Bowery is the Heart of downtown NYC. Located in the bottom center of the island of Manhattan, it serves as a main artery to the city. Only a half mile long, it is a booming and diverse strip central to many of New York’s most famous neighborhoods including Soho, Little Italy, West and East Village, and the Lower East Side.
The most up and coming neighborhood in the city, Bowery is rich in history and is described as a modern day Rome. A dynamic mesh of the bourgeoisie and the boheme, Bowery is now home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world. It is and has been a hotspot destination for artists and contemporaries including Jean Michel Basquiat, William Burroughs, Mark Rothko, Jesse Edwards, Terry Richardson, Joey Ramone, and Chuck Close to name a few.
Once home to the now closed legendary club CBGB’s, Bowery has managed to retain its affluent art culture through its gentrification, with the opening of several art museums, galleries, and arts programs.
The Bowery Hotel
The Bowery Hotel is classic. A sophisticated world of class and celebrity, it
is a neighborhood staple. It is located on Bowery between 2nd and 3rd St.
Upon entering you can feel the wonderful ambiance and see a constant flowing stream of beautiful people. Equipped with a full bar and an adjacent restaurant (Gemma), the lobby lounge is the perfect setting for any occasion from hanging with friends to a business meeting, or a date.
Industrial floor to ceiling windows in the homey loft style rooms exemplify
the standard in luxury living in NYC. With great city views and drenched in
light, each room sports a marble bathroom adorned with beautiful antique
brass fixtures and rain shower heads.
Randolph at Broome
A Quick Bite and Drink
The Randolph at Broome is a cozy dive bar with an impressive seasonal craft cocktail menu, tasty finger lickin’ good food, and great coffee. Located
just west of the Bowery and Broome St intersection, there is picnic style
outdoor seating perfect for people watching and relaxation on a nice day.
Along with the great menu, the wonderful atmosphere at Randolph’s contributes to why many of the people there are often regulars. Try some of the more popular snacks like the double fried chicken thighs, the burger, shrimp tacos, or waffle fries and see what makes this place a real pillar of the community.
A Classic Low Profile Bistro for Dinner
A classic Parisian style bistro located at the corner of 1st and 1st, Lucien is another downtown essential. Family owned and run for many years, the warm, friendly staff and the homey interior make for an unforgettable dining experience.
Enjoy escargots de Bourgogne or moules mariniére traditionnelle at this old school gem and bustling hotspot for New Yorkers. Inside, you may bump into Zac, the founder’s son who is often bouncing around the place schmoozing and tending to guests. Lucien embodies the spirit of New York and is one of the last in a dying breed.
Bowery is full of exciting and wonderful things to see around every corner, but something that cannot go without being seen is 190 Bowery. The façade of the building is a masterpiece that is an ever-changing voice of the street with artists’ monikers from all over the globe.
Properly named the Germania Bank Building, for very many years it was owned by Jay Maisel who bought the building in 1966 and until recently lived there with his family in the 35,000 squarefoot mansion with over 70 rooms and 6 floors. In recent news developer Aby Rosen is said to have purchased the building for $55 million that will be converted into office spaces however, the street art and graffiti on the façade was grandfathered in and will remain as radical tourist attraction.
Kith is the epitome of street standard if you want to shop on Bowery. Located on the corner of Broadway and Bleeker St. Kith boldly stands out amongst its neighbors. The impressive window displays lure you in to an amazing space where design and street culture collide.
Inside, it’s like stepping into a spaceship. Upon entering the space, the
masterfully executed visuals clearly demonstrate cutting edge concepts and execution, operating on the highest level. Kith carries super exclusive brands from all over the world and with limited edition shoe drops they are
a heavy hitter for any sneaker head. Here you are likely to get something
rare, that not many other people will have, and to me that is what New York shopping is all about.