Boogie Staff Picks: The Year in Boogie [2012]

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 at 11:37 am by

[Photo: Dave Gustav]

2012 was truly a great year for Bowery Boogie. Herewith, a list of the ten most popular stories on the website.

Hurricane Sandy – many thought Irene to be a joke, but its successor was a storm of the century that truly gave the city a run for its money. Media attention has since refocused elsewhere, but recovery is still on the horizon.

Harley Flanagan Stabbing – July 6, 2012. A night of hardcore during the inaugural CBGB Festival that went terribly wrong when estranged Cro-Mags co-founder Harley Flanagan brandished a knife and wounded a couple of current band members. Boogie was there with the story and photo seen ’round the world.

Shooting on Forsyth Street – Joshua Nunez shot and killed Charlie Hernandez outside the Jose barber shop, violence that was part of an alleged cross-Bowery turf war.

Elderly Man Jumps to Death on Columbia Street Before Wife’s Funeral – 78-year-old Miguel Melendez jumped from his 12-story abode at Masaryk Towers mere hours before the funeral of his wife. They had been married for forty-five years.

When Lana Del Rey Was Lizzy Grant – just a few short years ago, Lana was known by here given name of Lizzy Grant. We caught a few of her shows in 2008 and reminisced with some archival photos.

The Fatal Fall at 191 Orchard Street – Carlisle Brigham accidentally tumbled to her death in the stairwell of 191 Orchard. Brigham had been estranged from her husband of one year and was living with a friend at this address.

Moira Johnston Topless on the Subway – 2012 was the year of Moira Johnston. The topless activist was spotted all across the city, including the subways. Remember, it’s perfect legal to bare it all.

“Topless New York” Begins Kickstarter Campaign – a way to spread awareness about the legality of going topless in New York City.

Garbage Truck Crushes Parked Cars on Delancey – a garbage truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into eight parked cars on Delancey, leaving behind a total mess of damage.

Keith Haring Foundation Partners with TENGA Masturbators – the Haring estate thought it wise to pair up with a sex toy company. Their billboard in Times Square cause quite a commotion.

What were some of your favorite Boogie stories?

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