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Ludlow and Rivington in late 1980s, Photo: Larry Morales

Revisiting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at Ludlow and Rivington, Circa 1980s

Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

Here now, a couple photos of what LeRoy McCarthy would’ve called “Beastie Boys Square.” These images of Ludlow and Rivington Streets come courtesy of Boogie reader Larry Morales. Seen clearly in the background of both images is Lee’s Sportswear, the world famous apparel store that graced the cover of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. It was a […]

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On the Ground 7 Years Before the Essex Street Market Became a Reality [PHOTOS]

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

In the coming years, each of the Essex Street Market buildings will fall to accommodate the new Essex Crossing mega-project. The facility was built seventy-five years ago to move the plethora of pushcarts indoors. The archival photo is dated sometime in 1933, seven years before the one-story commercial buildings were constructed by order of Mayor LaGuardia. […]

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20 Photos from the (Very Different) Lower East Side of the 1980s [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:19 am

Thirty-year Lower East Side resident Steve Butcher recently emailed us to share a trove of archival images of the “good old bad days.” The 88-shot collection – dating back to the early eighties and nineties – further illustrates a neighborhood almost unrecognizable (nay, unfathomable) to today’s residents. We see the context and character that preceded […]

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Photo: Kevin Gannon

Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Touring the Creepy Abandoned Hospital Complex on Ellis Island [PHOTOS]

Posted April 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

Creepy. Cold. Intense. Haunted. All apt adjectives to describe the unused section of Ellis Island designated as ruins. It is on the south side of this national park – straddling the state lines of New York and New Jersey – that a maze-like collection of twenty-nine buildings sits. Rotting away from the inside out. Indeed, […]

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New York Public Library To Launch New Digital Gallery Feature

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:15 am

Hear ye, hear ye, history lovers! It has come to our attention that the New York Public Library is expanding its archival efforts in the digital space. A sneaky and loyal tipster tells us that the library is on the precipice of launching a new website called OLDNYC.ORG. Apparently, the online tool “takes all the […]

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When Uber Passengers Vomit Out the Window [PHOTOS]

Posted April 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

Apparently one Uber customer wasn’t enjoying his ride, whether due to inebriation or not. Intrepid Boogie reader @justBob snapped this photo of a dude ralphing out the window of the cab onto East Houston Street. At a stop light. The tipster asks the simple question – “how many rating stars will this guy get?” How’s […]

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NYPD is Now Advertising Precinct Twitter Handles on its Cruisers

Posted April 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

NYPD precincts around the city are gradually going social, joining Twitter to keep residents informed. (Or, from the cynic’s perspective, for damage control and stalking) Better late than never. Now some are taking it a step further. Just have a look at the 5th Precinct, which recently started outfitting its fleet with decals spelling out […]

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Essex Crossing Lays Waste to Essex Street Market in Week 3 of Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

As demolition activities enter a third week, the Essex Street Market warehouse south of Delancey is pretty much a pile of rubble and twisted metal. Little from the original structure remains, except for the 75-year-old iron skeleton. This temporary junkyard is SPURA site 2, the Essex Crossing parcel heralded by developers as “The Gateway” to […]

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This Jeep was Parked Beside the 2nd Avenue Explosion Site

Posted March 31, 2015 at 5:18 am

This Jeep was crushed in the aftermath of the explosion on Second Avenue last week. The vehicle was pulled from the debris and relocated a couple blocks south. Sitting on a cordoned-off stretch of pavement, it was on display the past couple days. CDs still in the sun visor, jacket in the trunk, and to-go […]

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