Wrecking Ball Arrives at 185-191 Bowery

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Credit: MBFC

Last week, Lower East Siders reveled in the news that two historic Bowery structures received protective landmark designation from the Landmarks Preservation Commission – Bowery Mission (227) and the Bowery Bank of New York (124-126).

Despite the glad tidings, however, the influential thoroughfare is still losing its character. And fast. As we’ve been following for, oh, three years now, 185-191 Bowery is slowly being razed before our very eyes. Demolition of the four-parcel lot was quiet for awhile, at least until DOB permits were issued in April. Developments are on the daily now. Most mornings, the plywood shed doors are ajar revealing a stark scene of deconstruction. Workers are removing the contents of these longtime denizens brick by brick, plank by plank.

This image has been archived or removed.

It’s sad. Especially since the replacement is something the neighborhood definitely does not need at this point. Another hotel. Yes, the Amsterdam-based CitizenM hotel chain (“the embodiment of affordable luxury”) is poised to drop a 90,000 square-foot tower here at the corner of Delancey Street. Numerous neighbors and commenters have already asserted in the past that the aging infrastructure in the immediate vicinity might not support such a ginormous development. We’ll need to confirm that with our crack squad of Boogie engineers…

This image has been archived or removed.

185 Bowery lost its head two years ago; 187 was itself decapitated within the last couple days.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Burned-out Bulbs on the Williamsburg Bridge for Months

Lights are burning a bit dimmer over on the Williamsburg Bridge. Readers point out that numerous bulbs lining the Manhattan side of the span are dark. And have been for months. Presumably the necessary approvals must snake through the bureaucracy before the necklace lighting is fully restored. So, it might be awhile yet. Department of […]

Report: Protected Bike Lanes Underway for Alphabet City

Protected bike lanes may be on the way to Alphabet City. With the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project on the near horizon, the Department of Transportation is attempting to make good on its recent promise to cyclists, by improving city bike infrastructure surrounding the project. “DOT, in consultation with Council members and other local stakeholders, […]

Henry Street Settlement Facility on Delancey Readies Move to Essex Crossing

The Henry Street Settlement is Essex Crossing-bound. In part. Its Workforce Development Center is relocating from the corner of Essex and Delancey Streets – atop the McDonald’s – to a new spot at 178 Broome (aka Site 6). Signs on the front door of the center alert locals of the imminent move. Basically, Site 6 […]

Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

‘GoNightclubbing’ with Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong at The 72 Gallery [INTERVIEW]

Thirty-nine years ago, a new nightclub called Danceteria featured a video installation which recreating a suburban living room. The twist was that the giant old-school TV, housed in a mid-century wood cabinet, wasn’t playing reruns of I Love Lucy. Instead, there was a live feed of bands such as Iggy Pop, The Dead Boys, and […]