Homeless Tent City Pitched on the Bowery
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With the intensification of construction activity beside the Bowery Mission these days, some of the homeless it serves have taken up residence across the street. To walk by the storied Bunker building at 222 Bowery is a lesson in humility. Several individuals spend nights camped on cardboard outside the former Green Depot. The other hangout is the Cemusa bus shelter at the corner of Prince. Last week, however, one enterprising man found a tent, and is already putting it to use.
Ever since Green Depot vacated 222 Bowery around this time last year, the front steps to the dormant store doubled as homeless encampment. Especially in the warmer months. That probably wouldn’t have happened if the space became a restaurant. Indeed, there was a brief moment when the Starr Restaurant Group considered opening an “approachable” steakhouse in this spot, but the proposed restaurant reportedly violated the 1987 shareholder agreement with the 222 Bowery co-op.
The store is still on the market for lease.