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Author DeVillo, Stephen Paul, author.

Title The Bowery : the strange history of New York's oldest street / Stephen Paul DeVillo.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
©2017

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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    974.71 DEV    Available
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Description 258 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-250) and index.
Summary "It was the street your mother warned you about--even if you lived in San Francisco. Long associated with skid row, saloons, freak shows, violence, and vice, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. The Bowery is New York's oldest street and Manhattan's broadest boulevard. Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. Named for the Dutch farms, or bouweries, of the area, the path's lurid character was established early when it became the site of New Amsterdam's first murder. A natural spring near the Five Points neighborhood led to breweries and taverns that became home to the gangs of New York--the "Bowery B'hoys," "Plug Uglies," and "Dead Rabbits." In the Gaslight Era, teenaged streetwalkers swallowed poison in McGurk's Suicide Hall. A brighter side to the street was reflected in places of amusement and culture over the years. A young P.T. Barnum got his start there, and Harry Houdini learned showmanship playing the music halls and dime museums. Poets, singers, hobos, gangsters, soldiers, travelers, preachers, storytellers, con-men, and reformers all gathered there. Its colorful cast of characters include Peter Stuyvesant, Steve Brodie, Carrie Nation, Stephen Foster, Stephen Crane, Carrie Joy Lovett, and even Abraham Lincoln. The Bowery: The Strange History of New York's Oldest Street traces the full story of this once notorious thoroughfare from its pre-colonial origins to the present day"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Bowery (New York, N.Y. : Street) -- History.
Historic sites -- New York (State) -- New York.
Street addresses -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
ISBN 9781510726864
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