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Windows On The Bowery

400 Years On NYC’s Oldest Street

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
1. Windows On The Bowery Marker
The images are culled from those on other markers.
Inscription.  The Bowery – its broad, crooked arc first traversed on foot by Native Americans over unknown centuries – remains New York City’s oldest thoroughfare and one of the world’s few streets whose name evokes meaning beyond a mere place on a map. Stretching 1.25 miles from Chatham Square to Cooper Square, 400 years of Euro-American history make the Bowery undisputedly the city’s most architecturally diverse & historically significant streetscape, with building representing every decade since 1780.

Colonial Dutch bouwerij (farm) road; Manhattan’s first Free Black settlement; George Washington’s Revolution-era procession route; epicenter of 19th Century Irish-American political influence as well as German-American culture; the Bowery was also the site of Lincoln’s famous anti-slavery speech. New York’s first entertainment district, since the early 1800s, the Bowery has incubated uniquely American cultural expressions, including tap dance, minstrelsy, vaudeville, jazz, Abstract Expressionism, Beat literature, and punk rock.

The Bowery was a 19th century stomping ground for the working class, the Bowery Boys gang, gay
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By Larry Gertner, April 9, 2019
2. Windows On The Bowery Marker site
5 Bowery, one site among many.
New Yorkers and waves of Irish, Italian, Chinese, German and Jewish immigrants. Since the 20th century, it has served as a jewelry, lighting, and restaurant supply district; a base for the homeless, and a live/work space for an influential community of cutting edge artists.

While the shiny, generic condos of recent overdevelopment consume rare & significant sites along the fabled thoroughfare, the Bowery’s importance was recognized with listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Despite this honor and widely supported calls for preservation, this richly layered repository of social, economic, political, cultural and architectural history remains one of the country’s most endangered historic places.

- Kerri Culhane, Architectural Historian
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 42.87′ N, 73° 59.817′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Pell Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 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. NYC’s Oldest Brick House (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Modern Tattooing! (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnum's First Big Bamboozle
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By from "New Netherland and Beyond" website
3. "The Bowery"
(within shouting distance of this marker); High and Low Art (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to Old Chinatown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stephen Foster (about 300 feet away); The Bowery Boys (about 400 feet away); Lost New York Gem (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.
These markers generally appear at locations that did not have any individual significance, but also sometimes in conjunction with them.
 
Categories. ArchitectureEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
"Windows On The Bowery" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2016
4. "Windows On The Bowery"
This infobox appears on every marker in the series.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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