hylan blvd (probably a little past) to the west shore expressway. I often use this avenue when traveling to my house (drive the entire length) the avenue is mainly homes and is often used to cut through traffic elsewhere. A good part of Arden Avenue has really nice homes on it and connects with a number of main roads (Hylan Blvd, West Shore Expressway, Amboy Road). Personally, I would recommend living off of Arden Avenue only because I wouldn't want to live on a busy street. There really is no shopping on Arden Avenue expect for a strip mall type establishment new the greens off of Arthur Kill Road. There are no local buses or express buses that run the length of Arden Avenue.