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Bowery Neighborhood Guide


Bowery is both a street and a neighborhood in the southern portion of Manhattan, running from Chatham Square (at Park Row, Worth Street and Mott Street) in the South to Cooper Square at 4th Street in the North.


The Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan, once a footpath for the indigenous Lenape people. The term Upper Bowery refers to the section above Houston Street and Lower Bowery refers to the area below it. Part super trendy and part somewhat gritty, the people who live here are largely young professionals or artists. You won’t find trees, parks or relaxation; you will find a bustling neighborhood with lots of buzz close to public transportation.


Stay in the Bowery if:

  • You want to learn the history of this unique part of Manhattan.
  • You’d like to save some money on accommodations (relative to much of NYC.)
  • You want to experience the fast-evolving trendiness of a NYC neighborhood.
  • Nightlife is important to you.
  • You like to walk. (Walk Score gave the Bowery a perfect score of 100, a transit score of 100, and a 96 bike score).



Bowery Culture and Entertainments

  • The Bowery Ballroom - A music venue that appeared in the films Coyote Ugly and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Also the namesake of Joan Baez’s Bowery Songs album.
  • Sperone Westwater – 8-story modern art gallery.
  • Gavin Brown’s Enterprise – Unorthodox art gallery showcases young talent.
  • Bowery Poetry – Expect an eclectic mix of performers at Poetry Slams and Open Mic Nights.
  • New Museum – Grand, 7-story building whose architecture is itself a highlight.
  • Bowery Electric – Rock music venue has live music every night.
  • The Wren – Always-happening Irish pub vibe with homey ambiance.
  • Wise Men – Enter through a huge photograph to a favorite hangout for dancing and cocktails.
  • Bowery Mural – Famous graffiti artists turned the corner of Houston and Bowery into a must-see mural.