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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Tiny Empire Opening NYC Juice Bar on Lafayette Street August 10

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:18 am

Organic juice bars are spreading around the city unchecked like a plague, seizing that title from the frozen yogurt industry. The eastern border of SoHo will soon add another. Brooklyn-based juicery Tiny Empire is getting larger, expanding to 234 Lafayette Street (corner of Spring). It’s already carved out a chunk of the storefront previously occupied […]

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Barramundi Owner Joins Moscow 57 Team to Create Kapowski’s

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:17 am

Now that Barramundi (and 2nd Floor on Clinton) is swimming with the fishes, so to speak, proprietor Tony Powe is on the move. Literally three blocks south to the corner of Delancey Street, joining focres with two-year-old cabaret Moscow 57. Florence Fabricant filed a dispatch in the New York Times this week breaking the news. […]

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New Tree Guards Installed Along the Length of Orchard Street

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:07 am

More beautification for Orchard Street this week. Flatbed trucks were spotted delivering iron tree guards to the sidewalks of Orchard Street this week. Installation began on the northern terminus and is slowly headed southward. The ornate guards now act as deterrent to tree-bound bike locks and dog droppings. The landscape revitalization goes hand-in-hand with overall […]

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In Action in LES with YESONE and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

Last night was the second installment of the two-part discussion, “Street Art and the Lower East Side.” Sponsored by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, the miniseries explored the connections between the decades-old art form and its neighborhood muse. Noted artist YESONE was the subject of yesterday’s event, having spent hours in the brutal heat […]

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How Arlene’s Grocery is Changing its Tune to Embrace Street Art

Posted July 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

Arlene’s Grocery celebrates two decades on Stanton Street this year. Considered one of the first modern live music clubs in the neighborhood, the establishment came to prominence in 1995 when the former bodega and butcher shop at 95 Stanton were combined to create the venue. It’s an establishment known more for its stage and musical […]

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Flowers Cafe is on Vacation Until Monday; Luxury Development Looms

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

Flowers Cafe is currently on vacation, but it’s not permanent. At least not yet. The sign on the front door promises a resumption in service on Monday (August 3). This quirky cafe is a favorite among locals for being a no-frills recharging station. Its very existence is threatened, though. The property owner – Interboro Properties […]

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Elusive Extell Refuses to Confirm Building Heights of One Manhattan Square, and Other Updates

Posted July 30, 2015 at 4:58 am

Extell Development Corp. and project management firm LendLease visited the community last night to discuss the two sky-scraping towers it’s constructing along the Lower East Side waterfront. The developer has committed to holding quarterly meetings to update the neighborhood on the latest info, and potentially allay the rampant fears in the aftermath. Local politicians and […]

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Why there was a Subway Entrance on Avenue C Yesterday

Posted July 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

Alphabet City was Brooklyn yesterday. For a brief period, at least. This realistic subway entrance appeared yesterday morning in the abandoned Mobil gas station that will soon sprout new development. Its placement was actually a filming prop for the CBS show Blue Bloods, which often films around the Lower East Side. Naturally. Several readers spotted […]

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Historic King Glassware Building on the Bowery Receives Rooftop Additions

Posted July 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

King Glassware operated on the Bowery for some eighty-one years, ending its run this past March. The building owner purportedly ran the supply business and decided to hang it up. Since the closure, however, renovations galore. Now some news that might anger local preservationists… The Department of Buildings recently issued permits for a job to convert […]

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Aby Rosen Purchased Women’s Shelter on Lafayette Street, Seeks Flagship Retail Tenant

Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Last fall, Aby Rosen hit the supermarket sweep, as it were, scooping up several properties across Manhattan for his RFR Realty portfolio. The spree even netted the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. Another property acquired around the same time was the active homeless women’s shelter at 348 Lafayette Street, purchased for $26 million. That […]

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