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 Essex Market in 1969, Photo: Susan Fensten, Robert M. Cunningham Collection

Shopping the Essex Street Market in 1969 [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

This month marks the 76th anniversary of the Essex Street Market. With three years left until the collection of warehouse buildings is cleared for the opulence of Essex Crossing, it’s important to remember the history being left behind. These one-story brick structures were built by order of Mayor LaGuardia in 1940, with the purpose of […]

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USA Shaolin Temple Moving to 102 Allen Street

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

Photographer Alex Cao departed the second-floor loft at 102 Allen Street not too long ago. The studio had been a mainstay for over a decade, with images of pop-art framed in each of the windows. It’s all gone now, replaced with brown paper. The replacement is from left field. Here comes the twenty-two-year-old USA Shaolin […]

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2 Chrystie Street Buildings Amdist Demolition for Separate 10-Story Luxury Condos

Posted May 26, 2016 at 5:16 am

Two Chrystie Street warehouse buildings are on the way out. Demolition is underway at both in order to usher in a new era of ODA-designed luxury. First up is 165 Chrystie Street, a stout brick box that hasn’t functioned in years. A restaurant supply company previously operated in the base, but not since moving across […]

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‘Simple’ Authentic Food Brings Poké Bowls and Bento Boxes to 109 Eldridge Street

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:19 am

A faded banner atop the storefront of 109 Eldridge Street had promised “Simple Authentic Food” for months. Ownership is finally making good on that promise. After a year-long period of dormancy, workers just finished converting the popular five-table Nagasaki Sushi joint into something called “Simple.” So simple, in fact, that it’s not immediately clear what […]

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LES-Based ‘Off Track Betty’ Premieres at Brooklyn Film Festival Next Month

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:16 am

Off Track Betty, the low-budget short shot exclusively on 16mm film, will see its world debut next month. It’s slated to appear twice during the Brooklyn Film Festival, on June 5 and June 10. Shot exclusively on 16mm film, Off Track Betty is a twenty-minute narrative short about a longtime resident who realizes she no […]

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Workers Spotted Clearing out Furnishings from Rivington House this Week

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:12 am

Over at the Rivington House, a demolition crew is currently clearing out the premises. The loading dock on the Forsyth front has been open the last few days while idling garbage truck and dumpster received a healthy meal of interior furnishings. Of course, it should be noted that there is still a full stop work […]

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171 Bowery ‘Development Site’ Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

“OBEY the future; Join the most exciting avenue in NYC.” That’s the proclamation from a new real estate listing circulating for 171 Bowery. The four-story tenement building, located just south of Delancey Street (and across from the ascending CitizenM monstrosity), is now on the open market as a $12.5 million “development site.” Jan Sasson of the […]

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Afford Your Rent with this $900 Fire Escape Tent Solution so You Can Airbnb and Stay

Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

This crazy product puts the air in Airbnb. While you struggle to pay off the exorbitant monthly rent your tenement landlord continues to inflate, there is an out-of-the-box solution. Just open the window and pitch a tent from the fire escape. This way you can remain onsite and collect the dole via Airbnb. A win-win. Location […]

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After $12.3M Sale, Longtime Chinese Laundromat Forced from 249-251 Broome Street

Posted May 24, 2016 at 5:17 am

The reliable Sun Kwong Laundromat at 251 Broome Street was given its marching orders last week. Alas, its final day serving the neighborhood is tomorrow (May 25). There is a sign on the front door alerting patrons that the business lost their lease. The laundromat kept the area in clean clothes for more than a decade, and […]

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Ben Sherman to Officially Close SoHo Store Next Week After 10 Years on the Block

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

SoHo fashion outpost for anglophiles, Ben Sherman, has been on life support (i.e. month-to-month) since last fall. Its stay at 96 Spring Street was extended several times since October in order to deplete all inventory. As previously reported, the brand is ditching its longtime digs after exactly ten years on the block. When we first […]

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