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
The Man With the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block, tells the stories of the remarkable people who lived in seven townhouses on Riverside Drive over the past 115 years. On January 17 author Daniel J. Wakin gave a free presentation for the BNHG at the Hostel International. Read an excerpt from his talk at The Man With the Sawed-off Leg.
To get a sense of what's essential reading for the New York history neophyte, local writer Marjorie Cohen, planning committee member of the BNHG, asked 11 historians and authors to tell us their favorite books of New York history, along with an explanation of why each title made the cut. Read her blog at The 25 Best Books
The Next Free BNHG Presentation
"White Women, Black Children: The History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum"
presented by Dr. William Seraile, Professor Emeritus at Lehman College, CUNY
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Hostel International-New York
891 Amsterdam Avenue
Free and All Are Welcome
Dr. Seraile taught African American history for 36 years and is the author of several books including Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan Asylum. Read more at
presented by the BNHG with the Columbus/Amsterdam BID and Hostel International-NY
The Next Free Walking Tour
February 25, 2018 (Sun.) at 1:00pm
Meet at Hostelling International
891 Amsterdam Avenue
Explore the history of the
with local historian
Read more 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 on Central Park West at 97th Street
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. Read the entire blog at Chronology.
Read Pam Tice's blog on a recent BNHG presentation on Central Park by park historian and photographer Sarah Cedar Miller at Central Park.