Riverdale was once a summer retreat for wealthy New Yorkers, who built large estates and Tudor-style mansions along the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. Many of these properties still remain, which lends an upscale, polished atmosphere to the neighborhood’s windy, tree-lined streets. Although certain pockets recall the tonier Westchester towns to the north, Riverdale is far more diverse. In addition to large single-family homes, Riverdale also features many co-op complexes, which offer more affordable housing options but the same easy, bucolic pace of life.

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