Boston is a big city that is divided into dozens of unique neighborhoods that each have a distinct personality. The Riverdale
section of town, at the south end, is perhaps best know for its diverse population. Over one-third of its residents have Irish ancestry and the area is also home to a significant Lebanese community.
Many of the families have deep roots in the area and have been living in this area of Boston for generations. This has helped to foster a deep sense of pride in the community and a fierce loyalty to local restaurants, pubs and sports teams. Many residents have watched each others' families grow, expand and change over the years. Locals know each other by name and can't go anywhere without running into someone familiar.
The combination of all these factors gives the neighborhood a flavor all its own.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
The diversity of the neighborhood is certainly reflected in its offering of restaurants and entertainment. Kouzina Estiatorio is a perfect stop for authentic Greek and Mediterranean food. The restaurant is simple and understated, and they are low-tech enough to not even bother with a website. Their success is the result of good food, happy customers and old-fashioned word-of-mouth advertising. When your lamb is seasoned and cooked to perfection, it speaks for itself.
For traditional Italian food done right, stop by Vincenzo’s Italian Deli and Specialty Store. Choose from award-winning sub and salads or a generous helping of eggplant Parmesan. The menu is full of all the usual Italian favorites and will provide the perfect comfort food on a cold Boston night.
Grab a beer at the Yard House, and use the city's public transportation to go explore the city. While the actual Riverside neighborhood comes up a little short when it come to entertainment, you have the entire city of Boston at your fingertips. Catch a baseball game at historic Fenway Park or head out to the harbor to take in the views.
History & Culture
Boston is one of the nation's most historic cities and one of the first to be settled by colonists. Leading up to and during the American Revolution, Boston was the site of many decisive battles and tide-changing events. Paul Revere took his famous ride through the streets of Boston to warn of the British invasion.
After the war, Boston became a vital port city to the US and the world. It allowed America to increase its trade with other nations and create an abundance of wealth. Over the years, the city also became a leader in manufacturing and a sort of Mecca for artists and intellectuals. Its long list of famous residents greatly influenced political events and shaped America's philosophy over the years.
The neighborhood is home to the prestigious Noble and Greenough School, a private nonsectarian day and 5-day boarding high school, which ranks as one of the top high schools in the United States.
Known as "America's Walking City" getting around town couldn't be easier. While there is not a subway stop in Riverdale you can travel to commuter rail to travel deep into the heart of the city in now time. Each ride will cost you $2.00, or you can purchase a daily, weekly or monthly pass.
Cars are the major mode of transportation around Riverdale and street parking isn't at a premium. Given Riverdale's location it is recommended that you call ahead to get a cab or an Uber.
Riverdale is one of the city's more expensive areas to live in. While public transportation prices are on par with fairs across the nation, real estate prices are some of the highest in the city and in the country. The average rental price for a one-bedroom
apartment is $1,400 per month although Riverdale mostly houses
gorgeous, medium sized family homes. This is the kind of neighborhood where you would want to settle down and raise your family.
If you will be doing some driving around town, don't be shocked to find gas prices significantly higher than the rest of the country. This is another reason to take advantage of the great public transportation system that keeps the city ticking. Expect to pay slightly above average prices for food and beverages also. While you might be able to snag your favorite domestic beer for $3 in some parts of the country, it will cost you $5 in Boston.
Mall is located right outside of the neighborhood and is home to all your favorite stores. Pick up a new pair of shoes at Footaction, some workout clothes at Dick's Sporting Goods and a new pair of glasses at Pearle Vision all in one convenient shopping center that also offer ample parking.
Whether you're looking for a beautiful bracelet or a new piece of art to accent your apartment go to Nest on High Street. This local boutique has everything from antiques to seasonal trunk show items. Need a gift for a friend? Try Nina's Imports Gift Shop for everything from frames to anniversary gifts to holiday treats. Want to shop and not leave the house? Nina's allows for easy ordering on-line with delivery or in-store pickup.
Picking up the essentials might take a car ride, but the options don't disappoint. Try Stop & Shop in the Denham Mall for all of your essentials or if you have a membership venture down the Providence Highway to either the BJ's or Costco warehouse for all of your items in bulk. While the Riverdale does not have a farmer's market there is a Whole Foods right off of Providence Highway for all of your organic needs.
Staying fit and active is easy with the abundance of great parks. Visit Riverdale Park along the Cow Island Pond or venture out of the neighborhood and enjoy walking the Freedom Trail, which will take you right to some of Boston's most historic sites. With easy access to the Blue Heron Trail, Riverdale allows you to experience Boston's marshland and go bird watching in Cutler Park. These green spaces are a vital part of what makes Boston a great place to visit and live.