Demolition of 50-52 Bowery Nearly Complete Despite Possible Remnants of Bull’s Head Tavern

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 at 5:30 am by

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What’s left of 50-52 Bowery

Guess it didn’t matter that the basement might carry remnants of an historically-significant structure dating back some two centuries. Nor did the abundant media exposure last month help the preservationist plight. At least not yet. Buried beneath that there boneyard of 50-52 Bowery is possible evidence of the famed Bull’s Head Tavern, as previously documented.

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Now the project site – slated for a 22-story, 160-room hotel designed by Peter Poon Architects (“Hotel Bowery”) – is a complete disaster area. Both buildings have been razed to rubble. Preservationists remain hopeful, however, that the under-quarters isn’t yet completely compromised. The spot where local historian Adam Woodward discovered the original Colonial-era cellar and wooden planks. This is a major find that could reveal a ton about our city history, that is, if the developers don’t fuck everything up first.

Judging by the sight here, though, there’s probably a week before all hope is lost.

Either way, we’re still forced to contend with another mega-monstrosity on the Bowery in the near future.

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