New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
NYC's Oldest Operating Hotel
According to the classic book, Old Bowery Days, published in 1931, the building originally housed a tavern known as New Bullís Head, dating to 1805. Between 1825 and 1830, it was the Bowery House and by 1835, the Military and Civic Hotel. By the 1840s, it was the Westchester House – described as an “Old, dingy, yellow painted structure” in an 1875 memoir – before taking on the name Occidental Hotel in the mid-1870s.
The Occidentalís bar and restaurant was a hotspot for politicians, entertainers and sports figures through the early 20th century, serving boxing champions John. L. Sullivan and James Jackson Jeffries, and political heavyweights like Teddy Roosevelt and Al Smith.
On April 3, 1852, the infamous William “Boss” Tweed celebrated his birthday here, and from 1900 to 1913, it served as both headquarters and residence to State Senator “Big” Tim Sullivan.
- Eric Ferrera, author of The Bowery and founder of the Lower East Side History Project (leshp.org)
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.166′ N, 73° 59.676′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Broome Street, on the right when traveling south on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 146-148 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. Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders (a few steps from this marker); Faermanís Cash Registers (within shouting distance of this marker); Anti-Slavery Work In Federal Era Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Hi-Tech (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown's Body On The Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker); Vaudeville Hook Is Born! (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Bowery Savings Bank From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.