“This is a street that predates Manhattan. It has been one of the finest addresses in the city and it has been skid row, and now it’s changing again,” said Bill Wander, offering an extremely brief history of the Bowery.
We were standing with Mr. Wander, historian for McSorley’s Old Ale House (yes, McSorley’s has a historian), in the Bowery Hotel, surrounded by other historians, preservationists, punk rockers, poets, Italian bakers and many a downtown bar veteran who had gathered to celebrate the Bowery’s recent listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
If you happen to live on the city’s now-glitzy skid row, you should be high and dry, at least for the time being, so fear not for a slip-up during the mayor’s storm update this morning. If you caught it, Mayor Bloomberg said the Bowery had flooded, when in fact he meant The Battery, according to his staff.
“There has already been some flooding already in the Bowery, as well as the FDR and some of the Rockaways,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We expect surge levels of 6 to 11 feet. A surge of 9 to 10 feet is possible along Coney Island and the Rockaways. And a surge of 11 to 12 feet may occur at the Battery Monday evening.”
It used to be the Bowery was the last place anyone wanted to be caught dead in New York—quite likely because you could wind up dead on skid row. But as it has become the locus of over-the-top downtown development in recent years, nostalgists and preservationists have joined forces to try and preserve the area. Even Assembly Speaker and local representative Shelly Silver has expressed an interest to seeing the Bowery stay the same. The state has finally come through and given the historic byway a boost, though it may be too little, too late.
The Wee Hours
The unmarked cop car sped out into the late night cobwebbed streets of Nolita at 3 a.m., bursting through red lights, sirens blaring, and ricocheting around turns that shook us back and forth, east to west. We had to lay low in the back seat, even for the quick trip to the corner of Mott and Houston. We pulled up next to three cruisers, sitting hotly in a giant cough of simmering exhaust, tire tread and the flash of red, white and blue.
We got our first look at the new boutique hotel being built on the Bowery by the Paris-based Louzon Group on Tuesday. At the time, it looked funkier than a poodle with a mohawk, but the place turns out to be more rave then punk.
As you can see in these new renderings provided Read More
Down and Out
When CBGB closed and was replaced with a John Varvatos boutique, many an obituary was penned for the Bowery. Between all the new hotels and eateries, the area was over. But today’s news signals a passing of another sort, not of the Bowery’s punk prestige but of an even older legacy dating back at least Read More
Nate Appleman turned some heads last month when he abdicated founding chef duties at Pulino’s, Keith McNally’s newest restaurant. As a result, the crust changed, and there was no news as to where Appleman would end up.
Now, Grub Street reports that Appleman has made a move that could shock the Read More
Mars Bar is a loud, dirty, graffitti-washed crumbling cement block of a spot where denizens guzzle whiskey, packed in like sardines.
It’s also is a bit of a sore thumb on Second Avenue. Mars Bar is garish and gross; it’s on an street that’s so clean you could have a blanket-less picnic with your tofu Read More
Last week, the City Planning Commission approved the rezoning of Third Avenue in the East Village, a measure designed to prevent out-of-scale towers–looking at you, NYU dorms–from overtaking the four-block stretch and overwhelming the area’s historic mid-rise scale. It’s the second time in as many years that part of Read More
The Sperone Westwater art gallery, which works with artists like Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg, has filed architectural plans with the city for its new Lord Norman Foster-designed gallery at 257 Bowery. The plans, filed yesterday, call for a 10-story building of almost 15,000 square feet.
According to a Read More