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Sep222008

The Bowery Is Nightlife


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It occurred to us over the weekend that the City's nightlife landscape has transformed itself once again. Up until last year, the Manhattan scene was clearly dividided between the psuedo-dives of the Lower East Side and the nightclubs of the Meatpacking District and 27th Street. We know that there are smaller pockets of hotspots in other neighborhoods, and that the East Village still has a plethora of places to get sloshed. But for all intents and purposes, it was LES vs MePa in a battle for our drinking money.

But as we walked down the Bowery on Saturday night to attend a small gathering at Madam Geneva, it hit us. The Bowery has become a powerhouse destination of its own. Just look at this handy map we made. There are at least 15 bars in a 3 block radius that are packed every weekend, and we are sure that we missed a few. Add in the new hotels, high rise condos, New Museum, pending Dennis Keith McNally restaurant, Daniel Boulud's new spot, Matt and Paul's pending space in the Puck Building etc., it will hit  you too.  The Bowery is nightlife. It's where operators want to open, and where New Yorkers can sip expensive drinks and still step over the homeless who are sleeping outside the Mission. It's feaux authenticity that the youth crave. The Bowery. Shudder.

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Dennis Mcnally? Isn't it Keith McNally?

September 22, 2008 at 11:42AM | Unregistered CommenterWilly Be G

Thank you. Honest mistake.

September 22, 2008 at 12:22PM | Unregistered CommenterWilly Be G

Isn't El Bano over there?

September 22, 2008 at 01:13PM | Unregistered CommenterBlam

Too bad half of those places in the Bowery are absolutely horrendous

September 22, 2008 at 05:09PM | Unregistered CommenterMoney Making

There are too many bars and not enough music venues in the LES.

September 22, 2008 at 11:34PM | Unregistered Commenterkmc

Too many bars on that one stretch. The traffic in the neighborhood is now backed up for miles.

The Bloomberg administration could have dealt with this problem intelligently, by beginning the 2nd Avenue construction on the Bowery while it was being demolished and rebuilt anyway (which is NOW). Instead, they start on the Upper East Side, where the damned thing is not nearly as necessary.

Also, while they've torn up the neighborhood anyway: bury Delancey/Kenmare Street in the block east of Bowery, and have it re-emerge on the West Side at Varick, so the Long Island-Jersey traffic doesn't have to bring the whole area to a standstill.

I mean, Hello, Dept. of Transportation, anybody home?

September 24, 2008 at 11:47AM | Unregistered CommenterHandyman

Faux, not feaux.

And as long as the idiot hordes don't stray east to my beloved stip of 2nd Avenue dives, I'm happy to know exactly which places to avoid.

Also, to echo an earlier statement, most if not all of these places SUCK and several have been around for years if not decades.

September 25, 2008 at 11:18AM | Unregistered CommenterBilly

My lil' federal row house is taking a beating. the homeless took much better care not to throw up in my doorway, cuz they might need a place to crash. now, every sunday morning there's a pile o' puke outside my door. thanks trendy visitors... for nothing. keep the homeless in the neighborhood - they have better manners - send the bars back to chelsea.

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October 9, 2008 at 12:53PM | Unregistered CommenterRachelle Hruska

You "bridge and tunnel" people need to get a real life and get drunk in your own town.

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