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Ghosts And Occasional Mayhem
This anchor of the Bowery was, in the 19th Century, a hosiery shop where one clerk stabbed another; then a beer hall where bartender Schaefer was arrested twice for selling beer on Sunday; then a theater whose name changed with the human tide: the National, the Columbia, the Roumanian Opera House, the Teatro Italiano. Here, in 1898, a man murdered another man for strolling with his wife.
There were many fires and many owners, including a 260-lb. Tammany functionary named Alderman Fleck, who ran a music hall for dose in de know. When do-gooders failed to close it for acts of immorality, Fleck threw a party that the New York Times said featured scantily clad women “with capricious thirsts.”
The building served as a moving-picture theater, a rag-sorting business, a penny arcade, and a longtime flophouse offering cheap 4-by-6 cubicles with chicken-wire ceilings. In 1980, George Skoularikos moved into Cubicle No. 40 and stayed long after everyone else had left or died, stalling a new owner’s plan to transform the building into this hotel for Chinese tourists.
After court intervention, George
- Dan Barry, Writer/Historian, New York Times
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.074′ N, 73° 59.715′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Grand And Hester Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104-106 Bowery, 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. “A Carnival Of Debauchery!” (within shouting distance of this marker); Man Survives Leap From Brooklyn Bridge! (within shouting distance of this marker); "I'm Not A Nice Girl" (within shouting distance of this marker); Freaks! Assassins! Giant Squids! (within shouting distance of this marker); NYC Landmark Of Cast Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowery Savings Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (about 300 feet away); Former Bowery Savings Bank (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 19, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.