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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
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"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.
  • 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
  • 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
leap1 what is the zip code? I would like to move in the good area of Riverdale.
richardz7 The citys a toilet. Move to the Island.
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