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222 Bowery

In 1885 the YMCA built their first branch at 222 Bowery to keep “not yet hardened” young men aged 17-35 from getting sucked into sin. In this fascinating article, Ephemeral New York‘ founder Esther Crain explores the history of the building, including its later life as a home to a veritable who’s who of artists and writers like Fernand Leger, Mark Rothko,and William Burroughs.

Learn more about the “bunker” and the history of NYC’s most infamous thoroughfare on Esther Crain’s “The Historic Bowery” walking tour which meets at Eldridge Street this Sunday.

Buy tickets online and RSVP: http://www.eldridgestreet.org/…/the-historic-bowery-a-walk…/

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