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Bowery Theatre, New York City, 1826.
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"O such for me! O an intense life,
full to repletion and varied!
The life of the theatre,
bar-room, huge hotel, for me!"
- Give Me The Splendid, Silent Sun (more...)

In Whitman's day, many of Manhattan's newer and larger theatres were located on two thoroughfares: Broadway and the Bowery. One of the best venues, the Bowery Theatre, opened in 1826 and catered to a working-class audience. It burned down five times in 17 years, but remained in business until 1929. (more...)










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