14 Facts About Bowery


Bowery is a street and neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City.

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New York City Subway's Bowery station, serving the BMT Nassau Street Line, is located close to the Bowery's intersection with Delancey and Kenmare Streets.

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Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island, preceding European intervention as a Lenape footpath, which spanned roughly the entire length of the island, from north to south.

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Bowery's mansion burned down in 1778 and his great-grandson sold the remaining chapel and graveyard, now the site of the Episcopal church of St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.

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Across the way the Bowery Amphitheatre was erected in 1833, specializing in the more populist entertainments of equestrian shows and circuses.

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The Bowery, which marked the eastern border of the slum of "Five Points", had become the turf of one of America's earliest street gangs, the nativist Bowery Boys.

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From 1878 to 1955 the Third Avenue El ran above the Bowery, further darkening its streets, populated largely by men.

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Vagrant population of the Bowery declined after the 1970s, in part because of the city's effort to disperse it.

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Avalon Bowery Place was quickly followed with the development of Avalon Bowery Place II.

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Bowery Savings Bank was chartered in May 1834, when the Bowery was an upscale residential street, and grew with the rising prosperity of the city.

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Bowery Mural is an outdoor exhibition space located on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery, on a wall owned by Goldman Properties since 1984.

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Bowery Poetry is a performance space at Bowery and Bleecker Street.

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Miner's Bowery Theatre was a vaudeville or variety show theater opened by Senator Henry Clay Miner in 1878.

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The museum has an ongoing Bowery Project honoring artists who lived on the Bowery with taped interviews and archived records.

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