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."
Learn more about our group's activities at our About us page.
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.
When you walk from West 96th to 91st Streets on Columbus Avenue, or walk east from Broadway to Columbus on those streets, you’ll notice you are on a hill. The crest of the hill on 91st Street, about 100 feet west of Columbus, is the location where, starting in 1764, a colonial mansion stood for 130 years. BNHG planning committee member Pam Tice has written a new blog about its history. Read more at Bloomingdale's Finest Mansion
Dr. William Seraile's Presentation:
New York's Colored Orphan Asylum
The Colored Orphan Asylum (COA) was founded in 1836 by three Quaker women. It was sorely needed, since youth of color were excluded from orphanages for white children. The orphanage faced many obstacles throughout its existence including financial panics, fires, diseases and chronic money shortage. Read Dr. William Serailes's summary of his February 27, 2018 BNHG presentation New York's Colored Orphan Asylum
For the New York history curious, BNHG planning committee member Marjorie Cohen rounded up recommendations from local historians and authors of resources to begin exploring the big city's vast past. In two previous blogs, she described their picks for
The 25 best books about the history of New York City's boroughs and neighborhoods, and The 25 Best Books about New York City Now, she has got their picks for the best blogs, websites, podcasts, and social media feeds for understanding what came before. Read the experts' choices at The 10 Best Web Resources about New York City History
The Next Free Walking Tour
May 9, 2018 (Wed.) at 6:00pm
Meet at Hostelling International
891 Amsterdam Avenue
Explore the history of the
with local historian
More information at Upcoming Events
The BNHG Library Collection has more than a thousand items in 150 categories, for example, this book excerpt from the "Pasteur Institute" file. Explore the history of your neighborhood. Come to the library to explore the many items in this file and the 150 other files!
More information at BNHG Library Collection.
Read historical background on the New York Pasteur Institute at Pam Tice’s blog: The New York Pasteur Institute
Park West Village was one of Robert Moses's earlier housing projects. It was intended to provide an incentive to middle- income residents to return to the Upper West Side and be part of the multi-economic, multi-ethnic neighborhood. Winifred Armstrong and Barbara Earnest wrote this pamphlet in 2007 for the Park West Neighborhood History Group (predecessor of the BNHG.)
Read the entire pamphlet at
Park West Village