8.6 out of 10

Riverdale

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in The Bronx
40.8945393056454 -73.9119190106696
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
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  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
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  • Families with kids
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Riverdale - Hidden Gem North of Manhattan"

I have lived in Riverdale for over 14 years, moving here in 2000 with my middle school aged children. For those with families who work 34th street and above in Manhattan, it is a dream commute of 25 minutes on Metro North to Grand Central. You get the best of both worlds here. You can be walking in the woods in 5 minutes or can be on the Upper West Side in 15 minutes. While you don't have the same restaurant choice as Manhattan, there are still plenty of good restaurants in the area to choose from and many you can walk to. For those lucky enough to have a Hudson River view (I do), it is like living on a lake and yet you are so close to Manhattan. A short 20 minute drive north gets you to the Cross County Mall or the newer Ridge Hill Mall. Fresh Direct delivers to Riverdale, but there are also lots of stores for food shopping (Garden Gourmet Market, Stu Leonard). Van Cortlandt Park is nearby and there are many hiking trails there. The New York Philharmonic does an annual summer concert there, with fireworks, and it's a much more enjoyable experience than Central Park's crowds. House/co-op/condo prices are far cheaper than Manhattan and Brooklyn. I am amazed that so few people seem to know about this hidden gem.
Pros
  • Close proximity to Manhattan/West Chester/NJ
  • Safe and friendly area
  • Best of both worlds - nearly rural vs urban
  • Public access parks like Van Cortlandt , the Wave Hill Gardens and the Riverdale Park
  • Good transport connections to Manhattan
  • Convenience to Shopping & Transportation
  • Quintessential Urban Burb
Cons
  • The 1 train is reliable but makes too many stops
  • Hard to connect with the 1 train and the Bx10 bus
  • Far from Downtown Manhattan- about 25 minutes by train
  • May need to walk 7-10 minutes to get to subway.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"FACT: Lowest crime in the entire borough is the 50th Precinct in Riverdale!"

The last poster is spot on about Riverdale and it's safety. I just saw this on the local news:
The NYPD has released its annual crime statistics for New York City in 2013 and the Bronx saw an overall decline. Coming in with the lowest crime rates in the entire borough is the 50th Precinct in Riverdale!
Source: http://bronx.news12.com/news/annual-nypd-statistics-show-decline-in-bronx-crimes-for-2013-1.6770818
Pros
  • Community Cares about Quality of Life
  • Urban Oasis/Small Town Feel in the City!
  • Local Small Businesses
  • Public access parks like Van Cortlandt , the Wave Hill Gardens and the Riverdale Park
  • Good transport connections to Manhattan
  • Great public and private schools
  • Convenience to Shopping & Transportation
  • Quintessential Urban Burb
Cons
  • Quiet neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Safest in the Bronx & Safer than Manhattan!"

Riverdale is not only the safest neighborhood in the Bronx, it is safer than any Manhattan neighborhood, including the Upper East Side & Upper West Side:
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/crime-safety-report/ranking
Pros
  • SAFE SAFE SAFE
  • Very Friendly Neighbors but Not Too Nosey
  • Most Residents Own Their Home
  • Public access parks like Van Cortlandt , the Wave Hill Gardens and the Riverdale Park
  • Good transport connections to Manhattan
  • Great public and private schools
  • Convenience to Shopping & Transportation
  • Quintessential Urban Burb
Cons
  • Quiet neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Not just the best in the Bronx, Best in the entire City!"

All facts: Lowest crime rate in all the Bronx and one of the safest neighborhoods in the entire city. Wealthiest residents in all the Bronx and one of the most affluent in entire city but its not flaunted like in some Manhattan & Brooklyn neighborhoods. Most higher educated residents in the Bronx and entire city. Highest percentage of homeowners in the Bronx & one of the highest in the city. Best public & private schools in the country.

