Located in Lower Manhattan, Bowery is one of the Big Apple's most historic and centrally-located neighborhoods, located just a few blocks from Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, and the Williamsburg Bridge. The neighborhood is named after its main street, The Bowery, which was actually the first platted major street in what at the time was known as New Amsterdam. Through the 19th century, the area became known for its working-class roots and was a frequent first stop for new immigrants before revitalizing in the 2000s.
This neighborhood is centered around Sara D. Roosevelt Park, named after the mother of former President and New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. There are three subway stops located within this compact neighborhood, with access to the B, D, F, and J trains that provide access all over Manhattan and beyond to Brooklyn and the Bronx. The area consists mostly of older brick buildings, including row-houses and apartment buildings. As one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, this area offers a timeless elegance that is not replicated anywhere else. The area is highly walk-able, with bustling pedestrian traffic at all hours of the day and night. Owing to its multicultural, working class heritage, signs can be found in Chinese and Hebrew and many other languages.
Bowery is home to several great attractions, including the world-renowned Tenement Museum that details tenement life in New York City throughout the 19th Century. Contemporary art lovers will love the New Museum while photo buffs will love the International Center of Photography. The neighborhood offers a wide variety of different restaurants, including the NYC Falafel Company, the Gem Coffee Shop, The Boil, and the Bowery Meat Company. Within the area all kinds of different cuisines can be enjoyed including Middle Eastern, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, American, classic New York City pizza, Vietnamese, Cuban, Argentinian, and more.