Audubon Park and Beyond: More Superb Riverside Drive Apartments!

riverside drive view from lafayette blvd


Around 1840, the naturalist John James Audubon, born in 1785, who died in 1851, built Minnie’s Land, his estate near the current location of The Riviera Apartments, north of 155th and today’s Riverside Drive. Gradually filling with clapboard villas, becoming known as Audubon Park, this remote local was where Mrs. Clarence Day chose to have her reluctant husband baptized, in secret, as “no one knows us way up there…”  Half a century later, row house construction had arrived. After a far shorter span apartment houses housing thousands where but a few hundred had lived before came onto the scene.  What fueled their development most was improved transport. By 1904, both the Broadway Inter-borough Rapid Transit Subway Line and the protracted extension of Riverside Drive, would spur more development over the next 10 years than had occurred over the past century. (Source: Author – Michael Henry Adams – more…)

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