7.2 out of 10

Bowery

Ranked 16th best neighborhood in Manhattan
40.721450317317 -73.992020417204
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Families with kids

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Five years ago: shady drug haven. Now: melting pot of artists, yuppies, and rockers."

A friend of mine moved into the Avalon Bowery (a massive luxury apartment building on 2nd between 1st and Bowery) five years ago; everyone was in a bit of shock upon hearing that she had elected to pay so much to live in such a sketchy neighborhood. Boy, have things changed since that day.

The streets surrounding that building are filled with high end boutiques like Blue and Cream and Patricia Field. On a warm evening, you can walk past restaurants like Gemma or Five Points and catch a glimpse of Naomi Watts or Luke Wilson enjoying a meal on the patio. In the summer, this neighborhood is alive with street music and crowds of people filling the sidewalks as they wait for a table to the newest eatery.

Of course, there are still some sketchy people and remnants of sketchy places (Mars Bar), but that gives the neighborhood more color and any New Yorker will appreciate that.

Places to see are The Bowery Poetry club-- where up and coming spoken word artists will be on any given night, Gemma at the Bowery Hotel -- great Italian food and often patronized by a cool New York actor or musician, and Cafe Habana -- tiny, great Cuban food, agonizing wait but worth it.
Additionally, The New Museum just opened on Bowery last year. The space is sleek, the crowd is cool, and exhibits like two floors of Elizabeth Peyton are a must- see.
Pros
  • good mix of people
  • great food
  • great bar scene
  • close to major transport
Cons
  • packed with people
  • no trees anywhere
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
Uraniumfish
Uraniumfish I love Cafe Habana. The New Museum's been around a bit longer than last year, though.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not Your Grandad's Bowery Any Longer!"

Where once the Bowery was known for its high crime, homeless people, and prostitutes it has become a trendy area filled with many fine shops and cafes. Although parts of it retain an industrial feel, the area has also seen the the developed of upscale residential buildings.

The Bowery is filled with much history from the early Dutch settlers through the underground music scene of the 1960s through the 1980s. Both the neighborhood and the street named The Bowery are a derivation of the Dutch word farm. On November 25, 1783, George Washington gathered his troops at the Bull's Head Tavern in preparation for a victory march uptown. The Bull's Head Tavern still exists and is located near the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge.

The Bowery is the location of the Bowery Poetry Club, a performance space for up and coming poets and the Bowery Ballroom. Although CBGBs is not longer open, there remain many clubs and quite a number of restaurants. The neighborhood is hip, trendy, and popular with a younger crowd. It is in close proximity to the west village, Chinatown, and Little Italy.

Popular restaurants include the Italian restaurant Gemma, located in the Bowery Hotel and often populated by a Hollywood star to two, Five Points where reservations are not needed, and Cafe Habana, a small restaurant with serving delicious cuban food. There is even a Whole Foods supermarket in the area. In the warmer weather the streets are filled with music and people crowding the sidewalks waiting for a table at one of the may new eateries lining the avenue. The New Museum opened in the Bowery over the past year and showcases new work by American and International Artists.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • The New Museum and Whole Foods means it's going upscale fast
  • close to major transport
  • great food
  • good entertainment
  • good mix of people
Cons
  • expensive
  • no trees anywhere
  • packed with people
  • hard to navigate
  • some shady people outside flophouses
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Bowery is where to go for great poetry and performance art"

Ask most people where the Bowery is, and they may say, What? Honestly, it's a term not used by many New Yorkers that I know of. It's a sliver of a neighborhood between the East Village and East 4th Street. The Bowery Poetry Club is probably the most well known spot there, at least for me. They offer live webcasts from there, so even if you can't visit physically you can attend a live show there online. How cool is that! Bring NY into your living room tonight. In terms of the neighborhood, it's affordable. It's really not a stand out kind of neighborhood, but if you're looking for an artsy type place that you can manage financially then look here. It may not be dazzling but it's close to the Village so it has that going for it!

There is a neighborly feel that tends to exist in any part of the Village so I think most people who want a more 'small town' feel would do best here. If you want to get lost in the crowds venture uptown and stay on either the West or East sides. Buildings in the Bowery will tend to be older and of the smaller variety. Spaces will tend to be small and cramped.

