Spending a Day in Riverdale

A view of Riverdale and the Hudson River with green plants and trees.
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Nestled in the Northwest corner of the Bronx is the neighborhood Riverdale. It’s safe to say that Riverdale is the most affluent area of the borough, and definitely among the top contenders in all of New York City. Not surprisingly, it also has one of the lowest crime rates of any neighborhood in all five boroughs. If you’re one to appreciate a view, Riverdale will wow you with its spectacular views of the Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, and the Hudson River–all thanks to having some of the highest elevation in NYC.

Whether you’re looking to take a day trip to explore the area, or happen to live in Glenwood’s Briar Hill luxury apartment community, there’ss many ways to take advantage of a day spent in Riverdale.

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First, Grab Your Coffee

Like the rest of NYC, there is certainly no shortage of the acclaimed chain Starbucks in the neighborhood. However, if you’re hoping to check out something more mom-and-pop, head to Mon Amour Coffee and Wine. It’s Riverdale’s local Parisian destination serving up coffee and espresso drinks, baked goods, and gourmet sandwiches and salads. From the exposed brick walls to the freshly cut flowers, this is the type of coffee shops that invites you in to get comfortable and stay awhile.

Next, Immerse Yourself In A Bit Of Culture

Riverdale is home to Wave Hill, a beautiful public garden and cultural center situated on the Hudson River. You can pop in for the day to take in the botanical wonders, have lunch in their on-site cafe, or even watch the sunset in one of their Adirondack chairs facing the river. If you’re hoping to get a bit of culture out of the experience, check out their online calendar for a list of upcoming events. These include family art projects, guided garden walks, and outdoor concerts.

A dessert pizza with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
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Enjoy Some Dinner

Now that an appetite has been worked up, head to Antonio’s Trattoria for a classic Italian meal. Dishes here are created based on traditional recipes which will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into someone’s Italian grandmother’s kitchen. You’ll find staples on the menu such as spaghetti with meatballs, gnocchi, brick oven pizzas, piping hot calzones, and tiramisu. For the truly adventurous (or truly starving!), try the Nutella Pizza.

A front view of the Bronx Alehouse at night.
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Grab A Nightcap

Before returning home for the evening, stop by the Bronx Alehouse for a nightcap or two. This neighborhood joint is a favorite among locals, and as the first Craft Beer bar in the Bronx, it’s easy to see why. They feature 16 rotating lines of brewsky, 1 cask-conditioned ale, and an extensive bottle and craft can beer menu at all times. If you’re still feeling hungry, grab a bit of homemade pub fare (artichoke dip, anyone?) to go with.

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It’s Time to Head Home

Glenwood’s very own Briar Hill in the Riverdale area is situated on 4-acres of woods, and includes a huge outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, children’s playground, fitness center and so much more. If you’re looking for a new place to call home within New York City that actually feels much more like the suburbs, consider stopping by for a visit.

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