Resident Historian, Renaissance woman and Preservationist, Allison B. Siegel focuses on 18th through the mid-20th century New York City history. She has collaborated on numerous National Register nominations and Landmark Preservation Commission applications most with successful outcomes. Obsessed with all things history including hauntings, Allison can be found exploring, photographing and gawking at buildings, sharing their histories. She has an impressive collection of urban artifacts courtesy of adventures into the abandoned. A pirate preservationist, urban explorer and our ghost-teller of neighborhoods' past, NYC and Allison? Like tenement brick and mortar. Her roots here date back to 17th century Lower East Side as depicted by several tattoos on her person. Allison was born and currently resides in Manhattan.

Posts by Allison


This Was New York … in 1900 [VIDEO]

Posted March 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

Thank you to the Travel Film Archive for sharing some raw 1900 New York with the masses. Take a break from Instagram and watch our city turn street corners and a century. 20 plus minutes of “wow.” Every day was an adventure without apps and chats. As always…

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Did You Know that NYC has its Own Naval Militia? [HISTORY]

Posted February 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

Ever heard of the New York Naval Militia? I hadn’t, but now that I have, why not share? From their website: The New York Naval Militia was organized as a Provisional Naval Battalion in 1889 and was formally mustered into State service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve Artillery, on 23 June 1891. Today, the New […]

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Uncapped: Connecting with New York Street Bomber ‘Easy’

Last modified February 10, 2017 at 10:33 am

Finally. An interview almost a year in the making for a man whose name currently sells on canvas for $5,000. He is easily (no pun intended) the most prolific bomber in NYC. Boogie faithful please welcome, EASY to our Uncapped series. Bowery Boogie: Thanks for joining us.  I cannot think of one person in the graffiti […]

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One Final Visit to 118 East 1st Street (and Darinka) Before Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted February 8, 2017 at 5:11 am

Grab your flashilights ’cause we are going back to the beginning of 118 East 1st Street, and also to face the sad reality that is demolition all over our neighborhood. Hard hats must be worn at all times. Do not ascend stairwell, floors have been removed. Do not open this door, roof has been removed. […]


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Take a Walk Through the Abandoned Bowery Subway Station [VIDEO]

Posted January 26, 2017 at 5:14 am

If you’re planning a visit to the abandoned Bowery subway station, which I am not encouraging, make sure to bring bail money and are ready to run. The city’s Vandal Squad has eyes on this NYC gem 24/7. As an alternative, check out the video below, shot in 2015 by YouTuber Urban NYC. It’s definitely […]

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The Heartbreak of Death and Social Media

Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

Have you ever  accidentally “unfollowed” or “unfriended” a deceased loved one? We are truly at the mercy of social media for better or worse. POLOGEI$T (a.k.a Angel Pomales) was murdered in April, 2016. His Instagram page is private. Every so often I scroll through to see his face. Today, my fingers accidentally hit unfollow and his page […]

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Feast on Thanksgiving Dinner Menus from These Historic NYC Hotels

Last modified November 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Hello Turkey Lovers! Check out these Thanksgiving menus (below) borrowed from the Rare Books Collection of the New York Public Library. Elegant and mouth-watering. We have a friend who recently became a Rare Books librarian in the most spectacular library in New York City. She provided us with an exclusive look, which we now share […]


These Spray-Painted Subway Train Light Fixtures are on Display at ‘Tunnel Lights’ Exhibit Tonight

Posted November 11, 2016 at 9:33 am

We have a little rounding up to do since our graff baby Uncapped: Beneath the Paint series has blossomed into a movement. Hosting shows that The Source magazine covered. Twice. Writing for international websites, curating events, etc. We are kind of a big deal. Can I say that about us? Yeah, why not. Later tonight, Bowery […]

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Uncapped: From Kazakhstan to Queens with RESA

Posted November 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

The Uncapped graffiti series is back this week with a spotlight on RESA – an extremely talented artist whose story may resonate with A LOT of female artists. To Queens we go. BOWERY BOOGIE: Welcome RESA. RESA: Thank you for having me. BB: Tell us a bit about yourself. RESA: I was born in Queens and […]

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What it Was Like Growing Up in the Notorious McGurk’s Suicide Hall on the Bowery [HISTORY]

Last modified October 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Here’s a story of a building nicknamed McGurk’s Suicide Hall. You may have read it before. We touched upon the history a while back, but for this go ’round we decided to dig deeper into the past, while chatting with someone who actually lived there: Mr. Mehai Bakaty of forty-year-old pioneer, Fineline Tattoo. 295 Bowery was built in […]

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