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August 23, 1813: “The Bowery” is Born

It was August 23 of 1813 when the Common Council of New York City officially put the name “The Bowery” on the books as a city street name. But New Yorkers had already been calling it by that name for …

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Death, Debauchery, and Destruction on the Bowery: McGurk’s Suicide Hall

Dive bars and dead prostitutes! While these could be plot points in any Hollywood movie, back in the late 19th century these unwholesome characteristics gave the infamous McGurk’s Suicide Hall its name.  Originally located at 295 Bowery (between Houston and …

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Words & Art in the East Village: 2011 Village Awardee

Bob Holman works with words—spoken and written—and for over many years has shared that work with the community around him.  This evening, GVSHP will recognize his continuing efforts with one of our 2011 Village Awards. In his many years of …

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