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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‘Mission Cantina’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Posted December 9, 2016 at 5:11 am

Mission Cantina – chef David Bowien’s kitchen chameleon at 172 Orchard Street – is reportedly donezo. The three-year-old restaurant has been closed of late, its Caviar page deleted, and phone line disconnected. Patrons have also shared their farewells on social media over the last week. Bowien’s luck on Orchard Street hasn’t been the best. You’ll […]

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Toledano Tenants Hold Banks Accountable for ‘Predatory Lending’ to Slumlords

Last modified December 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Predatory Equity: the harmful practice of investing equity to buy rental apartment buildings at inflated prices. Predatory equity investors calculate that they can replace poor and working people with new tenants willing to pay much higher rents—thus bringing higher profits in a hurry. Utilizing predatory equity is one of the main tools in the slumlord […]

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Essex Street Tiling Warehouse Relocating to Brooklyn After 34 Years on the LES

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:06 am

Grand Tile Corp., a Lower East Side flooring warehouse that’s been located in and around lower Essex Street for decades, is packing it up. Heading out to Brooklyn with the rest of ’em. The handwritten poster in the front window announces the news. By the end of this month, the new headquarters will be located […]

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‘O Cafe’ Won’t Open on Hester Street Until the ‘Beginning of Next Year’

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:05 am

O Cafe is off the rails, and won’t open on Hester Street for another couple months yet. Argentinian chef-slash-potter Fernando Aciar is poised to bring the Greenwich Village-based restaurant and artist workshop to the two commercial spaces comprising 61 Hester Street. Ever since the announcement earlier this fall, there has been movement inside both stores. […]

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Tapeo29 Ended its 12-Year Run on Clinton Street Last Week

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

Spanish tapas standby on Clinton Street, Tapeo29, ended its run on the block last week, capping twelve years in the area. Owner Ofir Yaloz didn’t specify a reason for the closure, noting only that the decision was “personal.” There might be plans for a new restaurant in the future, but no details beyond that nugget […]

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Antisemitism Strikes Taco Recipes Vestibule on Essex Street

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last week, reports surfaced that antisemitic incidents are surging in the days following Trump’s election a month ago. Around here, it’s usually graffiti attacks like the spray-job at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. And here’s one closer to home at Essex Street. “Jew Man” is scrawled on the vestibule of Taco Recipes at number 23, […]

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Rivington Street’s Will Ferrell-Themed ‘Stay Classy’ Expands with 10-Day LA Residence

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:11 am

Stay Classy New York made such a splash upon its Rivington Street debut in October 2015 that expansion was inevitable. One year later, owner Zach Neil is exporting the kitschy Will Ferrell-themed concept (and the legend of Ron Burgundy) to Los Angeles. For a limited time only. Beginning today, and for ten days thereafter, Stay Classy […]

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With Historic Federal Row Houses Destroyed, 8-Story Condo-Hotel Begins Ascent

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hallowed Bowery grounds are now prepped for more unneeded luxury. Several months after the historically significant 138-142 Bowery were reduced to dust, the Department of Buildings finally issued permits for the expected eight-story condo-hotel. Site activity commenced about three months ago; it’s game on. The ground is already excavated and foundation work is well underway. As previously […]

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Longtime Grand Street Hardware Store ‘Good Locksmith’ is Moving [Updated]

Last modified December 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Good Locksmith, the reliable mom-and-pop hardware shop located at 317 Grand Street, is reportedly moving next door. They’ve been on the Lower East Side for more than a decade. A sign inside the store alerts customers, as do the bare shelves. Update: a reader tells us, “I spoke to stephen who the grown son and […]

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‘Soft Swerve’ Ice Cream Shop Debuts on Allen Street, Just in Time for Winter

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:07 am

Perfect timing. Soft Swerve has been ready to go for weeks now. The nascent ice cream shop at 85B Allen Street first announced itself back in early October, when workers promised an imminent opening. That didn’t happen right away, though, because the electricity system reportedly required an upgrade. That was what a store employee told us […]

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