"Northern Exposure: Central Park above 96th Street" A Presentation by Sara Cedar Miller, Historian and Photographer, Central Park Conservancy November 28, 2017 at Hostelling International NYC Ms. Miller spoke 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.
"HISTORY OF HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL NYC" October 4, 2017 at Hostelling International NYC Featured presentations by HI NYC’s Community Engagement staff: Manager Emily Gallagher and Coordinators Ben Puterbaugh and Indigo Goodson. Pam Tice, former Executive Director of HI NYC, and volunteer historian, provided a history of the building from the days when it served as the "Association Residence for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigent Females."
"Figures in Stone: The Wonderful (and often unnoticed) Building Sculptures of the Upper West Side" June 6, 2017 at Hostelling International-NY, 891 Amsterdam Ave. This program featured a presentation by architect Robert Arthur King, FAIA, a passionate observer and photographer of NYC building sculpture. Mr. King put the program together especially for an Upper West Side audience featuring sculptures on buildings from West 72nd to West 110th Street. His talk was preceded by Stonefaced, an excellent short film by Vivian Ducat that focused on Mr. King’s decades-long fascination with the subject. A Q&A with Mr. King and Ms. Ducal followed the presentation.
"Trinity School from 1709 to 2017" May 16, 2017 at Trinity School, 101 West 91st Street “Behind the Scenes” Event sponsored by The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group The history of the Trinity School, founded at downtown Trinity Church in 1709 and now one of the oldest schools in the US. In 1895, the school moved uptown, building on a series of lots on West 91st Street in the midst of rows of townhouses in turn-of-the-century Upper West Side. The school evolved from church-sponsored to ecumenical, from a charity school to a private school, from all-boys to co-educational and to a school that prides itself on its diverse student body.
"Movies Filmed in Bloomingdale: Why Hollywood Likes Our Neighborhood" April 17, 2017 at Hostelling International-NY, 891 Amsterdam Avenue Featured Gary Dennis--former actor, owner of the Upper West Side's beloved "Movie Place", tour guide and, according to the NY Times, "film scholar without portfolio" --along with Jim Mackin, local historian and frequent BNHG program presenter Films included: Trading Places/Little Murders/Seven-Ups/Bullets Over Broadway/Who's That Girl/Warriors
"From House to School: The History of Bloomingdale School of Music: Building Community Through the Power of Music for 52 Years" March 1, 2017 at Hostelling International-NY, 891 Amsterdam Avenue A Presentation by Erika Floreska, Executive Director Memories and Historical Photos With a Musical Presentation by Current Students
"Sculptures in the Bloomingdale Neighborhood: The Artists Who Made Them, The People Who Posed for Them, and the Stories They Tell" January 23, 2017 at Hostelling International-NY, 891 Amsterdam Avenue A Presentation by Local Historian Jim Mackin Presented by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and the Columbus Amsterdam BID and HI-NY
Jim Mackin, well-known for his walking tours http://www.weekdaywalks.com/ that cover just about every neighborhood in NYC, shared little known details about the various sculptures that grace the Upper West Side's Bloomingdale neighborhood. He shared stories about the sculptors who made them--some of the most famous artists of their time-- and the models who posed for them – including Audrey Munson, of whom Daniel Chester French wrote: “I know of no other model with the particular style that Miss Munson possesses. There is a certain ethereal atmosphere about her that is rare.” Mr. Mackin explained the history that surrounds the sculptures and how they came to be located on the Upper West Side. His presentation included statues in Riverside Park and Straus Park; some that adorn the interiors of Riverside Church and St. John the Divine; and one that stands as the centerpiece of Frederick Douglass Circle.