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Main Street NYC: Lessons from the Downturn

Saturday, December 19, 2009

There are more than 220,000 small businesses just in New York City-- that’s 20,000 more than five years ago. These are businesses that employ fewer than 50 people each, but overall they provide almost 40 percent of private sector jobs. Some economists say it is these small-time entrepreneurs who drive ...

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Return to Main Street: The Bowery

Monday, November 09, 2009

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Last Spring our Main Street NYC series traveled along the Bowery checking in on the health of local businesses and institutions. We visited the Bowery Mission, a decades-old pizza supply shop, and a new eco-friendly home ...

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Main Street NYC: Bowery Neighbors Seek Tighter Zoning Regs

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

While the sputtering economy may be stalling some development ...

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery, Manhattan - April Update

Friday, April 03, 2009

East Village History Project co-founder Rob Hollander

East Village History Project co-founder Rob Hollander

WNYC's Main Street Project is tracking streets across the city and in New Jersey. Last month, we gave you the first snapshot of

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery, Manhattan

Friday, March 20, 2009

WNYC's Brigid Bergin takes us to a five-block stretch of the Bowery, from Houston to Delancey streets. The street is still home some century-old institutions like the Bowery Mission and specialized retail districts for restaurant supplies. But in recent years, an influx of new businesses along with cultural destinations are reshaping the neighborhood's economy and streetscape.
A New Life for the Bowery? by Brigid Bergin

The Bowery Mission was founded in 1879 and has been at this location since 1909.

The red doors open to a chapel where services are held daily. When the temperature dips below 40 degrees, the Mission staff opens the space for homeless men to sleep. The black doors lead to the Fellowship Hall, a cafeteria and kitchen that serves hot meals 365 days of the year. The Mission is privately funded and owns its buildings.

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Alejandro Romero, 39, came to the Bowery Mission in July. He is a student in what they call their fellowship program. It's a six month substance abuse rehabilitation program for men. The students live on the upper floors and are required to work full time, doing everything from unloading the food trucks to taking out the garbage.

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Herb Curruthers, 56, cooks meals at the Mission. He first came to the Bowery as a client 16 years ago after spending 8 years in jail. He's since gone to culinary school and has become a chef.

Here's Herb's story

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