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Spanish Flu in Bloomingdale: A Search for How Our Neighborhood Coped in 1918

This post was written by Pam Tice, a member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group Planning Committee I had a little bird, Its name was Enza, I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. Children’s Rhyme, 1918  As our 2020 Pandemic Spring … Continue reading

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Growing Old in Bloomingdale Part III

The Home for Old Men and Aged Couples and St. Luke’s Home for Indigent Females Both of these homes, developed by New York’s Protestant Episcopal Church, were in Morningside Heights, to the north of our Bloomingdale neighborhood. They were both … Continue reading

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Growing Old in Bloomingdale, Part II

The Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged indigent Females   Since the 2013 post (linked in Part 1) on the history of the organization and its homes for elderly women, the Annual Reports from 1814 to 1924 for the … Continue reading

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Growing Old in Bloomingdale: Nineteenth Century Homes for the Aged, Part 1

This post and the two that follow on the same topic are written by Pam Tice, member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group planning committee. In the early days of the nineteenth century as the population of New York City … Continue reading

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Our Bloomingdale Wall

  Once we had a wall running right through our Bloomingdale neighborhood. Only it wasn’t called a wall; it was the Clendening Bridge, a portion of the Croton Aqueduct, the city’s first major infrastructure project to address the problem of … Continue reading

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Bloomingdale Neighborhood Stores, Part Two

A previous post (LINK)  about food provisioning in Bloomingdale described the streetscape of Columbus, Amsterdam and Broadway, a dynamic jumble of food suppliers: fruit and vegetables, bakeries, meats, seafood, delicatessens, and wine/liquor stores.  From 1890 to 1940 while a few … Continue reading

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Provisioning Bloomingdale: Stores that fed the residents of Bloomingdale

Here is another post on the Bloomingdale neighborhood of the Upper West Side. It was written by Pam Tice, member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s Planning Committee.  Bloomingdale’s residential development brought numerous retail food shops into the neighborhood, from … Continue reading

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New York’s Colored Orphan Asylum

Summary of Presentation by Dr. William Seraile on February 27, 2018 William Seraile is Professor Emeritus of History at Lehman College of the City University of New York.  He is the author of five books, including  “Angels of Mercy:  White … Continue reading

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Bloomingdale’s Finest Mansion: From Elmwood to Elm Park, 1764-1891

This post covers another one of Bloomingdale’s lost structures. It was written by Pam Tice, a member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s Planning Committee. When you walk from West 96th to 91st Streets on Columbus Avenue, or walk east … Continue reading

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Bloomingdale’s West 96th Street Was the Focus of the 1925 Solar Eclipse

In this summer of 2017 as we prepare for the solar eclipse on August 21, a recent reference to the 1925 eclipse in The New York Times and the importance of our Bloomingdale neighborhood inspired further research.  This event, known … Continue reading

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