Known for its expansive waterfront, Riverside began as a fishing and farming community in the late 1600s. Now home to celebrities like Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford, the area is known for its upscale living and modern amenities, while retaining a small-town, quaint New England atmosphere. With a population of 7,200, Riverside, a section of the town of Greenwich, is picturesque – from its waterfront properties to large, charming single-family homes to condominiums.
The area spans across the Post Road, and is home to many who are employed in the finance industry. Riverside also has a strong artist community and is filled with writers, painters and musicians.
Shopping and Dining
The shopping and dining experiences in Riverside are located mainly along Route 1. However, Ada’s Variety Shop on Riverside Avenue has long been a stop for commuters looking for a newspaper or snack before boarding the train for work. Before former owner Ada Cantavero’s death in 2008, the convenience store was also a frequent stop for schoolchildren looking for a bag full of penny candies from the shop’s namesake.
Other longtime establishments include Valbella, an Italian eatery, Baang Café and Bar, which offers Asian-inspired cuisine, and DiMare Pastry Shop in the Riverside Shopping Center, where visitors can enjoy a tasty treat or place special orders for birthday parties and other events. A&P Fresh grocery store is also located in the shopping center, with Starbucks Coffee Company, Coco Nail Spa, Hunan Café and more. Another specialty shop, Balducci’s, offers gourmet food gifts, housewares and more.
Chain stores such as Walgreens, CVS/Pharmacy and Staples offer the necessities.
Parks and Recreation
The Riverside Yacht Club is a members-only club located waterside off Club Road. It recently underwent renovations to install a $2 million docking system for the area’s 50-foot yachts.
In the winter months, residents are often seen cross-country skiing down the tree-lined streets or ice-skating on the pond on Lake Drive.
There are four public schools in Riverside – the International School at Dundee, North Mianus School and Riverside School, all elementary schools, and Eastern Middle School, one of three 6-8th grade schools in the town of Greenwich. All are located in residential areas, with many of their students walking to school. For those looking to study Mandarin Chinese, the Chinese Language School of Connecticut, teaches classes out of Eastern Middle School and the Second Congregational Church in downtown Greenwich. For more information about Greenwich Public Schools, visit www.greenwichschools.org.
The Riverside train station provides access to Metro-North Railroad along the New Haven Line. A trip to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is only 62 minutes. For train schedules, visit mta.info and select Riverside.
Westchester County Airport is about 18 miles away. LaGuardia International Airport is about 32 miles away. John F. Kennedy International Airport is about 38 miles away.