Bowery Now Listed on National Historic Register

Image: TBNC, BAN.

A boost for historic preservation on the Bowery this morning. Word just came from the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors that the legendary street is now included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The two organizations submitted an application for designation after winning similar status for the Bowery at the state level in 2011.  They got the good news from the National Parks Service last week.  “It’s hard to believe that a case had to be made for the significance of one of our most historic streets and all of the folklore that surrounds it,” said Two Bridges President Victor Papa. “This isn’t just Lower East Side history—this is National history. It is now undeniably clear that the Bowery plays a central role in development of American culture.”

Bowery Historic Designation Advances at State Level

We’ve just received word that a proposal to designate the Bowery as a historic district, which preservationists see as an important tool for guiding future development, has been approved at the state level.

The New York State Review Board, meeting in Buffalo today, approved a joint application from the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors to include the Bowery in the State Register of Historic Places, the first step in advancing the nomination to the National Register, reports Kerri Culhane, one of the organizers of the proposal.

“I’m sort of speechless right now, because it’s taken us so long to get to this step,” said a thrilled Culhane, who got the word by phone this afternoon.

City Protects 135 Bowery, Historic Row House

Photo via Curbed.

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) is sending around a news release in celebration of the Landmarks Preservation Commission voting to protect 135 Bowery, a federal style row house, located between Grand and Broome streets.

“After a process of two years, we are pleased by today’s vote of the Commission, which we anticipate will protect this almost 200 year-old dwelling from demolition or inappropriate alterations,” said BAN’s Mitchell Grubler.

Candlelight Vigil for 35 Cooper Square Tomorrow Night

35 Cooper Square

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors is planning a candlelight vigil tomorrow at 5:30pm in front of 35 Cooper Square. The endangered 1825 row house next to the hulking Cooper Square Hotel has been the focal point of the Lower East Side preservation movement for the past several weeks. Over the weekend, the Times filed a substantial piece on the controversy surrounding the building, which is the subject of a Department of Buildings “stop work order:”

Already scaffolding surrounds the building, and the black tiles of the roof are being torn away as the first step in making way for what preservationists suspect will be another hotel or high-rise condominiums. But not without a fight. In another of those classic New York struggles between the future and the past, steel and wood, high tech and quaint, forces have been lining up to protect 35 Cooper Square.

You can find more information on the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors’ web site. EV Grieve has extensive coverage of the preservation battle.

“Bowery History: A Celebration” at Dixon Place

Bowery Stereocard circa 1901 via The Bowery Alliance

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will host “Bowery History: A Celebration” – an evening of cocktails, music, performance, film and speakers – This Tuesday at Dixon Place. The evening will be hosted by Kent Barwick, former Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, and will feature performances by Poor Baby Bree, chanteuse, and Bob Holman, poet Bowery Poetry Club; and speakers Margaret Chin, City Council; Kerri Culhane, architectural historian; Peter Quinn,

Tenement Talks: Bowery – Past, Present and Future with David Mulkins

Bowery Photographs by Photographer Sally Young via

David Mulkins, co-founder and chair of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, will be at the Tenement Museum tomorrow evening for an “illustrated talk on the legendary street,” and a discussion titled: Bowery – Past, Present and Future. The Bowery Alliance was created three years ago to promote preservation of the historic character of the Bowery. 

Public Meeting to Discuss Bowery Rezoning Tonight

This evening City Councilman Alan Gerson and the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors are holding a "Stakeholders' Meeting" to discuss proposed zoning changes to the East side of the Bowery. The west side of the block was included in the recent rezoning of the Lower East Side, but not the east side. The plan devised by the Bowery Alliance would restrict the height of buildings to 8 stories and protect certain buildings that are historically significant. The gathering will bring together residents, business owners, developers and community groups to talk about the proposal, in advance of an upcoming meeting of the Department of City Planning. The meeting will be held at 6:15 at P.S. 131, 100 Hester Street (Forsythe).