206 Bowery to be Demolished?

Posted on: June 10th, 2010 at 6:33 am by

We received a disturbing email from a concerned reader yesterday about the fate of the Federal-style house at 206 Bowery, opposite Rivington Street.  It seems demolition might be in the cards for this slice of city history.  An eviction notice is currently pasted to its security gate.

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From the inbox:

Eviction Notice on the gate at 206 Bowery opposite Rivington St.  It’s one of the few remaining Federal-style row houses on Bowery from the early 1800s.

Unless some light is brought on this historic location, it looks like the owner is moving ahead with plans to demolish the building in the dead of night (a la the recent Henry St. row house).

There appears to be no application with DOB, but they seem fine with a slap on the wrist for destroying one of the last real houses on Bowery.

The Henry Street Row House mentioned above (#22-24) was quietly demolished last month.  Read an account of the travesty over at Save the Lower East Side.

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As for 206 Bowery, this particular structure is rich with historical currency.  It was allegedly built in the late 1700s – early 1800s, and is sometimes considered the last Federal Row House on the Bowery.  According to a commenter on Place Matters, this section of the Bowery was predominantly populated by butchers during the nineteenth century, many of whom had stalls at the nearby Fly Market.  And this particular home was likely one such settlement.  In current times, J & D Restaurant Equipment occupies the space, which, by the way, has such sublimely unique signage.

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[Fly Market in 1816; Photo Credit: Knickerbocker Village]

The aforementioned commenter ended with the following lamentation:

We’ve lost too many already. I’ve been walking the Bowery for my 30 years as a Manhattan, Lower East Side, Bowery resident. these buildings are the JOY of my neighborhood, the pride of living among history, the reason that prompted me to study their history.

Stop the demolition!

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