Zoom Presentation now available at PAST EVENTS
"Down by Riverside: the Park, the Drive and Bloomingdale" with author Stephanie Azzarone
We’re reaching out to our Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group community to ask for your help in continuing our mission.
We are a small group of neighbors who banded together 20 years ago to dig deeper into the local history of our region of the Upper West Side. During these years, we’ve made a commitment to discover, explore, preserve, and share that history. Prior to Covid our expenses were met by voluntary donations at our live presentations. Our move to Zoom presentations has dried up that source of revenue. To help us please click the "Donate now" button. For more Information please visit our
Free Walking Tours of Historic Bloomingdale
December 11, 2022, Sunday, at 2pm
January 8, 2023, Sunday at 2pm
February 12, 2023, Sunday at 2pm
Meet at south end of Straus Park
Broadway at W106th Street
Explore the history of the Upper West Side
between W. 96th and W. 110th Streets
Led by renowned local historian, Jim Mackin
More Information at our UPCOMING EVENTS page
Read the latest BNHG blog:
"Orphan Houses of the Upper West Side"
written by Pam Tice
See a complete list with links to all 49 BNHG Blogs at
Here is the Fall issue of Bloomingdale Bulletin, the newsletter of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group. You’ll find news our own Stephanie Azzarone’s new book about Riverside Park, a Notable from Jim Mackin, and a new blog post on Bloomingdale’s Orphan Houses from Pam Tice. Looking ahead, we’ve posted upcoming programs and walks we will offer this fall.
Click here to view the complete bulletin or download the file below to enable links.
A New Video Overview of the BNHG
If a picture is worth a thousand words, is a video likely to be worth even more? We think so, which is why a few members of the planning committee of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group (BNHG} got together to produce this ten minute video. It's an introduction to the neighborhood that is our home, the neighborhood that inspires our research and is the inspiration for the free public programs we offer throughout the year.
Find out more about the BNHG at our ABOUT US page
Now available, BNHG’s new downloadable digital brochure:
How To Research the History of Buildings in Manhattan
Whether you’re a student, researcher or simply someone interested in finding out the history of any building in Manhattan, there’s now a free guide that will help you to get started. This just-released guide, How to Research the History of Buildings in Manhattan, includes links to free online sources of data on individual buildings, their physical characteristics, the date of their construction and the name of their designer
The BNHG Building Database is the product of more than three years of research and field work by BNHG members, led by Gilbert Tauber. The table lists all of the 1,056 buildings in the area from the north side of 96th Street to the south side of 110th Street between Central Park West and Riverside Drive.
Reopening of the Bloomingdale Branch Library
and availability of the BNHG Library Collection!
Our public archive of documents related to the history of the neighborhood is back at the Bloomingdale branch of the New York Public Library, on West 100th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. The files are easy to find now, near the circulation desk, and they are chock-full of interesting material. Whether you are researching a specific topic or just browsing, you're welcome to copy pages in the library or to take a folder to one of the tables to read through it in comfort. On top of the filing cabinets you'll find an eclectic selection of books about NYC history donated by historian Peter Salwen, which are also for reading and reference use in the library. The Bloomingdale Library's own webpage is here, and a few highlights of our collection are posted digitally here.
DIGITAL COLLECTIONS OF THE BLOOMINGDALE NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY GROUP
Select items from the BNHG Library Collection have been digitized
for more information about the library collection visit our
BNHG LIBRARY COLLECTION page.
Check out our Resources pages.
At our Resources pages you'll find fascinating Bloomingdale history under the following headings:
Useful Links and Resources
NYT Articles about Manhattan Valley from 1865-1998
Peter Salwen Collection
Upper West Side History Quiz
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