The Corpse Flower Blooms & Collapses

The Corpse Flower at the New York Botanical Garden is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The last time NYBG saw the flower bloom was 1939.  Check out this time lapse video of the flower as it blooms and collapses.  During its short peak, it smells like rotting flesh thus giving it the name Corpse Flower. 


An Illustrated Riverdale 

The Bell Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in Riverdale. Designed by architect Dwight James Baum and completed in 1930, the tower is a hub of daily activity for Riverdale residents.  People wait at bus stops, families cross the street on their way to school and work and cars circle around the tower towards Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil or onto the Henry Hudson and beyond.

A view of the Hudson River, New Jersey Palisades and Northwest Riverdale from Solaria.

Menchie’s is a favorite froyo spot on Johnson Avenue just a short walk from Solaria.

Named after European explorer Henry Hudson, the bridge spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek connecting the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan with Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

Wave Hill is a hidden gem that Riverdalians are blessed to have in their own backyard.  The public garden and cultural center is on the site of an historic mansion.  The center offers educational programming, hiking trails, gardens and greenhouses and panoramic views of the Palisades and Hudson River.

The Moss Cafe on Johnson Avenue is a welcome addition to the Riverdale community.  The eatery features organic slow food in a neighborhood that is reinventing itself with an influx of new residents seeking more affordable living outside of Manhattan.  Stop by for a morning coffee and pastry,  a healthy lunch or dinner or Sunday Brunch.  The menu is dictated by the season and the availability of local foods.

As you drive over the Henry Hudson Bridge, you can’t miss the patina bronze monument of Henry Hudson looking confidently into the offing like a true explorer.  The monument overlooks Spuyten Duyvil where he docked during his discovery and voyage up the river that bear his name.

Shoshi’s Market brings the delicacies of Israel and the Mediteranean to Riverdale. Located on Riverdale Avenue, the market offers an array of kosher products and fresh foods. 

A family-run business since 1953, Liebman’s is the quintessential Jewish deli.  It’s longevity and defiance of trend makes it a classic staple in the community. 

There are a lot of pizza joints in New York, but Salvatore’s of Soho doesn’t feel like one.  The restaurant offers an Italian menu that caters to pizza lovers as well as those seeking a more sophisticated dish.  With outdoor seating in the spring, summer and fall, its corner location is a nightlife hotspot for families and couples. 

Solaria Riverdale Holiday Picks


Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Gardens.  

A classic holiday experience for kids of all ages.

All through December.  Ends January 18th.

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December 6th


Chanukah Wonderland

Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale

Get into the Chanukah spirit, and bring your children to Chanukah Wonderland! Ages 2-9. Enjoy carnival booths and olive press, make your own candles, cookie and donut baking, and more! Lunch is included in admission fee. $12 per child/$30 – family rate.

Special entertainment from our Early Learning Center students at 11:00 am!

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​December 6, 2015


​An Beal Bocht Cafe

​​445 W. 238th St.

Bronx, NY 10463

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December 10th

Thursday December 10th 7:30 PM – Jazz Takes on the Classics
Ted Rosenthal Trio plus the Inventions Trio perform jazz interpretations of themes from the classical repertoire. 

The Riverdale Y

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December 12th


Saturday, December 12th • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

New York Botanical Garden • Harding Lab Room 110

2900 Southern Blvd. • Enter via the Mosholu Gate, across the street from Botanical Garden Metro-North station 

For more info.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Broadway & 225th Street, Bronx, NY, 10463

Take a FREE ride on our Holiday Trolley of Fun and visit with Santa and other fun holiday characters. Stop in the participating stores for face painting and other fun attractions. It will be a great day! Click here for sponsorship information. 

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Join with friends, families and neighbors for a joyous afternoon singing beloved Christmas carols and popular standards including White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and many more! Featuring choral selections by Christ Church Riverdale & Riverdale Presbyterian Church Choirs. A complimentary light reception will follow the event and a free will offering will be collected, along with non-perishable food items for the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill Food & Hunger Project.

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December 13th

Christmas in the Colonies

Sunday, December 13, 2015

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday between 12/5/2015 and 1/10/2016.
Enjoy Van Cortlandt House decked out in its holiday finery for Saint Nicholas Day, New Year’s Day, and Twelfth Night.

Broadway at West 246th Street

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December 19th
Family Art Project: Snow-Globe Gift Boxes

Saturday, Dec 19 – 10:00AM-1:00PM 

Wave Hill House

Walk among Wave Hill’s majestic conifers with their wonderful scents and textures. Then, using live pine boughs we provide, create a winter wonderland resembling a snow globe. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snow-like shapes and natural objects like cones, dried herbs and spices.
Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. 

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December 23rd


Photo: Matthew Keefe

Festivus for the rest of us.

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December 27th


KWANZAA 2015: Energize, Recognize!

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History ‘s 37th annual event.

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Donate a coat to those in need. Find a drop-off center near you. 

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Honey Weekend At Wave Hill


Honey Weekend is coming to Wave Hill October 17 and 18. The weekend is filled with family programs and events that will inspire people to cultivate a greater appreciation for bees and their vital importance to the natural world. There will be art projects, food tastings, honey extraction demonstrations and more.
You can also support Wave Hill’s work by adopting a bee.

Drone Bee $25

Worker Bee $50

Brood (baby bee) $100

Queen Bee $250

Hive $500

Beekeeper $1,000

The Bronx Is A Playground 

As summer approaches, your kids will be spending more time outside.  While as parents you have your favorite neighborhood playgrounds, why not explore another spot in the Bronx?  Meet new people, visit another neighborhood; your kids will love the variety.  Make it a day trip.  Pack a lunch and a bathing suit.  Here is a helpful playground guide to help you plan an affordable adventure for your kids.  

Blood, Sweat and Tears To Headline Riverdale Riverfest 2015 


Riverdale RiverFest 2015 is an annual community festival to celebrate the Hudson River, and support the Bronx Link of the Hudson Valley Greenway that is under development. It takes place Sunday, June 14th noon to 6pm on the grounds of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

This year’s festival features children’s activities, boat rides, environmental education, food and live music.  Rock legends Blood, Sweat and Tears are headlining a great day local music.  Admission is free.

For more info visit the Riverdale Riverfest website.

Register for The Van Cortlandt Park Hike-a-Thon!

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Hike-a-Thon will take place Saturday April 25th. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  Register by April 22nd to receive a new VCP Where NYC Hikes shirts.  Help raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails. Participants can choose one of three hiking routes (1-5 miles) the day of the event. $25 Registration Fee includes T-shirt, Water and a Snack and an Expertly Guided Hike in the Park.  Help raise $100 and you will receive on our goody bags.

Visit our Hike-a-Thon Page for more information and to register now. 

Orchids For Spring

Photo: NYBG

With spring just around the corner,  the 13th annual Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden will definitely get you in the mood.  Featuring floral presentations through hanging baskets, living columns, and a huge star-shaped chandelier overflowing with hundreds of plants, enjoy an enchanted stroll through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.  The show features special programs and Orchid Evenings during the show.  Check the website for listings.

Summer Camps Around Riverdale


Summer is just around the corner – I know it’s hard to imagine – and area camps are now accepting admission. Macaroni Kids of Riverdale/Inwood compiled their 2015 Summer Camp Guide for camps in and around Riverdale. The Bronx is a borough rich with diverse cultures, cultural institutions, beautiful parks and expansive natural beauty. Give your kids an unforgettable summer camp experience right here in the Bronx.