Cigar Factory

Cigar Factory (HM2GZD)

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N 40° 43.41', W 73° 59.584'

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On The Bowery

—268 Bowery —

By the early 1880s this Italianate style building had become the Great Northern Hotel, where in 1884, 18 year-old Frank Samsel, a brush maker from Bohemia, Germany killed himself with a pistol in Room No. 38. In the early 20th century, as Windsor Lodging House, with a capacity of 200 beds at 20 cents a bed, it also became a notorious thieves den. However, it was also home to Emil Brunner, known to his acquaintances and fellow-lodgers as the "honestest man in the Bowery." Although only earning 50 cents a day as a cleaner, Brunner found and returned a pocketbook containing $47 and refused a reward.
Most unusual for this area, the Dorchester Stone façade, a yellowish sandstone, was quarried in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia, Canada. It retains many of the original 1871 Italianate features, such as its window hoods, brackets, cornice and cast iron fire escapes.
In the 1870s, it was part of a large factory, office and salesroom complex of buildings for cigar manufacturer, Lichtenstein Bros. & Co. that fronted on Bowery, Houston and Elizabeth Streets.
-Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
Year Placed2016
Placed ByBowery Alliance of Neighbors
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 585038 N 4508551
Decimal Degrees40.72350000, -73.99306667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 43.41', W 73° 59.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 43' 24.6" N, 73° 59' 35.04" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
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