Bloomingdale District

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As seen in 1781

Bloomingdale is a part of Manhattan's Upper West Side between 96th and 110th Streets and bounded on the east by Amsterdam Avenue and on the west by Riverside Drive, Riverside Park and the Hudson River.[citation needed] The name is derivative the description given to the area by Dutch settlers to New Netherland, likely from Bloemendaal, a town in the eponymous tulip region.[1]


In the early days of New York City, the entire area north of 23rd Street and west of what is now Eighth Avenue was known as Bloomingdale and consisted of farms and villages along a road (regularized in 1703) known as the Bloomingdale Road. Bloomingdale Road was renamed The Boulevard in 1868, as the farms and villages were divided into building lots and absorbed into the city.[2] [3]

With the building of the Croton Aqueduct passing down the area between present day Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue in 1838-42, the northern reaches of the district became divided into Manhattan Valley to the east of the aqueduct and Bloomingdale to the west. Bloomingdale, in the latter half of the 19th century, was the name of a village that occupied the area just south of 110th street. [4]

The arrival of the Ninth Avenue elevated line in the 1870s and of the Broadway subway in 1904 further stimulated residential development of the area. The stately tall apartment blocks on West End Avenue and the townhouses on the streets between Amsterdam Avenue and Riverside Drive, which contribute to the character of the area, were all constructed during the pre-depression years of the twentieth century. A revolution in building techniques, the low cost of land relative to lower Manhattan, the arrival of the subway, and the democratization of the formerly expensive elevator made it possible to construct large apartment buildings for the middle classes. The large scale and style of these buildings is one reason why the neighborhood has remained largely unchanged into the twenty-first century.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'Brien, Jessica Lynn. "Unearthing Bloemendaal". Cooperator. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Neighborhood History
  4. ^ a b Dolkart, Andrew S. (1998). Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture & Development. Columbia University Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0231078504. 

Coordinates: 40°48′N 73°58′W / 40.8°N 73.97°W / 40.8; -73.97