Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery traces the rich, 200-year history of New York City’s Bowery, examining the myriad ways in which the street and its denizens were instrumental in New York’s evolution as an archetypal modern-day metropolis. Featuring interviews with historians and present-day residents, as well as artfully interwoven archival images and motion pictures, the documentary juxtaposes today’s Bowery with the characters, locations, and stories that, more than a century ago, formed the extraordinary fabric of this influential–and infamous–boulevard. Slumming It was produced by Greenhouse Pictures and aired on PBS in 2005.
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