"farm, plantation," from Du. bowerij
"homestead farm" (from the same source as bower
); a Du. word probably little used in America outside New York, and there soon limited to one road, The Bowery
, that ran from the built-up part of the city out to the plantations in middle Manhattan, attested from 1787; the city's growth soon overran it, and it was noted by 1840 as a commercial district notorious for squalor, rowdiness, and low life.