New York, a city rich in history, art and dreams houses its very own art hub called the Bowery. Bowery is a street and a neighborhood in the southern portion of Manhattan and is adjacent to the Lower East Side, Nolita and Soho. It is a part of the East Village, a charming neighborhood with a long labyrinthine history. Set amidst this funky, artsy, historic region are East Village Apartments, a unique option for anyone searching for furnished short term rentals in Manhattan.
The name Bowery comes from the Dutch who settled Manhattan. They named the path (now a street) Bouwerij road. “Bouwerij” is an old Dutch word for farm. The Bouwerij road connected farms and estates to the “heart” of the then-fledgling city. By the 1800s, as the city crept north, it was no longer the countryside and was now an area where the wealthy lived. The Bowery gained in respectability and elegance, becoming a broad boulevard, as well-heeled and famous people moved their residences there, including Peter Cooper, the industrialist and philanthropist. The Bowery began to rival Fifth Avenue as an address.
When Lafayette Street was opened parallel to the Bowery in the 1820s, the Bowery Theatre was founded by rich families on the site of the Red Bull Tavern, which had been purchased by John Jacob Astor; it opened in 1826 and was the largest auditorium in North America at the time. Across the way the Bowery Amphitheatre was erected in 1833, specializing in the more populist entertainments of equestrian shows and circuses. From stylish beginnings, the tone of Bowery Theatre’s offerings matched the slide in the social scale of the Bowery itself.
In 1894, Stanford White’s gorgeous Bowery Savings Bank rose on the corner of Grand Street; in 1909, Carrère and Hastings finished the Manhattan Bridge; and just over a decade after Roosevelt’s essay, the immense Citizens Savings Bank would go up at the corner of Canal Street. These three Beaux-Arts monuments are all now landmarks, it tells a different story of the Bowery and captures is in its vibrant capitalist narrative.
Not only is the Bowery New York’s oldest street, but it is also perhaps the one that best embodies these contradictions. It has been poor, rich, violent, cultured, upscale, and downtrodden—all at the same time. It has also served as a buffer between neighborhoods, while never truly being part of those neighborhoods. It has borne witness to every facet of New York’s history.
Since the 1990s the entire Lower East Side and East Village have been reviving, and gentrification has contributed to ongoing change in the East Village and Bowery. In particular, the number of high-rise condominiums is growing. In 2007, the SANAA-designed facility for the New Museum of Contemporary Art opened between Stanton and Prince Street. In 2008, Avalon Communities opened Avalon Bowery Place, its first luxury apartment complex on the Bowery, with Whole Foods Market., which is the main supermarket used by long term and short term lease apartments.
In October 2011, a Bowery Historic District was registered with the New York State Register of Historic Places and, because of that, automatically nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. A grassroots community organization named Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) in association with the community-based housing organization called the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council led the effort for the creation of the historic district.
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