In New York City, The Bowery House , one of Manhattan’s newer lodging options, gives a nod to the city’s mixed bag of gentrification, history, scruffiness and chic. By Manhattan’s standards, a night here is cheap.
Opened in 1927 as the Prince Hotel, the Bowery House, like The Jane hotel, has served as a landing spot –think flophouse–for people in transition. At The Jane, sailors frequented the place after it opened in 1907. During WWII, soldiers stayed at the Prince Hotel. On the bottom two floors, tenants live here still. The Bowery House is on the top two floors.
Accessed by a separate entrance, the Bowery House has been rennovated to combine elements of the building’s original purpose–the rooms are teeny tiny–with boutique upscale. Think marble floors, hipster colors and lighting and artwork made by independent artists.
Lately, the Bowery section of New York which has a history that includes the freed slaves that first settled there, wealthy mansion dwellers, and those down on their luck, has seen a surge of interest in its development as a trendy destination.
Within walking distance to the art galleries and boutique shops of SoHo and the great eats of Chinatown, as well as easy access to the ferries that go to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island, it’s no wonder developers have turned to The Bowery. The Bowery House is just one indication of the changes that have arrived.
If you go: A bunk starts at $42 and cabins at $54. Bathrooms are shared. Wifi is free and bicycle rentals are available.
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