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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‘Against Nature’ Boutique on Chrystie Street Shutters After 6 Years

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:18 am

Fashion flight hits Chrystie Street. Against Nature, the men’s boutique that debuted back in 2010, shuttered this week. It rolled up and consolidated with the flagship store on Christopher Street. Not entirely unexpected. A few weeks ago, the Lee & Associates brokerage installed an enormous leasing banner on the facade. What we often call tombstone […]

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How about this New Essex Street Funhouse?

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:15 am

In the years since its sale, 3 Essex Street has remained remarkably intact. No demolition. No changing hands. No real activity. Until this week, when the tenement became a funhouse of sorts. In a display more befitting Halloween than Valentine’s Day, each of the upper windows dons a ghoulish mask. Topping it off is a […]

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Le Pain Quotidien Unveils its Second Bleecker Street Outpost

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:13 am

Le Pain Quotidien just planted another flag downtown. The Belgian-style bakery is poised to open its umpteenth city location in the kink of Bleecker Street, where American Apparel previously outfitted NYU students. Now it’ll fatten them up. The teaser signage was recently scraped away to reveal the bi-level innards. No word just yet on opening […]

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15 Orchard Street Sold for $5.25M; Gallery Takes the Retail Space

Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:17 am

Last month, wholesale apparel shop T-Shirt Express was forced up the block to 29 Orchard Street. We learned at the time that the move was a function of the building being sold just weeks prior. Now comfortable in its new digs – way larger and less cluttered than the former – let’s take inventory of […]

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‘No Idols Tattoo’ the Latest Tattoo Parlor to Open on the Bowery, Birthplace of the Industry

Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

Tattooing is returning home in a big way. Back to the Bowery, where it all started. The latest newcomer in this revival is No Idols Tattoo, which opened a second-floor ink spot a few months ago at 112 Bowery. It joins Kings Avenue and celebrity inkmaster Bang Bang’s studio within a five-block radius. This chalked-up […]

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Cocoron-Goemon Team Ready to Open 4th Location on Delancey/Kenmare Corridor

Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:06 am

It’s been more than six years since Cocoron introduced its first soba shop on Delancey Street. The cramped restaurant gained instant popularity and now counts three locations to its name including Goemon Curry. Now the mini-chain is ready for its newest outpost, adding “Noodle with Nutrition” to the block. As previously reported, a third Cocoron […]

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Report: ‘Omens of Upheaval’ Threaten to Destroy Chinatown

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

The subject of gentrification in Chinatown is hitting a tipping point. One need only attend a Community Board 3 meeting to witness the struggle. Residents challenging the succession of uptown style establishments at the expense of more homegrown mom and pops. Now, Steve Cuozzo at the New York Post talks about the “omens of upheaval” […]

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The ‘Gateway’ of Essex Crossing is Now Above Street Level in a Big Way [PHOTOS]

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

SPURA Site 2 is home to the marquee property in the Essex Crossing stable, and is now above street level. Those halcyon days in the pit are done. The steel superstructure of the 24-story “Gateway” is being assembled Erector Set style, sitting roughly four stories, and gaining height and mass each day. Concrete core – […]

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‘Cigar & Vape’ Smoked Out of Essex Street After a Year in Business

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:08 am

Cigar & Vape is gone, smoked out of Essex Street in swift time. The smoke shop-cum-bodega at 41 Essex lasted barely a year at this store before shuttering. News of its closure isn’t quite surprising, though. We’ve come across a pretty steady stream of real estate listings over the last few months pimping this 400 […]

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‘ELKEL’ Opening its First Brick-and-Mortar Boutique at 48 Hester Street

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

Men’s fashion is apparently still in at 48 Hester Street. Several months after shirt purveyor Gowan closed down, another boutique is on deck. This one focuses on “luxury men’s urban wear.” ELKEL officially announced itself last week with a few computer printouts and window neon. 48 Hester Street is the brand’s first solo brick-and-mortar. According […]

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