An Illustrated History of 50 Bowery

Joie de Vivre’s first New York property, 50 Bowery Hotel, celebrates the energy of New York, the sizzling current that transcends eras and expectations and turns stereotypes inside out in its quest to discover and become something new and even better than what was before. The hotel honors the grit, the grind, and the spirit of inventiveness that drives the American dream–the push to survive and the determination to excel–and to tell that story, we’ve commissioned artist and illustrator, Carly Larrson, to take us through the history of this iconic address.

50 Bowery is inspired by the cultural crossroads of its location. In fact, it’s situated on Manhattan’s oldest street upon the very site where George Washington shared a celebratory porter with his men at the Bull’s Head Tavern on what would be known for over a century after as Evacuation Day. 50 Bowery was once the site of the vibrant New York Theater. Next, the home for generation after generation of Chinese immigrants who left one very ancient world to recreate their lives in the very epicenter of “newness” and possibility: New York City.


As part of its mission to pay homage to the past, the hotel will showcase many of the artifacts that were found on the hotel’s construction site, highlighting our colorful history – taverns, a gambling den, and vaudeville and motion picture theaters all called the hotel’s location “home” from the 1700s through the early 1900s.
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Here at 50 Bowery, we celebrate that energy and as soon as you walk through our doors, you’ll feel it. Opening March 2017!


About the artist: Carly Larsson is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and her work is currently on view at Mystic Seaport as part of Dalvero Academy’s exhibit Journey of Transformation through December 2016.