Followup: Possible Revolutionary War-Era Relics at 50 Bowery

It’s been about three weeks since photos first surfaced indicating that remnants from the Revolutionary War-era Bull’s Head Tavern might still lay below 50 Bowery, a demolition site just below Canal Street.  Here are the latest developments.

Landmarks Commission: No Jurisdiction to Mandate Historic Site Survey at 50 Bowery

We have been following developments at 50 Bowery, where preservationists hope a demolition/construction project will be halted long enough to investigate a potentially major historical discovery.  We learned a bit more information yesterday afternoon regarding the city’s stance on the issue.

Photos: Possible Evidence of Bull’s Head Tavern Beneath 50 Bowery

Inside 50 Bowery. Photos by Adam Woodward.

Inside 50 Bowery. Photos by Adam Woodward.

On Sunday, we reported that a local preservationist had possibly uncovered evidence of the Revolutionary War-era Bull’s Head Tavern beneath the Bowery.  The New York Times has now picked up on the story and that preservationist, Adam Woodward, has gone public with a video and lots of photos from the scene of a potentially major historic discovery.

Remnants From Bull’s Head Tavern May Have Been Found Beneath Bowery Demolition Site

Lower East Side preservationists are buzzing this weekend about a potentially blockbuster discovery.

50 Bowery Hotel Project Still Lacks City Approval

20 Elizabeth Street.

20 Elizabeth Street.

If you’ve walked down Elizabeth Street below Canal lately, you might have noticed the plywood on the east side of the block, alongside the former storefront of South China Garden, the popular restaurant that closed a couple of years ago, and Jing Fong, Chinatown’s largest restaurant. What’s going on here? For many years, Chinatown property owner Alex Chu has been planning to build a hotel on the site, which extends through to 50-52 Bowery. In 2009, the Real Deal reported that Chu, president of Eastbank, planned a 27-story tower with hotel rooms, apartments and retail. Like so many other development proposals, it’s taken a long time to come to fruition.