Throwing It Back on the Upper West Side
The idea of blogging a year in pictures -- old pictures -- came to me early this year. I thought it would be an enjoyable way to populate this blog with regular posts. After all, if a block association isn't about place, it doesn't really exist. Ours thankfully is about place and people.
I do not have an official duty within the management of this block association, so it is easy for me to toot the horn for these volunteers who bring regular events and vibrancy to our streets. And before these good neighbors, there were legions of others. This blog's "Throwback Thursdays" is a tribute to this place and those people. You can see the full collection of about 40 images here with further comments, dates and notes.
So, in the spirit of all the mainstream media hunger for "Year in Photos" sort of lookbacks, I offer here my answer. A simple impressionistic gallery of darlings from the year's worth of posts. The ones I could never cut. Culled from many sources and spanning over 100 years in Bloomingdale, UWS, Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA, Planet Earth. In one solar system out of perhaps 500 or more.
These pictures are unique to our neck of the woods. They come from me to you with a huge tip of the hat to NYC institutions such as the Museum of the City of New York and the NYPL's digital collections. With commendations for putting means into preserving and making available your fine collections. A darn good use of taxpayer and donor funds to my way of thinking.
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I welcome crowd-sourced images from the neighborhood for posts in 2016 -- as old as possible and before 1990, for sure.
In anticipation of your own photos, may 2016 be a year of urban palimpsests for you as 2015 was for me, walking our streets and seeing all the wonders that came before. Happy New Year, denizens and neighbors of Bloomingdale.
P.S. If you like what you see, click through to the full Throwback gallery. There's a lot more where these came from. Subscribe here to receive future posts directly by email.