Building Up The Bowery

Friday, December 21, 2007

Steve Zeitlin, Executive Director of City Lore, walks us through the past, present and future of the mile-long strip. Plus, James Macklin, who used to live on the streets of the area and is now Director of Outreach for the Bowery Mission.


James Macklin and Steve Zeitlin

Comments [7]

Hank Staffa from Colorado

Spent a portion of my youth working on the Bowery. Worked at 135 and 137 Bowery (Lighting stores) and was curious to see if things were changing there? obviously they are. Sounds like money is moving back into the Bowery? Worked on the street in the 1980's and really got to know the residents of the street quite well...
Use to poor amonia around the bums to get them to move. (That was a lot nicer then some of the other store owners and employees). Use to go get fried egg sandwiches and egg creams from Moishes deli. Would always go down Grand to a place called Teddys lamp parts for work. Wonder what ever happened to Teddy? He was old then...

I remember the store at 135 bowery was 4 stories.
It would rain and we would get water in the showroom of the main floor. (Always interesting in a lighting store) We were right across the street from the old Bowery savings bank. Though the building showed its age building was just beautiful inside.
Am in Colorado now on a Ranch in the moddle of no where and I try to explain to people about the Bums and the tradgedy to watch them wither away to nothing but lucky for these folks out here they cannot relate to it. Been in Colorado a long time now and coulnt ever imagine going back. But I couldnt imagine not having been there either

Dec. 30 2009 06:24 AM
stuart from 5th & Bowery

So glad that your show devoted some time to an issue that seems to be getting too little attention too late. I wish it had mentioned the mega business mentality of the developers, specifically the hotels, which seem to think that their luxury establishments supersedes the rights of pre-existing tenants. The Cooper Square Hotel (between 5th-6th) has built an outdoor dining and drinking terrace 30 inches from it's neighbors windows (tap, tap, anyone home?)! Developers look at the Bowery like it's a free-for-all, and their willingness to invest is in itself a gift to the neighborhood. We're happy to forgo the gifts, and have things like CBGB, and a store that actually sells what you need.

Dec. 22 2007 11:53 AM
Tony from Bowery between Houston and Stanton

to continue...the gentrification has forced us to think about the next dollar at every waking moment. Art, for many of us, has had to take a second place to survival. The tenor has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Yes the new buildings are lovely, the spaces grand, but an important part of our culture is being devoured even as it is being "improved."

Dec. 21 2007 11:13 AM
michael oruch from bowery

The Bowery used to be the cusp of three major cultures, Jewish to the east, Italian to the west and Chinese to the south ...each had an amazing array of people, food, and long history in nyc . I miss Moishe's Deli, Grand Dairy restaurant , the Italian social clubs , the old New York feel. I especially miss being able to bank at the Bowery Savings Bank which as I write is preparing for yet another major evening event with red carpet, lights and lots of activity.
Thank goodness Chinatown has become a bulwark against the deculturification of the Bowery.

Dec. 21 2007 11:06 AM
A Hoffman from Heaven

Its great to hear about people that the rest of society says don't matter making a big Difference. Its like the people are making a revolution. We're saying we are people, we are beautiful and we have all the f-ng answers. Its like how do you explain a pear to someone who's never taken a bite, Mao says that. So if you ain't in it...

Dec. 21 2007 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Strange as it might sound I will miss the old flophouse Bowery. I live just north of it and just looking down Third Avenue to the Bowery is an eyesore with those new luxury buildings going up. I think one is going up now between 6th and 7th streets. Sad.

Dec. 21 2007 10:52 AM
Miss or Ms

Neighborhood change in NYC all the time this has always been true.

I grew up in a Carribean neighborhood in Brooklyn that previously was an Irish, Italian and Jewish neighborhood.

The changes aren't the problem, the lack of respect for the people who endured years of neglect is.

How much luxury housing does any city really need?

Does this city really need any more luxury high rises thrown up or could we use more affordable housing units made available for long term residents who have lived in this city all during the years living in NYC was considered a great personal risk?

CBGB was replaced by a luxary hotel?
That is is disgusting!

Dec. 21 2007 10:06 AM

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