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George Washington Drank Here!

50 Bowery

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
1. George Washington Drank Here! Marker
Inscription.  
On November 25, 1783, as the British withdrew from Manhattan, General Washington and his troops marched across the still rural island and down the Bowery. Stopping at the Bullís Head Tavern to rest, they were met by throngs of jubilant citizens and raised their glasses before marching further south into the city, to celebrate what became known as Evacuation Day, the end of the Revolutionary War.

Established circa 1755 in a butchersí district, the tavernís adjacent stockyard featured bear-and-bull-baiting. In the early 1800s, German-born owner Henry Astor exhibited “Old Bet”, the second elephant in America. Bullís Head survived into the 1820s, patronized by writer Washington Irving

In 1858, this site became the Atlantic Garden, a grand beer and entertainment hall serving German immigrants of the areaís Kleindeutchland (“Little Germany”). One of the few Bowery venues considered suitable for families, it was famous for its ladiesí orchestra, the first of its kind in the U.S. Entertainment featured African American musicians Cole and Johnson and the premiere of the Gay 90s song, “Daisy
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
2. George Washington Drank Here! Marker site
Just before completion as Hotel 50 Bowery, while gentrification marches on.
Bell (A Bicycle built for Two).”

Popular for over half a century, the Atlantic Garden ended its days with Yiddish vaudeville and boxing matches before finally closing around 1915.

- David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dancers & Vaudeville
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 42.948′ N, 73° 59.793′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Canal & Bayard Streets, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Broadway, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bowery Theatre (here, next to this marker); Renaissance-Inspired Bank for the Working Class (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bowery Boys (within shouting distance of this marker); Lost New York Gem (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Horse Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Foster (within shouting distance of this marker); High and Low Art (within shouting distance of this marker); Windows On The Bowery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. EntertainmentWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
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Bullís Head Tavern. In early 1800s, owned by Henry Astor, butcher and brother of furrier/land baron John Jacob Astor.
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
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Postcard featuring Atlantic Gardens.
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
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Headliners Cole & Johnson; Atlantic Garden, 1870. Remnants survived until 2013.
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By Larry Gertner, July 25, 2016
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Atlantic Garden beer mug
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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