The Ever Changing Bowery

The days of the “Bowery Bums” are long gone,  which isn’t to say that there still aren’t homeless shelters, The Bowery Mission still stands and provides vital services for a great many people.  What has changed is there neighbors.  High end hotels and fancy restaurants or places to grab $4.50 cups of coffee.

I walk along the Bowery on a daily basis as it is on my way to Yoga and the Union Square market from my apartment here on the Lower East Side.  Down by us the Bowery is still mostly filled with lighting stores which give way to Restaurant supply places.

As a sign of the times I thought it was clever that bari Kitchen supplies now has a sign in their window advertising custom made equipment for food trucks:

Across the street just up from the New Museum this place (below) which has been boarded up for ages has finally revealed what looks to be a new soon to be bar/restaurant.

And the empty hole in the ground that has lingered for well over a year has suddenly come to life and sprouted several floors, it is going to be a fancy condo  aptly named 250 Bowery.  It was suppose to be a geothermal hotel, but somehow that didn’t work out.

All of this on my way to buy Ramps!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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