Positives: You won't be too far from Chinatown and Little Italy.
Pros
  • Bowery Poetry Club
Cons
  • Not the most attractive
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Bowery – Moving from Decay to Decadence"

The Bowery is an iconic Manhattan neighborhood that most people associate with ‘bowery bums,’ high crime, and urban decay. And while this area continues to have a feel of ‘urban blight,’ it is also one of the city’s most vibrant and interesting places to live.

Living on the Bowery puts you in easy walking distance to other great neighborhoods like Little Italy and Chinatown (to the south) and the Lower East Side (to the north). It’s also extremely commutable, with frequent bus service running on all the avenues and subways conveniently located at nearby Astor Place and Broadway. Another great feature is the crosstown bus on 8th Street. Though it runs only every 15 minutes or so, it is very reliable and gets you to the Westside of Manhattan in a jiffy.

On weekend nights, popular hotspots like the Bowery Ballroom mean the neighborhood is filled with limousines, partygoers, and a fair amount of street violence unfortunately. But during the week when the streets are filled with residents and college students, it feels relaxed and friendly.

You’ll pay less for rents on the Bowery, but beware. Condo owners are charging about $1750 for one-bedrooms, but there is no guarantee that your rent will remain stable and most leases are for just one year. And don’t think that just because the Bowery is old and dirty that it’s cheap. New high-rises are popping up constantly, changing the face of the neighborhood and bringing in residents who can pay upwards of $3 million dollars to own an apartment.

The arrival of wealthy high rise dwellers is reflected in distinctive mom and pop shops being replaced by high-end retail stores. For example, t-shirts go for $200 at the John Varvatos boutique located at 315 Bowery. The battle between wealthy newcomers and less privileged long time residents will continue to rage.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • close to major transport
  • great food
Cons
  • no trees anywhere
  • packed with people
  • some shady people outside flophouses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Reborn As Hipster Haven"

The Bowery is the quintessential New York City neighborhood, going from a run down, drug and prostitute infested area to an artsy, hipster neighborhood where you are perfectly safe to enjoy your $7 latte and get your groceries at the local WholeFoods.

Although the area is still in the process of becoming more classy, the streets are usually filled with younger residents headed, quickly, to their job, school, or one of the many bars that are in the area. Once a place you would never be caught in at night, the area now has a great nightlife with many bars and music venues. Although the legendary CBGB is now closed, residents can still enjoy the historic Bowery Ballroom which features some of the hottest musical acts in the country or the Bowery Poetry Club, a great performance art space that is one of the city's worst kept secrets.

You will also never have to search for a place to grab a bite as the cafes and boutiques line the streets and are frequented by many of the locals. Living here is very expensive, as is any part of the city, and it is only going to get more expensive. Still, singles and young couples can find some space in the older residential buildings while the rest of the area sprouts more condos.

For tourists, the Bowery is home to the New Museum, legendary performance art spaces, and fun places to get a drink. The place is easily accessibly via public transportation but not the easiest to navigate once you are there.
Pros
  • good entertainment
  • great bar scene
  • great food
Cons
  • hard to navigate
  • expensive
  • packed with people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Punk Rock Turns to Trendy"

The Bowery was once the heartbeat of punk, both the music and the culture. True punks lined the streets of the dive bar and music venue haven, whether they were looking for a gig or a drug score. Maybe the idea of that makes New Yorkers today uncomfortable - stepping through drug deals and such - but neighborhoods like this shaped New York and gave it character.

Since then, the Bowery has been almost 100% gentrified. Which is a shame. Of course the area needed to be cleaned up, and some cool bars and restaurants never hurt anyone. It's just a bit sad that the punk spirit had to be totally driven out of town. That being said, New York is always strong and defiant, and neighborhoods like the Bowery seem to have clung onto the last shreds of cool grittiness that made it what it is. Maybe the squatters are gone, but this is still an area where struggling musicians head to to be part of an art community and near some important venues that still exist downtown. The hood still has just a little bit of edge. Even if high rises like the Avalon are trying to put an end to that.

One good thing that came out of the gentrification process here is the places that happened to settle in the area. Some of the best restaurants are in the Bowery: DBGB, Five Points and Gemma at the Bowery Hotel - the Bowery Hotel being a very cool place to hang out in the first place. The bars were always good and still are, even if the vibe has changed from dive to hotspot. The Bowery Electric is easily the coolest bar and music venue to make your regular hangout. And the shopping isn't too shabby, either. Just head into Patricia Field for fashion that's a perfect fit for the Bowery's rock and roll roots, or into Blue and Cream for designer wares.

