Riverdale is an upper middle class residential neighborhood in the northwest portion of New York City. Riverdale contains the northernmost point in New York City.
Early in its residential development, Riverdale was a 19th-century estate district where many of Manhattan’s moguls built their country estates.
At the turn of the century, the new popularity of railroad commute enabled wealthy businessmen to make Riverdale their year-round residence.
The Fieldston neighborhood, owned by a private association, is a particularly intact example of a turn-of-the century upper class suburb.
The Hudson Hill neighborhood retains many of its historic mansions. Riverdale’s elite private schools and historic churches also reflect this past.
As the 20th century progressed, upscale apartment buildings and smaller houses were added to the neighborhood.
To this day, Riverdale continues to maintain its character as an affluent enclave in the city of New York.
The rich history of Riverdale has led to the creation of the Riverdale Historic District.Leland Weintraub, the commissioner who moved for the district’s creation,
noted that “most of the features commonly associated with the American romantic suburb of the mid-19th century,” including “a picturesque site, landscaping and
architecture; connection to the city by accessible transportation and a layout adapted to the topography” are present in the area.


The public schools are a part of the New York City Department of Education. The public elementary schools are the Spuyten Duyvil School (P.S. 24)and the Robert J. Christen School (P.S. 81).The public middle school and high school is M.S./H.S 141, the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy.Nearby high schools that also serve the community include the Bronx High School of Science and John F. Kennedy High School.

Riverdale is home to three top-tier private schools (Horace Mann, Riverdale Country, and Fieldston, all members of the Ivy Preparatory School League) and two Roman Catholic colleges (The College of Mount Saint Vincentand Manhattan College). The Academy for Jewish Religion is one of two similarly named trans denominational rabbinical schools, the other located in Los Angeles, California.

Two important institutions of higher education are located in Riverdale: Manhattan College, a co-educational Catholic College with education in the Lasalian tradition, and in North Riverdale, the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

An increase in the Jewish population of the neighborhood late twentieth century has led to Riverdale now being home to top-ranked Jewish day schools, the SAR Academy, an elementary school, and the SAR High School, as well as the Yeshiva of Telshe Alumni and Yeshiva Ohavei Torah of Riverdale. Kinneret Day Schoolis a private Jewish day school in Spuyten Duyvil, serving grades K through 8 in addition to pre-school. Catholic elementary schools in the area are St. Gabriel’s School and St. Margaret of Cortona School, where President John F. Kennedy received his First Holy Communion.

Also in the area are several pre-schools including BedRock Preschool, the Riverdale Temple Nursery School, Spuyten Duyvil Preschool,Kinneret Day School,SAR Academy (Early Learning Center) Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center,the Riverdale Presbyterian Church Nursery School.,and Riverdale Montessori School.

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