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Day 86: What’s New In the Bowery?

September 22nd · No Comments

I made my first visit to the Bowery neighborhood to explore the New Museum of Contemporary Art. The New Museum launched in 1977 as an upstart to the MOMA, or Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 1928 and was no longer so modern. In 2020, New York will celebrate the grand opening of MOFFAT/N/SO (the Museum of Fresh-Fresh Art That’s Not So Old).

I’m a huge nature buff and was excited to catch the New Museum’s After Nature exhibit. In the end I was not so impressed. But I did like this piece:

Afterwards I wandered Bowery Street and its chaotic mix of storefronts. The businesses lie next to each other like layers of sediment: restaurant-supply stores with heavy roll-down doors from the industrial days, the art-café colonies that arrived in the 1970s, and now the outposts of wealth that are replacing both of them, represented by the Whole Foods and the Avalon luxury apartments at the intersection with Houston Street.

With the earthquake occurring on Wall Street right now, however, maybe the gentrification won’t happen after all. The artists and the homeless and the crazy-heads might have the Bowery to themselves again soon.

Tags: Museums & Art · Sights & Scenes

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