Where Bowery Is Considered a Street

Posted on: July 20th, 2009 at 8:01 am by

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On Saturday afternoon, we ventured out to Coney Island for the ninth annual Siren Festival. We arrived rather late, and only caught a few of the bands on the bill – Raveonettes were by far the most enjoyable. Yet while the event itself was great fun, none of the music was as exhilarating (or terrifying) as the Cyclone. Always the highlight, it never disappoints.

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Most interesting, however, is that in Coney Island, Bowery is considered a street. This concrete doppelganger runs an east-west route between Jones Walk and West Fifteenth, and also boasts an infamous past. According to the Morning News, the thoroughfare once housed 260 saloons, dance halls, baths, theaters, and bordellos. But by the end of World War II, penny arcades and roller coasters replaced drinking establishments as the main money draw. These days, the games, and the park itself, remain threatened by gross over-development.

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