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DOB Issues Stop-Work Order After Crane Crashes Into 133 Essex Street

Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:14 am

Mere hours after a cherry picker crane tipped, then crashed, into the sixth-floor window of 133 Essex Street, Department of Buildings dropped the hammer. The city agency issued a stop-work order Monday night due to a “failure to safeguard public and property.” No one was injured in the incident, but there were reportedly tenants in the […]

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Before the Stranglehold of Gas Stations at Lafayette and East Houston, Circa 1933 [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

One of the longest continuously operated gas stations south of 14th Street closes for good on April 14. As previously reported, the BP station on Lafayette Street will soon give way to seven stories of luxury office space. It had been some sort of petrol outpost since the 1930s. And with different operators, from Gulf to […]

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This Subway Romeo Seeks Kinky Party Girl Juliet in Epic Tear-Tab Flyer

Posted March 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

Some dude named Malik, who’s employed and loves trips to Coney Island, seeks a companion who likes to get down. This week, the so-called “subway Romeo” pasted tear-tab flyers around the IND line seeking love. We spotted this on the uptown D. The handwritten bills are long-winded dating advertisements, and a source of moderate entertainment. […]

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Photo: Pastor Bob Subjenski

Deli, Wine, and Candy: How One Photo Captures Classic LES Stores at Their Height [HISTORY]

Last modified March 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

This photo from 1954 perfectly encapsulates the immigrant Lower East Side of the middle twentieth century. Everything about it is great, from the legendary businesses to the peddlers and fedora-wearing elder photobombing the foreground. You’re looking at the northwest corner of Rivington and Essex Streets. Bernstein’s Delicatessen (#110) is sandwiched between Lipschutz Kosher Wines (#112) […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Wolfpack and the Hound [PHOTOS]

Posted February 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

Mukunda Angulo. Posing on Ludlow Street with friend. One of six siblings highlighted in the acclaimed documentary, The Wolfpack, by director Crystal Moselle. What made these kids different is that their father confined them to their apartment for 14 years. The movie has been well received by a wide audience. Spring Blitz. Sammy’s Spring Roll […]

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Photo: Steve Hernandez

Convicted Crook Sheldon Silver Stocks up on Raisin Bran at LES Rite Aid

Posted February 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

Conviction on federal corruption charges isn’t stopping the disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from purchasing the essentials. Local Lower East Sider Steve Hernandez spotted the crooked politician shopping inside Rite Aid yesterday afternoon, notably stocking up on four boxes of Raisin Bran (Kellogg’s, not Post). Waiting on line with the best of ’em. Silver is headed […]

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Photo: Pastor Bob Subjenski

Revisiting Sheldon Silver’s Family Hardware Store on Essex Street [HISTORY]

Posted February 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

​These days, 19 Essex Street is home to Frank’s Chop Shop and ground-level office space. Back in the day, however, this storefront was the headquarters of Sheldon Silver’s family business. Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former Assembly Speaker who was recently convicted on federal corruption charges, was born and raised on the Lower East Side. He […]

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Dangling Your Legs from the Roof of the Seward Park Extension [PHOTOS]

Posted February 3, 2016 at 11:20 am

​Don’t try this at home, but… A Boogie reader sent us this fear-inducing image of two kids sitting atop the Seward Park Extension public housing complex on Essex Street. Sunday afternoon. You can see the dangling legs. “Just kids being kids,” notes the photographer. No, doesn’t look dangerous at all.

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An Appreciation: 5 Years of the Essex Street Snowman on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted January 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

Here he is, again. Go say hi to the Essex Street Snowman now holding court outside the Chinese bodega at the corner of Canal Street. This year’s version of the character is as ambitious as years past. Personified elements include onions for eyes, garbage bag for scarf, carrot for nose, and traffic cone for hat. […]

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Meet LESter, the 7-Foot Snowgirl of Allen Street

Posted January 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Sorry, Essex Street Snowman, you’ve been deposed. The Blizzard of 2016 (aka Jonas) birthed a new snow creature this year. Behold, “LESter,” the Snowgirl of the Lower East Side. (Note the gender.) She’s approximately seven feet tall, an Aquarius, loves strolls along the Allen Street Mall, and dudes with carrot noses. A discarded Con Edison […]

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