Riverdale is the quintessential Urban Burb with the best of both worlds. Tree lined streets with beautiful single family homes and luxury condo/coop buildings. Most people own and dont rent so there is high community involvement to keep the neighborhood awesome and amazing. Politicians very involved. State & national representatives actually live in Riverdale (says a lot). Suburban streets with urban amenities within walking distance. Near highways, 15 minute drive or taxi to Times Square. 2 Metro North stops (22 minutes to Grand Central). Express buses to Manhattan. Near #1 subway train but it does go local. Four well maintained public parks with dog runs, tennis courts & public golf courses. Great view of palisades & Hudson River. Riverdale has three commercial districts with all amenities within walking distance. Riverdale has a small town USA feel to it. Walking through Riverdale makes you feel proud to be an American and Riverdalian. Please come visit us. We welcome everyone. You may find after a visit, you'll never leave and will move here. Trust me, that's what happened to me.
Pros
  • Quintessential Urban Burb
  • Convenience to Shopping & Transportation
  • 15 minutes to Times Square
  • Public access parks like Van Cortlandt , the Wave Hill Gardens and the Riverdale Park
  • Good transport connections to Manhattan
  • Great public and private schools
Cons
  • May need to walk 7-10 minutes to get to subway.
  • No Whole Foods or upscale grocer.
  • You will need to stop and say hello to neighbors.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
FranK1
FranK1 Just one small correction We have Garden Gourmet on Broadway and 234th Street. It is fabulous. The breadth of product is unbelievable and even more so now that they've expanded into the space next door. No need to trek to Fairway anymore.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Stunning River Vistas and Verdant Parks"

The neighborhood of Riverdale which is located at the northernmost tip of the Bronx is a community which has a suburban feel though it is located within close proximity to Manhattan. The boundaries of Riverdale are largely defined by the city of Yonkers which lies to its north, the Harlem River which flows on its southern border and the Hudson River which frames it to the west and the expansive Van Cortlandt Park which forms its eastern border. (Riverdale extends roughly from W240 Street to W262 Street). This largely middle class neighborhood has within its folds three elite New York private schools, Horace Mann, Riverdale Country and Fieldston though also located within Riverdale is the renowned NYC public school, the Bronx High School of Science.
The main shopping districts in Riverdale are located along Mosholu, Riverdale and Johnson Avenues which are dominated by small mom and pop stores, Irish bars, and Italian and Japanese restaurants like Beccofino, Palace of Japan, and Salvatore’s of Soho. Though other popular eateries located here include dinner spots like the Riverdale Steak House and the Riverdale City Grill.
Riverdale is also known for its green lung for the neighborhood has within it the gorgeous Wave Hill public gardens which are located on 252nd Street and provide stunning vistas of the Hudson River and the Palisades. These historic gardens offer flower and aquatic gardens as well as a woodland trail as their main attractions. The eastern front of Riverdale is occupied by the large Van Cortlandt Park which offers organized sports and horseback riding as well as hiking trails and an oak forest. The Riverdale Park is smaller piece of heaven in the neighborhood which overlooks the Hudson River and is located on 254th Street. Riverdale is connected to Manhattan via the Metro-North Hudson Line and the No. 1 train that travels along Broadway and terminates at the 242nd Street Van Cortlandt Park Station
Pros
  • Great public and private schools
  • Public access parks like Van Cortlandt , the Wave Hill Gardens and the Riverdale Park
  • Good transport connections to Manhattan
Cons
  • Far from Downtown Manhattan- about 25 minutes by train
  • Quiet neighborhood
  • Has been targeted by terrorist plots in recent times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
2yrs+

"Riverdale - Peace on Earth"

