Wave Hill

Wave Hill is a 28 acre estate in Hudson Hill, the Riverdale area of Bronx, New York. It has views of the Hudson River and Palisades. It’s really nice to go in fall or spring. We visited in fall a couple years ago.

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It’s a cute little day trip when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can get here by taking Metro North or the 1 Train and then catch a shuttle bus. It amazes me how some areas of the city feel far from the hustle. There are parts in the 5 boroughs that feel so far away. So not city like, it’s amazing.

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Wave Hill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.The estate has 2 houses and a garden. Wave Hill House was built by William Lewis Morris back in 1843 and is the oldest part of the estate. It was enlarged by William Henry Appleton in 1866-1869 and 1890. Appleton also added the greenhouses and gardens. Glyndor House dates back to 1927 and now houses the art gallery. Perkins Visitor Center holds the information desk and gift shop, it was a garage before.

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A lot of well known historical figures have rented and owned the property. Naming a couple: Theodore Roosevelt’s family rented Wave Hill House during the summers of 1870 and 1871. Mark Twain rented it from 1901 – 1903.

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The Perkins-Freeman family deeded the Wave Hill estate to the City of New York in 1960. Now they feature art exhibits, gardens, and concerts for the public to enjoy.

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9 thoughts on “Wave Hill

    1. Thanks! It’s a nice place and it’s small. So if you are visiting from out of town it’s not something to go out of your way since there’s not much to do in the area but it is a nice getaway for a few hours.

  1. Beautiful place. I’ll have to visit it the next time I feel overwhelmed by the city. It is surprising how verdant and rustic the Bronx is: when we visited the Bronx Zoo, the tour shuttle took us over the river and into these deeply wooded areas, which were amazingly quiet and green. The funny thing is, when I got home, people said, “Weren’t you scared? I hear the neighborhood is really rough.” It never occurred to me to be scared. Maybe I’m naive, but most of New York, during the daytime at least, feels safer than where I live. Just down the street where I live, there is a ‘notorious’ bus stop that neighbors know not to stand at alone at night, since people are always getting robbed there. Yet a lot of people here think New York is a mugger’s haven! Too bad. They don’t know what they’re missing. 🙂

    1. I know, NYC still has that really bad rep and we have no idea why. When I read into New Orleans safety, Chicago or smaller cities and suburbs – some are more dangerous than here. Wave Hill is a small place but its really nice and the neighborhood its in has really nice bug houses. Very pretty neighborhood.

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