February 4, 2019(Mon) 6:30pm
Free BNHG Presentation
"East of Broadway in the 1950s: Growing Up Poor on West 105th Street"
Dr. William Helmreich, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, will talk about what it was like for him, as a child of Holocaust survivors, to grow up in the 1950s on 105th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues alongside his Puerto Rican, Dominican, Italian, Black and Irish neighbors. Dr. Helmreich has authored 17 books, the most recent, The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide
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Free and Welcome to All
February 4, 2019 (Mon) 630pm
Ballroom of the Hostel International-NYC
891 Amsterdam Avenue (103rd)
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Upcoming Presentation in March
"An Ever Fresh Pleasure--Equestrian Life along the Bloomingdale Road"
a presentation by Judith Martin
Thursday, March 21 at the Hostel
Before there was Central Park, with its miles of bridle paths and drives, avid equestrians and devotees of fast harness horses or slower moving carriages could travel the network of roads and farm lanes that meandered the length and breadth of Manhattan. Day-tripping on the Bloomingdale Road – with its grand vistas, hidden coves, inns, and taverns – was among the most popular pastimes for Manhattan’s riders and drivers. The opening of Central Park only added to the attraction of riding and driving the old roads, and as the city grew, the west side, in particular, became home to some of the most influential riding schools and clubs in the United States.
Judith Martin Woodall was the office manager of the Claremont Riding Academy for twenty-seven years. She received the John H. Daniels Fellowship at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia for her project, Witching the World with Noble Horsemanship: Riding in New York City, 1770-2007.
Upcoming Presentation in April
Thursday, April 18 at the Hostel
"Neighborhood Stores, Past and Future" with Jen Rubin, author of We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood.
Upcoming Presentation in May
Thursday, May 9 at the Hostel
Kurt Schlichting, author of Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line, will speak on the history of the waterfront and railroad along the Upper West Side.
Upcoming Free Walking Tour
January 20, 2019 (Sun) 1pm
Meet at Hostelling International
891 Amsterdam Avenue(103rd)
Explore the history of the
with local historian
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1917 New York Military Census
While doing historical research at the New York County Clerk's office, Gilbert Tauber, member of the BNHG planning committee, came across a surprising document. In this article he notes the significance of the long overlooked and highly informative 1917 New York Military Census and its possibilities for further research. Read his account at
1917 New York Military Census
Bloomingdale’s residential development brought numerous retail food shops into the neighborhood, from the late 1880s to today, when the latest food store opening can still create excitement (see the frequent reporting on the new Trader Joe’s!) BNHG planning committee member Pam Tice began this blog as a search into our neighborhood food stores, focusing primarily on 86th to 110th Streets. Read her latest blog accompanied by 17 historic photos at Provisioning Bloomingdale
BNHG planning committee member Marjorie Cohen rounded up recommendations from local historians and authors of resources to begin exploring New York 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 their choices for the best blogs, websites, podcasts, and social media feeds at The 10 Best Web Resources about New York City History
Missed one of our PAST EVENTS?
Thanks to the Columbus Amsterdam BID, videos of past BNHG presentations are being added to our PAST EVENTS page. Check out the latest offering, the November 27, 2018 program on Bloomingdale Neighborhood block associations, along with Jim Mackin's Sculpture presentations on March 19, 2018 and January 23, 2017
On October 16, 2018 the BNHG presented its first annual Jim Torain award to Peter Salwen, noted author, painter and historian, for his research and sharing of local history.
Read more at our PAST EVENTS page
Books BNHG members are reading and discussing
Recommended by Marjorie Cohen
Seymour Durst, son of the founder of one of New York City’s most prominent family-owned real estate firms, was a passionate collector of all things New York. Before his death in 1995, he amassed almost 35,000 pieces of New York history—books, prints, maps, photographs, and postcards. In New York Rising, ten scholars chose items from the Durst collection and occasionally images from other sources to tell the story of New York’s development over the past 400 years. New York Rising is a companionable guide to how the city got from there to here, from the image of a 1628 print of Fort Amsterdam, with its tiny houses clustered just outside the fort, to the final image in the book, a contemporary photo of Times Square.
Recommended by Jim Mackin
Ned Harrigan from Corlear's Hook to Herald Square(1980) by Richard Moody is a biography of half the great vaudeville team of Harrigan and Hart, made more famous by the George M. Cohan song “H - A - double R I, G A N Spells Harrigan”. He lived on West 102nd Street and the bio covers quite a bit of early musical theater history.
Read more at BNHG Bookshelf
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, 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.
The BNHG Library Collection, located at the Bloomingdale branch of the New York Public Library, contains more than a thousand items of local history in 150 categories, for example, this book excerpt from the "Pasteur Institute" file. Explore the history of your Bloomingdale 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