The Bowery -- New York City's oldest and most under-appreciated avenue -- is the most architecturally and historically diverse street in the city, with architecture representing every decade from the 1780s to the present. Though named to the National Register of Historic Places, it remains one of the city’s most endangered historic treasures.
From Native American footpath to contemporary luxury development, this tour will explore hundreds of years of exceptionally important (and sometimes strange) history.
- Native American, ancient geological sites
- Sites of freed-slave colonies
- Revolutionary War locations
- Former Vaudeville and immigrant theaters, Dime Museums
- Significant political sites
- Iconic landmarks, cultural sites, eateries and points of interest
- Much more!
- Yiddish/Chinese/Italian/German Theater
- Punk rock, jazz, Beat culture, tap dance
- Gang wars and riots
- How the district is changing today
- Much more!
Location: Confucius Plaza (in front of the Confucius statue), located at the NE corner of Bowery and Division Street.
Directions: F train to "East Broadway" stop, or B/D train to "Grand Street" stop
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David Mulkins is the co-founder and president of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, which works to preserve, protect and celebrate the Bowery. He taught history (MA, Hunter College) and cinema studies (MA, NYU) at the High School of Art and Design for 25 years, and has lived just off the Bowery for 33 years. He has presented films and illustrated lectures about the Bowery at the Tenement Museum, NYPL, Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives and the Bowery Poetry Club. He is the editor, project director and a contributing writer for Windows on the Bowery, the historic signage project created by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors in collaboration with 18 writers and the graphic design department at Cooper Union. .