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Scenes from the 9th Annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hundreds rolled down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass Sunday afternoon to skate for the great. It was the ninth annual Harold Hunter Day at Coleman Skatepark, an all-ages skate jam paying tribute to the fallen soldier. As always, the event was sponsored by the Harold Hunter Foundation alongside skatewear brand DC. Harold Hunter Day was […]

Wen Ruan Hui and the accused, Jamie Pugh

Conviction Reached in Brutal Beating Death of Ruan Wen Hui Last Year

Posted September 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

Last week, justice came for the Hui family of Alphabet City. The man who killed 68-year-old Ruan Wen Hui in May 2014 was convicted and could likely pay dearly. Hui was a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife. According to news reports at the time, he […]


Adam Purple above his Garden of Eden, Photo: Harvey Wang

Adam Purple, Legendary Guerrilla Gardener, Died Monday While Riding His Bike Across the Williamsburg Bridge

Posted September 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

The Lower East Side (via Brooklyn) lost one of its legends on Monday afternoon. Adam Purple, the notorious gardener who unsuccessfully fought the city to keep the Garden of Eden behind Stanton Street, died at the age of 84. He was riding a bike across the Williamsburg Bridge and subsequently suffered a fatal heart attack. He was found […]


More on the Fire that Took out a Rutgers Street Laundromat

Posted September 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

Shortly after 7am on Wednesday morning, a plume of smoke engulfed Rutgers Street. The laundromat near the corner of Madison Street – Emily’s (Love Beauty) Laundromat – caught fire. A brigade of firefighters arrived almost immediately; gawkers took pictures, some still in pajamas ready to leave if need be. Two hours later, the flames were extinguished. […]


Yes, Broome and Allen is Still the Smelliest Block in NYC

Posted September 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

Time to wheel out the obligatory summertime post about the smelliest block in Manhattan – the stretch of Broome Street between Allen and Eldridge. The terrible aroma perpetually hangs here, perking the senses with that pungent mustiness of chicken guts, wet dog, and raw fish. Regardless of season. Winter, spring, summer, or fall. For a minute […]


Double Rainbows Form High Above Downtown this Morning [PHOTOS]

Posted September 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

With skies dumping rain and quickly switching to sunshine this morning, conditions were ripe for rainbows. Boogie reader Scott sends along this dope image of twin rainbows spanning a perfect arch from 1WTC to Greenwich Village. Vantage point is looking westward from the Bowery. Send us your rainbow shots by hitting the tipline.


Early Morning Fire Breaks Out in Laundromat on Rutgers Street

Last modified September 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

 Firefighters are currently battling a blaze at 32 Rutgers Street, a one-story commercial building just north of Madison. Emily’s Laundromat is in the ground level of the building. The corner is crowded as all hell while dozens are headed to work. Ladders are out, saws in action, and water flowing. The fire has been smoldering for […]


402 Grand Street is Gone; Demolition of 400 Grand is Next

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

As of this week, 400 Grand Street is the proverbial last man standing within the bounds of Essex Crossing real estate. But not for long. Demolition scaffolding is slowly snaking up its facade, a mere few days after the wrecking ball took out its conjoined sibling. That’s right. 402 Grand Street is gone from the […]


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‘National Night Out Against Crime’ Takes Place in Hell Square This Afternoon

Last modified August 5, 2015 at 8:05 am

Today is the first Tuesday in August. As in the past, this means National Night Out Against Crime, an annual community awareness event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. This year’s outing transpires directly in the heart of Hell Square – Orchard and Stanton Streets. Seems like the perfect opportunity to address the crime […]

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Report: 300 Pigeons Abducted from Washington Square Park for ‘Live Shoots’

Last modified July 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm

If you’ve noticed a lack of pigeons in and around Washington Square Park, you’re eyes haven’t deceived you. This past Tuesday, a mass pigeon abduction reportedly took place, and in broad daylight (approximately 3pm). This kind of thing has happened on and off over the last ten years; the end game is usually that they’re sold in Pennsylvania […]