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JEWISH AND KOSHER RIVERDALE,
Tower Park in Riverdale, NY -
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47,850, according to the 2000 U.S. Census) is an
neighborhood in the northwest portion of
the Bronx in
New York City. Riverdale contains the
northernmost point in New York City.
ZIP codes are 10463 and 10471. While 10471 is
entirely in Riverdale, 10463 also covers the
adjacent neighborhoods of
Riverdale was a 19th-century
estate district where many of Manhattan's
19th-century moguls built their country estates. At
the turn of the century, the new popularity of rail
commuting meant that wealthy businessmen made
Riverdale their year-round residence. The
Fieldston neighborhood, because it is 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,
apartment buildings and smaller houses were added to
the neighborhood, although Riverdale continues to
maintain its character as a relatively affluent
enclave in the city of New York. The rich history of
Riverdale has led to the creation of the Riverdale
Historic District. The exact area is bound roughly
by 252nd and 254th Streets and Palisade and
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.
In May 2009, the
FBI ran a sting operation to prevent a bombing
plot in which two Riverdale synagogues were the
This followed the
1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press.
On July 26, 2010, the
National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1
tornado hit Riverdale the day before. There were no
fatalities, but 7 people were injured.
The late twentieth century
increase in the Jewish population of the
neighborhood has meant that Riverdale is now home to
Jewish day schools, the
SAR Academy, a elementary school, and the
SAR High School, as well as the
Yeshiva of Telshe Alumni and Yeshiva Ohavei
Torah of Riverdale. Kinneret Day School
is 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.
Also in the area are several
pre-schools including the Riverdale Temple Nursery
School, Spuyten Duyvil Preschool,
Kinneret Day School,
SAR Academy (Early Learning
Center) Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center,
and the Riverdale
Presbyterian Church Nursery School.
As of the 2000 census, there were 47,850 people
residing in Riverdale. The population density was
19,997 per square mile (7,724/kmē). The racial
makeup of the neighborhood was 78.74%
White (71.89% White Non-Hispanic), 5.36%
Pacific Islander, 7.66%
Native American, 4.85% from
other races, and 3.18% from two or more races.
Of those, 13.38% of the population were
Hispanic of any race. Fully 24.15% of the
population was foreign born; of this, 51.76% came
from Europe, 22.92% from Latin America, 21.71% from
Asia and 3.61% from other parts of the world.
Riverdale is well-known for its large Jewish, Irish
and Russian populations.
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