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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The LES Dwellers Call for Dissolution of 7th Precinct Community Council

Posted May 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

The flashpoint local block association, LES Dwellers, are again at the forefront of controversy. This time, ire is directed toward the 7th Precinct Community Council for purported lack of transparency. The proverbial straw that broke the Hell Square back was cancellation of the scheduled public session at the last community affairs meeting on Wednesday. From the mailbag: […]

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‘Rivington Wall’ Mural Programming Christened by the Bowery

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

The wallspace beside the On Stellar Rays gallery is officially its own exhibition space. What began with a mural by RETNA one year ago is now a fully-fledged project with a revolving door of art programming. It’s called the “Rivington Wall,” courtesy of Parasol Projects. Artwork is scheduled to change every four to six weeks. […]

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Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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Slumlord of 43 Essex Street Notches Stop-work and Partial Vacate Orders

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Earlier this month – about a week after tenants filed a harassment lawsuit against Paul Galasso – the controversial new landlord of 43 Essex was slapped with a full stop-work order. According to department of Buildings records, the compulsory halt in activity is due to illegal construction, namely un-permitted plumbing and electrical work. And on […]

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The Genesis Bridal Shop Finds a New Home on East Houston Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Genesis Bridal Shop, a local stalwart on the block since 1983, officially departed 97 Clinton Street last week. As you might guess, the family-owned store succumbed to the escalating real estate pressures plaguing so much of the neighborhood these days. The landlord jacked the rent to more than double the current amount, making it […]

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Indie Supergroup ‘Diamond Rugs’ Puts Iconic Block Drugs on the Cover of its Second LP

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:19 am

Supergroup might be hyperbole when talking about Diamond Rugs, but this outfit is a veritable melting pot of fringe rock from the last decade. The band mixes veteran personnel from Deer Tick (John McCauley & Robbie Crowell), Black Lips (Ian St. Pé), Dead Confederate (T. Hardy Morris), Los Lobos (Steve Berlin), and Six Finger Satellite […]

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Spaghetti Incident Will Open This Weekend on Eldridge Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

Call Axl Rose; the Spaghetti Incident is just days from happening at 231 Eldridge Street. We are told that the newcomer – in the works since November – opens to the public this weekend after a short period of friends-and-family gatherings. Emanuele Attala, the chef-owner of Malatesta and its sister restaurant Malaparte, just joined forces […]

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Lafayette Losses: Possible Bicycle Habitat Downsizing, 16 Handles and Iconic Cafe Close

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

The mid-section of Lafayette Street is apparently in transition. Three particular stores on the one block between Prince and Spring are undergoing a retail shift. Of particular note is Bicycle Habitat. The 27-year-old SoHo store is operating on an extension and currently negotiating a long-term lease in order to stay at its longtime HQ (244 […]

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Mama Spa on Allen Street is Looking to Flee

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Mama Spa on Allen is on its way out. Just before its sixth anniversary on the Lower East Side, an oasis of calm is on the chopping block. The Mama Spa at 141 Allen Street is throwing in the towel, it seems. For the better part of the last year, a broker has been listing the […]

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