About Us

Bowery Boogie is a New York City-based, hyperlocal website that chronicles the happenings of the Lower East Side. Our mission is to document the past, present, and future of the ever-changing neighborhood landscape.  In doing so, we cover everything from the latest local news and community events, to street art, graffiti, and film set location information.

Bowery Boogie is powered by an evolving roster of contributors, and anchored by the following personnel:

ELIE Z. PERLER (Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief)
Elie (eh-lee) is a proud resident of the Lower East Side, with strong family roots in the neighborhood. He started Bowery Boogie in July 2008 as a hyperlocal resource to document the ever-changing neighborhood landscape. His writing and photography credits have appeared in New York Magazine, New York Post, Daily News, Huffington Post, Spin Magazine, Spin Digital, the Curbed Network, The Villager, The Real Deal, and Time Out. Elie is a graduate of the University of Michigan. You can often find him wandering the neighborhood, drinking a pint at 169 Bar, playing Ms. Pacman at the Chinatown Fair Arcade, or catching a show at Mercury Lounge. His favorite band is the Beatles.

DAVE GUSTAV (Co-founder, Creative Director)
Dave (day-ve) joined Bowery Boogie in November 2008. Coming from a background in the entertainment industry, he spends most of his time working with emerging technologies and developing digital strategies. His photography and video work has appeared in print, web, and television including BBC America, Billboard Magazine, Spin Magazine, and Spin Digital. Dave is a graduate of NYU despite dropping out at one point to play in a band. As a musician-turned-geek, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, played to crowds of one, and has owned more pairs of Chucks than you can imagine.

EVAN STEIN (Designer/Developer)
Evan (eh-van) is too busy working on coding and making things look pretty to write a bio. As the man behind Vanpop.com he has created many websites. He and Dave started out playing in bands together and have since transitioned to speaking in code.

HOLLY LOUISE PERRY (Managing Editor)
A Bowery Boogie contributor since June of 2011, Holly covers music, arts, pop culture, and lifestyle pieces relevant to the Lower East Side, NYC and beyond. A stalwart indie music fan, she has interviewed bands such as The Fratellis, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Frightened Rabbit, to name a few. Holly previously reviewed music for the website Radio Exile. These days, when she’s not writing for Boogie, you can find her playing pinball at interstate truck stops, knocking back Newcastles whilst supporting Manchester City Football Club, or checking out new music in either her native Boston or adopted home, NYC.

LORI GREENBERG (Contributor)
Lori Greenberg is a creative director, graphic designer and writer, who runs the Bergworks studio, along with her husband, David Bergman. Bergworks focuses on green architecture, eco furniture design and graphic design. A die-hard New Yorker, and a resident of the East Village and Lower East Side for over 30 years, Lori grew up in Queens, with ancestors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. While putting together a talk about the Lower East Side a few years ago, Lori found out that her grandparents met on her corner. She can also proudly imitate the accents of four out of five boroughs.

ALLISON B. SIEGEL (Resident Historian)
Resident Historian Allison B. Siegel focuses on 18th through the mid-20th century New York City. She has collaborated on several National Register nominations and is, at this point, more than mildly obsessed with all things history including hauntings. As an urban historian, Allison can be found exploring and documenting buildings wherever she goes making it very hard to walk down the street with her. A pirate preservationist, our ghost of neighborhoods’ past, LES and Allison? Like tenement brick and mortar. Her roots here date back to the early 19th century. She was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

MEGAN YOUNGBLOOD (Arts Contributor)
Megan, like most New York-residents, has a lot of slashes in her description. It looks a little something like writer/photographer/student/waitress/nerd/superhero. Megan was born in California, and has not passed the admissions bar (8-10 years?) to officially be dubbed a “New Yorker,” but looks forward to the day. Three of her favorite things in the world are coffee, tequila, and libraries.

MARY TOTO (Arts Contributor)
Digital producer by day, freelance writer on the fly, Mary has been living in NYC for over a decade. She made the big move from New Jersey to Brooklyn to attend Fordham at Lincoln Center where she carefully balanced getting a BFA in Journalism (with a minor in Philosophy!), multiple internships, working retail in the heart of SoHo, learning to ride a track bike and of maintaining a robust social life including summers as a Sailor Jerry rum girl. In 2008 she made another big move from Brooklyn to Manhattan and hasn’t looked back. Professionally, Mary has written and produced for MTV.com, INKED Magazine and more. Socially, she can usually be found at the Tompkins Square Park dog run with her beloved pug, hiding out in the back of Niagara, sneaking into shows at Webster Hall or enjoying the view from outside at Il Bagatto.

BENJAMIN TOCKER (Music Contributor)
Benjamin is a life-long Lower East Sider. His undying love for music has led to him working various jobs throughout the music industry. His favorite band is Phish. You can find him if you have a band you’d like reviewed, want to talk music, or just want to have a l’chaim.

MIKE LEVINE (Music Contributor)
Mike thinks he knows everything about music, and if given the opportunity, will gladly talk to you about it constantly. Sometimes he gets bored and decides to write these random thoughts down in his blog where he discusses everything that’s musically Brooklyn, or at his other blog where he discusses everything that’s musically yacht rock. When he’s not talking about music, he’s making it himself. Recently, he finds writing silly tunes about the lives of 2D cartoons a great use for his 2 academic degrees.

ANDREW COHEN (Contributor)
Andrew is a life-long resident of the Lower East Side. He attended the University at Albany and graduated in 2005. His previous writing credits include covering Edgie’s Hoops for the Grand Street News.  You can often find him running on the treadmill at the Seward Park gym.

ROBERT CARMONA (Photographer)
Robert was born and raised on the Lower East Side, and has fond memories from his younger days in the 1970s and 1980s. He loves walking around Manhattan taking pictures, but especially in his beloved neighborhood. Being a truck driver by trade has brought him all over the country, but no place compares to the eclectic, multi-cultural, drug-infested, weird, cool, preppy interesting, historical, stylish, hip, cunning, melting pot that is the Lower East Side. More of his work can be found on Flickr.

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