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A Bowery Flop

For 5 Cents A Night

 

— 219-21 Bowery —

 
A Bowery Flop Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. A Bowery Flop Marker
Inscription.  By 1890, it was estimated that 9,000 homeless men, many of them alcoholics or gambling addicts, found lodging in Bowery flophouses. Accommodations could be a person-sized spot to flop on a wooden floor in a large open ward for 5 cents or a wooden cubicle about four feet by seven for 15 cents.

Nathaniel H. Lyons founded the Lyons Hotel Co. which came to own at least twenty lodging houses including the purpose-built Alabama Hotel constructed in 1889. The architect was James E. Ware (1846-1918), most noteworthy for developing the dumbbell plan, a housing reform design that slightly improved upon the light and air reaching interior rooms of tenement apartments.

The eclectic style of the brick and stone façade displays both Renaissance Revival and Queen Anne features, including central projecting bays with decorative panels and pilasters at the second and third stories and the fifth floor arcade. A lodging house for 77 years, the upper stories were converted to artist’s lofts in 1966.

-Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
 
Erected 2018 by Bowery
A Bowery Flop Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
2. A Bowery Flop Marker site
219-21 Bowery, 2016
Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.308′ N, 73° 59.595′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Rivington Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219-21 Bowery, New York NY 10002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (a few steps from 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); Incubator For Art (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery! (within shouting distance of this marker). 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. Architecture
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
3. Inset
Outside the Alabama Hotel, 1956
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
4. Inset
Typical flop house cubicle topped by chicken wire, 1956
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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