Lower East Side Neighborhood Nickname Alert

Posted on: July 27th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

The local real estate industry is at it again with their crazy neighborhood nicknames.  Ultimately, the goal with any new designation is gentrification.  In essence, it entails carving a chunk of land from an established community with the intention of enticing prospective buyers and renters.  The phenomenon is nothing new.  After all, the East Village was considered Lower East Side until the 1960s when agents began marketing the area as a cheap alternative to the then hot Greenwich Village.  More recently, though, monikers like Nolita and even ProCro (Brooklyn) tend to make the blood boil.

The Lower East Side has largely remained uncarved, with the exception of Two Bridges.  However, there are unofficial nicknames in the blogosphere – Curbed (and Dealbreaker) coined micro-hood Hell Square and also tried to get momentum behind BelDel (south of Delancey and east of Allen).  With regard to the latter designation, it seems the powers-that-be would love to rechristen this area as “LoDel.”

We first noticed “LoDel” while perusing Con Edison’s Storm Center map last weekend.  So far, it hasn’t really received much traction in real estate parlance.  Yet.

[Photo Credit: Eater]

Recent Stories

nypd-arrest-east-broadway
Plainclothes Officer Who Punched a Lower East Side Teen During Arrest is Suspended

An arrest on East Broadway last Monday made national headlines when a plainclothes officer was seen punching a teenage perp while already subdued. The incident was caught on camera and stirred up a raft of controversy, especially given the tense climate in the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases (or lack thereof). […]

Johnny Thunders Take 2
Revisiting Rachel Amodeo’s East Village Classic ‘What About Me’ [INTERVIEW]

I don’t know about you, but every time I find out about a movie that was filmed in the East Village circa NOT present day, I get super excited. I revel in the unique gritty history, and how the streets were not littered with a Starbucks and ::insert generic Bank name here:: every other step. That’s […]

daily-show-santa
The Daily Show Does a Bit on SantaCon, Interviews Organizer ‘Costume Jim’ [VIDEO]

Last night, five whole days after SantaCon blew through New York City, the The Daily Show decided to air a quick treatment of the event. As you would imagine, the segment exposes the shitshow that happens each year. Most interesting, though, is watching the footage after learning about Costume Jim Glaser and his ties to […]

319grand-gallery
New Grand Street Avant Garde Gallery Doubles as ‘Luxury Vape Lounge’

The Grenco Science pop-up vaporizer joint isn’t the only such retail action happening this weekend. Remember that gallery we told you about last month at 319 Grand Street? Well, Avant Garde by MMC, as it’s now known, itself doubles as a “luxury vape lounge.” In fact, its tagline is “where vape meets art.” The grand […]

Rad Roubeni
Artist Rad Roubeni Hosting a Month-Long Gallery Show Inside Former Chase Bank on Delancey

So it looks like the old Chase bank branch at 104 Delancey Street has morphed into a pseudo gallery space, albeit a temporary one. At least until the landlord can find a suitable tenant willing to foot the bill. We saw workers cleaning up the other night for a similar event. After two years of […]

  • Pingback: Monikers: Brokers to Curbed: Stop trying to… - The Broker Buddy

  • http://esquared.tumblr.com/ esquared

    the people who keep renaming these nyc nabes are LoIntel

    these would be more apropos nicknames: douchebag row; must have an app purlieus; b&t’s sanctum; the whiny women in their mini-skirts and stiletto heels crying on their cell phones quarters; bro haven…

  • http://esquared.tumblr.com/ esquared

    the people who keep renaming these nyc nabes are LoIntel

    these would be more apropos nicknames: douchebag row; must have an app purlieus; b&t’s sanctum; the whiny women in their mini-skirts and stiletto heels crying on their cell phones quarters; bro haven…

  • Mykola Mick Dementiuk

    I’ve been calling it the Lower EASY Side. I’ve lived there over 50 years and had to get out. I’ve seen interesting and fascinating changes but never like this, the place is dead. No one destroyed it collapsed on itself. Good riddance.

    http://www.MykolaDementiuk.com
    Lambda Literary Awards Winner 2009/Bisexual Fiction 

  • http://www.facebook.com/guy173 Guy Puglia

    Fucking disgusting! Stop with that nickname stuff!!  And fuck DUMBO too!!

  • Pingback: Week in Review: July 30 - Bowery Boogie

  • Pingback: Notes from the podcast (#133): Red Hook, Brooklyn - The Bowery Boys