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Before the Revolutionary War, the Dutch who settled in the beautiful countryside, now known as the Upper West Side, called the area "Bloemendaal," meaning valley of flowers. Anglicized as Bloomingdale, this rural community was connected to the lower part of Manhattan by the Bloomingdale Road, its route largely echoed today by Broadway. In 1898, the community had its first library, the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Free Circulating Library, which was consolidated in 1901 with The New York Public Library. Sixty years later, a new Bloomingdale library opened in a modern two-story building one block east of its original location. The Bloomingdale Library - spacious and wheelchair accessible - houses collections for adults and teenagers for borrowing on the ground floor. The children's collection shares the second floor with an auditorium used for library programs and community meetings.
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This is a stunning building from the outside but the best is on the inside. It doesn’t cost anything to go in and on a hot summers afternoon it’s lovely and cool. We went to the third floor to see the... more »
the old building is gorgeous, you can visit all rooms and each of them have a different charm. I loved it more »
Haven’t been to this library in awhile. I went Wednesday and brought my laptop to use. At first I didn’t know where I could sit and be able to work and use an outlet. I went to the information desk and the guy came from around the desk to show me where I could use my computer. He could have just pointed me in the direction but I appreciate that he made the initiative to help me. The space is quiet and open. You sometimes forget that you are in a public library. I will now begin to come more often to this location.
Do NOT come here if you need to focus on anything at all. There are children screaming, patrons who come in speaking at full volume and are not asked to keep it quiet, and sirens blaring outside. There is literally not one quiet space in this building except one room you need to reserve which is upstairs in the children’s section that sounds more like a daycare than a library.
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