Riverdale, surprisingly is a very nice neighborhood. It is very easily accessible to Manhattan, and is within a drive of Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island. It is a nice middle to upper class neighborhood with great schools. I have lived there and worked there for over five years now. There are many great places to eat including Ihop on Broadway, Jake’s Steak House on Broadway, and Malacon on Broadway also. These three places to eat are wonderful and I have frequented their very frequently. The number one train runs through the town, but once you get used to it, you barely hear it. This train can take you all the way down to Yankee Stadium and South Ferry. Overall, it is a great place to live.
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JuneMcAllister
JuneMcAllister Why surprisingly? Riverdale **starts** at 242nd street and goes north to the Yonkers border and goes west to the Hudson River. The area the #1 train goes though is not Riverdale. The restaurants you named are not Riverdale. That is the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Riverdale is not a town. It is an area of a borough of the city. Unless you have actually gone up into Riverdale, over to the river, gone up Riverdale Avenue, the Henry Hudson, over to Palisade Avenue you have not been to Riverdale. Riverdale is nothing like the area you are describing. The area where those restaurants are, W. 231 st and Broadway....is a crappy area. Practically a ghetto. That is NOT Riverdale
2yrs+
DebbyReagan
DebbyReagan June is correct that the area the Johndoe57 is describing is indeed Kingsbridge. However, when June says "ghetto" she probably means the neighborhood does not have a majority of people that look like her. Is Kingsbridge like the Upper East Side? No. But a "ghetto" it is not. Look up the crime numbers in the 50th precinct which covers that area and you'll find it's safer than most neighborhoods in the city. Ghettos are in Central Brooklyn and Southeast Queens. And Kingsbridge has come a long way in businesses and quality of life. I also find the people who live there to be friendly. I say what's good for my neighbor, Kingsbridge, is good for my neighborhood, Riverdale.
2yrs+
janesmith12
janesmith12 Actually..........Debby......On the rare occasions when I have to resort to public transportation, I catch the bus on 231 and Broadway and I see plenty of people who "look like me" and I still think it has turned into a ghetto from what it used to be years ago. I am looking at the garbage left in the street by the people who live there, listening to the people talk, looking at how they conduct themselves and noticing the crappy stores that have replaced places of business that closed down after many years. You can call it ghetto, crappy area, whatever you prefer, I sure as hell wouldn't want to live there. And I'm sure the people in Central Brooklyn and Eastern Queens would be interested to know you think *they* live in a ghetto. Little bit of a snob are you......Debby?.....so get down off your "looks like me" highhorse. Your hypocritical side is showing,
2yrs+
TeddyW
TeddyW Jane smith 12 is absolutely correct. Whatever you look like Kingsbridge is disgusting! Garbage all over the place, dirty, smelly, most under train tracks with tons of traffic it's awful. I've lived in Riverdale for 6 years now and I can also tell you it's turning into a complete dump. People just don't care about their community. Johnson and Riverdale Avenue-both main streets for shopping and restaurants are lined with garbage. It's nothing like it used to be.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Far Away, but Fancy"

Generally the further away from Manhattan you move in the Bronx, the nicer the neighborhoods become. Riverdale is not an exception, and it is actually an exceptional place in terms of New York City neighborhoods because it is stocked with open spaces (but not the forbidding empty lot sort of empty space). The residents here have a certain pride about their rollicking neighborhood, and often fight against development. The neighborhood is situated on the Hudson River, making it a prime spot for future businesses. There are a lot of houses here that only the rich could afford, however, so if you are on a middle class type of budget you may find your best option to be in another borough completely.
4/5
2yrs+

"A good area in the Bronx"

Riverdale is a rather upper middle class neighborhood in the Bronx. I went to school in Riverdale and its an easy area to access from Manhattan. Fieldston just to the east is the nicest part of the area. Its close to several major highways like the Henry Hudson Parkway, I-87 and Broadway. Several major private schools like Horace Mann, Ethical Culture, and Riverdale Country are all located in the area as well as Manhattan College. The best place to shop is at the Riverdale Shopping Center and there are a couple of good Thai and Italian restaurants, but for most shopping and dining you will have to go into Manhattan.
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Best Streets in Riverdale

1

Oxford Ave

4/5
"Most convenient of the pretty Riverdale Streets"
40.8863519583433 -73.9087466217822
"Up scale Riverdale Ave"
40.8866141815961 -73.9070191622348
"Five Stars for Simplicity!"
40.8970001676015 -73.9115942133472
4

West 236th St

2.5/5
"This Street is a Mixed Bag"
40.8869064719908 -73.9113603035843
5

West 235th St

2.5/5
"Very Commercial and some Places Are Dirty"
40.8852355008631 -73.907672999476
"Typical Suburban Street"
40.9080316305491 -73.8998206721478
7

West 254th St

1.5/5
"From Schools to the Woods to Bus Training"
40.9019805036825 -73.9070322480453
8

West 261st St

1.5/5
"Under Construction"
40.9110351377024 -73.9057693199614

Unranked Streets in Riverdale

"Quiet street in a big city"
40.8978607708236 -73.9093337390084
"An Interesting Street in the Bronx"
40.8979501898116 -73.9113289830144

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