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
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 630pm
Madame Jumel Collects: the Pioneering Art Collection of Rags-to-riches New Yorker Eliza Jumel
Margaret Oppenheimer, art historian and author of The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel: A Story of Marriage and Money in the Early Republic, will discuss Mme. Jumel’s art collection--over 240 paintings acquired in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century.
Free and All Are Welcome
No Reservations Needed
Location: The Ballroom of Hostelling International-NY
at 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd
More Information at Upcoming Events
The Next Free Walking Tour
Sunday, April 8, 2018 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
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