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Down by Riverside: the Park, the Drive and Bloomingdale
Presenter: Stephanie Azzarone, author of the just-published Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park

Riverside Park and Riverside Drive have lived many lives. Originally Native American hunting grounds, over time the neighborhood was also the site of vast farms, elegant country estates and stunning millionaires’ villas. Many of the first homes on the Drive arose in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Down by Riverside: the Park, the Drive and Bloomingdale looks at the creation and evolution of Park and Drive through the eyes of the individuals responsible for it: the powerful men who conceived it, promoted it and pioneered life along it. Their goal: to create “the city’s preeminent residential street, expected to eclipse Fifth Avenue with ease.”

While some of their names are well known, others have been long forgotten. This presentation will reveal who they were and share their stories – from tales of murder to fears of being buried alive -- while focusing on the families who lived in Bloomingdale both before and after the Park and Drive came to be.

Nov 30, 2022 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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