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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MTV Enlists Local Street Artists for VMAs Murals on the LES

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

MTV hit the street earlier this week to help promote its annual summer tentpole. The channel enlisted several artists to help promote this year’s Video Music Awards, returning to New York City for the first time in three years. Participants in the commissioned project – Hektad, Queen Andrea, giz, and Damien Mitchell – painted several […]

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Owner of ‘Lower East Side’ Trademark is Now After Forever 21

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

When you own the trademark to the Lower East Side as it appears on clothing, it’s a busy life of litigation. Robert G. Lopez is at it again. The small business owner, who owns LES Clothing Company (and formerly a store on Clinton Street), is now suing Forever 21 for usage of “LES NYC” branding. This […]

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The Classic Coffee Shop Reopens on Hester Street

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

The local diner classic is back. The Classic Coffee Shop reopened yesterday after its week-long renovation period. The sign on 56 Hester Street alerting customers to its summer cleaning was definitely a scare. As was the cluttered space – in a state of total disarray – on Tuesday evening. After all, we’re all too familiar […]

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Top Hops ‘To-Go’ at Essex Market Delayed, Now Opening Next Tuesday

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:12 am

After several delays, Top Hops will actually debut its new micro dispensary next week inside the Essex Street Market. Plans are to open the new beer stall Tuesday at 10am (August 2). As previously reported, the takeaway craft beer spot carries fifty varieties of bottled/canned brew, four tap lines into local drafts for growlers, and […]

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ABC No Rio Demolition Approved by the City Yesterday

Posted July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

It’s another historic moment for ABC No Rio, currently in exile as it awaits its future. The city issued permits yesterday for the full demolition of the four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington Street, easily one of the last vestiges of Lower East Side punk. Until the wrecking crew is mobilized, however, ABC No Rio remains […]

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‘Gohan’ Japanese Restaurant Gets Ready to Open on Orchard Street

Last modified July 27, 2016 at 7:16 am

The token butcher paper was finally removed from the window of 14 Orchard Street this week. Japanese restaurant, Gohan, is almost ready for the big time. A crinkled printout had been teasing the arrival of Gohan for months. Now that logo is emblazoned with leafing on the front door. Gohan is a seven-table, forty-two-seat establishment that […]

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Amazon’s 1980s Throwback Series ‘Red Oaks’ is Filming on the Bowery Today

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

Amazon’s coming-of-age comedy, Red Oaks, is taking over the Bowery environs today to shoot scenes for its upcoming second season. This area has seen a flurry of filming activity in recent months; expect more Haddad’s trailers to park up the thoroughfare. And Jennifer Grey. Red Oaks is a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s. A mashup […]

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Forest Whitaker’s Biopic About the ‘Roxanne Wars’ of 1980s Hip Hop is Filming on Orchard Street Today

Posted July 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

Hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shante is getting the biopic treatment. A new film is in the works about the so-called “Roxanne Wars” of the 1980s in New York City. The feature – dubbed Roxanne, Roxanne for the popular U.T.F.O. B-side hit of same – chronicles Shante’s rise from 14-year-old MC to hip-hop gold all because of a […]

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Two Gigantic 60-Story Buildings Coming Soon to Crowded LES Waterfront

Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

As if the Lower East Side waterfront couldn’t get any more crowded, two more large scale developments are in the works. Both are in early stages, but could have serious ramifications for the Two Bridges neighborhood. Namely, the addition of some 2,100 new apartments. First up, the parking lot at Lands End II, which was […]

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Ben Shaoul Opens Sales Office for 196 Orchard Condos Inside the Orchard Hell Building

Posted July 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Ben Shaoul and the Orchard Hell Building are now bedfellows. So to speak. It’s a match that makes sense. The so-called Sledgehammer chose one of the seemingly un-leasable ground-level commercial spaces as a sales office. A retail front to sell the new ten-story luxury development ascending at 196 Orchard. Teaser signage had promised as much […]

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