How to plan a day in Riverdale, a historic and scenic enclave in the Bronx

You may not find Archie here, but there is much to discover in Riverdale.

In this quiet neighborhood in northwest Bronx, there’s no shortage of playgrounds, dog runs and parks — a contrast to some of the more bustling parts of the city.

Not only is Riverdale home to good eats, including Irish and Italian cuisines, it is rich with New York City history. In the 19th century, the area was where many Manhattan moguls built their country estates. In fact, author Mark Twain and President Theodore Roosevelt once called the neighborhood home.

Nowadays, it still maintains its affluent roots, however, it has become more of a middle class enclave, which started when the Henry Hudson Bridge opened in 1936.

To reach Riverdale, take the 1 to Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street; Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Spuyten Duyvil or Riverdale, or one of multiple buses. It takes at least an hour if you’re traveling from Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn, but the trip is worth it.

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Wendy Lu and amNY.com staff