There’s a Walking Tour Down the ‘Historic’ Bowery on Sunday

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 at 5:05 am by

Liberty Hotel 1958

One of New York’s prominent urban historians is taking it to the streets. To the Bowery, in fact.

Esther Crain has been researching for nearly a decade, sifting through photographs, newspaper clippings, and other precious artifacts to fill in the nooks and crannies of New York’s lengthy, yet often quick-moving history. Now, the founder of Ephemeral New York will be sharing her city savviness with other likeminded buffs on a walking tour along “Lower Manhattan’s Most Notorious Street,” courtesy of the Museum at Eldridge Street.

But why the Bowery?

McGurk’s Suicide Hall during Blizzard of 2003, Photo: Adam Woodward

“Next to Broadway,” wrote one journalist way back in 1872, “[the Bowery is] the most thoroughly characteristic street in the city. Once a dirt road colonized by Native Americans and freed slaves, it was one of New York’s most elegant streets in the 18th century. After the Civil War, it became the city’s noisy, gritty main drag for cheap goods, raucous music halls, gang hangouts, flophouses, and Tammany Hall barrooms.”

Surely the name McGurk will surface on this walkabout…

The tour begins and ends at the Eldridge Street Synagogue (12 Eldridge Street, between Canal and Division), and will afterwards host a reception in the main sanctuary. It’s happening this Sunday (May 7) from 1 to 3pm. Tickets run $30pp, RSVP here or call 212.219.0302.

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