Wave Hill just might be one of the City's most beautiful places: it is a spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and The Palisades in the Riverdale section of The Bronx. The historic house within the gardens was once home to Mark Twain and maestro Arturo Toscanini. Note Wave Hill Charges an admission fee: $8 adults and $4 for students and seniors 65+. Well worth it!
On route we'll traverse The Fieldston Historic District, which is a stunning privately owned residential neighborhood in the borough of the Bronx, sandwiched in-between in between Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park and the neighborhood of Riverdale. The community is widely recognized as one of New York City’s best examples of a romantically planned residential enclave. The area contains over 250 houses and buildings that were designed as part of a master plan by engineer Albert Wheeler, in conjunction with landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and James R Croe. Developed from a formerly single estate, the final layout of the neighborhood was completed in 1914. A number of architectural styles are represented in the Fieldston Historic District including Tudor, Craftsman, Mediterranean, Formal Modernist and more. The beautiful neighborhood is accessible via a network of winding tree lined streets, broken by rocky outcroppings and scenic knolls, making it a perfect destination for a walking tour. The neighborhood was recognized for excellence in design from early on, with many houses being cited in prominent publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful and Country Life as early as the 1930s. Recognizing the uniqueness and significance of the area, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Fieldston as a Historic District in 2006.
Feel free to bring a picnic lunch. There is also a nice cafe at Wave Hill.