"Boweryite” is the name of an inhabitant of the Bowery, in the borough of Manhattan. The name “Boweryite” has been cited in print since at least 1857.
Bowery (pron.: /ˈbaʊ.əri/ or New York English [ˈbaʊ̯.ri]), commonly called “the Bowery” and, less commonly, “Bowery Street”, is a street/neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan. The neighborhood’s boundaries are East 4th Street and the East Village to the north, Canal Street and Chinatown to the South, Allen Street and the Lower East Side to the east and Little Italy to the west.
Bowery is an anglicisation of the Dutch bouwerij, derived from an antiquated Dutch word for “farm.” In the 17th century, the road branched off Broadway north of Fort Amsterdam at the tip of Manhattan to the homestead of Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherland. As a street, the Bowery was known as Bowery Lane prior to 1807. Today, it runs from Chatham Square in the south to Cooper Square at 4th Street in the north. After Cooper Square, the street runs north as Third Avenue and to the northwest as Fourth Avenue.
11 April 1857, Saturday Evening Gazette (Boston, MA), “Waifs from New York,” pg. 8:
Julia Daly is delighting the Bowery-ites.
3 April 1875, The Argus (Albany, NY), “Little Boy Blue,” pg. 3, col. 3:
To Jimmy it was a brand-new garment, though his hard-working mother, who washed and ironed at the most moderate of terms for bachelor Boweryites, might have said strongly disillusionizing things, perhaps, regarding its origin.
16 April 1889, New York (NY) Herald, “At Other Playhouses,” pg. 7, col. 4:
THALIA THEATRE. The old Boweryite could easily have revived the scenes of his youth at the Thalia Theatre last night.
Old Bowery Days:
The Chronicles of a Famous Street
By Alvin F. Harlow
New York, NY: D. Appleton
Not only Boweryites but sports and dandies from more aristocratic quarters, in dainty, spider-legged buggies and sulkies, took part in these impromptu contests.
The True Adventures of Hollywood’s Legendary Director
By Marilyn Moss
Lexington, KY: The University of Kentucky Press
Most of the Boweryites believed Brodie made the jump, it was said. But George Raft raised a skeptical eyebrow. Young Jackie Cooper wagered twenty-five cents of his allowance that the entire episode was a myth.