Riverside Drive Author:Laura Van Wormer On New York's Upper West Side, where Manhattan overlooks the Hudson, there's a very special place called Riverside Drive. With palatial homes along one side and the promenades of Riverside Park on the other, w/ its posh townhouses & pre-war apartments, the Drive is a boulevard of grace & beauty, giving no hint as to the secrets of the residents... more » who live- and love- there.
There are 5 households on the Drive that share a common bond, a wise cracking but fiercely loyal cleaning woman, Rosanne DiSantos, who is forever stumbling onto the kinds of dirt her employers dearly wish would remain under the rug. There are the Cochrans- beautiful Cassy, handsome MIchael, & perfect son Henry. For people in television, as the Cochrans are, appearances are everything, & the Cochrans' marriage is no exception as Cassy wonders whether it's going to be Alexandra Waring (the stunning young anchorwoman who has taken New York by storm), alcohol, or her own identity crisis that is going to tear her family apart for the last time. Then there are the Stewarts - Howard and Melissa, book editor & banker. They are the perfect yuppie couple- so long as love & sex aren't apart of the definition. Third, there is very lovely, very wealthy writer Amanda Miller, whose disastrous first marriage has made her perhaps the youngest recluse around. But Amanda's body has never agreed w/ her weary heart, & so when Rosanne arranges for Howard Stewart to call.. Fourth,
there are the Wyatts - Sam, Harriet, and daughters Althea & Samantha. The Wyatts are one f the most prominent black professional couples in New York, but everything they've worked for is at risk when Sam is dragged into a corporate scandal reaching from Wall Street to South Africa. And finally, there is Mrs. Emma Goldblum, the warm & wonderful grande dame of the Drive, whose only terrible secret is the poverty in which her son has left her.
And now it's time to simply step aside & wave you on to the world of Riverside Drive.« less