Elie

Elie

Elie (eh-lee) is a proud resident of the Lower East Side, with strong family roots in the neighborhood. He co-founded 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.

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Punch Trump in the Face, then Register to Vote

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

Overthrow Boxing gym just off the Bowery wants to knock out Donald Trump in a big way. By ballot, not bout. The Bleecker Street gym is getting out the vote by going mobile. Several weeks ago, they christened a cheeky “Knockout Trump” truck with the dual purpose of registering voters (#knockoutthevote2016) while offering a chance […]

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Ten Years on, this Lafayette Street Advertecture is Dismantled for New 10-Story Commercial Building

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

The decade-old advertecture on the site of the former Jones Diner, 363 Lafayette Street, is coming down. Workers were spotted yesterday dismantling the skeleton framework, first erected in early 2007 to pimp the iPod. With good reason. The irregularly shaped sliver of land is to sprout a luxury office building. Olmstead Properties, which has owned […]

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Report: Man Struck by Truck on Pike Street Last Month Dies

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

The local resident hit by a truck on Pike Street at the end of August died earlier this month from his injuries. On August 22, Seward Park Extension public housing tenant Miguel DeJesus, 67, was reportedly jaywalking on the south side of Division, crossing Pike Street from east to west. The truck allegedly had right […]

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Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

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Red Square Lenin Statue will Probably Return to the LES Skyline Next Month

Posted September 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

The iconic statue of Vladimir Lenin that sat atop Red Square for 22 years has a new home. As first reported here last week, the communist leader will again greet the masses from the roof of 178 Norfolk across the street. The eighteen-foot Lenin will return to the skyline in short order. The Villager has it […]

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Black Tree on Orchard Street Rebounds as ‘Raw Material’

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Christmas come early for team Black Tree. The sandwich shop closed its Orchard Street location earlier this month in anticipation of a December reboot. Well, chef-owner Sandy Dee Hall just reopened on Friday as something called Raw Material. And as the sandwich board notes, it’s in soft launch mode. Raw Material, according to the website, is […]

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‘Nom Wah Nolita’ Lunch Counter Soft Opens at 10 Kenmare Street

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:08 am

While the eye of consumerism was trained on a three-block stretch of Orchard Street (i.e. Pickle Day), the iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlor quietly opened its new satellite store on Kenmare. For Nom Wah Nolita, the interval from announcement to commencement was barely a week. The new lunch counter is currently in soft launch mode […]

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Second of Four New Essex Crossing Towers Tops Out at 15 Stories

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

For the first time in almost fifty years, the vacant lots along Delancey Street are buzzing with new life. Yep. It’s milestones galore for the Essex Crossing mega-project this month, construction of which is progressing rather steadily. Now, another. A month after the senior housing tower was capped at Site 6, its neighbor across the street […]

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Bruce Springsteen will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Next Week for ‘Born to Run’ Book Signing

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:18 am

Bruce Springsteen last week announced a fall book tour to promote his forthcoming memoir, Born to Run. The nine-date outing commences – not surprisingly – at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey on September 27. The day of release. The Boss then heads to Union Square the next day, and […]

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After 14 Years of Cafe El Portal, Pink ‘Pietro Nolita’ Takes Over at 174 Elizabeth Street

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:09 am

With one longtime restaurant gone, another takes its place at 174 Elizabeth Street. The much-loved Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street quietly closed its doors back in May. Chef-owner Gloria Arteaga decided to end operations after fourteen years on the block. (It opened shortly after 9/11.) Unlike the gas issues that forced closure in 2015, […]

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