New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
NYCís Oldest Brick House
Edward Mooney House
ó 18 Bowery ó
This is the cityís oldest surviving brick townhouse, built in 1785, shortly after the British evacuated New York and before George Washington became President of the new republic. Reflecting the emergence from English colony to new republic, its architecture contains elements of both pre-Revolutionary Georgian and the in-coming Federal style. A well-to-do breeder of racehorses, Edward Mooney was also a wholesale butcher, a trade associated with many of the areaís buildings.
In the early 1900s, this was Barney Flynnís Saloon, hangout of pugilists and base of operations for Chuck Connors, the strutting, self-described “White Mayor of Chinatown” whose slumming tours included staged-to-shock visits to roughneck bars and opium dens.
It was Connors who got former Bowery newsboy Izzy Baline a singing waiter job at the Pelham Cafť at 12 Pell Street, where he wrote his first song and changed his name to Irving Berlin. He later wrote “White Christmas” and “God Bless America.”
- Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Location. 40° 42.875′ N, 73° 59.841′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Pell Street, on the right when traveling south on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 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. Birthplace of Modern Tattooing! (here, next to this marker); Windows On The Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to Old Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnum's First Big Bamboozle (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Foster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); High and Low Art (about 300 feet away); The Bowery Boys (about 400 feet away); Roll of Honor (about 400 feet away). 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.
The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on April 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7, 8. submitted on April 10, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.