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03.12.15 Bucky Turco

On Wednesday afternoon, I popped out of the Bowery station and saw a homeless guy standing on Delancey Street with a sign that read, “Tell me off for $2.” I asked the man, who had an odd straw-like cylinder pierced through his nose, if people actually take him on his offer. “You really wanna know?” […]

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02.06.15 Prachi Gupta

The mansion at Bowery and Spring, which has been covered in graffiti tags since the 1980s, has sold for a whopping $55 million. Rumors of the sale have been swirling since September, but until Thursday, the price was undisclosed. The New York Daily News first reported the price that photographer Jay Maisel received for 190 […]

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09.17.14 Sophie Weiner

The graffiti-bombed mansion at 190 Bowery, built in 1898, was originally a bank and according to the New York Times, will likely be turned into condos with commercial space below. Since the late 60’s, the 72-room dwelling has been home to photographer Jay Maisel, who bought it for only $102,000. The insides were a kind […]

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08.26.14 Sophie Weiner

“I don’t really like it, but misery likes company,” is the general sentiment expressed by the subjects of a short documentary from the 1960’s titled How Do You Like The Bowery? The black and white video shows a seamy landscape of flophouses and bleak streets, on which the interviewees spend their time. Some tell tragic stories about […]

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06.16.14 Sophie Weiner

A dig site at 50 Bowery has yielded some unexpected artifacts, including an 19th century “elixir of long life,” DNA Info reports. The site was once a German beer garden, and the elixir was found among other old alcohol bottles and remedies like “Dr. Hostetters Stomach Bitters.” Now, the archeologists are trying to recreate these allegedly life-extending drinks. […]

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05.12.14 Andy Cush

News surfaced in March that the Chinatown Salvation Army — one of the last vestiges of the street’s history as a home for the destitute — would be moving to Brooklyn to make room for luxury condos and an Ace Hotel. The building at 223-225 Bowery, which housed the organization for 101 years, functioned as a […]

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10.28.13 Kyle Petreycik

The New Museum will be transforming an adjacent warehouse space into an “incubator” for hybrid art and design projects. The 11,000-sq.-ft space may be open as early as next summer, providing resources and workspaces to over sixty different creative companies 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week for “research and development, prototyping, experimentation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.” Previously, it’s been utilized by the museum as […]

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10.17.13 Andy Cush

Today, the building at 50 Bowery, spitting distance from the Manhattan Bridge, is set for demolition so that a developer can build a new 20-story hotel. But once upon a time–in 1783, to be precise, George Washington may have had a drink there, according to a local preservationist. Adam Woodward tells CBS he’s found evidence of […]

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05.03.13 Aymann Ismail

For After Hours 2’s “Murals on the Bowery” project, several artists transformed security gates into… security gates with art on them. A few have already been bombed. Here are some of those gates on the Bowery, from Houston Street to Grand Street. Check back every Friday for a new photo essay. See the photos in […]

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06.04.12 Joshua Rivera

Sometimes bees get restless and tired of their tiny Lower East Side accommodations, so they pack up and move. In swarms. It happens every summer, but this summer may be a particularly crowded one–since beekeeping was made legal in the city in 2010, hive-running has become something of a hobby, with the number of hives […]

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