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.
Northern Exposure: Sarah Cedar Miller's Presentation on November 28, 2017
Central Park stretches out from Eighth to Fifth Avenue to the east of the Bloomingdale neighborhood. On November 28, 2017, Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park’s Historian, came to speak to our group with a wonderful collection of images ---- photographs, old maps and pastel paintings ----- that pictured the land before the Park, and its rich New York history. Read the full story by Pam Tice,
click Central Park
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 24 BNHG Blogs, click BNHG BLOGS
Author's Free Book Talk:
The Man with the Sawed-off Leg
and Other Tales of a New York City Block
Captivating stories about a biotech pioneer, hoodlums,
actresses, musicians, and the founder of a corporate empire.
All on the Riverside Drive block between 105th and 106th Streets.
Read Marjorie Cohen's interview with the author
Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 pm
Hostelling International NYC
891 Amsterdam Avenue (at 103rd Street).
For more Information, click Events
Sunday, January 28 at 1:00 pm
Meet at Hostelling International
891 Amsterdam Avenue
Explore the history of the
with local historian
For information click Events
The BNHG Library Collection has more than a thousand items in 150 categories. This clipping from the New York Post on February 17, 1977 depicts a sit-in to protest the reduction of hours at the Bloomingdale branch of the New York Public Library.
It is just one of many items in the "NYPL-Bloomingdale Branch" file of the Collection. Explore the history of your neighborhood. Come to the library to explore the many items in this file and the 150 other files!
For more information, click BNHG Library Collection.
From the Bloomingdale Chronology
1856 New York City acquires the land for Central Park.
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 Pam Tice's blog on a recent BNHG presentation on Central Park by park historian and photographer Sarah Cedar Miller, click Central Park