Housing Reviews 2012: River

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Location: 628 W. 114th St.

  • Nearby dorms: Not many. Hogan, sorta.
  • Stores and restaurants: Amir’s, M2M, Starbucks, International, and basically anything on Broadway.


  • Bathrooms: Four bathrooms per floor; each has a tub shower, sink, and toilet.
  • AC/Heating: No AC. Plenty of heat though (especially in the smaller rooms).
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has two kitchens/lounges, one per “suite.” Each has a refrigerator, oven/range, dishwasher, microwave, dining table for four, a couch or two with a coffee table, and a bad television.
  • Laundry: 4 washers and 4 driers in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computers and one printer in the basement.
  • Gym: Nope There’s a small “satellite” gym with some cardio equipment.
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator and a stairwell. Only the elevator goes to the basement.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Carpet.

Room variety:

  • Most of the rooms in River are singles of decent size. They range from about 110 sq. ft. to as much as 145 sq. ft.
  • There’s one walk-through double on the first floor.


  • To grab the bigger singles, you definitely need a point value of 30. The big rooms on the 114th Street-facing side always go first because they’re huge.
  • Some juniors are able to squeak in, especially if they’re in a mixed group with seniors. 20-point people, don’t count on River.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Seniors in General should definitely look to River after the Watt studio singles go. The rooms are spacious, you have privacy, and the location is just a short walk away from Broadway stores.
  • If you’re an all-senior group thinking about dropping to General and have a really good lottery number, consider your options on the day of Suite Selection. River is set up like a suite, but if your group wants to stick together, remember there’s no guarantee that other people didn’t already grab rooms in your “suite.”
  • 20-point people should look at Broadway or Schapiro and not count on River being open by the time selection time rolls around.

Resident opinions:

  • “Best cleaning lady ever! She decorates for every holiday.”
  • “It’s quiet. Possibly even more so than Furnald.”
  • “If you can nab it, River is a great, clean dorm, albeit quiet.”
  • “Try to avoid the first floor street-facing rooms—they’re insanely noisy all morning due to traffic and general street noise. Also, first floor suites limit inhabitants to one bathroom since they do not have swipe access to the other suites on the floor.”
  • “The single-occupancy showers are really nice—and it’s an actual tub/shower!”
  • “The walls aren’t amazing.”
  • “There are only a handful of RAs for the entire dorm, so they’re pretty hands-off.”


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  1. Anonymous

    River does have a gym!

  2. Anonymous  

    except River has wood floors, not carpet

  3. River  

    Has a small gym: 1 treadmill, 1 stationary bike, and one stair stepper with a TV

  4. Anonymous  

    this review is identical to last year's.... bwog what do you do with your time?

  5. Anonymous  

    as a senior looking for a single, river or broadway?

    • I  

      chose River because the rooms are bigger, you have a real kitchen, and the bathroom situation is great. But Broadway has better views and AC. So it depends on what's more important to you.

  6. Anonymous  

    views and ac aren't that important to me. because i have neither right now. my view is a brick wall.

    i'm kinda leaning towards river. is it social?

    also, how often is the kitchen cleaned, because on the description on the housing services site for the kitchen cleaning schedule it says n/a.

  7. Anonymous

    the floors aren't carpet- they're hardwood.

  8. Anonymous

    river kitchens are supposedly "not cleaned," but someone comes and sweeps weekly, and the person that cleans the bathroom often comes in if the kitchen is in really bad shape. also if you live on the south side of the building, your room faces an inner courtyard owned by the apartments on 113th st, so it's really quiet- no street noise. there are trees, a garden, several patios- major plus. river isn't particularly social- but i think that entirely depends on the people living with you rather than the building itself. my friend and i picked into river and have singles next to each other- we're definitely the most social in our suite, but everyone else is friendly, and we've made friends with one of our suite mates...

  9. Anonymous  

    This is the exact review from last year.... it's pretty outdated
    River is much better than it is made to be here. the lounges on each floor are amazing, TVs are no longer "bad"

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