Here are a few incredible local history archive projects about the very complex multi-layered Bowery in New York City.
A great overview from curbed:
Over a century ago, in 1913, when former President Teddy Roosevelt penned his essay comparing the Bowery to hell, there were probably few New Yorkers of his social set who disagreed with him. For nearly three decades, the city’s oldest thoroughfare had been stuck under the shadow of the Third Avenue “El,” and the pall cast by the train tracks seemed to touch every aspect of the street. More…
The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors features a project of site specific posters called Windows of the Bowery;
The architectural legacy of the street includes some of Manhattan’s earliest surviving townhouses, nineteenth and twentieth-century commercial buildings, lodging houses, saloons, social services buildings, and banks. Among the most architecturally and historically diverse streets in the city, buildings along the Bowery date from nearly every decade between ca. 1780 and the present. More..
And here is personal archive of the art scene on the Bowery from 1969-1989 from Mark Miller at 98 Bowery, A view from the top floor.
Telling stories with pictures, ephemera and a few carefully chosen words is what I most enjoy doing. Over the course of a varied career as an artist, curator, art historian, journalist, and publisher, I have been fortunate to be able to create many visual narratives. “View from the Top Floor” brings together some of these stories in a chronicle of my life and the creative world I experienced during the twenty years I lived in the top-floor loft at 98 Bowery. More..