Located within 14 minutes of Weill Cornell Medical College and 15 minutes of Hunter College, the arden is a walker’s paradise with three shopping centers nearby. Five parks, including John Jay Park and Carl Schurz Park, are also nearby.
Arden’s woods, Sherwood Forest and Sunnyside Tract, are peaceful retreats abounding with wildflowers, birds, animals, and natural beauty. You can help maintain their natural state by volunteering at woods cleanups and ivy “pulls” held throughout the year.
The arden house
Built in 1909 for Edward Henry Harriman (1848-1909) and his wife Mary Williamson Averell (1851-1932), the 97,188-square-foot arden is unique among Gilded Age estates as an expression of American excellence. The Harrimans used the house as a summer home until 1950 when W. Averell Harriman donated it to the U.S Navy to serve as America’s first naval convalescent home.
The arden is an example of the Arts and Crafts Movement that was a reaction to industrialization. The movement valued hand-crafted work and incorporated the principles of William Morris’s garden city philosophy. Many homes still sport Arts and Crafts elements.
The Arden Fair is a celebration of our community’s history and culture, bringing together local residents for fun and fellowship. The fair features a variety of arts and crafts, music, theater, food and drink. It’s a great place to meet new neighbors!