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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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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Do Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Contribute to Litter Problem?

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

This photo says it all, really. Namely that those Big Belly receptacles might not actually be working to plan. The multi-thousand-dollar trash bins began appearing across the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side earlier this fall, but are they helping or just part of the problem? Despite the best of intentions, an overflowing Big […]

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Open 3 Months, ‘Brigitte’ Seeks Basement Club on Ludlow

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

Of course this would happen. Open nigh on three months, Canal Street bistro Brigitte is already angling to open a basement club. Naturally. Ownership this week submitted a dressed-up application to alter its liquor license to include bar and seats in the cellar. Blueprints show communal table seating to accommodate twenty-four additional patrons, plus a […]

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Hill & Dale Partners with ‘Thai Direct Bowls’ on Allen Street

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

Hill & Dale is now open for takeaway Thai lunch options. The Allen Street watering hole last month struck a partnership with Thai Direct Bowls, a startup that offers “authentic meal kits, healthy lunch bowls and delicious food products.” It’s sub-leasing the space from the golden-age-of-radio-themed bar during daytime hours (until 4pm). Patrons can choose […]

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8-Story Commercial Development Planned for Chinatown ‘Diamond Center’ on the Bowery

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Chinatown diamond district is getting cut once again. It wasn’t enough that the Diamond Corner at Hester Street and the Bowery was sacked and replaced with a Bank of America branch. 76 Bowery is coming down, too. And like its neighbor one door to the north, it’ll be redeveloped into an eight-story commercial building. […]

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Countdown Clocks Now Active at East Broadway Subway Station

Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

No more standing around for fifteen minutes wondering when the next F train will arrive at the East Broadway station. Now, you’ll still stand around, but at least you’ll know. That’s right, those newfangled countdown clocks above the subway platform are operational. Took long enough, though. The city first installed the technology in this subway […]

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Xeno Zero Game Center on Orchard Street is Closing Down

Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

The gigantic “for lease” poster board currently sits in the front window of 24 Orchard Street, signaling that it’s game over for two-year-old Xeno Zero. The Xeno Zero game center has been a popular draw during its brief lifespan, attracting collectors and hardcore gamers for various competitions. The venue itself sells cards, game-related collectibles, and […]

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Equinox to Open its First LES Gym Next Spring

Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:08 am

The Equinox showroom has been in full sales mode for five months. Occupying the rear third of the former American Apparel space at East Houston and Orchard Streets. It’s pretty much a soulless retail footprint, with plenty of bright eye candy, corporate street art, and pretty people milling about. Sole purpose is netting new members […]

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‘Shinka Ramen’ Debuts at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on the Bowery

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

At age five, the eyesore that is the Wyndham Garden Hotel on the Bowery keeps padding its stable of food and beverage. As of yesterday, the eighteen-story, 106-room hotel now boasts a ramen restaurant to its name. Indeed, Shinka Ramen & Sake is the fifth onsite hangout for the Wyndham Garden Hotel, behind the Wu Room, […]

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KITH Launches ‘Kidset’ Brand in Bleecker Street Revival

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:09 am

If KITH were a Shrinky Dink, the old Bleecker Street store is now oven fresh. Despite the gargantuan flagship now open across the way on Lafayette Street, the brand is not finished with this tiny mid-block shop. It’s now for kids. KITH ultimately kept the lease after closing the womenswear outpost in October. The space […]

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