Fordham is in the western area of the Bronx and is one of the more affluent parts with a population of just under 50,000. Fordham in famously houses the Fordham plaza, one of New York City’s most important and busiest transportation location sites, with over nearly 80,000 people visiting or passing along a day. It also features shops, cafes and kiosks. Fordham also houses Fordham University, a private research university with over 15,000 students. It has three main campuses with the Rose Hill campus located in the Bronx.
Riverdale is located in the northwestern region of the Bronx, and with its residential neighborhood, it is a place with a colorful history. Settlement began here with the construction of ‘country estates’ which soon became a haven for the wealthy. After the development of railroads, however, these well-off families were able to make the estates their permanent home. An area called Hudson Hill retains many of these old mansions as well as historic churches. Fieldston, another part rich in privately owned houses, was named a historically significant district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
There are many other points of interest in the northwestern region of the Bronx. Some include: The Wave Hill (a botanical garden and outdoor art gallery), and Gaelic Park (the headquarters of New York’s Gaelic sports association). One can also find the Riverdale Monument (see below), a memorial stone built in 1930 to honor the armed forces in Bell Tower Park. Riverdale is also home to the Derfner Judaica Museum which explore the history behind Jewish culture.