from Pulsd.com:

Flappers and sporting gents alike take a trip back to pre-prohibition New York City at The Fourth Annual NYC Craft Distillers Festival, a speakeasy-style extravaganza taking place at The Bowery Hotel’s spectacular, private, indoor/outdoor events space on Saturday March 25, 2017.

Sample over 60 artisanal spirits from more than 20 of the industry’s premiere craft distilleries with your $59 GA Ticket to Session 1 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm (a $102 value), or $69 GA Ticket to Session 2 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm (a $107 value).

Participating distilleries serving up signature cocktails or neat tastings include Blue Nectar Spirits (Tequila Silver, Tequila Añejo), Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery (Two Sisters Vodka, Sly Fox Gin, Howl at the Moonshine Apple Pie),Harvest Spirits (Core Vodka, Rare Pear Brandy), Riviera Imports (Kind of Blue Scotch Whisky) and many others!

Joining the inventive spirits brands will be ariel swing dancers, burlesque performers and a 1920’s jazz band!

Given how incredible both the event and venue are, you may wish to consider going VIP. Your $89 Session 1 VIP Ticket gets you in at 12:00pm for Session 1 and your $99 Session 2 VIP Ticket gets you in at 6:00pm for Session 2.

During this extra VIP only hour, you’ll have more time to chat with your favorite distillers and they’ll have more time to make you the perfect drink…

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On Saturday March 25, 2017 the Roaring Twenties come to life once again at The Fourth Annual NYC Craft Distillers Festival, taking place on the second floor ballroom of the stylish Bowery Hotel.

Inspired by the decade of speakeasies, bathtub gin and jazz, the event will showcase artisanal, small-batch spirits from top distilleries like Industry The Manhattan Moonshine Company (Manhattan Moonshine), Philadelphia Distilling (Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Vieux Carre Absinthe), Widow Jane (Widow Jane Bourbon, Applewood Rye Mash) and more.

Chat with the distillers themselves as you sample more than 60 premium spirits, from pear brandy to white blossom vodka to citrus gin.

Two 1920s-style jazz bands will be on hand to provide live music, making for a truly spirited evening.

A list of presenting distillers, and the spirits they will be serving, may be found here.

Your GA Ticket Includes:

  • General Admission to The Fourth Annual NYC Craft Distillers Festival.
  • Take your pick from Session 1 GA (1:00pm until 4:00pm) or Session 2 GA (7:00pm until 10:00pm).
  • Experience over 20 of the industry’s premiere craft distilleries, serving more than 60 premium spirits.

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from Bowery Boogie:

In Historic Move, Bari Restaurant Equipment is Relocating its Manufacturing off the Bowery

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 at 5:00 am by


Another big change is happening on the Bowery. And it’s indicative of the overall trend taking hold.

Bari Restaurant Equipment, the eight-decade-old restaurant supplier on the Bowery, is shifting some of its resources away from the thoroughfare. The Bari family is reportedly moving the manufacturing arm of its business from the headquarters building, instead relocating across the Hudson to New Jersey. As it stands, this function encompasses both 234 Bowery and 5 Prince Street, the two buildings it purchased last summer for a combined $12.3 million. Its famed pizza equipment is assembled and maintained in these connected storefronts.

Evidence of this shift appeared late last week in the form of a subtle leasing sign.

“The real estate market does not warrant manufacturing in NYC,” owner Frank Bari told us in an email. “We were/are probably one of the last [commercial manufacturers] to do so. But Bari will be around [the Lower East Side] for a while.”

The goal is to get pretty much any kind of tenant except food. Retail or gallery is the likely choice. No restaurants.

Bari’s supply business was established in the 1940s by Nicola Bari, a radio repairman and purveyor of cheese graters. In the ensuing years, the focus became restaurant supplies of all sorts, albeit with a focus on pizza ovens and refrigeration units. Their block-spanning flagship is a veritable gold mine, and gave the community a scare some eight years ago when the building – about 67,000 square-feet of buildable real estate – was placed on the open market.


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from Bowery Boogie: “Windows on the Bowery”:

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 at 5:14 am by


It’s high time the Bowery receives its due and proper. Grassroots preservationists at the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors implore you to stop, observe, and appreciate the former Native American footpath and onetime boulevard of broken dreams. “Windows on the Bowery,” their new visual walking exhibit, premieres today.

The ambitious undertaking essentially serves as a portal to the rich cultural significance of the Bowery. It’s a creative effort some three years in the making that “highlights remarkable people, events, buildings, and achievements associated with particular addresses” along the Bowery. The ultimate goal is awareness that might help ebb the tide of destruction we’ve seen here in recent years. You see, the thoroughfare is not landmarked, even though it’s recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

As previously reported, poster-sized placards rife with location-based information will reside in their respective Bowery windows, from Chatham to Cooper Square. Each one being a window into the past. (Get it?) In total, there are sixty-four panels (18×24 inches) containing histories penned by eighteen notable historians and researchers (Eric Ferrara, Joyce Mendelsohn, Dan Barry, Kerri Culhane, et al). Hundreds of historical images are also included.

