One of the most important commercial thoroughfares in lower Manhattan. In the 1860s, it was extended south into the Fourth Ward, but today its southernmost point is at Chatham Square. In the mid nineteenth century, as Manhattan's population expanded north, the Bowery developed a reputation as a seedy district of cheap entertainment, low-quality shops, and cheap lodging houses. It became a skid row in the twentieth century, but is now undergoing some gentrification.
The Bowery is a small neighborhood in southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Its boundaries are East 4th Street and the East Village to the north, Canal Street and Chinatown to the South, Allen Street and the Lower East Side to the east and Bowery (the street) and Little Italy to the west (citidex.com 2006) (Fodor's 1991). Bowery as a street was known as Bowery Lane prior to 1807 (Brown, 1922) and was the road leading to Peter Stuyvesant's farm or bouwerij.
Bowery is a station on the BMT Nassau Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of the Bowery and Delancey Street in Manhattan, it is served by the train (all times), by the train (weekdays), and by the train (rush hours in the peak direction).