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Manhattan College in Riverdale, the Bronx

A Quiet Neighborhood that was Once the Site of Summer Homes for the Elite

Everything is bigger in Riverdale, a suburban-feeling neighborhood along the Hudson in the northern Bronx. Single-family homes replace cramped townhouses, and Van Cortlandt Park is twice the size of Central Park.

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At a Glance

  • Famous face: John F. Kennedy lived in Riverdale, at 5040 Independence Avenue, as a child.
  • Washington slept here: George Washington stayed at the Van Cortlandt House. But so did British General William Howe, when the British Army (temporarily) took the land from the Continental Army.
  • Screen time: Riverdale's Mount Saint Vincent College served as the location of Law and Order's fictional Hudson University.

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About Riverdale

Riverdale's winding, tree-lined streets and stately single-family homes may make you think you're not even in New York City anymore. This tony, suburban enclave has been welcoming refugees from Manhattan's bustle and summer heat for decades. Whether you're looking for a pint of ale and an evening of original Irish-inspired theater, a cricket match between West Indian devotees or a step back in time at Colonial-era Van Cortlandt House, Riverdale is full of surprises. Take the No. 1 subway train Read More [+]

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