The Flowering Of Manhattan's Bowery

From first-hand experience, Peter Slatin chronicles the flowering of The Bowery, one of Manhattan's true historic thoroughfares.
November 21, 2003, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"True anarchy ruled the street before, during and for some time after the years that I lived on the Bowery from the mid-1970s to late 80s, less than a half-block from where the New Museum of Contemporary Art's new headquarters will rise at No. 235 between Rivington and Stanton streets. When I arrived in 1976, two flophouses and three wino bars (not to be confused with wine bars) were all closer to my home at No. 221 than the museum site. And though the flophouse-Bowery Bum era was already well in decline, although the population of hopeless and homeless was still in the thousands up and down the street."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Thursday, November 20, 2003 in The Slatin Report
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