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.

Posts by Elie


More than a Year Later, Cooking Gas Finally Restored to 43 Essex Street as Retail Hits the Market

Posted October 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

Things are finally looking up for 43 Essex Street, a Lower East Side tenement whose tenants are struggling with the nascent slumlord. Cooking gas was restored last week after more than year without hookup, making life livable again. The former G&S Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is officially down for the count. Even though the local boxing […]

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CoCo Bubble Tea Spot Opens in Last Low-Rise Strip on Delancey Street

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

Taj Gold, one of the last jewelry/pawn shops along the Delancey Street corridor, closed back in May. Its store canopy was pried from the building and its windows fully papered. The company had been on the block for more than a decade. And until last week, the space at 156 Delancey was a vacant mess […]

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‘Ocean’s Eight’ Total Takeover of the Lower East Side Today

Last modified October 24, 2016 at 7:15 am

The mystery of whether there would be yet another addition to the Ocean’s canon of heist films is now answered. There is an Ocean’s Eight on the way, if you can believe it; a spinoff of the original trilogy. And it’s filming in a large swath of Lower East Side territory today. Just check out the […]

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Robert Lopez with Chico

Owner of ‘Lower East Side’ Trademark Files Suit Against American Eagle

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:12 am

Robert G. Lopez continues to go for the jugular. The litigious apparel maker – owner of the Lower East Side trademark as it relates to clothing (LES Clothing Co.) – is again on the warpath. This time, it’s American Eagle that’s fallen victim. Lopez, often nicknamed a “trademark troll,” filed suit against the brand in the […]

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Matthew Silver, the 2014 Mr. Lower East Side

Off Cycle ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Returns Tomorrow Night … in Ridgewood

Posted October 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

Surprise! The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns tomorrow night, some four months earlier than usual. Unlike earlier this year, the iconic underground beauty contest won’t be anywhere near its namesake neighborhood. This time, for the 17.5th annual event, the shenanigans will go down at the Footlight Bar in Ridgewood, Queens. You’re probably wondering about the off-cycle nature […]

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Clinton Street ‘Casita’ Tree Tunnel Uprooted for Good

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:14 am

The arboreal attraction (and known rat hangout) at the southeast corner of Clinton and Stanton Streets is officially kaput. That’s right, no more tree tunnel. A chainsaw crew arrived last week to chop and uproot the leaning line of trees comprising the overhang. This was a complete removal, unlike the trim of overgrowth that transpired […]

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Delancey Street Gets its First LinkNYC Kiosk

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

Yesterday afternoon, the city unveiled the first LinkNYC pornhub kiosk for Delancey Street. It’s situated just east of the Bowery, where these things are multiplying faster than gizmo in a swimming pool. The 9-foot-6-inch unit is not yet active, though. LinkNYC stations have been criticized pretty much from the get-go. In league with the soulless […]

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2-Way Traffic Returns to Grand Street as Water Main Project Concludes

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:17 am

Grand Street can finally breathe after more than five years of roadwork related to a trunk water main. Closer to home, the stranglehold between the Bowery and Essex Street, which began in February 2015, is “substantially complete,” according to the city. Pavement was resurfaced and striped over the last month. The only real remnant of […]

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There is a 50-Foot Henry Rollins Towering Above NoHo for Calvin Klein

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:12 am

Nothing gets between punk and its Calvins. As of this past summer, Calvin Klein counts Henry Rollins as one of its brand ambassadors. Touting all the wild and reckless shit he’s done while dressed in their clothes. Now, the former Black Flag front man, poet, and all around badass is towering fifty feet above East […]

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‘Taqueria Diana’ will Open at 69 Clinton Street this Spring, Potentially with ‘Street Seat’ in Tow

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

No more dumplings; no more dookie chains. With C&C Dumpling and the La Socia Pawn Shop gone from 69 Clinton Street, the popular Taqueria Diana restaurant is ready to take over. Both inside and out. Yep. Taqueria Diana is definitely opening a second outpost at 69 Clinton Street, as we first reported over the summer. […]

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