Weekend History: Spanish Flu in Bloomingdale, A Search For How Our Neighborhood Coped in 1918, Part II

There were daily newspaper reports, by borough, of new cases of flu and pneum … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Spanish Flu in Bloomingdale, A Search For How Our Neighborhood Coped in 1918, Part I

When New York went on “pause,” I decided to learn about the 1918 flu epi … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of RBG Comes to the New-York Historical Society; ‘Not Done Yet’

Just inside the gallery, the sounds of Ginsburg’s Brooklyn drawl greet … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Growing Old in Bloomingdale, Part III

​One in twelve adults was over 65 in 1955; today it is one in s … Read the rest of this entry >>

Man and Woman Shot Tuesday Night on Amsterdam and 89th Street

Two people were wounded by gunfire Tuesday night at around 8:40 p.m. in front of 928 Amsterdam Avenue at West 89th Street, an NYPD spokesperson told West Side … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Growing Old in Bloomingdale, Part II

The women who founded the Association were profoundly religious in their mission but were not from any particular Protestant ch … Read the rest of this entry >>

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

In the early days of the nineteenth century as the population of New York City exp … Read the rest of this entry >>

Neighborhood Photographer Shares his Photos of 9/11 After 20 Years; ‘I Always Have a Camera With Me’

There are certain events that touch you so deeply that you will fo … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Bloomingdale Goes to School, 1790s and Early 1800s

As parents cope with educating their children in this complicated time, it’s been interesting to look back to the late 18th and early 19th cent … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Bloomingdale Grows and Prospers, 1790-1820

New York City had to recover from the Revolutionary War after George Washington marched back to downtown Manhattan in November … Read the rest of this entry >>

Nine Local Community Gardens With Fascinating Backstories

“It is a treasure. I have had great conversations in a beautiful spac … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: Enslaved African Americans in Bloomingdale

The enslavement of African Americans was prevalent in colonial New York, where 40% of Europeans owned sl … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: The Revolutionary War in Bloomingdale

So many historians have written about the Battle of Harlem Heights on September 16, … Read the rest of this entry >>

NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass Talks About Police Morale, Ethics, and Jewish Cops

When we think of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), rabbis and other religious le … Read the rest of this entry >>

A City Council District’s ‘Carve-Out’ Has a Fascinating History Involving Race and Class

There is a small section of the Upper West Side separated from the rest of it by its City Council district. Located in the northeastern c … Read the rest of this entry >>

Weekend History: 18th Century Bloomingdale Residents Before the American Revolution

New York City’s colonial history provides a context for Bloomingdale’s history before the American Revolu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remembering When ‘Off to the Races’ Meant West 72nd Street

"...the clientele was considered by non-bettors to be unattractive, lazy or just unsavory. I, however, did not see it that wa … Read the rest of this entry >>

An Old Church Has a New Life as a Theater; Shows This Weekend!

Unbeknownst to many, that beautiful church building on the corner of West 86th and Amsterdam is being used as a theatre and artist space … Read the rest of this entry >>

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Countess Vera, the Lady Who Loved Pigeons

I think most people thought she was a crazy old lady, but I knew that was not true, be … Read the rest of this entry >>

Pilates Was Created During the Last Pandemic; It’s Back on the UWS as We Fight the Latest Pandemic

Pilates, a mind-body exercise method which focuses on strengthening, stretching and core work, was founded in Europe in the midst of the Influenza pandemic of … Read the rest of this entry >>

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