The arden was a culturally defined area of England that occupied much of Warwickshire and parts of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. Its name is derived from the Brythonic word ardu, meaning “high” (cf. Welsh: ardd), and it was characterized by its densely forested nature with oak and lime trees, as well as wild animals such as bears and wolves. The arden also had its own distinct folk culture. Shakespeare’s Arden plays promulgated this vision of the forest that inspired many artists of the period, such as Pre-Raphaelite John Collier.

This area is considered a Walkable and Bikable community with world-class transportation options. The Arden is a short distance from Weill Cornell Medical College, Hunter College, and Marymount Manhattan College.

The Arden is located within 4.9 miles or 11 minutes from 3 shopping centers and 5 parks, including John Jay Park, Carl Schurz Park, and St. Catherine’s Park. The Arden is a short drive from Governors Island Support Center, and is also convenient to other military bases, including Fort Totten US Govt Reservation.

The Arden’s community pool is a great place to meet neighbors, especially for children. Membership is optional, and fees compare well to other pools in the area. For more information see the Arden Swim Club Facebook page. A paved bike path passes through the neighborhood and is close to the train station, which is an easy 14-minute ride to midtown New York City. There are also plenty of cab and bus routes in the area.

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