The Bowery is just another really cool neighborhood with lots to do now, but if you know the right places you can still feel that punk attitude.
Pros
  • Lots to do
  • Great nightlife
  • Cool New York history
Cons
  • Too gentrified
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Great funky neighborhood in NYC"

The Bowery is a funky neighborhood that borders the East Village and Chinatown. At one time, it was really run down and full of homeless people and prostitutes. In other words, it wasn't a safe area after dark. That has all changed, and it's an up and coming area, even if parts of it still look a bit … well, industrial. Personally, I love the area because it's hip and youthful, and on top of that, it's filled with history from the early settlers of New York to the incredible music scene of the 1960s through the 1980s.

The neighborhood and the street called the Bowery are both named after a derivation of the Dutch word for farm, and the street is supposedly the oldest one in Manhattan. George Washington reportedly led his troops in this area after visiting the Bull's Head Tavern.

Today, it's really a happening area with the Bowery Poetry Club and the Bowery Ballroom nearby, quite a lot of restaurants and nightlife. Unfortunately, CBGBs is no longer around. It isn't cheap to live here, but then, nowhere in Manhattan is cheap. It's fashionable and conveniently located to so many other great areas like the west village, east village, Chinatown, and Little Italy. I would live in the Bowery in a heartbeat.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • The New Museum and Whole Foods means it's going upscale fast
  • close to major transport
  • great food
Cons
  • no trees anywhere
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Casual, Dirty, and Wonderful"

This little neighborhood is an acquired taste, but the Bowery is just the right spot for those bitten by the city bug. Dirty, treeless, it's not beautiful in the traditional sense...but those that love Manhattan, it's history, and feel of the street will get a big kick out of the Bowery.

Awesome old buildings are being converted into drafty lofts--for a price--and several art houses, micro brews, and all-purpose design shops are open for business. A bit more grit than Soho, the Bowery does suffer a bit from trend-seeking tourists...still, tourists can't dictate your fondness for an area. Tourists come and go...the chill urban breeze of The Bowery is ever-present.

Whole Foods and luxury apartment buildings juxtapose the zany, cobblestone streets, suggesting an eventual pivot from urban charm to generic sprawl...yet several preservation measures will hopefully ensure that the Bowery won't lose its character anytime soon.

Bowery Poetry Club is one of the hottest music and poetry venues in the city with nightly slams with starry speakers. Skid Row no more, the Bowery is also a great spot for antiques, lamps, and other lighting solutions.

The Bowery is a neighborhood that oscillates between light and dark at every turn with endless possibilities bouncing off every Bowery brick.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • The New Museum and Whole Foods means it's going upscale fast
Cons
  • expensive
  • no trees anywhere
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Great for night life"

While no longer the dirty, crime-ridden den of punk the Bowery had once been, the neighborhood retains a delightful bit of its grittiness. It’s one of the few places below 110th street where you can go and feel like you’re walking the NYC of the movies. The crime kind of movies, that is, not the happy love-on-the-Upper-East-Side kind of movies. It’s actually a great, refreshing feeling and one missing from most of Manhattan.

While the punk era has waned and CBGB having moved to Vegas years ago, the Bowery is home to a lot of hip musical acts at places like the Bowery Ballroom. Along with the weepy pseudo-folk music popular now, there’s also many Scandinavian musicians with interesting sounds. It’s not unusual for a partygoer to offer his or her roof deck for an impromptu performance/drinking gig after the clubs have closed.

The nightlife is really one of the best parts of the Bowery. Although it’s great when you’re attending, it’s loud if you’re just trying to sleep. It’s not a neighborhood that’s great for kids. But it is close to places where you might work, like the financial district. While rents have increased fantastically in the last decade or so, there are a few places with reasonable pricing. Reasonable for Manhattan, anyway.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Becoming upscale"

One of my favorite Bowery places is the Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey Street. It's a building that was built just before the stock market crash of 1929, and most recently has become a great and renown music venue. Too bad CBGB's on the Bowery closed down, but not everyone knows that a part of 2nd Street at the intersection of Bowery and Bleecker Street was renamed Joey Ramone Place. You can also visit the thriving Bowery Poetry Club, and sit in on a poetry slam, or else go read a book along with other students and literary types at Think Coffee. Of course, the New Museum is located on the Bowery too. Many people feel the opening of this museum signaled and accelerated the Bowery's rapid gentrification in recent years. That is probably very true, and what was once an area full of flop houses and establishments of ill repute, is now packed full of pricey real estate and upscale bars and restaurants. It is not uncommon to see drunk and rowdy night-lifers stumbling around on the Bowery at all hours of the morning, but I would say they are distinctly better dressed in recent years. It's not surprising this has happened, as the Bowery is ideally situated between two important neighborhoods, SoHo and the Lower East Side.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Bowery, yuppified"