But there’s more. In addition to the display at the Bowery locations, a full exhibition of all the posters is planned for the western windows of the Cooper Union building, as well as inside the landmark HSBC bank branch at 58 Bowery.

We’re told that the project should remain in place for several months, at least.



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Press photographer Weegee’s Bowery was a Skid Row of derelicts and drunks – a world away from the boutique hotels and hipster joints that line the street today. In the ’40s and ’50s, it was notorious for fleabag hotels, flop houses that offered 25-cent-per-night beds, and crowded all-night missions that provided food and shelter to those who could afford neither.

We previously shared the news that a new exhibit Weegee’s Bowery, curated by the International Center of Photography would be at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey. We are pleased now to show additional photographs that shed led on this underclass of transients, who huddled in the shadow of the Third Avenue elevated railway, and were caught by Weegee’s lens.

Weegee even lived amongst his subjects in the early 1930s. ICP Weegee specialist Christopher George said: “In his autobiography Weegee by Weegee, he writes for a time he lived in a ‘Bowery flea bag. Beds in the dormitory were only fifteen cents, but I liked the privacy. The coughing of the drunks went on all night long, but I didn’t care. I liked the Bowery. It was colorful. At night I would go to the missions… There was no crime on the Bowery’.”

Weegee’s Bowery includes an extensive selection of his photographs of a raucous nightclub and cabaret called Sammy’s, located at 267 Bowery. From its opening in 1934, until its doors closed in 1970, Sammy’s provided a setting where adventurous uptown sophisticates could mingle with the bar’s flamboyant entertainers and hard-drinking regulars. The New York Times described Sammy’s clientele as a mix of “drunks and swells, drifters and celebrities, the rich and the forgotten.”

Weegee – whose real name was Arthur Fellig – also appears in a number of the 39 photographs on display, as the boisterous book-launch parties for his publications Naked City and Weegee’s People were held at Sammy’s. But while Weegee photographed hard-living drinkers, he himself was known more for being extremely hard working.

George explains: “The photos of Weegee’s book publication celebrations, in 1945 and ’46, are fascinating. In July 1945, when World War II was winding down, a few weeks before atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, Weegee was at the acme of his career and was famous.

“The wildly exuberant publication parties were the culmination of 10 years of near-obsessive, around-the-clock work as a freelance photographer and photojournalist, often photographing difficult things; tragedies like crimes and fires.

“In the photos, Weegee is celebrating (dancing with and kissing many female guests) but he’s also working. During the 1946 Wegee’s People publication party, in photos made by the genius Simon Nathan and brilliant Lee Sievan, he’s seen wearing a tuxedo and holding a Bolex 16mm movie camera.

“Portions of what he filmed that night at Sammy’s are in his film Cocktail Party – which is included in Weegee’s Bowery.

The 39 prints in the exhibition have been chosen by George from ICP’s holdings of more than 20,000 Weegee photographs. He said: “More than 300 of his photographs were made on the Bowery.…

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from the New York Times:

Outside 85 and 83 Bowery in Chinatown. Along with nine other buildings, they were part of a $62 million investment in 2013. Credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Stacked on the chipped tile floor of the vestibule at 85 Bowery were 59 boxes, each addressed to John Doe or Jane Doe.

Modern moneyed New York had arrived at a rickety remnant of the 19th-century city via express mail. Inside the boxes were lawsuits filed by a developer who wants the tenants out of 85 Bowery and the building next door, 83 Bowery.

The Chinese immigrants living in the apartments, some of whom needed their American-born children to read the notices, live in the path of an all-cash, $62 million investment made in 2013 to buy these two buildings and nine others along the Bowery. Once, the buildings were skid row flophouses, but many were converted to apartment buildings and other uses in the late 1970s.

Now that vestibule at 85 Bowery, along with much of Chinatown and large swaths of the Lower East Side, is a crash point for the demands of a growing city: the dwindling number of rent-regulated apartments and a sturdy population of working people of modest means, roaring real estate values and relatively few zoning limits.

Compared with the thickets of regulations governing the East Village and other parts of Lower Manhattan, these are real estate prairies.

Inside 83 Bowery are dozens of boxes — addressed to John and Jane Doe — with documents on lawsuits against the residents, brought by investors who have bought the Chinatown tenement and are seeking to evict them. Credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Just up the Bowery from Nos. 83 and 85, at the corner of Hester Street, a new hotel has risen on land not long ago occupied by two walk-up apartment houses and a movie theater. By one count, a dozen hotels have gone up in Chinatown since 2008.

But a lawyer for the owners of Nos. 83 and 85, who include Joseph Betesh of the Dr. Jay’s clothing chain, said they were not bought to empty them. Structural problems were discovered after they took possession, said the lawyer, Joseph Goldsmith.

“This is something that was thrust upon them,” Mr. Goldsmith said.

The staircase at 85 Bowery is tilted, and engineers say that has resulted from joists separating from the walls. The city has ordered parts of both buildings vacated but has not declared either an immediate hazard, said Alexander Schnell, a spokesman for the Buildings Department.

