McGurk’s Suicide Hall

What it Was Like Growing Up in the Notorious McGurk’s Suicide Hall on the Bowery [HISTORY]

Last modified June 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Here’s a story of a building nicknamed McGurk’s Suicide Hall. You may have read it before. We touched upon the history a while back, but for this go ’round we decided to dig deeper into the past, while chatting with someone who actually lived there: Mr. Mehai Bakaty of forty-year-old pioneer, Fineline Tattoo. 295 Bowery was built in […]

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Fineline Tattoo, the Oldest Tattoo Shop in NYC, Celebrates 40 Years in Ink

Last modified August 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

Fineline Tattoo just reached the significant milestone of forty years in business. Quite the achievement in a city that hasn’t always welcomed tattooing. From 1961 up until 1997, there were no “legal” tattoo shops in New York City because the City Health Department banned tattooing due to an alleged series of blood-borne Hepatitis-B cases linked […]

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

Posted January 27, 2015 at 8:03 am

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 […]

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The Final Audio Interview with Pioneering Tattoo Artist Mike Bakaty of ‘Fineline Tattoo’, RIP

Last modified February 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The tattoo community is grieving. Mike Bakaty, pioneer of Lower East Side tattooing, died last Wednesday evening after a bout with lung cancer. He was 77. Bakaty began inking customers out of his Bowery loft at McGurk’s Suicide Hall in 1976, during the height of the prohibition on tattooing in New York City. So the […]

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Al Jolson Recalling His First Singing Gig at McGurk’s on the Bowery

Posted February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Before Al Jolson was Al Jolson, he got his first singing gig at McGurk’s Suicide Hall at 295 Bowery. Allegedly, that is.

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Down in the Bowery Dives: The History of McGurk’s Suicide Hall

Posted December 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

The grimy parts of NYC are part of its charm and when 295 Bowery was torn down – despite its sordid past – another unique and awesome piece of history was lost.

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Live in the Avalon Bowery Penthouse

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

Last Friday after Thanksgiving, a new real estate listing surfaced for the penthouse unit in the glass-box Avalon Bowery at 11 East First Street. And how much to live in a lap of luxury just off Bowery 2.0 where the notorious McGurk’s Suicide Hall once stood? [Photo Credit: Lucky_Dog] The 700 square-foot, 1-Bedroom apartment (sans […]

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On the Old Bowery: Lamenting Change

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

Lamenting change is nothing new on the Bowery.  It’s just another fact of life.  The only difference is, these days, change on the beloved thoroughfare seems more rapid and final. An overall eradication of a certain community and its way of life, all in favor of gentrification and monied interests. With that in mind, it’s […]

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