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

Photo: Susan Fensten
Spooky Backyard Scene on East Fifth Street

This week, native New Yorker Susan Fensten plucks another gem from her father’s outstanding collection of previously-unseen images. The shot in question is a spooky backyard scene captured at Mr. Fensten’s East Fifth Street residence (between First and Second Avenues) in 1984. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio at […]

lafayette-bike-lane
Lafayette Street in the Running to Receive Protected Bike Lane

Primed and paved in the last couple weeks, that fresh layer of asphalt on Lafayette Street will soon gain some green. Yup. A new, safer bike lane is most likely on the way. The DOT threw together a deck describing in detail the plan to install a protected bike lane along the west side of […]

stanton-street-kitchen-awning
‘Stanton Street Kitchen’ Reveals Itself in Former Moldy Fig Space

The Moldy Fig is has been closed for over two years, but its awning and neon sign remained in place. Until this week. Stanton Street Kitchen is happening, and it’s already planted a flag at 178 Stanton Street. Last November, the latest in a string of applicants for this address obtained Community Board 3 approval […]

Min's Market is doomed, Photo: Mike Brown
Min’s Market at Clinton and Houston is Going Out of Business

Min’s Market, the bodega stalwart at the corner of Clinton and East Houston, is going out of business this weekend. Boogie reader Mike Brown relays the info that the reliable grocer is set to close for good on Saturday. A significant rent increase is blamed for their downfall. It’s a substantial footprint. One can only […]

Lexi Bella for Centre-fuge Cycle 4, July 2012
Centre-fuge to Present ‘Heroines of the Lower East Side’ as Part of Inaugural LES History Month

Centre-fuge just released information regarding the forthcoming mural to grace the mid-block DOT trailer on East First Street. Unlike previous installations, though, Cycle 13 will be a solo effort by project alumna Lexi Bella. She is the first artist to do so. Timed to coincide with the inaugural Lower East Side History Month (annually in […]

  • 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