“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Cigar Factory

On The Bowery


— 268 Bowery —

Cigar Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. Cigar Factory Marker
Inscription.  By the early 1880s this Italianate style building had become the Great Northern Hotel, where in 1884, 18 year-old Frank Samsel, a brush maker from Bohemia, Germany killed himself with a pistol in Room No. 38. In the early 20th century, as Windsor Lodging House, with a capacity of 200 beds at 20 cents a bed, it also became a notorious thieves den. However, it was also home to Emil Brunner, known to his acquaintances and fellow-lodgers as the “honestest man in the Bowery.” Although only earning 50 cents a day as a cleaner, Brunner found and returned a pocketbook containing $47 and refused a reward.

Most unusual for this area, the Dorchester Stone façade, a yellowish sandstone, was quarried in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia, Canada. It retains many of the original 1871 Italianate features, such as its window hoods, brackets, cornice and cast iron fire escapes.

In the 1870s, it was part of a large factory, office and salesroom complex of buildings for cigar manufacturer, Lichtenstein Bros. & Co. that fronted on Bowery, Houston and Elizabeth Streets.

-Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance
Cigar Factory Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
2. Cigar Factory Marker site
268 Bowery, 2016
of Neighbors
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Location. 40° 43.41′ N, 73° 59.584′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near E Houston Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 268 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. Sammy's Bowery Follies (within shouting distance of this marker); Liz Christie Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Baseball to Houdini (about 400 feet away); Sidewalks Of New York Premieres On Bowery! (about 400 feet away); Fourteenth Ward Industrial School of the Children’s Aid Society (about 400 feet away); NYC’s Oldest Thoroughfare (about 500 feet away); Charles Eisenmann’s Photography Studio (about 500 feet away); McGurk’s Suicide Hall (about 500 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.
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
3. Inset
As part of the Lichtenstein Bros. & Co. factory complex (arrow)

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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