Now & Then: Life on the Bowery
Photographs & Other Works


The Bowery Mission Chapel 100th Year Celebration

Join us to honor the historic Bowery Mission Chapel 100th Anniversary, this culminates a month long celebration of The Bowery Mission 130th Anniversary.

Special Guest Speakers (including):

Ray Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Dept
Robert Hess, Commissioner, Dept of Homeless Svcs
Scott Stringer, President, Borough of Manhattan
Christina Minardi, President, Whole Foods Market, Northeast Region
Lisa Phillips, Director, New Museum

Paula Zahn, Special Guest Emcee,
Producer, Discovery Communications

Bowery Mission Anniversary Art Series:

Now & Then: Life on the Bowery,
Photographs & Other Works

Extended Exhibit Hours Open to the Public:

Fri Nov 6th, 1pm Ceremony, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Sat Nov 7th, 9:00am - 1:00pm & 3:30 - 5:30pm
Sun Nov 8th, 10:00am - 1:00pm & 3:30 - 5:30pm

Anna Sawaryn, Curator, 917-797-0025

Opening: Thursday Oct 8th, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Every Thursday in October, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Oct 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 2009

The Bowery Mission Chapel
227 Bowery, NY, NY 10002 (btw Prince & Rivington)


Press Release:

The Bowery has gone through many changes since the Mission first opened their doors to the homeless 130 years ago. The Bowery Mission will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of its historic Chapel on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 1pm. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and will be hosted by special guest emcee Paula Zahn, Producer, Discovery Communications.

Bowery Mission supporters from government, corporations and the religious community will join the celebration. Confirmed guest speakers include: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Robert Hess; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; Whole Foods Market Northeast Region President Christina Minardi and New Museum Director Lisa Phillips.

Seventeen local artists have been inspired by life on the Bowery and have captured itís essence in their work, which will be on display - "Now and Then: Life on the Bowery" - Rebecca Lepkoff has documented life under the elevated train back to the 1930's and Alex Harsley, whose work gives us an idea of the people who once lived here. In addition, vintage photographs will be on display from the collection of Jeremy Rowe, dating back to the early 1900's.

The ceremony will also include music from Broadway performer Nina Negri (Les Miserables) and Lower East Side jazz artist Steve Elson. Free historic tours of The Bowery Mission will be available -

Step back in time and join us for a Celebration of the Bowery Mission Chapel, and stay to enjoy what the Bowery once was and what is now. Refreshments will be provided by Veselka Restaurant for the extended Exhibit hours on Saturday Nov 7th and Sunday Nov 8th.