Revisiting the Snow-Blanketed Bowery After the Blizzard of 2003 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 at 8:03 am by

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McGurk’s Suicide Hall during Blizzard of 2003, Photo: Adam Woodward

While Mother Nature sees fit to blanket us with two feet of snow, it’s seemingly an appropriate time to revisit the Blizzard of 2003 (aka “Presidents Day Storm”). We’re a couple weeks shy of the anniversary of that storm, which dumped nearly two feet of snow on the Tri-state area. Neighborhood chronicler Adam Woodward sent along these shots of the Bowery in the aftermath.

The photo above portrays the notorious McGurk’s Suicide Hall at the end of its life, just before its demolition. The Avalon Bowery would eventually muscle onto the block a few years later.

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Cooper Square during Blizzard of 2003, Photo: Adam Woodward

We also see a stretch of Cooper Square before the erection of the glass dildo now known as the Standard East (nee Cooper Square Hotel).

And here is a snowy shot of the Germania Fire Insurance Company building at 357 Bowery alongside its neighbors. This historic structure – designed by the same architect behind 190 Bowery (Carl Pfeiffer) – was designated a city landmark in 2009. Its imitation mansard roof and and dormer make it one of the coolest buildings on the Bowery.

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Germania Fire Insurance building on the Bowery, Photo: Adam Woodward

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