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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DOT Begins Installation of 2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Clinton Street

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:18 am

The Department of Transportation finally recognized some of the safety concerns along the waterfront, and just embarked on its overall “South Street Greenway” project. As previously reported, the overall plan – approved by Community Board 3 in April – is to “normalize” the street geometry in the immediate vicinity. In other words, a change to […]

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402 Grand Street is Gone; Demolition of 400 Grand is Next

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

As of this week, 400 Grand Street is the proverbial last man standing within the bounds of Essex Crossing real estate. But not for long. Demolition scaffolding is slowly snaking up its facade, a mere few days after the wrecking ball took out its conjoined sibling. That’s right. 402 Grand Street is gone from the […]

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Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery Tops Out at 22 Stories

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

They’ve reached the top. That controversial new hotel at 50 Bowery – the first New York branch of the Joie de Vivre brand – was just capped at the end of last week. The final few floors were tacked onto the building in the month since our last progress report. Requisite American flag is planted […]

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Why You Should Start Listening to Grace Love [REVIEW]

Posted August 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

She’s called Seattle’s “First Lady of Soul.” And with cause. Grace Love – who spent the last few years in New York City – has the pipes to match. She and her backing band, the True Loves, are on the up-and-up, and you should start listening. Last week, the chanteuse returned to the Lower East […]

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Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Last modified August 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the […]

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‘VapeYa’ Brings Vaping Craze to Hell Square

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:16 am

Call it a proliferation of puffing. It finally happened. Hell Square now has its first fully-fledged vape shop. Yep, the store at 166 Orchard Street swapped the pics for puffs. A month after Anastasia Photo moved around the corner, VapeYa has already taken control. Build-out has been underway for the last few weeks behind the […]

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NYU Langone Medical Center Inks 40K Square-Feet in Essex Crossing

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:12 am

The NYU Langone Medical Center is the latest big name to ink a real estate deal with the Essex Crossing mega-project. 40,000 square-feet of space, in fact. Its construction will reportedly occupy SPURA Site 6 on Clinton Street, located adjacent to the Seward Park Extension (aka 154 Broome). This new medical facility will be called […]

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Read Prosperity Dumpling’s Full DOH Closure Report

Posted August 31, 2015 at 5:10 am

The aerial image of a tenement alleyway behind 46 Eldridge Street was the proverbial shot heard round the internet last week. In an instant, Prosperity Dumpling, whose back-alley kitchen was exposed, went from critical darling to up-shit’s-creek. The dumpling counter shuttered on Thursday, a day after a city inspection. The Department of Health pounced immediately. […]

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Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street After Hiatus

Posted August 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

As roadwork eases in Straus Square, a morning institution returns to Rutgers Street. The uber-popular Chinese “Rice Noodle Cart” – long a mainstay at the corner of East Broadway – resumed service on Wednesday morning. Its designated sidewalk square had been gobbled up as part of the staging area for the reconstruction of Straus Square, […]

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Pile On: Essex Crossing Hammers First Foundation Elements in Place at Site 2

Posted August 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

It’s the moment we’ve not been waiting for. The Gateway to Essex Crossing, as it were, just started to take shape. Its bones, at least. Here and now, the first few building blocks of what will ultimately comprise ten years of construction headaches along Delancey Street. Those twin, five-story pile drivers (and four backhoes) sitting within […]

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