Catching Up: Marjorie Cohen’s history writing on the Bloomingdale area

Marjorie Cohen writes history essays for the West Side Rag, our neighborhood’s e-news reporting on the Upper West Side.  Marjorie is a member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s planning committee.
Marjorie has lived on the Upper West Side since the mid 60s. A big fan of the neighborhood, she fought crime on the grassroots level as Executive Director of the Westside Crime Prevention Program/Safe Haven for more than 20 years. Now, with WCPP’s mission accomplished, Marjorie is concentrating on writing and editing. She is the author of seven travel books.

The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group thanks the editor of the West Side Rag for allowing us to share these posts.

UPPER WESTSIDE HISTORY: THE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A MODEL WHO BROKE THE RULES

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm by West Side Rag

West Side Rag Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly West Side Rag series by Marjorie Cohen. Each month, Marjorie will choose an object or document from the archives of the New-York Historical Society that references the Upper West Side. Read this entry:

http://www.westsiderag.com/2011/12/16/upper-west-side-history-the-rise-and-tragic-fall-of-the-model-who-broke-the-rules

THE CLAREMONT INN: A LOST TREASURE ON THE BANKS OF THE HUDSON

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm by West Side Rag

This is the second article in our History Beat series — columns inspired by materials about the Upper West Side from the library of the New-York Historical Society. This article references items from the library’s manuscript and print collections. Read the rest of the entry:

http://www.westsiderag.com/2012/02/07/the-claremont-inn-a-lost-treasure-on-the-banks-of-the-hudson

EXTRAORDINARY TRUE TALES OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE AUTOMAT

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm by West Side Rag

Let’s take a look back to the Upper West Side of the 1930s and a building constructed just as the Great Depression began. For decades, it was part of a delightful and innovative business experiment, and on one day in the middle of the summer of 1933 it was the scene of a strange and tragic series of …Read the rest of this entry: http://www.westsiderag.com/2012/03/29/upper-west-side-history-a-tale-of-fast-food-and-a-strange-double-tragedy

THE LION BREWERY WHERE BEER WAS MADE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm by West Side Rag

Each month we choose an object from the N-Y Historical Society Library’s collection that relates to the history of the Upper West Side and use it as the focus of an article.  The topic for this month’s column,  >>http://www.westsiderag.com/2012/05/25/the-lion-brewery-where-beer-was-made-on-the-upper-west-side

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About bloomingdale history

Group of neighbors interested in the history of the Bloomingdale area, approximately West 86th to West 110th Streets, Park to River.
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2 Responses to Catching Up: Marjorie Cohen’s history writing on the Bloomingdale area

  1. I understand that you are connected to Society for the relief of the Destitute Blinds. I am looking for more information about its relationship to Rest-Haven Inc. This was a vacation spot for Blind women from 1923 to 1928. It is also my understanding that the blind vacationers pretty much came through your organization. Please contact me.

    • Timothy Mitts:

      I’m replying to your message regarding the Society for the Relief of the Destitute Blind. You must have read our blog post on the Society which we presented as part of our work as a volunteer-led local history organization. We are the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group. We do not have any information on the remaining vestiges of the Society after it moved from our neighborhood in the second decade of the 1900s.

      Thank you for your interest.

      Pam Tice

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