The Bowery Signage Project--Windows on the Bowery--was launched to great fanfare on July 5, 2016. This project celebrates the Bowery's remarkable place in American history and culture. Its 64 dynamic street posters illustrate the Bowerys seminal links to tap dance, vaudeville, Yiddish theatre, Lincoln, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, baseball, Houdini, Abstract Expressionism, the Beats, jazz, punk rock, and so much more
The large-scale placards are installed at important addresses along the Bowery from Astor Place to Doyers Street. All 64 posters can be seen at the Cooper Union Foundation Buildings western windows and inside the landmark HSBC Bank at 58 Bowery. The exhibits at Cooper Union and the HSBC Bank will be in place through the summer. The individual installations posted in Bowery businesses are supposed to remain posted through next summer.
This 3-year project involved the talents of eighteen writer/historians and the dynamic graphic design team at Cooper Union. Hundreds of images, each with a back-story, have been selected from vintage articles, photographs and postcards reflecting important people, events, achievements and architecture associated with particular addresses. All 64 posters can be seen on the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors website: www.boweryalliance.org.
The launch of this project was broadcast on NY1 and written up in the following newspapers and blogs: The Villager, Metro New York, Bowery Boogie, The Lo-Down, Untapped Cities, The Irish Voice and World Journal: America's largest Chinese language newspaper.