from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A section of lower Manhattan in New York City. The street that gives the area its name was once the road to Peter Stuyvesant's bouwerij, or farm. At various times the Bowery has been notorious for its saloons, petty criminals, and derelicts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A street and a district of New York City, whose residents were traditionally of a low social and economic class. (usually the Bowery.)
  • adj. Characteristic of this street; swaggering; flashy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shading, like a bower; full of bowers.
  • adj. Characteristic of the street called the Bowery, in New York city; swaggering; flashy.
  • n. A farm or plantation with its buildings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a bower; containing bowers; leafy; shady.
  • n. Among the Dutch settlers of New York, a farm; a country-seat; a rural retreat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
  • adj. like a bower; leafy and shady


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  • When the final column of the Third Avenue elevated was torn down, in February 1956, exposing the region to sunlight for the first time in nearly a century, one politician suggested changing the name Bowery, “with its connotation of drunken derelicts and broken dreams.”

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  • Liz Christy took to petitioning the city's Housing and Preservation Department to make their newly-created garden - which they called the Bowery Garden - an official community garden.

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  • The Save Coney Island folk have just released a new rendering, showing the Bank of Coney Island as what they call a Bowery Ballroom-style event and music space.


  • In 2005, the Avalon supplanted two parking lots, as well as the Church of All Nations (which used to look out over pre-Whole Foods Houston Street) and a tenement building that was the former site of McGurk 's Suicide Hall, perhaps the most infamous dive bar in Bowery history.

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  • The bulk of the rest of the block between Second Avenue and Bowery is occupied by the Avalon at Bowery Place apartment complex.

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  • On Saturday, Fourth Arts Block, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the East Fourth Street Cultural District between Second Avenue and the Bowery, is hosting East Village Eats, a tour of some of the area's restaurants.

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  • The Bowery is just a New York street, but in those days it was also a community with a culture and rituals and an argot all its own.

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  • New on the Bowery is Peels, a shinier cousin to Freemans, Taavo Somer and William Tigertt's tucked-away Lower East Side restaurant.

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  • From Times Square it’s cake to get anywhere from Chinatown (like Nate mentioned), Soho (Alidoro anyone?), Chelsea Market (great roast beef sandwiches in Bowery Kitchen Supply), Fairway on 72nd St. (literally 5 minutes each way on an express 2/3), Whole Foods and the Greenmarket on 14th St, etc, etc, etc.

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