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. For more than 300 years, the area has been referred to as Bloomingdale after the Netherlands town of Bloemendaal. This poetic name for the Upper West Side is Dutch for "valley of flowers."
To learn more about the group's neighborhood history collection at the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Public Library, click BNHG Library Collection.
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group began in 2000 as 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. The BNHG holds most of its programs here.
In the summer of 2017 as we prepared for the solar eclipse on August 21, a reference in The New York Times to our Bloomingdale neighborhood and the 1925 eclipse inspired Pam Tice, planning committee member of the BNHG, to further research. To read the complete blog, click Mid-Manhattan Eclipse of 1925
Local writer Marjorie Cohen, planning committee member of the BNHG, explains that if you're interested in uncovering details about your own home—from when it was built, to what your neighborhood used to look like and who used to live there—the city has a surprising number of resources available for armchair history buffs. For a quick link to this blog, click Uncover History
For a complete list and links to the 23 BNHG Blogs, click BNHG BLOGS
"Northern Exposure: Central Park above 96th Street"
A Presentation by
Sara Cedar Miller,
Historian and Photographer, Central Park Conservancy
Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm
Hostelling International NYC
891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street).
Ms. Miller will talk about the Park's topography and history – its connection to the Dutch and English occupation, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, including the fascinating story of the Park cannon's true identity.
For more Information, click Events
Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm
Meet at Hostelling International
891 Amsterdam Avenue
Explore the history of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood with local historian Jim Mackin.
For information click Events
Two of the many hundreds of items in the BNHG files at the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Public Library. The left photo is from a collection in the "W.98th and 99th Street Old Community" file. On the right from the same file is the cover of a 48-page booklet on Granville T. Woods, the first American of African ancestry to become a mechanical engineer after the Civil War.
Come to the library to explore the many items in this file and the 150 other files!
For more information, click BNHG Library Collection.
To read a blog compiled by Jim Mackin and Jim Torain on the Old Community, click Old Community
From the Bloomingdale Chronology
1821 The Bloomingdale Insane Asylum opens on the present site of Columbia University. In 1834 the Asylum transfers an unused part of the property to the Leake and Watts Orphan Asylum, now the site of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Gil Tauber, planning committee member of the BNHG, created the Bloomingdale Chronology for the Columbus/ Amsterdam BID. To read the entire blog, click Chronology.
To read local historian Jim Mackin's blog on the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum, click Asylum