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Squeegee Man Spotted on Stanton Street

Posted October 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Call up the New York Post, and ready the articles about the lawlessness of the bad old days returning. Yep, looks like we have a squeegee man on the loose, ready to “terrorize” drivers on the Lower East Side with Windex and rags. Boogie reader RobbieTheK sends along this photo of the panhandling windshield cleaner walking […]

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Those Black Hebrews on Delancey Apparently Attacked a Young Woman in 2011; They Disappeared Thereafter

Last modified October 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

A couple weeks ago, we noted the return of so-called Black Hebrews to Delancey Street. It was the first time in three years that we’ve actually seen them “proselytizing” on the Lower East Side. In response to our report, a young woman contacted us about her traumatic experiences with the group. She was a victim […]

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This Naked Man Had a Bad Drug Trip on Elizabeth Street

Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

An early morning walk this past Friday (8:30am) yielded this strange, yet sad encounter. An African American man was lying bareback on the sidewalk outside Rag & Bone on Elizabeth Street, pants at his ankles. H was buck naked, with schlong in hand, and yelling unpleasantness. Turns out the guy was tripping balls, his possessions […]

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Fire Engine Tire Exploded on Delancey Yesterday Injuring 3 and Shattering Store Windows

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:02 am

Three pedestrians sustained minor injuries yesterday afternoon on Delancey Street when a fire engine blew a tire. The force from the explosion also shattered the window of Sneak Jeans near the corner of Clinton. The FDNY Ladder Company 18 truck had pulled onto the curb ahead of a building inspection when the tire exploded. All three […]

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Complaints Mounting Against the Makeshift Shelter of the Allen Street Mall

Last modified September 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

That nighttime cookout in the Allen Street Mall was part of a larger trend. A group of presumably destitute men and women has been camping out in the median since the early part of summer. At all hours of the day you can find evidence of the occupation, from dozers on the bench to piles of […]

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The Bowery Doesn’t Have Many Cemusa Newsstands, But Will Soon Gain Another

Posted September 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Bowery itself is rather bereft of Cemusa newsstands, all of which are easily counted on one hand. In fact, not accounting for side streets, there are only three such sidewalk businesses from Cooper to Chatham Square – northeast corner of Bleecker, at Bayard, and Marilyn Louie’s cramped quarters at Pell Street. But this reality […]

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In Which a Half-Naked Man Walks Down the Bowery with Only a Speedo

Posted September 4, 2014 at 6:19 am

Nothing like seeing a half-naked man strolling down the Bowery in 85-degree heat. This pigtailed pedestrian ambled southward on the Bowery yesterday afternoon with naught but a skimpy Speedo. Not quite the full monty, of course, but nevertheless a stunt that had guys and girls gawking in awe. It even elicited cat-calls and shouts of […]

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Robber Rips Away Chrystie Street Storefront to Steal ATM

Posted September 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

There was no such beginner’s luck for juice cafe/bubble tea newcomer 1st Stop at the southwest corner of Chrystie and Hester. Yesterday morning, a robber reportedly tried to make off with the storefront ATM. Discreet would not be the proper adjective for this attempted heist, though. A couple of witnesses at the scene told us […]

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Decades-Old Poplar Tree in Liz Christy Garden Will Be Cut Down Imminently

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Over the last few decades, it’s grown to become a bucolic tower in the Bowery skyline. Time’s almost up, though. The highly visible Poplar tree with Dragonclaw Ivy at the northeast corner of East Houston is at the end of its life. Estimates place its age at roughly forty years. According to the announcement posted […]

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About Those Cyclists Towing Flatbeds of Citi Bikes Around the City

Posted August 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Perhaps you’ve witnessed this. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the proliferation of vest-wearing cyclists towing flatbeds of Citi Bikes. These bike trailers are everywhere, from the Lower East Side to midtown. And it’s always an eye-grabber; a WTF moment. According to Citi Bike brass, these new pedalers are actually part of the “rebalancing team,” whose […]