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Spooky Backyard Scene on East Fifth Street

Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

This week, native New Yorker Susan Fensten plucks another gem from her father’s outstanding collection of previously-unseen images. The shot in question is a spooky backyard scene captured at Mr. Fensten’s East Fifth Street residence (between First and Second Avenues) in 1984. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio at […]

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Michael Alig in 1993, Photo: The Drag Explosion

‘Party Monster’ Michael Alig Will be Released from Prison on May 5

Last modified April 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Back in January, it was the New York Post that reported notorious 90s club kid Michael Alig – convicted in the murder and dismemberment of drug dealer Angel Melendez – would be paroled very soon. Turns out that might happen as soon as early next month. Alig’s friend, and nightlife maven in his own right, Steve […]

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That and a Nickel Will Get You on the Second Avenue El

Posted April 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

I stumbled upon an interesting (albeit short) article in the New York Times from January 1913, which caught my eye because it describes a unique incident that took place on Allen and Grand Streets. “Two children get child and a nickel from woman, who disappears.” That’s the byline. Apparently a young woman paid two twelve-year-old […]

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East Houston in 1985, Photo: Susan Fensten

Revisiting Houston and Mulberry in 1985 [PHOTOS]

Posted April 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

Boogie reader and longtime New Yorker Susan Fensten sent us the following photo and description. It shows the corner of East Houston and Mulberry Street in the 1980s. Over many decades my father, John Fensten took photos of New York City street scenes. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio […]

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Today in 1818: Brooks Brothers Debuts on the Lower East Side [HISTORY]

Posted April 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

You’re now looking at an archival photograph looking eastward down Cherry Street sometime in the 1920s. The Manhattan Bridge overpass is clearly visible in the background. Closer to our vantage point (sign reading “RUGS”), however, was the original location of Brooks Brothers. That’s the northeast corner of Cherry and Catherine Streets. The upscale clothier began […]

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Can You Spot the Real Stanton Street?

Posted April 4, 2014 at 6:04 am

This is just like the eye doctor, but better. Have a look at the composite above. One of the photos was shot by legendary photographer Berenice Abbott; the other is a total sham. Can you tell the difference? Wait for it… At left is the real deal, an archival look at 328-334 Stanton Street in March of 1937. The […]

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Museum of the City of New York, Jacob Riis circa 1890

19th Century Lower East Side Sanitation and the Rivington Street Dump [HISTORY]

Posted March 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

Our rebellious Rivington has even more crazy history! Didja know its eastern terminus was once a dump? Yep. Back in the 19th century, there was a pier right where Rivington Street met the river (like many roads in lower Manhattan that terminated east and west), and that pier’s name was “60.” It was here that a combination […]

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Getting Reacquainted with the Library Lions, Patience and Fortitude

Posted March 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Some new bar called Patience and Fortitude might be angling for the Lower East Side, but the namesake Lions at the Library came first and have been lounging in Midtown for over 100 years. Since May 23, 1911, Patience and Fortitude have flanked the steps of one of the most beautiful Beaux Arts buildings in New […]

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Chumley's in 2012, Photo: New York Times

Greenwich Village Etymology: Chumley’s and the 86 [HISTORY]

Posted February 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

The historic Chumley’s is back in the news this week, as West Village NIMBYs are trying their best to bar the bar from reopening at 86 Bedford Street. It had closed suddenly back in 2007 when the facade collapsed. Since then, owner Jim Miller jumped through the hoops and red tape to properly reopen. This turn […]

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Uncovering the Ruins of Lutèce, Kate Kearney’s and The Leopard on East 50th Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

Herewith, a peek inside the decaying remains of 249-253 East 50th Street, photos you’ll only see on Bowery Boogie. Yeah, yeah – not Lower East Side, but check this out: Crossing Delancey. Great movie filmed on the Lower East Side. A classic, actually, and in it Izzy mentions that there is a restaurant where she […]

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