The Bowery can be all kinds of fun in the evenings to early mornings. The poverty that was once present in this neighborhood is no more, and you have to be a bit of a yuppie to afford such digs these days. But even those who can’t afford to live here can afford to go out and about in the area – there are a number of bars and restaurants lining Bowery, and anyone would be doing themselves a favor by checking out the student artwork at the local Cooper Union. The area doesn't differ much from the sorts of places found in the neighboring East Village.
Pros
  • close to major transport
  • industrial lighting and kitchenware shops abound
  • The New Museum and Whole Foods means it's going upscale fast
Cons
  • expensive
  • packed with people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5
2yrs+

"All types of fun on Bowery!"

Bowery has a whole variety of fun options along its path. With numerous hotels one can stay in several places that are close to the action. One great option is the Bowery Ballroom which holds lots of great smaller music artists. I have been to one show there and loved it. Another great addition is the New Museum. Similar to the Museum of Modern Art this museum has all kinds of crazy new art. It really fun and they give great tours there. I would recommend to families, kids, and couples alike. There are also several places to get food in a close radius in case you get hungry.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
2yrs+

"from homeless shelter to artistic haven"

With a reputation for homelessness, street crime, and lamp stores, the Lower East Side's Bowery district isn't exactly what you'd think of when searching for lovely night spots. But the new Bowery is more than just a place to avoid in the wee hours of the morning; rather, it's become one of the city's hot spots for real punk and grunge, from music to poetry and everything in between. While punk club CBGB has closed down, after decades of hosting bands from Blondie to the Talking Heads, the Bowery Ballroom remains as a fixture on the music scene. Likewise, the Bowery Poetry Club is one of the most vital spaces for up and coming poetic performers and spoken word artists.

The Bowery is certainly safe, although its ethos is somewhat less gentrified than, say, the West Village as far as artsy Manhattan neighborhoods go. Its traditional lamp stores still abound, and the low-rise buildings and slightly gritty character give the area a sense of being in development. Yet the grunge of the district has history - there is a distinct sense of being part of a long tradition of hope, desire, and disappointment played out on the streets of the Lower East Side.

Capitalize on the diversity of the area at restaurants like the Chinese Congee Bowery, Italian Gemma, and Spanish Mercat. The prices are low enough, and the taste is authentic!
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A street like an epic poem"

The Bowery is an epic poem to poverty, which has turned around in recent years in a dramatic way. Historically there was a Bowery district; now all that's left is the street proper, which goes from Canal Street to Astor Place. The street used to run longer, but has been been taken over in the unending flux and development that is the city. It is literally the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island, which connected the city—in the 1600's this was the area equivalent to the Wall Street/ Battery Park region—to the farmlands and estates of the landed aristocracy, right around what would now be Chatham Square. That's right: everything above Canal at the time was pure wilderness.

During the Great Depression, the Bowery was synonymous with economic impoverishment, and it was later made famous by residents like William S. Burroughs. A couple of flophouses remain, but otherwise the Bowery is on its way to a dramatic turnaround. The relatively recent addition of the New Museum suddenly gives the street cultural prestige, and the presence of Whole Foods at the corner with Houston means total gentrification isn't far in the future. The legendary CBGB's, home of punk rock, lost its lease and had to close a few years back, and it breaks my heart that, of all things, it has become a John Varvatos. I never tire of walking up and down the Bowery and gawking at the chrome and iron restaurant supply wholesale items, and, further down, lots of lamp wholesalers. Even five or six years ago I would have walked down Bowery at night with my radar on at full alert, but now feel relatively safe at any hour. I don't know: is the loss of places like CBGB's the price we pay for comfort?
Pros
  • The New Museum and Whole Foods means it's going upscale fast
  • industrial lighting and kitchenware shops abound
  • great bar scene
Cons
  • some shady people outside flophouses
  • expensive
  • no trees anywhere
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"A neighborhood that has come full circle"

Manhattan’s Bowery is a small neighborhood in the southern region of the Manhattan borough. This community has come full circle. By the end of the 18th century, Bowery was recognized as being one of the most fashionable and elegant neighborhoods in all of Manhattan, but by the time of the Civil War, the boutiques and mansions had given way to brothels and beer gardens. One of the first American street gangs, the Bowery Boys, evolved here. By the 1940s-1970s Bowery became known as New York’s skid row. However, by the 1990s and early 2000s, a gentrification project has completely turned this neighborhood around. Now there are luxury lofts competing for space with a few soup kitchens. Avalon Bowery Place is just one of the many new luxury developments located on the Bowery.

