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Recap: A Fitting Farewell to Tattoo Legend Mike Bakaty at the Bowery Electric

Posted March 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

The Bowery really was electric on Friday evening, standing amongst a crowd of family and friends honoring an inspirational man: Mike Bakaty, who passed away at the end of January. It was a farewell (nay, celebration) to a tattoo legend, hosted at his favorite neighborhood bar, Bowery Electric, and attended by friends and loved ones. […]

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Sanctuary of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in ruins, Photo: Landmarks Conservancy

Inside the Decaying Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

“SAVE the FIRST Eastern European [Russian] Synagogue in the Americas,” reads the inactive Facebook page dedicated to Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The historic Gothic Revival synagogue was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and purchased by the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol congregation in 1885 for $45,000 (about $1.2 million today). The New York City Landmarks Commission found […]

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Parks Department Prius Buried in Broome Street Snow

Posted February 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

Check out this plowed-in Prius trapped curbside on Broome Street; outside Zest and Barrio Chino. The vehicle belongs to the Parks Department fleet, but certainly isn’t doing any good parked here. It’s been left for dead. No city worker has moved the car in the previous two weeks, in which upwards of a foot of […]

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Skiing down Orchard St., Photo: LegoSurfer

Local Skier Takes Advantage of Epic powder on Orchard Street

Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

The Lower East Side is in the Olympics spirit this morning; this certainly ain’t Sochi. Here on the green (circle) trail of Orchard Street, near Hester, we have one brave commuter casually cross-country skiing down the sidewalk. Hopefully she stays upright and doesn’t faceplant into some yellow snow. Stay safe out there. Which way is […]

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Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Bowery Varvatos store, Photo: Clayton Patterson

Clayton’s Corner: Tedeschi Trucks Treats the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

The Tedeschi Trucks Band was in town last week, and participated in the John Varvatos live performance series at 315 Bowery. Yes, yes, the former CBGB. The show was Friday evening, and neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson was there. Some of his pictures are reprinted below. The jam band amalgamation formed in 2010, and is comprised […]

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Firefighter on F train platform, Photo: KP

There Was a Track Fire at the Delancey F Stop This Morning

Last modified February 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Here’s one probable reason the F train was running slower than normal this morning (which is always friggin’ slow). Reader Kasia Pasanowic sent in these images of a small fire that started on the tracks at around 9am. We are told that the station quickly filled with smoke, but that firefighters quickly arrived and extinguished the […]

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Parading in the Chinatown Street for the Year of the Horse [PHOTOS]

Posted February 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

Since 1999, the Better Chinatown Society has been organizing the annual Lunar New Year parade in the streets of Chinatown. Yesterday afternoon was the fifteenth year running and crowded as ever. The attendance estimate usually hovers around the half-million mark, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the number was higher this time. After all, it […]

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The Shadow on Avenue B (1980), Photo: Philip Pocock

Murals and Neighbors: Philip Pocock’s Images of 1970s Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted January 23, 2014 at 10:07 am

Philip Pocock is a Canadian-born artist and photographer who spent the early eighties capturing the underbelly of the Lower East Side. But specifically the murals that adorned the bombed-out walls of the neighborhood. His photobook The Obvious Illusion: Murals from the Lower East Side, published in 1980, offers a glimpse of this expressive grassroots art […]

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Willaimsburg Bridge and Corlears Hook, ca. 1947; Photo: NYS Digital Archives

Revisiting the Fairchild Aerial Surveys of New York City from the 1940s [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Sherman Mills Fairchild, American businessman and inventor, was denied military entry as a pilot during World War I. He was determined to help the war effort, though, and instead honed his energy to develop an advanced aerial camera. Fairchild would eventually win a government contract for his cameras, and by the second World War, 90% […]

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New Year’s Eve at Sammy’s Bowery Follies [PHOTOS]

Posted January 10, 2014 at 10:01 am

Was your New Year’s Eve celebration last week as epic as this scene appears to have been? Iconic tabloid photographer Weegee snapped this candid photo inside Sammy’s Bowery Follies 71 years ago. The legendary hang opened at 267 Bowery in 1934 and lasted for more than three decades. These days, however, the address is home […]

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