A Little Bit of History East Village

A Little Bit of History…

The East Village

A Little Bit of History

Rob Hollander, of Save the Lower East Side, and Eric Ferrara, director of the Lower East Side History Project. He spoke about the historical contrasts of the street known as Bowery. Bowery, the city’s first theater district and at the same time the notorious red light district of early New York City. Bowery is the name of the area where our East Village Apartment Buildings are situated.

The term “Jim Crow,” meaning black segregation, originated with a character in a Bowery minstrel show, according to a timeline that BAN has issued. The great 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth performed on the Bowery. And later, so did Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante. Yiddish theater in America was born on the Bowery and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had its opening on the Bowery.

Punk rock and the Ramones rocked at CBGB (closed in October 2006) on the Bowery. The Bowery Mission, which takes its name from the street famed as the city’s Skid Row, has been saving derelict bodies and souls since 1879. In the 1890s there were a dozen gay bars in the Bowery neighborhood. It was where early gangs — associated with political clubs and volunteer fire companies — constituted the underworld. McGurk’s Suicide Hall, a brothel that got its nickname from the prostitutes who decided to end it all there, was at 285 Bowery.

DISTANCES FROM EAST VILLAGE APARTMENTS

Closest landmarks

  • Cooper Union 0.3 km
  • Cooper Triangle 0.3 km
  • Bleecker Street 0.4 km
  • McSorley's 0.4 km
  • Katz's Deli 0.4 km
  • New Museum 0.4 km
  • Broadway - Lafayette Street 0.4 km
  • Astor Place 0.5 km
  • Astor Place Subway Station 0.5 km
  • ABC Playground 0.6 km

Most popular landmarks

  • Ground Zero 2.5 km
  • Empire State Building 2.6 km
  • Grand Central Station 3.2 km
  • Times Square 3.5 km
  • Rockefeller Center 3.8 km
  • Museum of Modern Art 4.1 km
  • Central Park 5.1 km
  • Ellis Island 5.1 km
  • Statue of Liberty 6.1 km
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 6.4 km

Restaurants and markets

  • The Bean (Cafe/bar) 0.1 km
  • Gemma's (Restaurant) 0.2 km
  • Calliope (Restaurant) 0.2 km
  • Whole Foods (Supermarket) 0.3 km
  • Il Buco (Restaurant) 0.3 km
  • Union Square Farmer's Market (Market) 1.3 km

Closest airports

  • LaGuardia Airport 11.3 km
  • Newark Liberty International Airport 16.4 km
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport 19.3 km

Shopping nearby - all within 500m!

  • Nolita (Boutique)
  • Historic Orchard Street Shopping District (Boutique)
  • SoHo (High street)