Bowery in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
America’s First Great Black Comedian – Billy Kersands
— 317 Bowery —
Alexander’s was also where folk hero Steve Brodie first appeared after claiming to have survived a leap off the Brooklyn Bridge. (See 114 Bowery) The façade of this 1883 building incorporates Wyoming stone trim and brick into an eclectic Victorian composition. Look for the initials “HB” for owner Herman Bruns, cast into the second story of the two-story cast iron front and in the bowed fire escape. The building now houses the Bowery Residents’ Committee, formed in 1971 to provide comprehensive residential and outpatient programs for formerly homeless men.
-Michell Grubler, Chair, Landmarks Committee Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 40° 43.52′ N, 73° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York County. It is in the Bowery. Marker is on Bowery near Bleeker Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 317 Bowery, New York NY 10003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World’s Smallest Opera House (here, next to this marker); CBGB (a few steps from this marker); Then You Saw It/Now You Don’t (a few steps from this marker); Hats, Hardware & Horses (within shouting distance of this marker); Tin Palace Jazz Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Secret Cemetery Secret Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Bouwerie Lane Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Casting At The Cast Iron Bank: (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
Also see . . . Billy Kersands. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on April 7, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 20, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.