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BNHG LIBRARY COLLECTION
Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group Library Collection During renovation of the Bloomingdale branch of the New York Public Library, public access to the collection is limited. Come visit the collection when the library reopens in late spring of 2020. Location: New York Public Library Bloomingdale Branch 1st Floor - Reference Office 150 W. 100th Street, New York, NY 10025 (near SE corner Amsterdam Ave. & W. 100th St.)
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group Library Collection consists of materials collected by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group since 2003 and catalogued by theme and subject. On this page some Highlights and Guidelines are listed below the Themes.
The primary contributors to the collection are our neighbors on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. If you have papers, photos and/or other material you think may be of interest to include in this Collection, please email the Collection committee by clicking Committee
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Themes: Click on an individual theme below to see a list and location of individual titles within the theme file.
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Collection includes a number of files that are particularly rich or unique. A few of the above themes (with their file locations in red) are described below to encourage a visit to the files. The Old Community - W. 98th & 99th Street Association From the early 1930s until the mid-1950s there was a vibrant community of African-Americans on West 98th and 99th Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. This community was dislocated when the urban renewal project commissioned by Robert Moses cleared the 20 acres of land on which Park West Village subsequently was built. Newspaper clippings, photos, church bulletins, and school sport and graduation programs reveal the character of the old community. The programs of the annual reunions held by the Old Community - West 98th and 99th Street Association portray the continuing bond among the Old Community members.
Collection File Locations: The West 98th and 99th Street Old Community J9003 St. Jude's Chapel A1006
Manhattantown Demolition - 1954-1960 The 1950s slum clearance/urban renewal project that became Park West Village in the 1960s was marked by multiple redesigns of the project, financial irresponsibility and the beginnings of the questioning of Robert Moses' approach to city development. The Collection includes initial project designs and agreements; the early promotion pamphlets offered to Park West Village residents from the initial owner/managers Webb and Knapp, and Alcoa; the 1954 and 1956 Women's City Club Studies- Tenant Relocation at West Park and Manhattantown Two Years Later; and the December 1959 special double edition of The Nation titled "The Shame of New York" which unearthed financial deals and named names. Later material on the subject includes the Manhattan chapter of Robert Caro's book ThePower Broker (1974) and a revisionary paper (2008) by ColumbiaSpectator former editor Sarah Vogel.
Collection File Locations: Park West Village Development 1950s-1960s R16005 Women's City Club - 1954 - 1956 Studies R16002 The Shame of New York - The Nation R16001
A Bloomingdale Conservation Project A Bloomingdale Conservation Project scrapbook of news articles and photos prepared by the Park West Neighborhood Group tells the story of an early 1960s West Side community effort to maintain and create a neighborhood that valued all its residents whether rich or poor. This movement was a counter to the concurrent slum clearance of the 1950s.
The Development of the Branch Library System of the New York Public Library and the Bloomingdale Branch, a May 2004 talk by Susan Singer, then Bloomingdale Branch Librarian.
Collection File Location: New York Public Library - Bloomingdale Branch L11002
The New York Cancer Hospital by Charles Coolidge Haight: A Nineteenth Century Circular Ward Hospitalby Martha Elizabeth Flach. This is a MS thesis in Historic Preservation, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, 1994. It was contributed for a May 2005 program and visit to Central Park Towers (former First Cancer Hospital and Towers Nursing Home at Central Park West and 106th Street)
Collection File Location: Towers Nursing Home aka First Cancer Hospital K10006
Creating a Westside Landmark: 891 Amsterdam Avenue from 1883 as a Home for "respectable aged indigent females" to 1990 as New York's first official youth hostel, photos and talk by Pam Tice, former executive director of Hostelling International-New York, October 2010.
Collection File Location: American Youth Hostel H8006
Guidelines for Use of the Collection
The Bloomingdale Neighborhood is located in the file cabinet in the Research Room at the rear of the first floor of the Bloomingdale Branch Library. Please ask one of the library staff for permission to enter the Research Room.
The materials cover organizations, people, studies and other topics related to the Bloomingdale area, between W.96th and W.110th, and between Central Park West and the Hudson River. The history is not organized by block, however, so you will find references to adjoining areas.
The collection was established in 2003 by the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group (formerly the Park West Neighborhood History Group.) Additions are made to the collection on a regular basis. Contributions and suggestions are welcome.
Finding a file The materials are catalogued in files by topic. A list of the topics and file numbers is located at the front of each drawer. Please return the list to the drawer when finished consulting it. An alphabetical list of the files is in the drawer and above on this page of the website.
Copying and Returning Materials to the File Materials may be copied on the library's copy machine or personal device. Please return materials to the file. If not sure of the file location, please leave the material in the box on top of the cabinet for refiling.
Questions? A librarian can offer assistance on site, or email a query to the BNHG Library Collection committee by clicking Committee.