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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Investor in Defunct Grand Street ‘Comfort Diner’ Says Former Owner Cheated Her out of $75K

Posted April 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

While Saluggi’s East pizzeria struggles to make its own mark on Grand Street, its predecessor is again in the mud. An investor in the bygone Comfort Diner claims in a lawsuit filed last week that the former owner cheated her out of $75,000 when he neglected to mention his massive $700,000 debt of back taxes. […]

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Under New Ownership, Moemen Becomes ‘NYC Falafel Co.’ on Allen Street

Posted April 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

There’s been a change of the guard at Moemen, the Mediterranean snack shop at 201 Allen Street. Almost overnight, the signage was swapped and interior remodeled. In comes the blandly named NYC Falafel Co., offering up exactly what you’d imagine. Cheap eats geared toward the Hell Square hordes. They’re open past midnight every day except […]

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Spanish Kicks Company Camper Christens New ‘Lab’ on the Bowery

Posted April 28, 2017 at 5:10 am

It’s settled. You can finally purchase $285 sneakers on the Bowery. And right beside the Bowery Mission, no less. The Spanish footwear company, Camper, has you covered. The brand finally deposed the “coming soon” window skin from the facade of 221 Bowery last week to reveal its trendy CamperLab concept, a store we first told you […]

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‘Parantha Alley’ Debuts at the Bowery Market on Monday

Posted April 28, 2017 at 5:03 am

Parantha Alley, the four-year-old veteran of the Brooklyn food fair scene, is headed for the Bowery. Its new stall inside the open-air Bowery Market debuts on Monday. For the last week or so, artist Colleen Kong-Savage has been painting an Indian-themed mural on the corrugated siding of the structure. Parantha Alley joins a fledgeling Bowery […]

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Watch this Guy Knock Over a Motorcycle on Pike Street for No Apparent Reason [VIDEO]

Last modified April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Here’s an interesting one… So, this guy was walking down Pike Street, between East Broadway and Henry Street, on Monday at 10:38pm and decided to upend a parked motorcycle. It’s clear that he was pissed off about something; he commits to pushing the vehicle onto the sidewalk when it refuses to budge after the first […]

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With Pizza-Speakeasy at 1 Ludlow Street Canceled, Popular Village Bistro ‘Mimi’ Signs on

Posted April 27, 2017 at 5:15 am

Those grand plans to install a pizzeria and basement speakeasy at the three-pointed 1 Ludlow Street totally tanked. But that’s obvious. Partially built out, this unique address was to become Ludlow Inn and Three Points, with both Numero 28 principals and Shingo Gokan respectively on tap. Word on the street is that there was allegedly some […]

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‘I.M. Pastry Studio’ Takes Stall Inside Essex Street Market

Last modified April 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Brooklyn-based pastry peddlers, I.M. Pastry Studio, just signed a lease inside the Essex Street Market. The stall chosen is near the northernmost entrance to the building, in what was formerly the seating area for Tra La La juicery. Teaser signage now hangs from the security gate. I.M. Pastry Studio is aiming for an opening later […]

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‘Congee Bowery’ Temporarily Closes for Hot Pot Tune-up

Last modified April 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

Congee Bowery is currently down, but apparently not out. The twelve-year-old Chinese restaurant closed a couple weeks ago for a total makeover. It’s essentially a transformation in both menu and layout. Once the month-long renovation period is complete at 207 Bowery, the reinvigorated Congee Bowery will focus on hot pot style instead of traditional Chinese […]

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‘Soy’ is Leaving the Lower East Side After 15 Years

Posted April 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

Slurp up while you still can. Popular Japanese eatery, Soy, is leaving the Lower East Side after fifteen years in business. Last day on Suffolk Street is Saturday (April 29). A “Grand Closing” banner is strung above the entrance. Etsuko Kizawa, founding chef and owner of the comfort food spot, is relocating operations upstate to […]

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LES Community Group Slams CM Chin for Colluding with Developers, Demands She Step Down

Last modified April 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is demanding that Councilwoman Margaret Chin step down. The grassroots organization, which counts more than a dozen other local groups in its ranks, claims that the politician is firmly in the pocket of big-money developers. That’s not a stretch, either. One need only have attended […]

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