Sunshine Hotel Documentary Coming Soon to DVD
Legal flophouses on the Bowery are nearly extinct. Simply no room for that on a luxe-swept Bowery 2.0, where condos and galleries continue to spread like bedbugs. Remaining holdouts include the Andrews House, Whitehouse, and the Prince Hotel (a selling point of the Bowery House hostel). And, of course, the Sunshine Hotel at 241 Bowery, which was the subject of a documentary back in 2001.
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Filmmaker Michael Dominic is reviving the flick for a new generation, and is finally releasing DVD and digital download versions over a decade after the first festival appearances (and three best documentary awards). However, as we know, more than the fair share of gentrification invaded the neighborhood in the interim. Most notably with the New Museum next door, the unopened “SRO” restaurant, and the upscale Salon 94 gallery on the ground floor. Yes, the Bowery is most definitely not what it was in 2001.