Love New York?

Whether you live here, work here or are just visiting, there is so much to discover, often in the lesser known parts of town. Stephanie Azzarone’s first book, Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park, is the colorful tale of a singular New York City neighborhood and the personalities who make it special.

To outsiders or East Siders, Riverside Park and Riverside Drive may not have the star status of Central Park or Fifth Avenue. But at the city’s westernmost edge, there is a quiet and beauty like nowhere else in all of New York. There are miles of mansions and monuments, acres of flora, and fauna ranging from Peregrine falcons to goats. It’s where the Gershwins and Babe Ruth once lived, William Randolph Hearst ensconced his paramour, and Amy Schumer owns a penthouse. Told in the uniquely personal voice of a long-time resident, Heaven on the Hudson is the only New York City book that features the history, architecture, and people of this often overlooked neighborhood, from the 18th century through the present day.


Meet the Author

Stephanie Azzarone is a native New Yorker who has lived across from Riverside Park most of her life. She has spent many joyous hours learning about the city’s history and architecture, and even more wandering around Riverside Park and up and down Riverside Drive.

What People are Saying

“Riverside Park is the armature onto which Stephanie Azzarone has constructed a scrumptious encomium to much more than merely that elongated swathe of greenery. She has used the history of the park and its adjacent eponymous avenue to tell a much broader story of how New York and the living styles of New Yorkers have developed and changed over the decades. She relates tales both enlivening and horrifying…”

Buy the Book

Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park is available starting Fall 2022 from Amazon and local bookstores.


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