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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Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Ready to Rent; Neighbors Fear More Bars

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pain in the ass would be the understatement of the decade with regard to the Orchard Hell Building. The last ten years of construction has caused both residential and commercial flight from the beleaguered stock of tenements. But for all its past pitfalls (of which there are many), the Hotel Indigo is working hard to […]

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Report: Former East Village Radio Store to Become 2nd Location of Manhattan Proper

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:06 am

We always enjoyed walking past East Village Radio on First Avenue. Something about seeing deejays spinning tunes in a completely translucent setting was downright awesome. The atmosphere was generally a party setting with talent and friends shooting the shit. And then one day it was gone. EV Grieve first reported on the closure last May, having […]

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Report: CBGB Festival Will Expand to Fort Lauderdale in 2015

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Known more for altercockers than punk rockers, Fort Lauderdale doesn’t usually register on the scale of music hotbeds. Nevertheless, the annual CBGB Festival – having just finished its third outing – is planning a southern spinoff sometime next year. Details on the expansion remain paltry at best, but the local Sun Sentinel reports that “Fort Lauderdale’s […]

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Local Pols Fight for Tenants’ Rights at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street

Posted October 20, 2014 at 5:19 am

Local politicians are rallying around the plight of embattled tenants of 102 Norfolk Street. Those residential holdouts are living amidst unsafe conditions, thanks entirely to slumlord Samy Mahfar, who purchased the building last year for $11 million. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer collectively sent a letter […]

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EMM Group Closes The General on the Bowery; This Time It’s For Real

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

It finally happened. The General closed to the public earlier this week. This time it’s for real. A call to the EMM Group hotline reveals that the bait-and-switch restaurant at 199 Bowery is no longer taking reservations, and will remain open for private events only. A source also brings word that “a manager cleaning out […]

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Clint Mario x ME Fool Delancey Street with Fake Mentos Advert

Posted October 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

Ubiquitous street artists ME and Clint Mario are back on the pavement with another comically-driven collaborative push. Remember that phonebooth hack on the Bowery back in August? Well, another series is now out there for public consumption. This faux advertisement for Mentos was slipped into the phonebooth outside the DL on Delancey just a few […]

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Bowery Whole Foods Opens ‘BBQ’ Sandwich Shop to Replace Yuji Ramen

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:10 am

Popular fast-casual food stand, Yuji Ramen, vacated the Bowery Whole Foods over the summer. Chef-owner Yuji Haraguchi pulled the plug and decided to combine the concept into his new Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi. Its departure left a vacancy on the second floor, which was just recently filled. Whole Foods vertically integrated, and installed its “latest food […]

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City Planting New Trees on Orchard Street Ahead of Revitalization

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Orchard Street denizens south of Grand may have noticed the broken concrete along the sidewalks. Specific sections were targeted, then jackhammered into submission. So far, the rubble remains. What the eff is going on, you ask? These temporary pitfalls represent sites chosen for new trees, but the contractors didn’t follow protocol to clean up the […]

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The Old Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue to Receive Commemorative Plaque

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

For a few short, yet culturally significant years, the Fillmore East buzzed the eardrums of rock fans. Bill Graham opened the historic theater in 1968 as the East Coast sister to San Francisco, and attracted a slew of legacy performers in their prime. Some artists who graced the stage, among others, were Pink Floyd, The […]

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Dunkin Donuts’ Noisy HVAC Units on 14th Street Driving Neighbors Crazy

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the […]

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