Not many people would know that the Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island.
The area designated as ‘The Bowery’ which sits between the East village, Chinatown, Lower East side and Little Italy has had a tumultuous history and a rocky road: affluence followed by povery followed now by gentrification.
Those who know their NYC history will note that it is very close to the old ‘Five Points’ area of NYC, territory of the ‘Gangs of New York’ and a nativist group ‘The Bowery Boys’ were one of those Gangs.
As gentrification started to overtake the flophouse, seedy entertainment and low rent character of The Bowery locals campaigned to have the area included on the National Register of Historic Places.
They have succeeded, so now as gentrification proceeds buildings and houses cannot be pulled down and redevelopment must take the historic nature of the area into account.
The Bowery has been the cradle of much artistic, gay and music culture along with being thoroughly and proudly disreputable for much of it’s history. Visit The Bowery which along with area in which it sits has nurtured so much that is essentially NYC in every way. COMMENT on your favorite historical precinct in NYC and LIKE the grittiness of so much NYC history.