At the new Bowery House Hotel, the homeless sleep in cramped cubicles, while directly above, customers pay ten times the price.

This article titled “Shabby or chic? New York's Bowery House hotel” was written by Claire Prentice, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 28th October 2011 04.00 UTC

New York's past and future jostle for position on the weed- and graffiti-strewn Bowery. A century after it became a byword for desperation, the wide boulevard on the city's Lower East Side is undergoing a transformation.

The homeless shelters and soup kitchens are still doing a brisk trade but they have been joined by modelling agencies, style bars and sleek hotels.

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