Place in History

The Bowery Hall of Fame

Years: 2001-2002
Project: A modular mini-museum set up on the Bowery.
Summary: The Bowery Hall of Fame is a museum in miniature, assembled from the remains of a Palace Hotel lodging house cubicle, pilfered cultural artifacts, local propaganda, and bits of historical documentation. Inside this tiny dwelling you will discover strange and wonderful facts about the Bowery, its inhabitants, its structures, its apocryphal history and its unknowable future. From the nineteenth century slumming expeditions of George Washington Chuck Connors, the Mayor of Chinatown, to the modern-day exploits of urban professionals, this museum offers the visitor an explicit view of the world's most famous down-and-out boulevard. Built at a moment of profound physical, social and economic change along the Bowery, the Hall of Fame represents a portal into twenty-first century New York, a place defined by its past yet persistently unfettered by it.

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Credits

The Bowery Hall of Fame is a project of Place in History, a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn. Please visit www.placeinhistory.org for more information.

Working Group

Paul Parkhill – Project design and direction
Katherine Gray – Design, research, production
Rosten Woo – Research, construction, production, sound work
Stephanie Markison – Research, construction
Tina Chiu – Research
Justine Zinkin – Outreach
Jon Meyers – Research
Andy Day – Web work
Matt Mitchell – Cubicle excavation
Kat McGowan – Editing, walking tour map creation
Rachel Urkowitz – Graphic design, walking tour map creation

Hall of Fame Sign

Jeanine Gerding

Murals

Youme Landowne (c/o Groundswell Community Mural Project)

Photos

New York City Municipal Archives
New York Public Library
Ed Grazda
Paul Parkhill

Audio Clips

1. Place in History Bowery Workshop, July 2001
2. “The Bowery” from I Wants to Be a Actor Lady
(Cincinnati’s University Singers and Theater Orchestra
New World Records, 1978)

Thanks
Steve Stollman, Ed Grazda, Kate Millett, Sophie Kier, Gail Mayron, Cynthia McAdams, Scott Elliott, Amy Sananman (Groundswell Community Mural Project), Rosanne Haggerty (Common Ground), Muzzy Rosenblatt and Alfredo Lopez (Bowery Residents Committee), Zella Jones, David Isay, Doreen Carvajal, Luc Sante, Kathleen Hulser and Jan Ramirez (New-York Historical Society) , John Shapiro (Abeles, Phillips, Preiss & Shapiro), Mike Gatto.

Funding:
New York State Council on the Arts
New York Council for the Humanities


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