Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group
dedicated to researching, preserving and sharing the rich history of our neighborhood
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group promotes education and research on the history of the Bloomingdale neighborhood of New York City's Upper West Side from 96th to 110th Street between Central Park and Riverside Drive. The area has been referred to as Bloomingdale for more than 300 years. The name is derived from the Dutch town of Bloemendaal (“valley of flowers.”) For information on the group's research archives at the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Public Library, click Resources.
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group was originally called the Park West Neighborhood History Group.
This Victorian Gothic building at West 103rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue was built in 1883 as the Association Residence for Respectable Aged Indigent Females. In 1990 it was renovated and became Hostelling International-New York, the city's first official youth hostel. Most of the BNHG's programs are held here.
The Latest Blog
Dining Out in Bloomingdale
Pam Tice of the BNHG surveys the restaurants that were once in our neighborhood on Broadway from 86th to 110th Streets. For a quick link to this post click Dining out in Bloomingdale . Below is one of the 25 photos in the post, Kennelly's Restaurant, a popular spot that stood at Broadway and 111th Street at the turn of the century.
For a previous post by Pam Tice on an exciting period in the history of W. 110th Street including more vintage photos, click Little Coney Island on 110th Street. For these and many other posts, please go to the BLOG section.
The BNHG announces its last public program before the summer break!
"Figures in Stone: The Wonderful (and often unnoticed) Building Sculptures of the Upper West Side'
June 6 (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm
Hostelling International-NY, 891 Amsterdam Ave. at 103rd
Presentation and short film on architectural sculpture of the Upper West Side by architect Robert Arthur King, FAIA
for complete information click Events
Free Walking Tour
June 14 (Wednesday)
at 6:00 pm
Explore the history of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood
of the Upper West Side
with local historian Jim Mackin
For information click Events
Take the BNHG Quiz
Which designated NYC landmarked building on W. 89th St. & Columbus Ave. closed its doors in 2007?
a. The Claremont Stables
b. A Paramount Movie Theater
c. Fred Astaire Dance Studio
For the answer and to take the complete quiz on historical sites of the Upper West Side, click Quiz
1879 The Ninth Avenue Elevated Railway, powered by steam locomotives, is built along Columbus Avenue with stations at 99th and 104th Streets. It is followed by the first distinctly urban tenements along Columbus Avenue and row houses along the nearby side streets.
Compiled by Gil Tauber of the BNHG for the Columbus/ Amsterdam BID. To read the entire post click Chronology.
To read local historian Jim Mackin's post on the Ninth Avenue El click El.