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Incubator For Art

YMCA Building

 

— 222 Bowery —

 
Incubator For Art Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. Incubator For Art Marker
Inscription.  A designated New York City landmark, this Queen Anne-style building opened on October 15, 1885 as the Young Men’s Institute, a branch of the YMCA. Featuring a gymnasium, bowling alley, library, entertainment hall, and rooftop garden, the Institute was created, in the words of the New-York Daily Tribune, “as an offset to the cheap amusement resorts” then proliferating along the Bowery. While YMCA missions at 134, 153 and 243 Bowery did rescue work, the Institute stressed prevention, with vocational classes and a lecture series that featured Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Ward Beecher.

Vacated by the YMCA during the early 1930s, the structure began attracting painters such as Fernand Leger, who used one of its loft spaces as a studio. From 1958 to 1959, Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko painted the murals originally intended for Midtown’s Seagram Building here. Other residents have included poet John Giorno, visual artists Michael Goldberg and Lynn Umlauf, as well as Beat Generation writer William Burroughs, who famously dubbed his apartment, “the Bunker.”

-David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dancers
222 Bowery, 2016 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 25, 2016
2. 222 Bowery, 2016
& Vaudeville

 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
 
Location. 40° 43.326′ N, 73° 59.614′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Prince Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Bowery, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 140 Years Of Help And Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Eisenmann’s Photography Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bowery Flop (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery! (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (about 300 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.
 
Also see . . .  Montparnasse on Skid Row -- No. 222 Bowery
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
3. Inset
Young Man’s Institute circa 1890s
. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
4. Inset
Mark Rothko (1903-1070)
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
5. Inset
William Burroughs (1914-1997)
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
6. Inset
John Giorno in Warhol’s Sleep (1963)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 24, 2020