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- WHY IT'S CALLED BOWERY -

Let’s see if we can give you a good sense of the place. Throughout it’s entire history, a common theme rises to the surface in this little neighborhood.  It’s a neighborhood that attracts people from all different places, geographically, intellectually, and socioeconomically.  It’s a neighborhood where people depend on each other to survive, and more importantly, they work with each other to thrive.  And it’s a neighborhood that draws people without a name, but produces people who make a difference.  It’s called the Bowery and it’s located in New York’s Lowery East Side. Let’s just pick a few points in the Bowery’s history (although the common theme exists throughout). The time of mass immigration to the Bowery was a time when thousands upon thousands of people needed to leave their homes- Africans freed from slavery, Irish, Germans, Italians, Jews fleeing from starvation and oppression.  They landed here, they became a community, and they made this place the trade center of the city and a thriving hub that became recognized throughout the world. A few years later, the cycle started over.  Again several different groups of people, each with a different purpose, filled the Bowery.  A cultural revolution began.  Radical politics overlapped with women’s rights, and racial integration movements.  At the same time theatres and concert halls were drawing different crowds.  Performers like the Marx Brothers, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins were all getting their start there.  They coexisted at the same time, and in the same community.  They learned about each other’s causes, they socialized in the same settings, and together they made their mark on the world. Our favorite part of the Bowery’s history, takes place a few decades later when the Bowery starts to attract a yet another type of resident.  They were the large constituency of people that have always been drawn to this neighborhood, the people that follow their heart, rather than their minds.  This included artists, writers, singers and musicians, bored bankers and tired journalists, people who we know as shaping the world (along side people who really didn’t shape anything).  A new community began with locals and visitors alike and once again, it was a neighborhood filled with soul, love, and spirit. You’ll recognize names like Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, David Bowie, Iggy Pop.  They cultivated their talents in that neighborhood.  One of the flames, rather torches, that helped to ignite this culture, was located at 315 Bowery, which originally opened as a Country, BlueGrass and Blues venue- aka CBGB.   Names like Debbi Harry (Blondie), The Ramones, and Talking Heads got their start there.  The list goes on. The Bowery not only was and continues to be a petri dish for some of the best musicians of the century, but it’s a place where spirits are free and hearts are followed. Each successive group that landed in the Bowery etched its name into the soil.  At times it was a haven for sin and vice, but no matter what, the Bowery’s rough edged persona spawned an unmistakable culture of coexistence, innovation, and strong will.  From the cattle markets, to the vaudeville theatres, the organized crime dens, or the gentrified parlors, the Bowery embraced it all. The Bowery reminds us of our neighborhood on St. John.  People coming together from all different places who commonly possess a certain spirit.  With our love for music, our belief in the free spirit of St. John, and our mission to create a place where we can all relax in the same setting together, we decided to name our new place Bowery.