Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The 27-story hotel will rise on the site of the old Atlantic Garden, a respectable German beer hall built in 1858, part of which appears to remain standing on the Elizabeth Street side (The Bowery Theater was next door where Jing Fong now stands). Like the Bowery Theater, the Atlantic Garden became a Yiddish theater, according to the Times, in 1910. The front facing the Bowery was torn down in 1916. (Photos NYPL)
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The historic Bowery Theater once stood on this site, the city's largest and most influential theater, where T. Daddy Rice introduced the blackface character Jim Crow in 1832, where Frank Chanfrau created Mose, the Irish gang-hero, where Thomashefsky first performed Hamlet in Yiddish. Now it's a Duane Reade. What will this 27-story hotel do to the Chinatown neighborhood? Look at what the 22-story hotels in the LES did to Orchard and Ludlow.