1910: Riverside Drive at West 96th Street
That got me to thinking about crowd sourcing from neighbors pictures our area from the past. We need not go all the way back to renderings of Lenape in Manahatta (but it would be nice if we could find some!). Throwbacks should be any "period" pictures we can find. For starters, I'd love to have some Broadway storefronts from the 1970s, for example...or just a shot of those old gas guzzlers tooting down West End.
So, each Thursday that I have something new, I will post a Throwback Bloomingdale image. For the full series, click here.
Today's image goes back a century. It is thanks to Camille Colon. And I thought it was a perfect launch image since it shows our neighborhood from its southern edge. For the purposes of these posts, Bloomingdale will be loosely defined as "I'll know it when I see it" but will generally stretch from about 96th to 110th on the West Side. Exceptions made for excellent images.
So, were you here in the 1950s? 1960s? Earlier? Do you have great pictures of your street hailing from a bygone decade. Shots of the park, Broadway storefronts, neighbors in bell bottoms? Let's get them up and online for everyone to enjoy.
Nostalgia is in. Long live nostalgia.
By Caitlin Hawke