In the second-floor apartment of 83 Bowery, where Shu Qing Wang, 42, lives with her husband and their two sons, space is rationed with precision. The household’s shoes hang in a plastic organizer on the wall by the front door. Three-legged stools are tucked under the kitchen table. A barred window looks onto a shaft that is perhaps four feet wide.

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from Creative Boom: Photographs of everyday life in 1950s New York City discovered in an attic 45 years later

“The vintage photographs you’re about to see have an interesting history. They all came from a cardboard box filled with negatives that was unopened and virtually forgotten for over 45 years. When undiscovered photographer Frank Larson passed away in 1964, his wife Eleanora boxed up all of their possessions and moved out of their retirement home in Lakeville, Connecticut. The box of negatives was one of these items, and it has remained with the family ever since, tucked away in storage.

That was until, Carole Larson – the widow of Frank’s youngest son David – and her son Soren were sorting though old boxes in their attic and found the negatives.

Soren said: “I had seen a few examples of my grandfather’s photography over the years and always admired them – our old family photo albums have a few small prints of his work in them. My father also used to speak with admiration about his father’s love of photography and his weekend trips with his Rolleiflex into the city to film places like the Bowery, Chinatown and Times Square.

“But when I opened the box and began to explore what was inside I was truly shocked at the quality and range of the images, as well as the effort, dedication and love he brought to the task. When Frank died in 1964, I was only three years old, and too young to remember this gentle, careful man.”

Inside the box were over 100 envelopes filled with mostly medium-format, 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ negatives. The packets were marked by date and location, carefully sealed and left exactly as he packed them 50 years ago. Soren added: “As I began unsealing each packet and holding the negatives up to the light, it was like a trip back in time, back to the New York of the early ’50s.”

Following the discovering, Soren built a website in dedication to his grandfather, sharing the negatives-turned-photographs with the rest of the world. You can view more of Frank Larson’s amazing photography at www.franklarsonphotos.com. “…

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Bye-Bye Bowery: Three of the Oldest Historic Buildings on Bowery Due for Demolition

from Spoiled NYC

In the never ending story of historical buildings in New York City being demolished to pave the way for more of the same crap we already have too much of, three buildings on Bowery were prepared for demolition yesterday, one of which dates back to the 1700s.

It’s not a surprise to people who keep their finger on the pulse of NYC building developments, as the demolition permits were filed last May and sale of the properties has been mentioned here and there.

In the last year, these three properties have been sold twice making the first buyer a cool $2 million profit by flipping them to Emmut Properties for $47 million last month.

With cash like that at play, there’s little anyone can do to breakwater the change of tides.

Emmut Properties’ plans for the space are fundamentally self-defeating. They’re planning a hotel and condo development for the 44,000 square foot replacement.

Said replacement will be divided between 30,825 square feet of commercial hotel space and 13,859 square feet of residential space. Basically, they’ll end up with 64 hotel rooms and 21 apartments.

With more Manhattan apartment vacancies now than in ever in the last decade almost, nobody needs these units.

And any new hotel going up on Bowery is clearly aimed at grabbing money from tourists who want to experience the Lower East Side “vibe.”

This is an ill-conceived plan because one way the “vibe” is being destroyed is by knocking down historical buildings to build hotels for people to stay in… theoretically to look at historical buildings in the neighborhood.

But the catch is people staying in the hotel might not know what’s up. They’re likely to ask someone on the street, “Hey where can I find a historical building or some cool architecture?”

And the New Yorker is likely to respond, “Once upon a time, your hotel was a two hundred year-old butcher shop building, but the owners removed the historic structural characteristics so they could legally demolish the building and put in 64 hotel rooms for people like you to come here and ask me these questions.”…

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I don’t know what genuine speakeasies of the Prohibition days served besides alcohol, although it seems that at least some of them, such as the still-operating 21 Club, were bona fide restaurants.  The modern-day “speakeasy’ described below is the first one I’ve heard of which has been known to serve pizza.

From “Pizza Spy A new secret pizzeria on the Bowery”, Inside Hook e-newsletter:

Speakeasies. New York wrote the book on ‘em. Now we’re lousy with ‘em.

Don’t get us wrong — an element of secrecy can make for a great date night. But there’s only room in this town for but so many garter-sleeved shaker jockeys.

Here’s the alternative to that: SRO, the new “speakeasy pizzeria” tucked inside a romantic Bowery boîte and now accepting reservations.

Named for the single-room-occupancy apartments of the Bowery’s gritty heyday, SRO’s the brainchild of Neapolitan pie guru Giulio Adriani: a guy whose pizzaiolo accolades require their own trophy case.

Works like this: enter your email on SRO’s website and you’ll receive a password. Ring the provided number and give them said password in exchange for a reservation.

Then grab your date and pop down to Bowery tapas den Espoleta. Inside you’ll be directed to an unassuming door that leads to a charmingly Lilliputian dining room decked in white subway tile and vintage Bowery photography.

The three-course tasting menu features your choice of pie straight from the wood-burning oven (a rotating menu known to showcase such combos as chorizo and shishito peppers) and wine pairings from SRO’s Master Sommelier.

Great date, no matter how you slice it.

inside Espoleta
334 Bowery
b/t Bond and Great Jones
(212) 466-3301

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