5. Kitchen Restaurant Supply District

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The Kitchen Restaurant Supply District is located on the Bowery between Houston and Canal. The Bowery is the oldest thoroughfare in Manhattan and was once one of New York’s most elegant streets. However, after the Civil War, the neighborhood changed with beer gardens, flop houses, pawn shops and brothels. After the great depression, the Bowery became New York’s Skid Row. In the late 40’s the area started to get an influx of restaurant supply and lighting stores.

This was the area where some of New York’s greatest chefs would shop to supply their restaurants. The shops are now being supplanted with hip hotels and large scale development including a Whole Foods and the New Museum. Luckily a large section of the Bowery was landmarked saving some of the fantastic architecture from the wrecking ball. The Kitchen Supply Stores are primarily above Delancey and the Lighting Supply Stores are below.

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5 thoughts on “8 Disappearing Districts And Neighborhoods of NYC

  1. I agree with seven of your eight examples, but Shoe Row? You’re comparing that pestilence to the Fulton Fish Market and the Garment District? Eighth Street was a perfectly nice thoroughfare with a variety of retail stores and cafes until Shoe Row, as you call it, turned the street into a mini version of West 34 Street. It wasn’t a district so much as a blight. I haven’t walked along that street in years but I’m glad to hear “Most of the shoe businesses have left due to rising rents and lack of customers.” The loss of the Printing District in Soho would have been a better choice, as it was a genuine, albeit inevitable, loss.

  2. South Street Seaport has been destroyed by the greed of the real estate industry and the Bill Deblasio. From the tearing down of the Pathmark and allowing a building that does not fit into the neighborhood is deplorable. From the lifting the deed restrictions on a healthcare building to allow a greedy developer to take it and build unaffordable housing is ridiculous. The causes of these issues stems from REBNY who has bought off every single politician. But, the other issue is the novices in city hall like James Patchett, Dominik Williams and Emma Wolf who’s previous experience is lacky’s for Deblasio, who have never experienced a real estate deal in their lives.

    1. Bill DeBlasio had nothing to do with the loss of the South Street Seaport. This was accomplished over 10 years ago when EDC took control of the area. It was aided and abetted by many local interests including CB1 who did not fight for a historical presence instead of the replacement monstrosity on Pier 15.
      There is no point whatsoever in fudging facts for the purpose of political points.
      David.

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