I'm working on a big piece for a show I'm doing at La Mama Gallery in January (also showing Wil Ortega's work). La Mama is located right off the Bowery, on 1st street, near the Liz Christy garden. Also, I suppose I should mention its also nowadays sandwiched between one of the largest (luxury) housing developments built in recent times in the neighborhood, built by Avalon Bay, who previous to this complex on the Bowery had mostly build suburban apartment complexes in places like New Jersey. Anyway, if I can pull it off, my portion of the show will incorporate some of the last 20 years of history in terms of the Bowery - pretty much the time person when I would have traversed it as a Cooper Union student, then staff and faculty, and a general NYC downtown resident.
I have a lot of memories, but they tend to be a bit fuzzy. Images are in my heads, but dates are uncertain. I've started doing some research, mostly using the NY Times archive, which so far has been very helpful. I typed in Bowery and Houston and a bunch of stuff popped up. I was tryign to determine when the aforementioned housing development was proposed, because i remember seeing a rendering in a book in the Cooper Library circa 1999? 2000? and thinking "well, thats never going to happen". And it didn't, at least as far as I can tell. Originally it was proposed as city housing. Then it was sold to a private developer. So, big difference there in terms of what it represents. Still looking into finding that rendering.
Anyway, from time to time I'm going to post some of the articles/images I find, and my thoughts here.
Note the date. This one is from 1996: