Bogie in Bloomingdale
By Caitlin Hawke
Hearing the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group's talk last week about our neighborhood's cameos in the moving pictures as presented by Gary Dennis and Jim Mackin, I was transported to the days of the Movie Place. I remember ungodly hot summer days -- on Fridays after work -- heading over there to load up on videos, a full pile, to watch in a cool, dark place while Mother Nature had her scorching way with the city.
My first floor window on Riverside Drive had bars, and so the only A/C I could use was neither deep-bodied nor powerful since it had to fit in a very tight spot.
Ok, so back to my point. Gary Dennis, who came to own the Movie Place, as many neighbors well know, and who grew up around here, was driven by his film obsession to commemorate the old residence of the boy who would become Bloomingdale's biggest Hollywood legend, Humphrey Bogart. Bogie's childhood home is 245 West 103rd Street. And there, thanks to Gary, you can see the plaque.
Below, a September 2006 Block Association newsletter article -- one from the vault -- by David Reich tells the whole tale of the commemoration. David shared the color photo at the bottom of this post.
The whole affair makes me want to whistle a cheer. You know how to whistle, don't cha?
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