There’s no better symbol of the gentrification of the Bowery than the Bowery House, according to the New York Times, whose third and fourth floors offer chic hotel rooms for young, hip visitors above a second floor flophouse. Located at 220 Bowery, the Bowery House was known as the Prince Hotel when it was built in the late 1920s and packed 202 cubicles and a clerk’s booth on three floors with shared utilities.
Around 1999, Click modeling agency co-owner Joey Grill bought the structure intending to create a dorm-like housing for models and actors. He stopped accepting new tenants, moved the remaining ones to the second floor and leased the top floors to a non-profit homeless services agency called Common Ground. … [more]