For a night out in Bowery, check out the Bowery Poetry Club located at Bowery Street and Bleecker Street. The BPC is known for its regular shows by Jim Carroll and Anne Waldman. They also have open mic nights, weekly poetry slams, and an Emily Dickinson Marathon that is quite an even. There is a great music venue at 6 Delancey Street known as the Bowery Ballroom. Directly in front of the Ballroom’s entrance is the Bowery Station on the J line of the New York Subway, making the venue a great location.

There are not a lot of restaurants in Bowery worth noting, and shopping is minimal, but Bowery is a good place to get a feel for “old-school” New York. The Bowery Savings Bank of 1893 still remains a Bowery landmark and is worth a stop-by.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place for the 20-something sect"

The Bowery is a great area if you happen to be less than thirty years old and can’t decide what you love more: the East Village or the Lower East Side. (The neighborhood also borders Little Italy, a neighborhood best left to tourists.) This neighborhood is right in the center of the twenty-something action, and offers such historic (well, historic if you love music and appreciate the former bohemia that was the East Village) sites as the Bowery Poetry Club (which offers open mic nights, a poetry slam, and regularly featured writers) and the former space where CBGB used to stand (and, if you didn’t know, CBGB is often credited as the place where punk was born via the Ramones).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Music, museum, and cheap shopping"

Once a high-crime and low-rent street, The Bowery has been reviving. Its new luxury condominiums should attract high-income people. However, The Bowery is a noisy and highly trafficked street. I would rather prefer to live in one of the smaller side streets and go to Bowery to enjoy one of its attractions: the Bowery Ballroom, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

P.S.: On Bowery, between Houston and Delancey Streets, you can find cheap restaurant equipment, and from Delancey to Grand you can shop for lamps.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Bowery for nightlife"

Bowery is not easily described, because it is a rather long street, but I'm going to focus on the area of the street that is either in SoHo or the Lower East Side, depending on whom you consult. There are exactly two place you can go on the Bowery - Crash Mansion or BLVD. They are both part of the same place. Crash Mansion is a lovely underground music venue (it's literally underground), and BLVD features a dancefloor and is located at street level.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Food CENTRAL is here"

This place can be considered heaven for food lovers. Hundreds of restaurants line the streets, each with their own flavor and style, each with their own delicious menus, and each with their own potential memories. Stop here once, stop here often, you've got to so you can say you've tried some of the most magnificant food stops in the City.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5
2yrs+

"One Night Stay at Bowery"

I stayed at Bowery for only a night while i was moving to dallas and i cant ever forget that stay with my husband at Bowery Hotel. Its a charming building with 'old' fashioned style.
It is located on the noisy Bowery avenue, it is a beautiful building, very well appointed, with a small cosy reception desk and bar. Wonderful place and do stay at this hotel if u get the chance
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"A 50 Year Tradition the Resturant Supply District"

It's difficult to find single buisness districts that remain intact in Manhattan. One of these districts is the Resturant Supply District. Over 400 resturant supply wholesalers and retailers are located on a 4 block stretch of the Bowrey below Houston. This district is pretty much been the same for the last 50 years. If you need anything cooking this is the place to go.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Bowery

1

Rivington St

4.5/5
"Not just for hipsters"
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2

Bowery

4/5
"Short but interesting"
40.7221200088007 -73.9933455409329
3

Stanton St

4/5
"The best vegan food in New York"
40.7221039876559 -73.9906586602306
4

Chrystie St

4/5
"Nightlife for everyone. "
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5

Broome St

4/5
"Quiet residential street"
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6

Eldridge St

3.5/5
"Lots of action/places to spend money"
40.7191775088856 -73.9914418041589
7

East 4Th St

3.5/5
"Very East Village Street"
40.7265658056618 -73.9903150909636

Unranked Streets in Bowery

2 Ave

3.5/5
"A mix of dirt and money"
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Cooper Sq

3.5/5
"Cool to look at but you can't really live here"
40.7273245000338 -73.9914560003242
"What a fantastic New York block."
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