City Living: The Bowery
Walking down famed Bowery street, from which the Bowery neighborhood takes its name, the sight of trendy restaurants and swanky nightlife spots mingling with sophisticated art galleries, the world-renowned New Museum and high-rise hotel and condo units makes it hard to believe the area has a less-than-pristine past.The Bowery went through a huge transformation, even in the past 10 years, evolving from gritty to polished at rapid speed.
The former skid row is now booming with new establishments and modern architecture that makes a mark on the citys skyline.
Where flophouses and squats once thrived, eateries such as DBGB, owned by French chef Daniel Boulud, and The General, the casual trendy venture of Top Chef season three winner Hung Huynh, along with boutiques from the likes of designer Patricia Field, now take their place, attracting wealthy professionals to the area.
As the old, unwanted skin has shed, making way for a safer, cleaner neighborhood, the richer artistic and historical aspects that the Bowery is well-known for still linger.
Whether its the 18th and 19th century low-rise buildings that still stand, a poetry club that recalls a generation of Beat poets who wrote love letters to the Bowery or the few family-owned restaurant supply and lighting stores that refuse to leave, the areas speedy gentrification did not discard everything.
You feel like youre in a part of history still, said real estate agent Larry Carty of Corcoran. When you step out, you have old-school places along with new institutions. People see the culture and the restaurants as amenities to their spaces.
By LISA A. FRASER
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