The Bowery

Antique Images

 

The Bowery is a historic street and a district in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, extending from Chatham Square to the intersection of Cooper Square and Fourth Street.

It was a Native American foot path of the Lenape tribe. The name comes from Bouwerij, an old Dutch word for farm. Prior to 1807, it was known as Bowery Lane. At that time the area around contained several farms.

In the mid-19the century the Bowery was in its heyday an some maps indicated that Bowery ended in Union Square at 14th Street.

By the late 19th century, Bowery became home of popular theaters, shops, lodging houses, cheap jewelry stores and pawnbrokers. It was one of the major entertainment districts in New York City.

 

 

 

 

The Bowery NYC

 

Old City of New York

 

The Bowery

 

19th century

 

Cooper Square, looking toward Bowery, about 1906. Third Avenue elevated crossing Fourth Avenue. Looking south from Peter Cooper Monument and Square. Hand colored postcard by Rotograph Company (see an older view below).

 

Bowery Chinatown

 

Bowery scene

 

Elevated Railroads

 

Bowery street

 

Bronx NY

 

NYC Bowery

 

Canal Street

 

19th century NYC

 

Sidewalk Bowery

 

Bowery NYC

 

Sixth Avenue

 

Bowery Street

 

Bank Bowery

 

The Bowery

 

Elevated trains

 

Peter Cooper Square

 

Chinatown NY

 

German Winter Garden

 

Above, elevated trains on The Bowery looking north from Grand Street, 1904. It is one of NYC's oldest thoroughfares. Vintage postcard by American News Company. Below, The Bowery Looking South from Cooper Union, 1864. Oil painting by unidentified artist, published in a postcard.

 

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