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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?
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Tourists
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 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
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • 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
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
  • 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.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 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
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
  • 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
  • Tourists
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.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 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
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).
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.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 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
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.
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.
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
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.

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"
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"What a fantastic New York block."
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East 2 St

3.5/5
"Great, lively street"
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East 3 St

2.5/5
"Fun street if not a little scuzzy"
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"Loud, by weirdly green here."
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Extra Pl

3.5/5
"Follow this street for amazing chocolates!"
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